Save the Humans

This week in the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE Charles Siebert wrote one of those articles you want to point all your best friends toward: “What Are the Whales Trying to Tell Us?” Siebert is one of my favorite environmental journalists, one interested in writing about the hastily constructed, ever dissolving lines between our species and the millions of others we share the planet with....

A Bug by Any Other Name

All over the upcountry this morning the warm, south-facing sides of houses are covered with boxelder bugs. Have you seen them? They’re orange and black and about a half-inch long. I make this prognostication because it’s true at my house. The boxelder bugs are swarming, so they’re probably swarming elsewhere. I’ve noticed them in other years, but this time it’s...

Big Snake, Small Man

Someone forwarded an e-mail my way with the heading “River Falls Rattler.” The embedded picture showed a monster rattlesnake being held toward the camera on the tip of a stick. The body of the e-mail sounded official and stated that the snake had been found on the local golf course, and to be careful when retrieving balls from the rough. One glance showed the old bass...

Down Here Below

We just got back from Manhattan where we attended AWP, a big writers convention. There were 7,000 academic writers-mostly students, graduate students, and writers who teach-all packed into a two conference hotels in mid-town not far from Time Square. One of Betsy’s college suitemates lives on Fifth Avenue, so we had a place to stay outside the hive of poets and novelists. Each day we...

Coyotes

Out here our house is turned to the linear wildness along the creek like a big ear. We listen for what happens in the timber and thick undergrowth below us with the fascination of someone sampling a new CD. If I hear a bird I don’t know, I try to track it down for identification, adding its name to our “play list” of what this place might spin in our direction. I scribble the...

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