If you’re looking for something to be thankful for as the holidays draw near, consider your own lucky existence.
Unless you believe that you were put on this Earth by a conscious entity for purposes known only to that entity, you probably share the contemporary view that you are the result of a series of propitious accidents.
more of Your Ecological House
There’s a category of stories I call “What was that guy thinking?”
Although these cautionary tales mostly recount the misadventures of people who text while driving and go boating without a life jacket, I’m especially dismayed by accounts of someone trying to defend his house from a big wildfire with a garden...
My wife’s friend spoke of her fear.
Her home, in a pleasant development in a hilly, forested Urban Wildlife Interface Zone (UWIZ) at the edge of our town, could have burned down. One hot, early September night a wildfire roared through a park adjacent to her development. Only the rapid response of 12 regional fire departments and...
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...
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...