Monthly Archives: March 2017

All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.  Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols Photo Jim Halvorson

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By A.D. 1300 nearly everyone had left Mesa Verde, and in fact the entire Four Corners area that had been the center of Ancestral Puebloan culture. They departed for a number of possible reasons. A long-term drought at the end … Continue reading

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The smile that flickers on a baby’s lips when he sleeps- does anyone know where it was born? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, … Continue reading

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See, lady, that’s what happens to snow in Texas. It- freaking- melts.  Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero  Photo Jim Sage

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It is the phenomenon made known by the marine biologist Daniel Pauly as the shifting-baseline syndrome. The world as first seen by the child becomes his lifelong standard of excellence, mindless of the fact he is admiring the ruins of … Continue reading

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The Peace of Wild Things When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down … Continue reading

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DESERT WEEK CONCLUDED

Big Bend National Park in Texas has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. It contains more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species … Continue reading

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DESERT WEEK

I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince Photo John Avant

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DESERT WEEK

“You told us to leave you in the desert, because you planned to start a new life as cactus,” Catarina said, her voice flat. “Then you conjured up tiny needles and threw them at us. With pinpoint accuracy.”  Cassandra Clare … Continue reading

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DESERT WEEK

Javelinas can breed any month of the year, but most births occur in May, June, or July, after a five-month gestation period. This may be to correspond with the summer rainy season. They first breed at about one year of … Continue reading

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