The Humans

‘These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before!” Ready for Starfleet? Three of earth’s most … Continue reading →

Together On A Living Planet

It is time to say goodbye to the great mammals.  Nothing vanishes in a tidy fashion and these creatures have been persevering for decades with remarkable composure to maintain a wild existence while living in the midst of a most … Continue reading →


A Perfect Forest The province of British Colombia is 40,000 square miles larger than the combined states of Washington, Oregon, and California.  Much of it is forest wilderness even today: lonely and real and out of the way, still filled … Continue reading →


Integrated Circuits My Fitbit somehow fell into the bathing suit trunk and seemed lost forever. I wanted to finish the day off with a few more steps, but without the Fitbit I had no idea what my true number of … Continue reading →

The Wooden People

1 – FOREST The North has always been with us, an unspoiled retreat and refuge from human civilization’s excess and noise.  “Up north” means a clear cold night filled with stars, frozen lakes and rushing rivers.  From northern Michigan to … Continue reading →

Three Old Men and a Blueblood

It is truly unnerving to try and write about climate change.  For months, I have been deeply absorbed in the writings of James Lovelock, who, after a decade of the most authoritative and frightening pronouncements about the climate situation, written … Continue reading →

A Time of Humanity ~ The Sympathy of Enlightenment

  We have not moved from our modest neighborhood but our address has changed:  it is now Clearwater, Florida, in the Virgo Supercluster of Laniakea (Hawaiian for ‘immense heaven’).  Astronomers have discovered that our Milky Way is clumped together with … Continue reading →

The Orphans

In a thousand years, Florida will be under water, but right now industrial heavy-lift cranes line the sky in Tampa, Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville and we have perfect weather.  Over 100,000 visitors are expected here this winter and trendy new … Continue reading →

On A Feverish Planet with Cardinals and Alligators

We are living at a time when the possibilities of astronomy have exploded with the next generation of “extremely large telescopes” (ELTS) which are being built in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Most people are not generally aware that … Continue reading →