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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....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:06 AM

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February 26, 2004

Subversive nuance

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...

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February 25, 2004

Magnolia stellata at dawn in howling rainstorm

2/25/2004, 6:05 a.m....

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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...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:31 PM

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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...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:33 PM

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February 21, 2004

Narcissus bud

taken Saturday 2/21/2004, 9:25 am Pacific time...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:13 AM

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Ribes sanguineum glutinosum

taken Saturday 2/21/2004, 9:15 am Pacific time...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:35 AM

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February 19, 2004

Plum blossoms

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...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:28 PM

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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...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:50 PM

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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...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:03 PM

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Visual evidence

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....

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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...

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February 10, 2004

Sand dollar

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:...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:49 PM

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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...

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February 04, 2004

Indispensible blog entry

Every writer should read this....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:25 PM

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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...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:23 PM

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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...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:49 PM

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