Happy Halloween!

Today is Halloween, so I thought I’d post something creepy crawlie…then I realized that I pretty much always post about creepy crawlies.  This is certainly not my favourite holiday (I’m not a fan of gore), but it is fun to be in an Entomology department at this time of year.  We are having a party […]

Rough Green Snake

I was in North Carolina for one day (ONE DAY) and I saw an anolis lizard, a green tree frog, and a rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivus) .  I need to move south. I wish I could have gotten photos of the anolis, but it saw me coming and jumped from a third story balcony, […]

Heaven-Haven, by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Heaven-Haven I have desired to go Where springs not fail, To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail, And a few lilies blow. And I have asked to be Where no storms come, Where the green swell is in the havens dumb, And out of the swing of the sea.         […]

Overheard on an airplane

The scene: a crowded, musty propeller airplane with poor ventilation The girl: brunette wearing a knee-length striped sweater and a bandage on her right hand, upper twenties, weary looking as all other passengers on the plane The conversation: “Yeah I’m flying to Raleigh…my boyfriend is going to pick me up from the airport.  I’ll spend […]