For Art’s Sake

twigTower680I don't know what that means, really: art for art's sake.But then again, upon rounding the bend on the Eno River walk near Weaver Market in Hillsboro, the naive walker is stunned to find this massive five-tower twig edifice that has appeared like mushrooms on a wet lawn.But why? Because art is what we do. What we must do.  It is somehow subsumed in the "sapiens" part of our species name, the Latin I take to mean not only wise but creative. Man: The paragon of animals indeed.I know it made … Continue Reading ››

Humankind: a Course Correction is Possible

changesEverything680The last movie of the SustainFloyd spring film series will come from  Naomi Klein's book "This Changes Everything."Doors open at the Floyd Country Store at 6:00 on May 11 for the potluck (bring your own plates and utensils please) and the film will start soon after 6:30.From the dozens the SustainFloyd has shown over the past 7 years, this film promises to be one with perhaps the greatest consequence. As the documentary suggests, the choices we make this decade as a species with regard to that abstraction we glibly dismiss as "the environment" will determine … Continue Reading ››

Spring Beauties

trilliumWhite_680Actually, Spring Beauties is another flowering plant that now that I think of it, is probably blooming just up the road.Here is Trillium grandiflorum, white phase. It can also emerge as a light to medium shade of pink.About 9:00 of a morning, the light tops the east ridge, sending angled shafts of sunlight through the trees. Branches are still only partially filled out as leaves slowly emerge.If you keep your eyes open, you can sometimes find one of those beams of light from 90 million miles away where it falls just so, onto and … Continue Reading ››

The Biology of Vocation

bioluminescentShark650There was a time when, on this blog, I posted a couple of times a week about some new discovery from the natural world or about some oddity or creature feature that amazed me. That, after all, is who I am: a professional and professed tree hugger.That crowd of former biology-receptive readers has wandered off elsewhere, so I don't have so much to say about my private delight in the natural world, where even here on the back nine, I continue to marvel at what we learn and at what we … Continue Reading ››
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