Beavers vs the Army Corps of Engineers

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that North America was once ruled by giant beavers.  It should also come as no surprise then, given the state of things today, that there are many people who wish for their return.  These peaceful, bear-sized rodents reigned for quite a long time, from 1.4 million yearsContinue reading “Beavers vs the Army Corps of Engineers”

In Vegetables We Trust. Or Do We?

There has been some disturbing news of late coming out of the Vegetable Kingdom that all is not well, that, in fact, there may be a traitor in its midst.  This may not strike the average meat eater as surprising, much less worrisome, but for those upstanding vegetables and such others as feel a closeContinue reading “In Vegetables We Trust. Or Do We?”

Some People Know How to Spoil Everything

Have you ever noticed how every now and then adventurous humans seem to discover an exciting new hot spot, and before you can even think about taking a selfie there, everyone’s  already on the way?  Isn’t that just like us humans – never satisfied where we are.  Always wanting to get to the new “in”Continue reading “Some People Know How to Spoil Everything”

When Scientists Fight

            “Nasty, Brutish, and Short” was not the name of a 17th century law firm, and neither was it a completely apt depiction of the six foot Thomas Hobbes (1588 – 1679), who coined the phrase to describe life in mankind’s natural state.  What he thought about lawyers, accountants, and others who tend towards someContinue reading “When Scientists Fight”

Have You Hugged a Cow Today?

It’s a truism in the dairy industry that not all cows are created equal.  If it’s not, it should be, especially now that cow hugging is here.  It seems that some cows are born to be great milkers, some are born to be not so great hamburgers, and others, apparently, are born to provide sustenanceContinue reading “Have You Hugged a Cow Today?”


Do you know who you are?  Do you know why you’re here?  Do you know where you’re going?  If you answered yes to this Holy Grail of questions, you may be one of those unfortunate people who either found yourself in a sea of Self-Help books, or who found yourself laughing at those who askContinue reading “GET LOST!”

Plants – The Smarter Kingdom?

If a plant neurobiologist fell in the lab and no one was around to hear her, would the trees know it?  It’s questions like this that likely keep plant neurobiologists up at night, especially since no one else seems to be listening to them.  This could be because so few people believe in such aContinue reading “Plants – The Smarter Kingdom?”

Zen and the Art of Garage Sitting

Over the past half dozen years or so I have increasingly noticed an odd sight in my travels through rural and suburban America that I have come to believe is the beginning of a movement of some sort.  Never mind the fact that it doesn’t involve any movement.  I’m talking about garage sitting, the newContinue reading “Zen and the Art of Garage Sitting”

We’re All A Little Bananas Here

As if this year hasn’t been disturbing enough, now comes the science reports that we share 50 percent of our DNA with bananas.  And yes, you read that right.  I did not mean to say bonobos, with whom we share 99 percent of our DNA.  And I certainly did not mean to say my UncleContinue reading “We’re All A Little Bananas Here”

Hold the Apocalypse – Pass Us a Merry Christmas Please

Ho Ho Ho! Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews had this to say about my new book: “If you are looking for a gift for anybody, look no further, you just found the perfect book.” Check it out for them on Amazon ( and they’ll be laughing all the way to the apocalypse. (This has been aContinue reading “Hold the Apocalypse – Pass Us a Merry Christmas Please”