Category Archives: From the museum

Politics needs the Cladistic Revolution

This was a big issue in my previous life in the world of systematics. The field was in a huge paradigm war between people who classified dead fish based on shared evolutionary novelties (the cladists) and people who classified based … Continue reading

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Mrs Tiggy-Winkle

As I got dressed yesterday, hiking my skirt up to the only point at which it will still fit around my torso, I realized that I have entered the Mrs Tiggy-Winkle stage of couture. Then I thought, I could do … Continue reading

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Dr. Mutter’s Marvels

When the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society met in Philadelphia, a highlight was our visit to the famous Mutter Museum of anatomical curiosities – not a Ripley’s sort of museum, but a collection of study specimens maintained by the College … Continue reading

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Legends of Russia by Kseniya Simonova

I don’t know Russian legends, but I know what I like. ¬†This video’s amazing both for her artistry and the confidence with which she destroys and recreates her art. I like a book to do this as well – replacing … Continue reading

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How to Identify Ents

In Tolkien’s books, young or youngish ents are mentioned. Where I live, though, the ents are obviously a later stage in the life of trees. You only find them in a mature forest that is not well manicured. An ent-woods … Continue reading

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In which five people outwit one bird

I’ve remarked before that the way to see owls is to go out without either binoculars or camera.¬† Ignoring my own advice, my friend Elaine Bergstrom and I went out to Seminary Woods, fully armed with cameras, to listen to … Continue reading

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Smashword Update

For anyone who missed my previous announcement, Kindling is available on Smashwords for $0.99. I’m still waiting for them to resolve their issues with Amazon, but if nothing happens in the next week I’ll look into publishing it there as … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Procession

Here’s the Procession of the Sardar, by Mikhail Mikhailovich Ippolitov-Ivanov. My father had a 45 rpm record with this on one side and Valse Triste on the other. I listened to it endlessly, especially in those cold after-christmas months when … Continue reading

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Creatures from the Black Lagoon*

* This is not a paid promotional announcement One of my favorite places to visit is Wakulla Springs, where The Creature From the Black Lagoon was filmed. I’m more interested in the other creatures in the black lagoon, and this … Continue reading

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You too can get these results

Double Dragon took care of creating the covers for my novels, but I was on my own when it came to reissuing Kindling on Smashwords. Needless to say, I am not a professional artist. What my studio lacks in equipment, … Continue reading

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