IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES for discovering new dinosaur species—hundreds of them! Allosaurus! Brontosaurus! Stegosaurus! Triceratops! Bloody reptiles with wings! Grate Grommett’s Balls of Fire, there were birds with teeth! What was next? What a heady, marvelous time it must have been to be a scientist! Yet it was arguably the worst of times for establishing respect for scientists and the reasonably new fields of paleontology and comparative anatomy. READ MORE
I MET THE GIRL OF MY DREAMS in the last month of the last year of the last century. I was 47 and Berni was, well, let’s say younger. People who know us now think we’re a perfect match, a ‘natural’ couple. But it wasn’t always so—especially not in the beginning, when I was gaga over her but she was considerably less than gaga over me. READ MORE
FIRST THERE IS A MOUNTAIN then there is no mountain then there is. I had made this walk a hundred times before today but today was extraordinary, but then every day is extraordinary.
So, I walked as I always do and always did.
So, I walked past the many telephone poles on 112th Avenue NE. READ MORE
IF YOU KNOW NOTHING about astronomy and galactic formation and nebulae, you still probably know about the Horsehead Nebula. The gorgeous image of that mass of dirt and debris above was taken by Ken Crawford in 2011. He took this photo from his backyard observatory in Rancho Del Sol Camino, the image taking twenty hours of exposure and seven different filters! READ MORE