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    Man, we white dudes sure could use a walk in the woods

    Ira Melton Park, where I go to get right-sized, last month: beech, red oak, hickory, tupelo, hornbeam Check out this recent headline from the Atlantic: Power Causes Brain Damage Apparently people in positions of power become, over time, less empathetic and tuned-in to those around them. “Once we have power, we lose some of the capacities […]

    My eclipse story

    Totality, here we come! (Yes that’s a penguin in the background. His name is Roger. He travels with us. I forgot to get glasses for him) I WE LEFT ATLANTA late Sunday afternoon, in search of a shadow. We ate dinner on the way and arrived in Blairsville in time to swim for an hour. The […]

    I am impressed with existence lately

    His Orangeness surveys the killing floor NEIL DeGRASSE TYSON, in this recent CBS video, is asked if he believes in God. He says, among other things, The more I look at the universe, the less convinced I am that there is something benevolent going on… I look at disasters that afflict Earth, and life on Earth: […]

    Waiting on a tree

    The sassafras at Agnes Scott took no time to ID — no other North American tree looks or smells anything like it I’ve been learning to identify trees lately. More than once it has reminded me of my first year in college. I attended a tiny school in the southern Blue Ridge. There I spent […]

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