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December 31, 2005

An accounting

This year, I screwed up several dear friendships, probably irrevocably. I made new friends; and recovered friendships I had thought lost, or aborted. Iím still employed. In my circles, thatís a fair accomplishment. They still like me, and they havenít...

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I awoke this morning to find my apple tree, a sapling, blown partly over. A neighbor's fence lay on the ground, and down the hill the topmost branches of a broad juniper caressed a parked car. The ground is sodden,...

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December 29, 2005


She's back!...

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December 28, 2005

Fossil hunting

They have torn down the giant rusting tank on the shore. In its place are scattered piles of brick. Pipes and scaffolding lay rusting along the tracks. The storms have ceased, at least for now. The creek roils brown...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:41 PM

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December 27, 2005

Seven sevens

Grrlscientist and Jill tapped me for this one. I'll figure out a way to get even with reward them some day. Seven Things To Do Before I Die 1. Visit Washington, Montana, and Alaska, thus bringing the pointless list of...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:54 AM

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December 24, 2005


Tonight we drive to San Jose for dinner with Becky's mother's family. Liam will be there, and Sophie, and I'll get to be Uncle Chris for a few hours instead of merely Chris. This will feel good. I have been...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:12 AM

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December 23, 2005

An old photo

Update: and here's one for eRobin: Update again: aw hell, just go look at all the photos I scanned in today if you feel like it. There are a couple embarrassing ones of yours truly in there....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:30 PM

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Four older women around the table yell at one another, happily, in Cantonese. One of them holds her hands up in front of her. Her wrists are entirely obscured by beads. In 16 years I have grown used to being...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:44 AM

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December 21, 2005

How I spent my solstice

Matthew and I walked in the near-rain to the Ferry Building. In the stores there, I bought a REDACTED and three DELETED for Becky. We sat outside eating Mexican food, my back to the Bay. Matthew looked out across the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:17 PM

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December 19, 2005


There's no way to make this photo better. The light was low, the egret was moving fast, and the photographer was blurry. But I think the shot, for all its flaws, captures Egretta thula rather well: splayed primaries, crane...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:05 PM

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I hate winter

Everything takes longer; everything is a hassle and a waste. The smallest action is made more difficult by heavy clothes and stiff, gloved fingers. The snowdrift between me and my destination is always exactly two inches taller than whatever footwear...

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December 18, 2005

No adjournment

Interior, day. A small, airless room with no windows. One wall is entirely taken up by a bookshelf, on which are piled so many stacks of yellowing paper, so unstable and close to tottering that it is clear no one...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:19 AM

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December 17, 2005

Islands as gene banks

Grrlscientist - who was supposed to send me some writing to look at (poke poke) - has a fascinating post up this week describing a significant undermining of established wisdom in the field of island biogeography. The common assumption has...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:51 AM

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December 16, 2005


The storm we had two weeks ago did some damage to my corn. The stalks are still healthy, a good sixty degrees off vertical and canted to the north. I tear off two or three long leaves, feed them...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:37 AM

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Just felt a good sharp jolt at 10:21, according to the clock on my computer here. Update: It was close and small, a 3.4 with an epicenter about four miles away in Hercules. I wonder which fault it was on....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:22 AM

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Happy Holidays!

Left up on the monitor this morning: the spelling test that Becky put together for her fourth-grade class to take on their last day before the holiday break. I offer it to you as the sort of innocent, inclusive, and...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:53 AM

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More blogging against racism

b1, offspring of qB at frizzyLogic, found a disturbing toy in his advent calendar candy yesterday. Check out the photo of the packaging. As the odiously stereotyped Red Injun depicted there might put it, "ugh."...

