Winter in the Midwest — When Trees Bare Their Souls

Note to Readers: This post is the 400th essay I've posted on my website since I began blogging seven years ago. There's lots of interesting old stuff to … [Read more...]

Dead Stuff – Which I Will Be Too One of These Days

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The fifth-century Saint Jerome kept a human skull on his desk to remind him of his mortality – memento mori.  But if you’re … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Carnivore: Why Eating Meat is OK — Sorta

Here's my essay for the “Why It’s OK to Eat Meat” contest the New York Times Magazine put on a few weeks ago. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I didn't … [Read more...]