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July 31, 2005

Cemetery stories

The cemetery is carved out of acres of cropland in southeastern Wisconsin, and it dates back to the first German settlement in the area. Some of the weathered, leaning stones are as much as 150 years old. They tell of...

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July 29, 2005

Might I humbly suggest,

if you are fond of that art form known as the lefty rant, that you check out this post by Chicago blogger Driftglass, profane patriot and occasional host to the ghost of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson? Do be warned:...

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Posted by Stephanie at 04:20 PM

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Working in the garden

I am working in the garden on a late September Sunday afternoon. Neglected for busy months, it is vastly overgrown. I rip out the mats of sweet alyssum that have buried the sage and feverfew. Chamomile, linaria, violas, bachelor buttons,...

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Posted by Stephanie at 03:25 PM

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Cody in a landslide

The results are in. After two weeks of campaigning, a last-minute GOTV campaign in the Cody camp swung the margin solidly in favor of the "Golden Achiever." The final tally: Zeke 14 Cody 21 The amount pledged by supporters of...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:57 AM

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July 28, 2005

I've always been terrible at titles

Hi there. I'm Stephanie (occasionally known as Equinox in Chris' comments section.) For some reason I still don't quite understand, Chris has handed me the keys to this lovely shiny blog of his. I've promised to attempt not to break...

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Posted by Stephanie at 06:07 PM

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Herbs and insults

So yeah, as expected, every time someone looks seriously at echinacea's efficacy in boosting the immune system, it turns out not to. And too bad for the wild populations of that plant pushed to extinction by demand for something that...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:12 AM

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The Johnson-Goldwater joke gains new life

"They told me if I voted for John Kerry, we'd see flip-flops in the White House. Sure enough ..." - Mike Peterson, July 28...

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July 27, 2005

Remember that old saw

Michael B. relates a saw-based story that reminded me of one of my Contra Costa Times columns. This one ran in June 2001. The yard described was at our last house in Richmond. (Still is, in fact.) Faithful Old Tool...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:35 PM

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Best blog post of the day

Now this is what science writing looks like at its very best. (The site may be slow, due to traffic from a non-Creek-Running-North media outlet.)...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:04 PM

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So help me

The next time someone submits an article to the Earth Island Journal that claims that some established part of science is wrong wrong wrongitty worng because "establishment scientists" "refuse to accept the teachings of quantum mechanics," I am going to...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:18 AM

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July 26, 2005


Becky greeted me at the door with a chore to do. The men are coming tomorrow to deliver the new cabinets for the kitchen remodel, and I needed to clear a path along the side of the house so...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:01 PM

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New on my wish list

I can't believe neither I nor Space Kitty thought of this first....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:27 PM

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Wagging the doggerel

I just remembered this, which I posted last year as a comment on the old version of Cassandra Pages. And I thought I'd dust it off and set it before a larger readership than it will get stuck in the...

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July 25, 2005

Quote of the day

"Some sell the desert as a place so abstract, empty, and indifferent, it surrenders its passivity to one's own lambent dreams. While you perch on a sunset-drenched butte contemplating eternity, however, Truth is the horrid little bug sinking its thorny...

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Nomen est no mas

Closing your blog is the new blogging. At this rate, my blogroll's gonna be the same length as Lauren's....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:36 PM

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July 24, 2005

Slow to load

Site Meter is down, and it's hanging the load of this site. But you can still read all the posts right away. And if you want to see the blogroll, just hit "stop loading" after a minute. I'm really starting...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:28 PM

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Sunday Writers' Workshop

Western writers retell the Chicken Crossing the Road joke every Sunday here at Creek Running North. Last week: Gary Snyder. This week: Barbara Kingsolver. Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Her toes were cold, she realized, waking a bit....

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July 23, 2005

Where was it?

Mike Lerch was the first one there, with an answer technically accurate and a bit telegraphic. I should have known. Mike is the one who introduced me to the backcountry of the Mojave, and has about a hundred times as...

