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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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Our Darkest Hour
Now the dark is upon us. The late afternoons are suddenly devoid of light, plunging our spirits into an ancient human fear that
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Has Anyone Ever Died For Lack of Gossip?
I often asked myself this question when my soul shuddered down the mute corridors of my academic department, where a heavy silence always
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Hope in a Time of Climate Armageddon
Dear Blog subscribers: This is my Press Release for The Battle For the Black Fen with a slightly different emphasis
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INFINITE GAMES, INFINITE HOPES
I have always loved Geoffrey Chaucer’s send off to Troilus and Criseyde:  “Go, lytl book, go, litel myn tragedye” (go little
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A Very Small Animal Entirely Surrounded by Water
There is a chapter in my (tattered and torn) Winnie the Pooh when it rains and rains and rains until Piglet
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FOG
I have always loved the fog, especially after bright hot August days in Maine when it rolled in from the Atlantic and the
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Review: Nina Munteanu, Water Is…:The Meaning of Water
Water Is…The Meaning of Water by Nina Munteanu. Pixel Press 2016 Are you fascinated by what goes on in the
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Battle Writing
  Of course there is a battle: this novel I am working on is called The Battle for the Black Fen.
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Midsummer, and the Living is Exciting
By this time most summers, I expect my living to be easy – keeping up with my correspondence, a blog here and
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Rabbit Nests
Now comes that time of year, midsummer approaching, when my sights turn from Niebuhrian incongruities, the capitalism/commons paradox and even
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Another Spring Poem
Coming a close second to Gerard Manley Hopkins’ spring poem I wrote about last week is e.e. cumming’s #65 (he had an anarchistic
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Spring Poem
I have always loved poetry, and I have always loved spring. Far and away my favorite poem in the world is Gerard
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