Friends, frolics, fossils

Friday, May 5, 2017 0 Permalink 0

We have had a few weeks of visitors and lots of sightseeing, in addition to getting the garden into shape for the season. Today we are just back from Andorra and the cavepainting site at Niaux, which I have wanted to see for years, and now finally have. It did not disappoint. Photos are not allowed inside the ...

Late April Investigations of the Micro

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 3 Permalink 0

Spring, which so recently seemed stalled, is barreling forward with alarming speed. I can barely seem to keep the weeds at bay, much less organize the beds. It's like this every year: It seems like it's too early to shape the beds and move the plants around, and then suddenly it's already too late, as ...

Middlespring

Thursday, April 20, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Spring seemed halting and fidgety this year, the buds swelling for what seemed like forever, and then popping in fits and starts. A big rain took away the pink plum blossoms in the chicken pen right at the peak of their bloom. But looking back over the past few weeks, the overall result looks fairly normal, ...

The Sexual World

Saturday, March 18, 2017 6 Permalink 1

The best two classes I took in college were The Taxonomy of Flowering Plants, and Linguistics 101. They are not dissimilar in the gifts they have continued to give through my entire life since. They both gave me a way of seeing past the surfaces we take for granted, to look closely, toward much more ...

Things we saw at the Museo del Prado

Thursday, March 2, 2017 4 Permalink 0

Visiting the Prado in Madrid was one of the major museum experiences of this major museum junkie's life. There were tears and there was laughter. There were feet so sore we barely made it to the end, but we saw every room, every piece on exhibit. Every single one. M was a trooper! It probably helped that I ...

Back from Spain

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 4 Permalink 0

We are home from a birthday tour of Madrid and Toledo. The photos include many sunny spring memories of food, escapades and ruins, including a 1st-century Roman bath now visible under the transparent floor of a clothing boutique: shopping as an exercise in steady nerves. We thoroughly searched the entire Prado museum, a lifelong goal - ...

The last day of January

Thursday, February 2, 2017 1 Permalink 0

For a couple of days I have been walking around appreciating the here and now. It is especially easy to appreciate the here and now when it seems under dire threat and you dread what is to come. Here and now seems pretty good compared to what may happen next. Of course in the here and now ...