Flannery’s Peacocks: “King of the Birds” Run Amok

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"I intend to stand firm and let the peacocks multiply, for I am sure that, in the end, the last word will be theirs." --Flannery O'ConnorIf Flannery O'Connor were living in New York City today, and if she were to make such a statement about, say, cats, I imagine that the ASPCA would be called, the felines would be hastily relocated, and she'd have a social worker assigned to her case at the earliest possible moment.But she's talking, instead, about her beloved peacocks, a familiar sight … [Read more...]

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LORD, MAKE ME A BANYAN TREE

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We lost a mighty tree in our front yard this winter.  It was an ash, and yes, it was already dead—defeated by Michigan’s pernicious emerald ash borer.   When it toppled during a windstorm, it brought down the electrical wires, snapping a wooden pole, pulling the meter off our house and taking out the cable and internet in one fell swoop.  The weight of the massive trunk wrestled the roots from the damp earth, and 80 feet of bark and bole and branch sprawled across the lawn.Looking at the snar … [Read more...]

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Wow! The Supermoon Was Awesome Behind Brazil’s “Christ the Redeemer”!

Of all the images of the Supermoon of July 12, 2014, perhaps this is the most dramatic:  the moon low in the sky, behind Rio de Janeiro's iconic 130-foot statue of "Christ the Redeemer."A "supermoon" occurs when the moon is full on the same night that it's at the closest point in its orbit.  Saturday's supermoon was the first of the season, but there's another on the way August 10.Photo:  Getty Images … [Read more...]

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