Category Nature

Another Nor’Easter

Though it has been an otherwise mild winter, Massachusetts is about to be hit with our fourth Nor’Easter. The first came unseasonably early in December, then in February came one that was just rain, high winds, and flooding. It blew tiles off the roof which scratched up my car. The third knocked out power all […]

Snow in the Sahara

These photos are pretty cool, but apparently it isn’t a rare phenomena: While this week’s Saharan snowstorm was unusual, “it’s not like it’s never happened before,” Kaplan says. Last winter saw a similar dusting of snow over the Algerian town of Ain Sefra, which NASA’s Earth Observatory says is sometimes called the “gateway to the […]


Growing up we had an ash tree in our front yard. It was a ragged and sickly tree, every winter we wondered if it would make it to spring. Eventually we cut it down. So in my mind I identify ash with sickly, and sure enough, every time I see an ash tree it is […]

Seeing and Naming

An old post from June from the soon-to-be-defunct blog. I am pleased to say I now know much more about trees than I did when I wrote this.  Humans are very visual, so interacting with nature is all about learning to see: teaching our brains to pick out important details from the millions that bombard […]

A Rare Find

Some time ago I wrote about the near extinction of the American Chestnut during the first half of the 20th century thanks to the Chestnut blight brought over from China. Yet the roots of the old trees live on and send up saplings. The little trees might grow to 20 feet or so before the […]

Munchausen’s By Proxy Syndrome

Munchausen’s Syndrome is a compulsive tendency to invent elaborate health problems for oneself. It is named after the German storybook character and his impossible adventures. “Munchausen’s-by-proxy” is the compulsive need of some mothers to attribute improbable health-issues to their children. Rod recalls Dee Dee — to whom he was briefly married, though they separated before […]


The neighborhood battened down the hatches until early afternoon. Around three the snow blowers and plows started up, not so much because the bad weather had passed as the fact that sunset was coming soon and snow clearing could start now or never. Despite all the hysteria on cable news, it isn’t a particularly bad storm, we’ve had worse this […]