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    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 […]

    Hope is the thing with feathers

    Vaughn Fender, Elijah Fed by Ravens (2013) for the Old and New Project THE DAYS ARE dark in Israel. The Davidic monarchy has long since fallen apart and King Ahab has made an unholy alliance with the neighboring nation of Phoenicia. His worship of foreign gods is problematic, as is his refusal to do what Yahweh […]

    Grief is the cleanest cut

    Scott Simmons, Eastern Phoebe (2013) THERE IS A quiet clearing alongside a pond in the forest not far from here. That’s how I like to think about it, anyway, because it sounds like I live in the deep woods, perhaps in some magnificent and lonesome boreal expanse, which I do not. I live in Decatur, […]

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