Category Archives: Musings

Who are those people?

In 2019, I went to Vancouver, Canada, to spend some time with family. While there, I went into a funky little store called Urban Source. It’s a great place that has all sorts of odds and ends that might be … Continue reading

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The Group Photo

One of the required products of a weekend field trip is a group photo. On our Big Loop Trip this summer, we joined up with the Essig Museum group for one weekend in the southern Sierras, and had a very … Continue reading

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Art.Science: Shedding a Scenic Tear

Last week I had what I hope will be a life-changing experience. This fall I had the honor of being a juror for an exhibit of insect-inspired art, called ECLOSION, hosted by  Art.Science.Gallery. in Austin, Texas.  The event was organized by … Continue reading

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A zephyr is a soft, gentle breeze, derived from the Greek “zephuros”, meaning god of the west wind.  It is one of my favorite words, in part because I find the word “zephyr”  beautifully shaped, in part because it reminds … Continue reading

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Time is the coin of your life

In my wallet I have a fortune from a fortune cookie which I opened long ago (I don’t remember where or when).  It says: Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have and only … Continue reading

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The excitement of discovering patterns in nature

When a pattern in nature emerges, suddenly revealed through new data, I get a high unlike any other.  It is this aspect of systematic and taxonomic work that I like the best, which keeps me enthralled, and which I crave … Continue reading

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“Local” carrots

Here is a bag of carrots.  They were grown at a farm just outside of Corvallis, Oregon.  I bought them at the Farmers’ Market here in Corvallis.  I ate them in Corvallis. And while I should feel pleased to have … Continue reading

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Musings #1

I have a question for the Tiffanys of the world.  Does your partner call you by the shorter name Tiff?  Does your partner wear glasses? If they are not wearing their glasses, do they call you Jpeg?

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