Entries from July 2008

The Poet’s Crimes Against Humanity

Comments   0   Date Arrow  July 31, 2023 at 9:31pm   User  by Mark Willis

My friend Chris Merrill talked tonight on PRI’s The World about Radovan Karadzic’s other life — no, not the naturopath in hiding who was captured last week in Serbia — but the psychopath who wrote poetry as he pursued ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. Chris told a surreal story I’ve heard several times about meeting Karadzic […]

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Global Warming and the Future of Isle Royale

Comments   1   Date Arrow  July 30, 2023 at 6:00am   User  by Mark Willis

A bull moose wades in the water at Isle Royale National Park. [Photo by Jim Scurlock,  a winner in Lake Superior Magazine’s 1998 photo contest]
You don’t have to look for polar bears in Greenland to find the impact of global warming on wildlife. Climate change now threatens the dynamic balancing act between moose and wolves […]

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Life As a Locavore

Comments   0   Date Arrow  July 29, 2023 at 10:39pm   User  by Mark Willis

Barbara Kingsolver talks about eating local on this week’s edition of Living on Earth. Here’s the blurb:
Barbara Kingsolver left life in the farm country of Kentucky in the 1970s to become educated as an evolutionary biologist. But what she didn’t know was that she would also become a best-selling novelist. You may know some of […]

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Don’t Move That Farmers’ Market!

Comments   1   Date Arrow  July 28, 2023 at 4:01pm   User  by Mark Willis

On Saturday mornings at the height of summer, the Yellow Springs Farmer’s Market gets as crowded, garrulous, and animated as any Arab souk. The market has thrived for 25 years at the heart of the village. It’s only two blocks from my home, and walking there is one of the best […]

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The Times — Are They A-Changin’?

Comments   1   Date Arrow  July 22, 2023 at 2:14pm   User  by Mark Willis

JibJab is back with a new satirical video for the 2008 election — Time for Some Campaignin’. JibJab seemed to invent the Internet video mashup in 2004 with This Land!, which presaged YouTube by two years. Now JibJab has a YT channel and a commercial site. According to their YT profile:
Brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis […]

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Blue Hole, Little Miami River

Comments   0   Date Arrow  July 13, 2023 at 4:04pm   User  by Mark Willis

Robert S. Duncanson. Blue Hole, Little Miami River. 1851. Cincinnati Art Museum.

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Café Mouffe: Utah Phillips

Comments   0   Date Arrow  July 10, 2023 at 10:10am   User  by Mark Willis

With the indulgence of the proprietor, Café Mouffe opens early this week for my birthday. Utah Phillips has been on my mind since his death in May. America lost a national treasure with his passing. Utah was an ardent, union organizer and raconteur of tall tales, and he wrote more songs than I ever realized. […]

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Playing By Ear: 60 X 365

Comments   1   Date Arrow  July 1, 2023 at 7:40am   User  by Mark Willis

Composer David Morneau has concluded a heroic yearlong musical project. A doctoral candidate in composition at Ohio State., Morneau has been composing, producing, and blogging one 60-second piece of music daily for the past 12 months on a site called 60 X 365. He discussed the project yesterday on NPR Music:
“I kind of hit a […]

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