Tag Archives: animals and nature

there’s a tree growing on my car

There’s a tree growing on my car, in the crevice where the rear deck meets the backlight.  I think it’s a silver maple. I’m sure this is a metaphor for something, but I’m not sure what, and it’s not going … Continue reading

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sorunku

Sorunku. Sorunku. Sorunku.  This is my new favorite word in the whole wide world, even though I have no idea what it means.  This is a Swedish matchbook label (according to reverse Google image search), so you may be excused … Continue reading

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what is a wolpertinger?

Apparently it is a Bavarian cousin of the the familar American jackalope, adding to the body of a hare (or jackrabbit) and the antlers of a deer, the wings of a pheasant.  Also, they sometimes have fangs.  Like the jackalope, … Continue reading

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earwigs and phil hartman

I just opened the front door to bring in the mail, and there was a giant, disgusting earwig in the mailbox. And that made me think of Troy McClure, and of how we may remember him from such other nature … Continue reading

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internet sunday: buddha and tiger

Today is just a tiger resting on the head of the sleeping Buddha. Photo by Carlos Santero.

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loving those japanese matchbook labels–summer is coming

This holiday weekend in the US traditionally marks the beginning of social summer. And after this long, cold spring we could certainly use it.  And summer makes me think about cicadas (I’m one of those rare people who likes the … Continue reading

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internet sunday: double portrait

It’s Wassily Kandinsky,  the great Russian artist of the first half of the twentieth century . He painted some of the first great abstract works, and he taught at the Bauhaus. The famous Bauhaus Wassily chair, designed by Marcel Breuer, … Continue reading

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dogwoods of the neighborhood

Spring is passing quickly, as it so often does.  And spring in the US Midwest means dogwoods in flower.  Before they’re all gone, here are two of my favorite neighborhood dogwood trees.  The pink one is a spectacular Cherokee Sunset … Continue reading

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antique skeleton keys

Finally finished (barring a few tweaks) the drawings of antique skeleton keys for a change of address card.  One is pretty conventional, based on photographs of actual keys plus some period engravings.  And one is … less conventional.   It’s based … Continue reading

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the word of the day is “hominin”

“Who were the Denisovans anyway?”.  This compelling and (to me) instantly attractive question was the title of today’s post on the consistently interesting blog called Twilight Beasts.  And of course I clicked to read, and to my even greater delight, … Continue reading

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