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Blogging and personal life

Writing this blog has been an interesting balance between public and personal life. I think the best blogs are those that decide one way or another. In other words, some focus on thoughts and ideas of a primarily public nature (with a few coming-out-of-the-closet stories), of interest to some portion of the general public. Others … Continue reading

Moby Dick

I’ve done it! I’ve finished the Great American Novel! Well– Ok, I’ve finished reading the Great American Novel. Writing the Great American Novel is still a work in progress.  But finishing Moby Dick feels like an accomplishment. Never mind that it’s 822 pages long; during high school I could have read that in a week. … Continue reading

Palin’s Resignation: The Edited Version

Forget politics for a moment, and look at Sarah Palin’s July 3 resignation speech from a grammatical point of view. That’s what Vanity Fair’s editors did, and the results are hilarious — and sad. From Vanity Fair: Bonus: If that’s not enough, check out William Shatner on the Tonight Show, reciting a portion of Palin’s … Continue reading

Southern Live Oak: A tree, a journal

We conclude our series on the Southern live oak with a look at dead trees that have taken on new life.

Hurricane Katrina and the Southern live oak

Back to our series about the live oak, we’ll see how Hurricane Katrina affected the oaks of the Gulf Coast.

The live oak in Southern cities and culture

In this installment of our ongoing series, we visit some of the great Southern cities to understand the role of the Southern live oak in urban design and Southern culture.

A description of the Southern live oak

In this installment of our ongoing series, we’ll learn how to identify the Southern live oak and understand its place in coastal ecosystems.