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Book Reflection: “American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree”

The American chestnut tree, Castanea dentata, was one of the first biological icons to be virtually vacated from an integral position in both the environment and American society. We knew little about accidental imports of exotic species, and the introduction of the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica spurred the discussion and action. I was fascinated with the topic when…

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Film Reflection: Wildest Middle East

After reading What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam & Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis and watching Rory Stewart’s The Great Game (incredible dual documentaries on imperialism and Afghan independence) on Netflix (the first is also on YouTube), I continued the theme and watched an installment on one of my favorite natural history…

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Returning to the Artsy Basics

As a kid, as many kids, I was super crafty. I particularly liked making posters by attaching construction paper with drawings or cut outs almost as good as my drawings to make an even bigger view. I was one of those kids the art teachers favored. I was very good for my age. But beyond…

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The Five ‘But’s of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic series Sherlock Holmes was a literary revolution back in its Victorian days because it was the first to successfully introduced a scientific approach to crime. Now inspires a plethora of modern remakes in film. It’s popular–is and was–without a doubt. But…. There’s no shame in not boarding the band wagon.…