LORD, MAKE ME A BANYAN TREE

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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Peek-a-Boo! God and The Bornean Rainbow Toad

Wrap your mind around this (can you see it?).  It's a Bornean Rainbow Toad.God, in His infinite wisdom and creativity, designed a panoply of creatures so diverse, so fantastic, so colorful, so… well, so HUNGRY.And because no one—not even a lowly amphibian—likes to be someone else’s lunch, God thought up a bunch of cool ways to hide. It’s called “cryptic camouflage” and it allows a toad or a moth or a caterpillar to blend into the environment so well that a hawk or a sand crane is unlike … [Read more...]

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THE CANOPY AND THE COSMOS: What Kilmer Knew, What Sagan Never Dreamed

Today, December 6, is the birthday of Joyce Kilmer.Alfred Joyce Kilmer (December 6, 1886 – July 30, 1918) was an American journalist, poet, literary critic, and editor.  He was considered the leading Catholic poet and lecturer of his generation, and was compared to G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc.  He died too young, at age 31, leaving his fans to wonder what else he might have accomplished had he lived.  A sergeant in the 165th U.S. Infantry Regiment during World War I, Kilmer was killed … [Read more...]

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