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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Return to Playa Sonrisa, part 1

Thor and I return to our favorite Caribbean beach and reef for snorkeling and some important celebrations. Another Geezer Adventure. NOTE: It’s been an intense four years starting with the pandemic and extended family losses, way too many surgeries for Thor and me, and my two difficult skirmishes with recurrent never-smoker lung cancer. On the […]

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Greek Island Easter

Join me for memories of Easter celebration on a Greek island. NOTE: I’m revisiting memories of my first backpacking trip around Greece in 1981, including an Easter week stay at a remote village on the south coast of Crete. I have only a few photos remaining from that trip, so some here are from later trips

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A Rambling Writer Guest Post: Geologist Thor Talks More Rocks

By popular demand, Thor explains the colorful variety of stones found in our Pacific Northwest. Sara asked me to contribute a blog on our recent obsession with rock tumbling.  First a little prologue about the local geologic context, and why we have such a variety of stones here in the Pacific Northwest: A few hundred

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I decided to talk about teeth today for purely personal reasons. (Picture from here.) Teeth are a structure unique to vertebrates. There are similar feeding structures in some invertebrates. Some molluscs have a tongue-like radula that is studded with chitinous bits that serve a similar function. But these bear no embryonic relationship with vertebrate teeth.

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I’ve been thinking about how we’re going to get shut of fossil fuels. (Picture from here.) Oh, yeah. Why? We have an increasing carbon dioxide footprint in the atmosphere. It’s causing the earth to grow warmer than it has ever been in the history of our species. We have built our civilization based on that

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Halloween and Day of the Dead

Musings as the wheel of the year turns toward winter, and the veil thins between the living and the dead. Soon it’s Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhain, on the cusp of the season when traditionally the veil between the worlds thins and the presence of the dead can be felt. The earth’s turning toward dark

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Mountain Carpe Diem

Join Thor, Bear dog, and me as we soak up the last beautiful days of summer in our Pacific Northwest mountains. “But at my back I always hear Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;” These days so many of us are hearing Andrew Marvell’s wheels inexorably approaching. No need to enumerate all the crises facing the

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Crete, part 7: Back to the Sea

Thor and I diligently pursue our physical and spiritual therapy in the clear, nurturing Mediterranean off Southern Crete. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted to return

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