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July 22, 2005

Perversity? Displacement? Enlightenment? Wanderlust?

You tell me what it means when a satellite photo induces an overwhelming, visceral longing in me. Bonus points to the first person who can say what this photo portrays. (Beware trickery!) Double super secret bonus points if you name...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:06 PM

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Friday terrestrial crustacean blogging!

I'm still having fun with depth of field with the new camera: a close macro shot like this and a moving subject, and I can't quite increase the exposure the way I'd need to to get the whole thing...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:44 PM

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I just love this planet. Juan Forero, in the New York Times: EL ALTO, Bolivia - In her red multilayered skirt, white pumps and gold-laced shawl, the traditional dress of the Aymara people, Ana Polonia Choque might well be...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:47 AM

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July 21, 2005


An email on my desktop has gone unanswered for two weeks. (People that know me chuckle. Just one? Only two weeks?) My friend has been through a loss. I won't say more than that about it. And my conscience has...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:46 AM

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July 20, 2005

I've been filked!

And it only took me two weeks to find it....

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What the kids are getting from me this Xmas

My pal Diane of penis evolution studies fame has released is releasing a (more or less non-penis-related) paleontology card game called Bone Wars. Make your little jokes here. As those who've kept up with their 19th Century North American...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:12 AM

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On John Roberts

Theres some pre-auto-defeatism going through the ranks of what passes for the left these days on Bush's choice for O'Connor's seat on the Supreme bench. And yeah, Roberts may well be confirmed. But that's no reason to roll over. The...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:56 AM

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July 19, 2005


"So you're saying that the wilderness is your refuge. What's the big deal? A lot of people feel that way." "Yeah, but it just seems so trite. Like ascribing some sort of holy power to a camping trip. And I'm...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:33 PM

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It was only a matter of time

...before someone did this. Via Meanwhile, back at the ranch....

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Some folks are lucky enough to see hell after dying.

William Westmoreland, commander of US troops in Vietnam War, dies. When you meet Nixon, General, remind him to save a place by the fire for Kissinger....

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July 18, 2005

Coolest thing ever again

As much as it may bug Space Kitty, I have to link to this Google Search. I guess there's an advantage to having several thousand pages worth of blog on the web....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:23 PM

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Two things I did for the first time in the last week

1) Watched all of Casablanca. 2) Drank a bottle of Moxie....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:57 PM

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Blogging and anonymity

Our current blog flavor of the week has been brought to you by the New York Times. (Link to Lindsay rather than the NYT. She sums it up well for people who don't wish to go further. Plus I like...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:30 AM

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July 17, 2005

Just saying (2)

The next feral kitten I find, I'm naming Michelle Malkin. And then I'm dropping it off at the pound....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:57 PM

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Sunday Writers' Workshop

A new tradition: Western writers retell the Chicken Crossing the Road joke every Sunday here at Creek Running North. This week: Gary Snyder. Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Why did a big Rhode Island Red come to wait...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:48 AM

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July 16, 2005

Every bit as unsubtle, but now with 90 percent less vitriol

Becky and I went to a place where I haven't been in a long time, though I once spent about a couple cumulative weeks a year there. It's the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden, nestled among the live oaks in...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:20 PM

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July 15, 2005

Hot hike

Eight miles, 1700 foot total climb, backpack thermometer oscillated between 95 and 100 degrees F. I cut it shorter than I'd planned. Most of the route was in the sun, and without breeze. I found what shade I could. Twenty...

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Just saying

It has taken a long time, and a metric fuckload of provocation for me to get to this point. I have, at long last, utterly and I think permanently lost patience with so-called liberals or self-styled progressives who conflate class...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:55 PM

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The dog race horserace

Cody for Best Dog campaign director tost has provided a few new campaign photos of his candidate. The race draws tighter as polling enters its third day. The polls remain open for another week and a half. Pundits note that...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:39 AM

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July 14, 2005

Dogcision 2005: early returns

In the first full day of polling - amid controversy over unclear ballot requirements and allegations of ballot box stuffing - exit polls in the Zeke v. Cody "Best Dog" election stood at Zeke 13, Cody 5. We remind our...

