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MICE AT THE COTTAGE
                                         Mouse Menace  Every spring, when I arrive at my northwestern Michigan cottage, I have to roust dozens of deer
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Taking the Acela
As I get older, I sometimes treat myself to an upgrade when I travel— a slightly better (though far from
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Catching the Midnight Sleeper
  “You went to Washington how? By train? I didn’t know people still did that,” my friends often ask, to which
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Planes, Trains, and Carbon Shame
I consider myself the last person to eco-boss my friends around.  I don’t like  it when greener-than thou people chide me for
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Birding by Ear
 I was walking along a path in Michigan’s Ludington State Park when I came across a couple leaning close to
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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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