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American conservatives are engaged in a generational struggle for the future. In the political press, with its preference for trivialization over ideas, this fight is portrayed as a mere clash of … more
It snowed, it snowed! We won't be having a crusty, dried leaf Christmas after all.We all know that these winter holidays do not need to involve snow; it's just delightful to have it around, is it … more
So here's my movie concept: during a laboratory accident, a scientist exchanges his DNA with a fly. Over the next few weeks, our hero slowly shrinks in size and transforms into an insect with black … more
It may be beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but it sure doesn't feel much like it. I doubt that even those among us who recognized Donald Trump as a consummate con man totally unfit for any … more
It's past time that folks in the West extended an invitation to the president to get outdoors. A little time in the backcountry has a way of helping us remember who we are and where we come from. … more
Let's be honest and ask ourselves: Do we really look forward to going to meetings - be they meetings at companies, nonprofit organizations, or school/municipal settings? I found many meetings to be … more
What does our invasive plant highlight this month have in common with a tangled mass of twine? More than you would think. Known as Asiatic or Oriental bittersweet, Celastrus orbiculatus is a woody … more
My three children have participated in a Four Winds Nature Institute program that recruits adult family members to lead grade-school nature learning. I have worked with several moms and dads over the … more
Shirley Jackson is really hot right now! A visit to my local independent bookstore's fiction section revealed 13 volumes of her work, easily outdistancing Henry James, her nearest neighbor on the … more
My doctor told me that I need to lose weight for health reasons, and that it might be helpful for me to keep track of what I do throughout the week as a health diary. On Monday it seemed too early in … more
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