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Leadership, Andrew Cuomo – style

Some recent quotes from New York governor Andrew Cuomo on combatting the coronavirus outbreak (among other things): [In response to federal government statements and action]:  No one is held harmless from reality.  Being angry is a luxury.  We don’t have … Continue reading

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Nostalgic for Neanderthals

And speaking of evolution, I wax evermore nostalgic for Neanderthals.  Anthropologists confirm that Neanderthals buried their dead with tender care and were probably not the brutes we thought they were.  (Is it a human survival trait to think anyone different … Continue reading

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What’s Our IQ?

Intelligence            Decades ago I read a definition of intelligence that surprised and befuddled me.  “Intelligence is the ability to adapt.”*  I couldn’t accept this definition.  Wasn’t intelligence the ability to acquire and use information?  As I aged and grew … Continue reading

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Wolf Sighting

Wolf Sighting I cannot look away to find my camera to fiddle with the focus to frame the vision — your face might disappear into the willow whence it came your markings beyond the skill of human art or imagining … Continue reading

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Raw Power and the Rule of Law

Untempered Steel Raw power untempered by the steely underpinning of decency’s structural support destroys all before collapsing. That is not who we are. Fresh Breeze Long may our flag wave in the peace, the delicious fresh breeze flowing from the … Continue reading

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Wolf Scat

Wolf Scat When I see coyote scat, I wonder — Could it be wolf? I answer myself: not big enough not black enough not enough volume not enough attitude. Although coyotes have plenty of attitude. If I have to debate … Continue reading

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Wolf Track

Wolf Track The record of your passing, your presence, canine imprint, enormous, spreading, clearly written in wet earth my eyes take it in — scouring the ground like the nose of a bloodhound as I inspect the evidence. My brain … Continue reading

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Fall in the High Country

Summer in the Colorado mountains lasted precisely until the fall equinox.  Then a cool wind began to blow, heralding the new season’s arrival.  These pictures were taken that weekend. Seasons change quickly at 9,000 feet.  Three weeks later, the leaves … Continue reading

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The Secret Code of Wildlife Managers

Crack the Code In wildlife management’s secret code camouflage words disguise the deed mask the act seek to fool with false cover: kill becomes “cull”; “harvest” hides the slaughter; “remove” cloaks the crushing destruction; “service” conceals an utter annihilation.Bears, wolves, … Continue reading

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You Will Meet Again

You Will Meet Again You will meet again — perhaps in a whale pod, where a companion reminds you of someone dear you cannot recall perhaps as a wolf cub with a wrestling sister who triggers a faintly familiar cellular … Continue reading

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