February 29, 2016

trail notes, mmxvi-ii-xxix

140 dog-walking miles for February.
300 so far for 2016.

pj, mmxvi-ii-xxix

February 26, 2016

garden notes, mmxvi-ii-xxvi


snippets, 2-26-2016

Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren't real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books. All too often, that's more than Mummy and Daddy know; for, in denying their childhood, the adults have denied half their knowledge, and are left with the sad, sterile little fact: 'Unicorns aren't real.' And that fact is one that never got anyone anywhere...
- Ursula K LeGuin
(via Myth & Moor)

February 25, 2016

trail notes, mmxvi-ii-xxiv

a few days ago


Here's my prediction for November 2016: Trump gets the R nomimation and Clinton gets the D, but Trump offers Sanders the VP spot and Trump/Sanders go on to win with somewhere around 84 percent of the vote, unless Clinton offers Warren the VP slot (and Warren cough cough accepts), in which case Trump/Sanders still win but only just barely.

February 24, 2016

trail notes, mmxvi-ii-xxiv

Walking challenges:
Teddy Roosevelt's 50 miles in three days
the Forest Service's three miles in 45 minutes with 45 pounds

snippets, 2-24-2016

Do teens read seriously anymore? (New Yorker)

February 21, 2016

trail notes, mmxvi-ii-xxi

shrimp plant, dandelion with bee, an ecosystem, bluebonnet rosettes, honeysuckle

February 20, 2016

early spring, mmxvi-ii-xx

redbud, agarita, plum, mountain laurel

February 18, 2016

snippets, 2-18-2016

Hairy Panic would be a good name for a rock band (The Guardian).

February 14, 2016

guest post: grandpa, pj and pan

Bren took this picture a couple days ago :)

field notes, mmxvi-ii-xiv

Today the creek decided it would be more fun to have me sitting in it instead of standing on its bank, which slipped suddenly out from under me. Some nearby vultures were amused.

happy valentine's day!

February 13, 2016

February 11, 2016

February 10, 2016

snippets, 2-10-2016

Are pets really good for us? (Pacific Standard)

A quibble I had with a recent book on therapy dogs was that it was relentlessly positive, as if nothing but good could ever result from keeping a dog. That may be true for people who have highly trained, well-mannered therapy dogs, but I would have liked more balance. On the other hand, some of the recent studies on the connections between dogs and blood pressure, immune system response, etc., are pretty compelling.

February 7, 2016

trail notes, mmxvi-vi-vii

Neighborhood pears and oaks and ashes are already budding. Our last freeze last year was at the end of the first week of March so they might be jumping the gun a little.

February 6, 2016

February 2, 2016

park notes, mmxvi-ii-ii

snippets, 2-2-2016

Meet the real-life pet dogs of Dr Seuss (The Guardian). Surprised to learn that The Cat in The Hat didn't come out until the good doctor was in his 50s.