Monthly Archives: February 2012

Just like us, only smaller

Have you ever seen a swarm of bees in flight? If ever you’re lucky enough to see one, maybe sometime this spring, pay close attention. Really, really close attention. See the speed at which they move, with faster bees on … Continue reading

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Tomatoland — aargh!

I once spent a season picking tomatoes in California’s Central Valley. News flash: picking tomatoes – picking anything on a commercial scale – for days on end in the hot valley sun is not much fun. It’s also not good … Continue reading

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The River at the Center of the World

This book (it’s at least the 5th one of his that I’ve read) reminds me what a wonderfully accessible, agreeable, and engaging writer Simon Winchester is. Look at his two books on the OED for proof. Or the one on … Continue reading

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Girls Don’t Fly

OK, OK, so I’m a grown up that just read a YA novel and really quite enjoyed it. In part, it’s because it’s set on and around the Great Salt Lake, in part it’s because it’s ‘about’ the Galapagos, and … Continue reading

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