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Our love affair with life

The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day. Where there is no risk, the

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The insignificance of us

How utterly strange, tentative and untethered our lives are. There are other words to describe our  situation—many, many of them—but I won’t try to come up with them here. Physicist and novelist Alan Lightman looks at “Our Place in the

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Of life, death and music

My friend Pam died last Friday. I’ve already celebrated her life on this blog (March 20), and I haven’t too much to add. I’ll miss her presence, books and magazines cascading around her chair, Daniels Pond lighting up her face

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To learn from a snail

“The right thing to do is to do nothing; the place to do it is in a place of concealment and the time to do it is as often as possible.”  Tony Cook, The Biology of Terrestrial Molluses, “Behavioral Ecology.”

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A jug, a man and the circling world

A few months ago I attended a memorial for a friend—a man, a husband, a father, a community activist and a Quaker. I hadn’t known Nash as well as many of the 150 or so people there. We’d both worked

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