how am I going to get through all this crap?

January 29, 2011

Great stuff, kindred soul: Murrmurrs.

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my lucky year!

January 13, 2011

I already know 2011 is going to be great year, or at least a prosperous one. In just the last couple of weeks, I have received over a dozen emails from all over the world informing me of impending wealth. I was most touched by the woman from Liberia, smuggled to Italy and “lulled into […]

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Golden squares

January 8, 2011

I posted this old recipe a few years ago, but it didn’t make the move from the old blog. I thought I’d just scan the 40-plus-year-old recipe I have taped to an index card. Just three ingredients (I leave out the nuts) for the richest, densest, sweetest treat EV-AH! I don’t bother with the waxed […]

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the year in birds: 2010

January 1, 2011

Summary of my bird lists as of the end of 2010.

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two years with juniper

December 23, 2010

It’s been two years since Juniper became part of the family. Whereas our other cat Sophie is mellow, cuddly, and just wants to be loved, Juniper is affectionate, but often rambunctious and always entertaining. It’s hard to remember life without her bright-eyed curiosity and constant antics. Love you, cutie.

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birthday smiles

December 19, 2010

Yesterday was my birthday. Kingfisher left me a card and a couple small gifts on my desk in the morning. He often signs notes and cards “me” instead of using his name. We laughed at the ambiguity of his inscription in my birthday card: It took me a few more hours to come across the […]

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do I know you?

December 14, 2010

Why do you want to be my friend, Stranger? Friend requests from people I don’t know on Facebook.

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review: pentax papilio binoculars

December 11, 2010

A review of the excellent Pentax Papilio Binocular — great, inexpensive optics for insect-watchers.

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hot air

December 7, 2010

During the boring period on a plane when “anything with an on/off switch” must be turned off, Kingfisher and I like to browse through the SkyMall catalog in the seat pocket. Recently, we contemplated an item called “The Slanket.” As have, apparently, so many before us. The Slanket comes in several different models and many […]

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a quick jaunt to Panama

December 2, 2010

Kingfisher and I have been to Panama twice before. I had a project I wanted to finish researching down there, so the long Thanksgiving weekend was a good opportunity for a short visit. Home base was Canopy Tower, in the Soberanía National Park near Gamboa, where we’ve stayed before. I can’t say enough great things […]

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