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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

A Symphony in the Trees: It’s Katydid Season!

When I was a child, I had a picture book about insects.  Each creepy critter was briefly described by the author, including an onomatopoeic description of the insect’s chirp or whistle or buzz. The katydid, I learned in that book, had a distinctive call that sounded like “Katie did, Katie did, Katie did-did-did.” *     *     *     *     * We drove up our driveway last night at around 11 p.m., and there they were!  Just one night before, the skies had been … [Read more...]


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