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December 29, 2003

El Rio Pinole

A day of rain has saturated the Pinole Creek watershed. Most of it blew in sideways. The day's doppler radar showed a thick band of red working its way across the state, a sodden transect ending in snow up in...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:18 PM

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December 28, 2003

Branta canadensis

Today's was a second consecutive morning of hard frost. Rime coated the grass, dandelion leaf edges, the roof of the truck. Turning the compost pile, I stopped and heated my ungloved hands in its microbial warmth. The firewood and brick...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:22 AM

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December 24, 2003

Four descriptions of nature writing

Four descriptions of nature writing: The literature of loss, an elegy, a lamentation. An "antidote to despair." Conversely, the antibodies of doom, words and experiences that remind us of our vital connections to the natural world so that we might...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:35 PM

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December 20, 2003


The drizzle is light enough for me to loiter in the garden. Fist-sized mushrooms heave up hands full of compost as they emerge from the garden beds. I pick the last of the chiles, the anchos and the Hungarian blacks....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:19 AM

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December 17, 2003


There were storms last week; they blew all the leaves off our fruit trees. Well, all except the avocado, and that’s lost a couple to the winds despite being evergreen. Around the corner a neighbor’s forty-foot persimmon stands completely leafless,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:51 PM

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December 15, 2003


"Hi, it's Chris." There's silence at the other end, but then it's not like I'm expecting her to say anything. "I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you. I've been thinking about you a lot these...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:10 PM

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December 11, 2003


Thanks to everyone who sent their best wishes to Zeke. We have some good news: it's most likely a TMJ-related infection, and antibiotics should take care of it in a couple weeks. Of course, since the universe is inherently perverse...

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December 09, 2003


Dropped Zeke off at the vet this morning. The current hypothesis is some oral/dental problem: he had been trying to yawn all morning and cutting it short instead of opening his mouth all the way, with a visible wince in...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:57 PM

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December 08, 2003


Zeke is sick today. He hasn't eaten since yesterday. He's in full-bore mope mode and staying close to my feet. I've cajoled him out for a couple walks, and - while he is stumbling a bit more than is usual...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:29 PM

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December 05, 2003

Crow music

Let my black sun glint off my black beak; it will spawn a dark coruscation in eyes that pass below. Let it glint off sable feathers. Splayed primaries shudder, shine a Sirius of color. We hold our wiry territory five...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:39 PM

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December 04, 2003

Stray political post

Adam Felber at Fanatical Apathy has a cogent take on the Bush Iraq visit: Thanksgiving surprises like this happen all the time - but usually they're made by divorced deadbeat dads without visitation rights who show up at the back...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:27 AM

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