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Two ponds

The pond nearest our house was broad and shallow, perhaps a yard deep at its center, and its banks were clear of weeds. There were fish there, probably sunfish stocked by a former owner, though at age two I...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:14 PM

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July 13, 2005

Dog Decision 2005

OK, so for those of you who didn't drill all the way down through all the comments in the Distractions post, frequent Creek wader Tost and I got into the Obnoxious Little League Dad thing about which of our dogs...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:33 PM

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Terror and clear thinking

I've followed a lot of links in the last week that promised to deliver "the best thing I've read on the London bombings" or "the one essay on terrorism I've seen that makes sense." And some of the linked blog...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:35 AM

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July 12, 2005

A pink phoenix

A new collective blog, whose mission includes honoring the voices of women has arisen from the ashes of the Pie Fight. (I know. Worst mixed metaphor ever.) Via Lauren....

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The Real Dirt on Farmer John

This movie will be out in theatres in fall. I got an advance copy from the distributors, and Becky and I watched it last night. It's one of the best movies I've seen in years. John Peterson, the scion of...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:05 PM

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July 11, 2005


1) I was reading the breaking news about the London bombings when the phone rang. It was Becky. She was fine. She'd been driving the truck in Oakland Chinatown, was in the rightmost of two left-turn-only lanes, and the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:35 AM

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July 10, 2005


Eight miles today. (170 so far this year.) (Update: according to my calculations, that makes 2005 the record "Chris goes hiking" year. And 5.5 more months to go!) A bit more than 2300 feet total elevation gain. 80-95 degrees, depending...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:50 PM

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July 09, 2005

Liberals in Klan robes

The truly heinous thing, of course, is the horrendous loss of life taken by terrorists of any stripe, whether they're backpack-bomb-carrying teenagers or bomber pilots in billion-dollar planes. But there's a subsidiary annoyance that gnaws at me increasingly: the demand...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:41 PM

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July 08, 2005

House Passes Constitutional Amendment To Ban Bra Burning

[Special to Creek Running North] Amid rousing speeches invoking the horror of 9/11 and this week's tragic terrorist bombing in London, the US House of Representatives Friday approved a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the burning of bras as a...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:24 PM

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Something I've been meaning to write for a while

In the late 1970s my friend Bill Stack was volunteering sporadically with the Buffalo Cooperative Community Council, a loose federation of food co-ops and affiliated worker-owned businesses, to promote a People's Yellow Pages project. The PYP would have been a...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:40 PM

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July 07, 2005


Rob Fulton, the manager of the California Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx, sent along this photo of a burning Joshua tree forest along Black Canyon Road, right in the midst of my usual haunts down that way. Rob confirmed...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:29 PM

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I have nothing worth saying right now that you don't already know I want to say. Go read this first hand account instead....

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July 06, 2005

Thoreau on blogging

"Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other. We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:30 PM

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July 03, 2005


This list keeps getting longer. Six from Louisville Kentucky. Three from Derby Kansas. Two from Bossier City Louisiana. Twelve from my old hometown and its suburbs. 191 from California. 1745 in all. By the time you read this, that number...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:42 AM

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July 01, 2005


Something I wrote about five years ago. Desert plants and Becky combined in one handy essay. It just doesn't get better than that....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:00 PM

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Beth knows me so well...

...because she knew exactly what kind of photo to pass along to cheer me up. From the Dino-Fossils Montreal exhibition, featuring a visiting colllection of Chinese fossils. Puts my coffee table to shame....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:13 PM

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Sandra Day O'Connor resigns

Go to the National Abortion Rights Action League site. They will allow you to send letters to your senators insisting that they make sure O'Connor's replacement will defend women's reproductive rights....

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