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Being in Nature
I have a Twitter account but, far from engaging in embittered political crosstalk, I enjoy it for some weird little
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Our Planet As Our Commons
I am fascinated by the way, throughout most of our historical development, we human beings  have found ways to share our resources for the common
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A DREAM OF TOADS
We have had such a hard, hard winter – not piles and piles of snow, but cold and wet and
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MAKING THE POLITICAL SAUSAGE: ORGANIZING FOR POLITICAL SUCCESS
With  thanks  to  Cousin  Sarah  for  her  home  made  sausage  photo “What’s needed now is research on tactics and strategies
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The Citizen Scientist in Winter
Are you concerned with our environment but are not a political joiner? Do you love nature and want to learn
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It Is 2034, and Trump is Still President!
“And was Jerusalem builded here, among these dark Satanic Mills,” queried poet William Blake in dismay at the destruction that
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Socrates and Me
When I was getting ready for college, I expected that everyone would be sitting around under the trees discussing Plato.
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Is Age “Just a Number”
A Gerontologist was helping me register at the Gerontological Association Convention in Boston.  “I’m 81,” I remarked. “Don’t you know,”
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Wild Speculations and Ruptured Paradigms
Last summer I wrote an essay about whether climate warming will cause the extinction of the human species, so when I came across an
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Red Bees, Blue Bees
Red Bees Henry David Thoreau felt that he would become “the laughing stock of the scientific community” if he tried
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On the Joy of Natural Curiosity
You would think that when I am at my river cottage in Northern Michigan I would sit back, close my eyes, and relax.  I have
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Climate Change and the Conundrum of Human Survival
I have discovered that many creatures have already adapted to climate warming  – I just read about a bird population in an
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Endless forms most beautiful….
At the very end of On the Origin of Species, after a lifetime of nature observation and discovery, Charles Darwin
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What About Those Whitefish?
WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHITEFISH? Review of Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. W.W. Norton: New York,
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Why Is that Seagull Hanging Out with the Pelicans?
  I had a break on Florida’s Sanibel Island from our Michigan snow, sleet, and polar cold  early this April .
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The Polar Bear Conundrum
 It is spring again, and I am slinging my binoculars around my neck to look for warbler “fall outs,” when
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The Hare, the House Finch and the Tardigrade
  In my recent blog about furry little Pitas  and their trouble coping with rising temperatures,  I wondered whether they might develop thinner coats in time to
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Nature Rising?
My old friend Helen Klebesadel created this vision of “Nature Rising” in watercolor. “In this painting,” she explains, “the flying crow
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Overheated Pikas and Leaping Lizards
There is no question that global warming and habitat degradation have led to the decline of natural abundance, and that
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A Wren in Winter
After  Christmas’s Baroque extravagance of  gold and red and tinsel and splendid carols and Messiahs are over,  the simplicity of Michigan’s deep
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