If the GOP Field Were Whales. . .

Featured image They’d look like these guys: all spouting off at once, but not getting very far. (Can’t find Trump the Orca though): »

And Now For Something Completely Different. . .

Featured image Like whales. It’s whale migration season out here on the Left Coast.  Here’s a two-minute highlight reel of some action, culminating with yesterday’s up close and personal at the San Simeon pier. (Ah-nold film buffs will know this location from the closing scene of his finest film, Commando.) I’m thinking of named the whale “Cecil.” Whaddyathink?  »

There’s something about Katy (and Lizzy)

Featured image I found Corey Kilgannon’s Saturday Saturday New York Times story to be worthy of note and thought readers might find it of interest. Kilgannon’s story is variously headlined “Long separated, sisters have a college reunion” (in the paper, where it caught my eye) and “2 women moved to write stories uncover a surprisingly personal one” (online). I found it a touching story with plenty of material for further reflection. Here »

Wild Turkey

Featured image With Thanksgiving just around the corner, one’s thoughts naturally turn to turkeys. And, no, I don’t mean Obamacare: I mean real turkeys, especially wild ones. Wild turkeys were just about extinct not many years ago–like Canada geese, amazingly enough–and until quite recently, hardly anyone had ever seen a wild turkey. I first learned about a turkey resurgence when my older brother, at that time a near-professional hunter who lives in »

A Bear’s Argument For Evolution

Featured image How is this video of a bear an argument for evolution? Because it shows bears are getting smarter. For many thousands of years, bears didn’t have to deal with dumpsters. And, as far as I know, bears never invented the wheel; yet this bear understands the concept perfectly. Let’s put it this way: this bear is smart enough that, if he were a human and registered to vote, he wouldn’t »

Photo of the Day

Featured image We were watching a movie in our library a little while ago when one of my daughters had the feeling of being watched. She turned around and looked out the window. There, gazing back at her from a few feet away, was a deer. The deer had retreated a bit by the time my youngest daughter got out her phone and took this picture: We have a cowbird, too, that »

California Dreaming, Chapter 3

Featured image For this installment I take time out from observing California’s socialist-utopian dysfunctionality to observe a few of those “exploitable asymmetries” mentioned previously that make it possible for California to get away with so much of its nonsense.  The other day a pod of whales frolicked on the water just offshore from me, and I managed to catch a great blues act, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, at one of »

Theater of the Absurd Seasons

Featured image Here in Minnesota, we have enjoyed an unusually mild winter, and now it seems to be rushing pell-mell into summer. The thermometer has edged over 70 degrees several times this week, and today I think it got up to 75 or so. This is truly extraordinary for mid-March in Minnesota; March ties with February as Minnesota’s snowiest month, on the average. A few days ago, the Minneapolis Star Tribune posted »

Pigeon vs. Peregrine Falcon

Featured image My office is on the 25th floor of an office building in downtown Minneapolis. On any day when I look out my windows, I see peregrine falcons cruising, looking for prey–pigeons, mostly. It is not unusual to see a falcon dive-bomb a pigeon, bring his carcass to a ledge on my building, and eat him. Concrete canyons like the ones my office overlooks have turned out to be excellent habitats »

A Modern Jonah, Almost

Featured image If you have ever wondered about the mechanics of how Jonah could have been swallowed by a whale–or even if you haven’t–check out this video, shot near Santa Cruz, in which a surfer and two kayakers are very nearly swallowed by a humpback whale (there are two whales in the video). It’s the kind of thing that could ruin your whole day, if the whale had been just a few »