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December 15, 2005

Really, it's an honor just to be in Bora's blogroll

This humble web-based writing form has been nominated for "Best Blog" and "Best Writing" - and yours truly as Best Commenter - in the 2005 Koufax Awards. In each category, there are many nominees I'd vote for instead of me....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:47 PM

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December 14, 2005


This morning a cold fog lay over town. Steller's jays flew into it, disappeared in blue blur. Bradford pear leaves scattered over sidewalk and curb. They are crimson now, and vermilion, and chocolate. The fall has been an odd one....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:17 PM

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I'm not going to make a huge deal out of this it's more for the convenience of family members than anything. But I just put a link to my Amazon wish list in the sidebar, in case anyone's interested in finding out what sort of books I'm interested in reading....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:36 PM

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December 13, 2005

one more poem

two in the morning barefoot in dark living room. ecch! damn it all, zeke!...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:03 PM

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December 12, 2005


Tomorrow, the cordgrass will still sway bent low by song sparrows toward the mud that fringes little Corte Madera Creek, where it opens out into the bay. Tonight, the stems cast odd, pale shadows to the south. Tomorrow, the egret...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:38 PM

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December 11, 2005


Becky's violin teacher has been nagging her for a year or so to play in a recital. Becky finally broke down and agreed. And so we drove up the hill this afternoon to the Pinole Senior Village, an assisted-living complex...

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December 10, 2005

Day two

Well, this is my second day on Wellbutrin and I have to say I don't really see a difference. So anyway. I took Zeke down to the park this morning. And it was full of crazy hummingbirds. They were swooping...

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December 09, 2005

Too Much Information update

I had an interesting meeting yesterday with a psychiatrist-neurologist to talk about my self-diagnosed ADD. He confirmed that I may indeed have either a mild case, or a more serious case with some symptoms masked by other behavioral issues. (Is...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:32 AM

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December 07, 2005


Ah, what the hell. I wrote this almost exactly two years ago, and it's time to air it out. I wrote it, and then a week later Angus and Kim read it to our friend Madeleine as she lay dying....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:32 PM

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December 06, 2005

Old email

I lost about ten years' worth of carelessly saved writing, emails whose passages I planned to mine and drafts of articles I'd sent to friends and the like, to a database crash about four years ago. There were a few...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:19 PM

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December 05, 2005


A thousand pounds of plaster and stucco hung on lath. A thousand pounds of concrete set into bedrock. The bedrock moves north at half an inch per year, though she rarely feels temblors. She sees the evidence instead. The wall...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:42 PM

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Blog Against Racism Day: Participants (more)

Here are more recent links to participants in the Blog Against Racism Day thing, posted here so as to avoid more multiple trackbacks to 250 blogs. Mimbreno Miguel a.k.a. Butuki at Laughing Knees MFA MAma Ancrene Wiseass alphabitch Lauren at...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:56 PM

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Blog Against Racism Day: The Flak

Quite honestly, I expected more criticism leveled at the idea of Blog Against Racism Day. For instance, I expected questions like: "Blog Against Racism? Who isn't against racism?" (Answer: Almost everyone claims to be against it, but actually saying something...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:54 AM

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December 04, 2005

Bloggers Against Racism

It's been a few days, and the Blog Against Racism Day discussion is still in full swing, and the entries keep coming in. Which is what we all wanted, right? A hugely diverse group of people made Blog Against Racism...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:39 PM

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December 01, 2005

Blog Against Racism Day: Participants

What can I say to all those of you so far who've taken part in this little blog swarm, except Oh. My. God. That's a lot of posts. I was kind of expecting, oh, I dunno, maybe 30 or 40...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:28 PM

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Blog Against Racism Day

[Update: the first draft of the list of Blog Against Racism Day participants is here.] "The soul, equal and eternal, emanates from bodies of different shapes and colors. Whoever foments and spreads antagonism and hate between the races, sins against...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:04 PM

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It's also World AIDS Day

And because I'm swamped, all I have time to do is point you to something I wrote in Fall 2003 on some of the work my colleagues at Earth Island's Global Service Corps are doing on AIDS and sustainable agriculture...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:13 PM

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Racism in Buffalo, New York

[Ed. note: My brother Craig left this in comments to my Pinole post, and it was so appropriate and incisive that I decided to promote it to its own post.] Buffalo has changed to some degree. It's not quite as...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:24 AM

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Racism in Pinole

Pinole is a town under siege. An island of rusticated charm in a burgeoning megalopolis, our traditional way of life is under attack. We are hard up against the deepening crime of Richmond, the most dangerous city in California according...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:53 AM

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