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Category Archive for 'Flotsam and Jetsam'

Seen on Trail

Look what happens when you get anywhere near a mama Peregrine Falcon’s nest: And while we’re on the topic, you really must spend the three minutes to watch this:

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Ask yourself, when you see an individual or collective entity fail to overcome a challenge, what your reaction is. I suspect a good many folks ask questions like, “what went wrong?” or “what obstacles got in the way?” I suggest that this is not a fruitful way to proceed. A far richer method of inquiry […]

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World Cup Comedown

It seems to me that we’re all a little zany about the performance of the US at this World Cup. I’d call it close to being below par, which is certainly a far cry from how many others seem to be reacting. The team won 1 game out of the 4 it played, which means […]

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Unsolicited Parenting Advice

Since all of you at least had parents, and many of you may be parents yourselves, or plan to be them, please indulge me the following bit of advice that I am sure you’ve heard a million times: Just because “everyone else” (or ANYONE else for that matter) is doing something says NOTHING about whether […]

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My grandparents and their parents clawed their way to New York approximately 100 years ago. The girls, too, worked. The men were stone cutters and worked in the garment district. We came from the bottom of the boot, literally and figuratively, in Italy – from Bari, Calabria, Naples and Sicily.   I’ve studied the history […]

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Better Than Blogging

Bovinity in the Blue Ridge. This one from Mt. Mitchell, NC. Posting will continue to be very sparse. For those of you looking for a couple of good reads, I recommend Tim Egan;s Big Burn and Greg Zuckerman’s The Frackers. The “problem” with very tall mountains is that when you are on them, you can’t see them … the hike […]

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I know, I know, this site is beginning to sound like a Vox stalker site. But I have it as one of my news feeds and they post a lot to it, plus, despite my qualms with it the stuff they put out is orders of magnitude better than what the AP typically pipes into […]

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Hi All, Wintercow will be out to pasture for quite some time and will have limited engagement with modern electronics. He’ll try to post some pictures and relevant stories from his travels should they be appropriate. In the meantime, I just finished Adam Minter’s Junkyard Planet – highly recommended on many levels. Here’s a snippet from p. […]

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Monday Morning Research

This paper finds that the recent economic growth miracle in Africa has been due to the reduction in the labor force needed on the farms (i.e. agricultural productivity).  Great, I have an idea. Let’s ban GMO seeds and modern farming practices, that will help speed things along. By the way, what does such a finding […]

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Book Blegging Again

Hi All, I am trying to commit to some more enjoyable page turners this summer than the typical trudge through dense economics tracts. In the past I have particularly enjoyed things like stories about Ernest Shackleton’s misadventures, novels from John Irving, quirky histories like Dava Sobel’s story of the Longitude prize, and such. Any particularly […]

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