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May 31, 2005

new blog alert

Dynamic desert ecologist Daniel Patterson has a new blog, with politics and nature stuff from my second-favorite US city. In his work life, Daniel's done some fantastic stuff defending desert ecosystems, especially the ORV-riding-yahoo-infested Algodones Dunes near Yuma. His blog...

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May 30, 2005

Summing vectors

I started college at 14. Dropped out at 16. Tried to reënroll four years later, talked my way into being accepted into the political science department at Buffalo State College, but found I was ineligible for the financial aid I...

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Sophie and Liam

My niece is becoming one of my favorite photographic subjects, for what are probably rather obvious reasons. It's just too bad she hates having her picture taken. Her brother Liam celebrated his third birthday yesterday. He and I have...

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Deja Vu

Over at Eschaton, guest blogger Avedon tells a very funny joke, but it seems oddly familiar....

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May 27, 2005

In memoriam

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,  Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,  Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs  And towards our distant rest began to trudge.  Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots ...

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Point Reyes Station, April 24, 2005

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May 26, 2005


The mountains are still there, and the valley. Clouds still gather around the peaks, loose snow and rain onto the high polished granite. Spring still comes to melt the ice, to send it trickling down the near-vertical creeks that...

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May 25, 2005

The evolutionary history of strange fruit, and other matters

Frequent Creek Running North commenter Murky has been creative. Not particularly cheerful, but all too apropos. Also worth noting these days is Doghouse Riley, who has been knocking back one perfectly crafted blog post after another for the last couple...

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May 24, 2005

Out in the backyard

Hard to believe I planted this tree only two years ago. Perhaps it was two years and six months. It's taller than I am now, and we've eaten a few dozen cherries from it already. I'm stunned the squirrels...

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Creationism by increment

The New York Times is carrying this story: The southwestern regional director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has instructed members of his staff to limit their use of the latest scientific studies on the genetics of endangered...

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Guest Blogger: Wallace Stegner

[Hank Fox, in comments to the Canyon Hike post, mentioned that it was in the wild that he felt the most human. Which made me think it was time to share this classic with y'all.] Los Altos, Calif. December 3,...

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May 23, 2005

The Canyon hike

Oh, and that's 154 total hiking miles this year. I should start by saying something about Cindy. I didn't know her when the hike was planned: she's a friend of Joan's, a hairdresser from Southern Arizona. Immaculate blond hair,...

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May 22, 2005

A couple things

1) I've fixed the commenting bug that was forcing all comments to go into moderation. Now I'm going to experiment with the new MovableType commenting settings. Your first comment after this post should go to moderation, then hopefully afterwards you'll...

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May 21, 2005

Tikaboo Valley

There are two varieties of Joshua tree. One, Yucca brevifolia var. brevifolia, occupies the western part of the species' range, and is the one you see near Los Angeles and Death Valley. The other, Yucca brevifolia var. jaegeriana, which...

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May 20, 2005

A quick shot from the big hike photo files

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May 18, 2005

Still not dead

Or at least if I am, then heaven is a cafe in Williams with Wi-Fi, excellent espresso and a waitress with a gorgeous smile. Hmm. Let me check my pulse. The canyon was rather warm: 110-115 in the inner gorge...

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May 13, 2005

White Rock Canyon

Here, in order of prevalence, are the things the desert sounds like. Wind. There is little to slow the wind, and the few trees – an acacia in full bloom, in this particular instance – make a sound in the...

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May 10, 2005


It has been too long since I have seen aspens. They were leafless today, lining the wet sides of canyons along the Walker, the Carson, the South Fork of the American. I was pressed for time, I thought. Not enough...

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May 09, 2005

It's May already!

It rained on us last night, huge drops doing their best to blister the paint from our house. We were snug. Our errands run, we were safe and dry indoors. There are few things as comforting as drifting off...

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May 08, 2005

Blog entry #500

From the back garden, a California poppy. I planted a single pot of a red variety in the front yard, and the standard blaze orange in the back a hundred feet away. The bees got to work. Some of...

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My truck really needs one of these

I want it....

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May 06, 2005

Taking some posts down

Because of my desire to use some of them in my book in progress, I've decided to take some posts down. They are older, most of them, and they'll have to do with the Mojave and/or Joshua trees and/or associated...

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Why I'm changing my mind and putting Lauren back in the blogroll

Because Shelley's right, in comments at Pharyngula, where she says: I have read weblog after weblog condemn her and delink her and scathingly say, with a great deal of smug pride, "Well I don't want to hurt Lauren - I...

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Those who insinuated a few posts down that people without children have less than full lives can be proud of themselves: they have powerful allies. excerpt: The Scripture does not even envision married couples who choose not to have children....

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Why I took Lauren off my blogroll

It's been a while since I've blogged about bloggers blogging about blogging, hasn't it? I write here because I like to have people read my work. That's it. If I can make some money at it, that's lanya lugnya lagniape...

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May 05, 2005

Episcopal corner

Never let it be said that this blog refuses to provide service to the religious among us. Important information: Via a commenter at Doghouse Riley's blog Bats Left Throws Right comes the news that one can sing The Doxology to...

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May 04, 2005

Life and death: the fallout

It's been more than a month since I posted what turned out to be the single most popular article on this blog, my take on my family's relationship with serial murderer Stephen Peter Morin. The fallout of the rather resounding...

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May 03, 2005


Ok, so she is Helen Caldicott, the woman who said that if Reagan won a second term, global thermonuclear war was a "mathematical certainty." Dr. C. has always been long on commitment and heart, almost as long on the facts,...

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Bad news, good news

The bad news is that the North Rim is snowed in, and our reservations have been canceled for that part of our trip. The good news is that we're going anyway, hiking down the South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch...

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May 02, 2005

Some of my neighbors at work

The Peregrine Nest Cam shows four peregrine falcon chicks on a nest in the Financial District in San Francisco, with occasional cameos by Mom. The broadband version rereshes every second, so you really get an idea of the chicks' activity...

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Countering that book meme

While I was at the Mesa Refuge, the lovely and talented Girl Scientist (aka Hedwig the Owl) tapped me for the infernal Fahrenheit 451 Book Meme. As did the equally but differently lovely and equally but differently talented Paperwight. The...

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May 01, 2005

Tomales Point

Last year we put in a back patio, two tons of red flagstone we hauled by hand from the driveway into the backyard. We laid it on a bed of bay sand. We wanted thyme between the flags, but...

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