The Power of Monsters

The Power of Monsters

It’s early September, and one of the houses we pass on our neighborhood walk already has a ghost on their front door. They must like Halloween a lot more than we do. We have two pumpkins already, but only because the vine volunteered from our compost soil, and we let...
Credit Where Credit Is Due

Credit Where Credit Is Due

I was pleasantly surprised when the most recent issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) arrived, and a small image of a bronze figurine I’d uncovered at Lachish was at the top of the cover. The magazine, a popular account of archaeological finds of interest to...
Balancing Trees

Balancing Trees

I walked out to get the paper early one recent morning and found a tree service crew gathering across the street. They had four trees to remove and weren’t wasting any time. My neighbor walked over to explain that one large oak was leaning dangerously toward his...
Mushrooming Change

Mushrooming Change

Our last summer outing took Susan and me to the North Georgia mountains, where we spent most of a week avoiding a touristy town in favor of hiking trails. One fine morning, on a rambling path near a mountain lake, we noticed the deep yellow trumpet shape of...
Moving Targets

Moving Targets

The last few weeks saw a population explosion of baby birds around our house, and that makes us happy. Scruffy cardinals peer at their reflection in the kitchen window. A trio of young house finches chase each other from tree to tree. A whole flock of fledgling...