In my town, there was a fire.
It exploded in the middle of the night, burning 86 acres in a hilly Urban Wildlife Interface Zone, destroying most of a park and damaging two homes at its edge. It could have been a lot worse, if not for the response of no less than 11 fire departments from nearby towns that rushed to help our overwhelmed...
more of Your Ecological House
Two young women sat down at the table next to mine in a restaurant.
They began to talk, then one of them made the “wait-a-minute” gesture with her index finger. She pulled her cellphone from her purse, placed it on the table and stared at. And stared at it ... and stared at it.
Eventually, she entered some text...
I’m not sure just how I wound up taking a semester of rope skipping to fulfill my 1960s-something college freshman physical education requirement. Suffice it to say that once I found myself in this unwelcome circumstance, I accepted my fate and determined to give it my best shot.
I’m glad I did. By the end of the term I...
Praise be to Nero’s Neptune
The Titanic sails at dawn
And everybody’s shouting
“Which side are you on?”
– Bob Dylan, “Desolation Row”
We each arrive at a time in our lives when we must decide between doing what’s convenient and what our...
“Most small business owners are not particularly sophisticated business people. That’s not a criticism; they’re passionate about cutting hair or cooking food, and that’s why they got in the business, not because they have an MBA.”
– Andrew Mason, entrepreneur
Thursday, 10:15 p.m.:...
“Antibiotic resistance exemplifies par excellence Darwinism: Surviving strains (of bacteria) have emerged under the protection and selection by the antibiotic.”
– Dr. Stuart B. Levy, professor of molecular biology, microbiology and medicine, Tufts University
Is your evil alter ego working to create superbugs,...
“Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.”
– Sir William Osler, M.D., “the father of modern medicine”
I was both amused and distressed as I watched a 20-something mom hastily pull a bottle of hand sanitizer from her purse and squirt some on her baby’s pudgy paws.