Monthly Archives: May 2012

Those Grim Grimm Brothers

It occurred to me this morning that I should clarify something in yesterday’s post.  When I described the saga of the Hatfields and McCoys as a Grimm Brothers fairytale, it’s because that was the most apt comparison I could think … Continue reading

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The Hatfields and McCoys . . . and Hitchcock?

This week the History Channel is running a six-hour presentation of America’s most famous feud, the murderous, longstanding grudge match between the Hatfield and McCoy families living along border between Kentucky and West Virginia.   I am from a small town on … Continue reading

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Mother Nature as Muse

This week’s Saturday/Sunday edition of the The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article in the “Review” section by regular columnist Jonah Lehrer, titled “Mom Was Right: Go Outside.”  He cites the findings of several scientific studies that people who … Continue reading

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Hard times in The Big Easy

I read the news today, oh boy . . .  Actually, I read this particular news item two days ago.  The Times-Picayune, New Orleans’ daily newspaper, is moving to a three-day-per-week publication schedule.  The newspaper has an online presence at … Continue reading

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Woodpecker nest

I never intended for this blog to become so nature focused, but I keep noticing nature-y things.  Last weekend I saw a woodpecker angrily chasing a robin away from the upper branches of our silver maple.  The robin kept coming back … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria’s journals

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role played by journals in creativity and innovation.  I’ll post more on this later when I have time to write.  This week I’m in the middle of final exams and closing out the … Continue reading

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“How to” . . . a snapshot of life in mid-May

I was about look something up online just now – but couldn’t get past the list of top search terms that dropped down from the Google rectangle when I typed the words “how to”: Tie a tie Hard boil eggs … Continue reading

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Always chasing rainbows

 Last night it was raining as my film studies class ended, but while I was in my office putting away my gear, I suddenly became aware of the sky brightening.  Being a parent has conditioned me ALWAYS to look for a rainbow … Continue reading

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My little chickadees

A pair of chickadees has taken up residence in a knothole in the magnolia tree just outside our kitchen window.  That hole in the tree didn’t always exist.  It was just a burled scar where a tree branch had been … Continue reading

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Light shadows

Walking to my office early today (after a quick stop at Starbucks), I saw these shimmering squares of reflected sunlight cast down from a nearby office building.

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