NATURAL VARIATION

  A friend posted on Facebook that if she could have any question answered, she would ask God why humans were so made to be so different, varying in height and weight and color and language—we are so variable, unlike zebras or elephants or monkeys, which are about the same, she wrote. A mutual friend suggested [...]

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BIRTHDAY CAKE

I like to bake. I like baking cakes even more than eating them. I like eating pie better, but baking a pie is never as satisfying as cake. I don't know why that is. Let month, I was asked to make a cake for my youngest grandchild, an honor. Today we are celebrating our only [...]

BIRD STORIES

In the last week: band-tailed pigeons and Eurasian doves, Steller's jays and a single scrub jay, robins and goldfinches, red-wing blackbirds, song sparrows, hummingbirds, crows and ravens, bald eagles, red-tailed hawk, black oystercatchers, gulls, whimbrels, Canada geese and brown pelicans, and a mixed flock of semi-palmated plovers and dunlins (this latter with distinct dark bellies—I [...]

YELLOW

So yes, I know: buttercups and warm lights, the shadows on a polar bear and pollen. Lemon curd sauce and angel pie, the afternoon light glowing in the living room. Gold on my fingers, the tint of big leaf maples in September. Bananas, egg yolks, buttered corn. Caution signs, dandelions, honey bees. Even so. The [...]

BRAIN POWER

The brain is a greedy organ*. I heard once that Einstein used the same energy when he was thinking hard that a marathon runner would be using about mile 25. I am thinking a lot these days. I am revising curriculum on the fly because my tiny writing class needs to become a more muscular [...]