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Turning A New Leaf In Digital Life: dragonflies drawing flames

It is the second line in the poem penned by Gerard Manley Hopkins. It refers to the wonder and depth of ordinary nature–its existence and possibilities. 56 more words


we find it hitched to everything else in the universe

From John Muir: Nature Writings (an anthology):

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

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Beauty & Priests


I thought autumn was coming but summer’s lingering, the sun still has life to give. The berries, apples and pears are ripening of course, and we found a fig tree in the cemetery with its secretive bulbous fruits growing softer to the touch, more and more like breasts, turning from green to mottled purple. 249 more words


The Helliax Rift review

In The Helliax Rift, write (and producer) Scott Handcock gets to set up a new slice of UNIT and begin what will be a run of stories across multiple Doctors. 477 more words

Doctor Who

207. (Amy Clampitt)

Amy Clampitt’s “Nothing Stays Put” opens with an allusion to Wordsworth’s “The World is Too Much With Us,” and the turn her allusion takes is indicative of what she makes of the excess of the world: “The strange and wonderful are too much with us.” That line itself can be heard numerous ways: the description itself, “how strange and wonderful” is too often spoken and heard; we are too often confronted with what has traveled from distant, exotic lands and is now within reach (the poem is largely descriptive of non-native flowers for sale in NYC); unexpectedly, she might stress “too much” so that it seems that “with us” is doing the real work, implying that we make too big a fuss over the strange and wonderful; “with us,” in our perspective etc. 2,225 more words

Brief Essays

Good Intentions, Not Always Good Results

A couple weeks ago I was drawn into a discussion concerning the Balancing Reservoir adjacent to Cromwell Valley Park. I say adjacent because it is City property, in Baltimore County, part of the City’s watershed. 503 more words