- "Evolution Is Happening Faster Than We Thought" nyti.ms/2aD6TCg Great piece on natural selection in urban areas by @schilthuizen 9 hours ago
- Congrats to Michelle Obama: the first person to have a speach delivered at *both* the Dem and Republican conventions nyti.ms/29KSgeG 4 days ago
- Robert Indiana show at Bates College https://t.co/NFrsx9BlLJ 1 week ago
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At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, light streams through vitrified pigmented sand: From Louis Comfort Tiffany, Parakeets and Gold Fish Bowl, a piece made in about 1893. Tiffany’s use of glass to evoke the birds’ colorful and varied head patterns is … Continue reading
The many greedy layers of the forest canopy in Shakerag Hollow gobble the light. It is darker at ground level now than it is in mid-winter. Most understory plants are in hunker-down-and-sip mode. One or two species, though, know that … Continue reading
Drifts of smashed clam shells lie on the exposed rocks at the high tide mark. These are the leavings of aerial bombardment by herring gulls. As the tide recedes, mud flats are revealed and, buried in the gray ooze, quahog clams. … Continue reading
My phone tells me: Questions ensue: In what way could this be OK? Can we imagine ways in which this might not be OK? Does the use of “Unfortunately” and OK in the same statement evince an emotionally mature mélange of acceptance and willingness … Continue reading
You know you’ve arrived in Maine when the supermarket has a fern fiddlehead special in the produce section: And Portland restaurants find ways of preparing the ferny curls with chard and dressing: And, a few weeks later, when the wild ferns … Continue reading
Almost all that remains of the ancient city of Carthage is a small harbor on the peninsula outside Tunis. The Romans leveled and burned the rest of the city at the end of the Third Punic War. Many more recent cities have since … Continue reading
Some of the world’s best preserved Roman mosaics are housed at the Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia, and the Archaeological Museum in El Jem, just a little south of Tunis. They date from the time of the “Roman African Province,” 146 BCE–435 … Continue reading
Underfoot: the crunch of thousands of shells. On the nose: a tang of salty algae. In the eyes: dust thrown here from the Tunisian deserts and over-plowed olive plantations to the south. The lake was a surprise, a silver sheet … Continue reading