Category Archives: Nature

Spring Equinox 2016

Last year was a fierce winter. Snow came early and the cold stayed late. On several occasions I exited from the Fort Greene Observatory in my ski gear, which was good for -20 Fahrenheit. This winter New Yorkers prepared for the worst, but we were spared the last year’s harshness. Only one real blizzard and […]

Moby WTF

Several Palm Sundays ago I woke with an urge to see the ocean. It was a sunny day. The Hamptons were too far away for a day trip, however Rockaway Beach was close. When I told my roommate about the excursion, Vladmar laughed at me, “Rockaway Beach not ocean. It is song from Ramones.” “It’s […]

Caveman Love

There is no proof of cavemen ie Neanderthals or Cromagnons dragging women by their hair. No Neolithic paintings support this fallacy. But the Rape of the Sabine? That’s a legend based on factual hearsay.

Rhododendrons Of Nepal

In the late winter of 1968 I won a rhododendron bush from my sisters’ high school south of Boston. I didn’t think much of the prize. My father planted the bush by the driveway. A month later light purple flowers burst from the branches. The neighborhood girls admired the rhodedendron’s scintillating beauty and I proudly […]

Pagan Winter Solstice

This coming Saturday will be the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year. On December 21st I will wake at dawn and climb onto the roof of the Fort Green Observatory to bathe in the distant sun’s light. The frost on my skin will the only human sacrifice within sight. After 30 seconds I […]