Creek Running North February 2004 Archives
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February 28, 2004
Awash in the blood of the lamb
Criticisms of Mel Gibson's Jesus slasher porn movie are a dime a dozen on the Web these days. Christopher Rieder has the best I've seen so far....Continue reading "Awash in the blood of the lamb"
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February 26, 2004
At the large public ceremony held in late 2000 to honor the life of David Brower, Julia "Butterfly" Hill — the charismatic, willowy mystic who'd just spent two years in a redwood she named "Luna" — took the stage. There...Continue reading "Subversive nuance"
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February 25, 2004
Magnolia stellata at dawn in howling rainstorm
2/25/2004, 6:05 a.m....Continue reading "Magnolia stellata at dawn in howling rainstorm"
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February 23, 2004
OK, so this one's political too
But I'll make it as short as I can. I was briefly famous in Buffalo, New York in the very early 1980s for publicly declaring my refusal to register for the draft. I was interviewed on television and radio and...Continue reading "OK, so this one's political too"
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February 22, 2004
Brief political interlude
I stay away from electoral politics for the most part in this blog, for two reasons: 1) the subject would rapidly consume the entire blog, and Idawanna, and 2) this site is legally constrained as a 501(c)3 from engaging in...Continue reading "Brief political interlude"
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February 21, 2004
taken Saturday 2/21/2004, 9:25 am Pacific time...Continue reading "Narcissus bud"
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Ribes sanguineum glutinosum
taken Saturday 2/21/2004, 9:15 am Pacific time...Continue reading "Ribes sanguineum glutinosum"
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February 19, 2004
A close friend’s mother died recently after a long illness and a longer life. We went last weekend to help him move a few pieces of furniture from her room at the nursing home. Mid-February is the best time of...Continue reading "Plum blossoms"
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February 16, 2004
The pine is tall, today, beside the rock and plates of bark the size of women's hands are scattered widely on the duff below. dry needles line the shallowest of holes; but some, a hand's depth in the diorite hold...Continue reading "Metates"
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February 15, 2004
Elaine Scarry describes the effect of beauty as a sudden, surprising opening of the boundaries of the universe, an identification of the perceiver with the object perceived. One is struck by a line of music, a stormy sunset, the shiny...Continue reading "Whatever"
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In comments below, Pica asked for a photo of the fossil sand dollar. Unfortunately, the camera didn't really pick up the delicate pink shading, but here it is....Continue reading "Visual evidence"
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February 14, 2004
When I built the garden beds last year, I wanted to economize on the amount of soil mix I'd have to buy to fill the things, which had a capacity of about eight cubic yards. So I put whatever I...Continue reading "Weeds"
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February 10, 2004
My poor wife is up late sewing costumes for a school play. Hours of labor spent for kids who won't appreciate it, whose parents couldn't be bothered. She's complaining, but in vain, because that's the kind of person she is:...Continue reading "Sand dollar"
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February 06, 2004
The illusion of safety
Carlie Brucia is dead, an innocent Sarasota kid abducted and murdered. The news across the US is full of the story, in part because her abduction was caught on a security video camera. It's a horrifying and banal video, and...Continue reading "The illusion of safety"
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February 04, 2004
Indispensible blog entry
Every writer should read this....Continue reading "Indispensible blog entry"
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Reading the land scrapes of America
The freeway that runs through Pinole, Interstate 80, is one of the most heavily traveled roads in the US. A major east-to-west thoroughfare, the fastest route to take across the northern half of the country, and the main corridor between...Continue reading "Reading the land scrapes of America"
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February 03, 2004
Reason and art
The thing is, I'm not positing a deep division between exalted, rational "science types" and fuzzy-headed artistes. To begin with, I'm not a scientist. I'm an editor and writer, an avocation found deep into artiste territory. I like reading and...Continue reading "Reason and art"