That Certain Something

Some time ago I posted the intriguing images of Ernie Button, who took photographs of dried whisky at the bottom of glasses. Button tried taking photos of other spirits at the bottom of glasses, but nothing else offered up quite the imagery of aged whisky. He turned to a researcher in fluid mechanics, Dr. Howard A.…

Read More

A Modest Appreciation

Last week, I watched my neighbor press apple juice by hand as a demonstration for local school children. It’s something he’s been doing for a few years, taking his smaller apple press around to various village schools or inviting them up to the farm so kids can see what’s been going on here for generations.…

Read More

Pressing Issues

I was sitting in my office today, wondering – as I sometimes do – how to write about pangolins. As I often do. There was an unaccustomed sound outside, something that broke above the unrelenting rain we’ve had over the past few days. Children’s voices, a lot of them. I stood to look out and…

Read More

Inadvertent Visitors

When I was a kid in northern California, we used to go to the ocean beaches of Marin County on the weekends. The long, sweeping scythes of Drake’s Beach and Limantour still count among my favorite ocean shorelines. Beachgoers wore swimsuits on warm days, but we could always tell the tourists from the locals because…

Read More