Readers’ wildlife photos — Why Evolution Is True

Today’s photos come from a contributor whom we haven’t seen in a while: Richard Bond. His notes and IDs are indented, and you can click on the photos to enlarge them. Kenya is rightly famed for the mammal populations in its many wildlife reserves, but the extensive bird life tends to be overlooked. My ancient…

Readers’ wildlife photos — Why Evolution Is True

ITALY: The endless crisis of government

The President of the Italian Council of Ministers: Giuseppe Conte

These are days of uncertainty for the Italian government. After the vote of confidence in the chamber and then in the senate, in which the governing parties have managed to snatch only a majority relative to the senate, days of uncertainty lie ahead. There have already been some consultations between dissident parties, but what lies ahead is certainly not rosy. In a moment of pandemic, the government crisis means a stalemate in the political machine that could paralyze the country in the midst of the third wave, which has not yet begun.

Weapons subdue our freedom

Illustration of Pawel Kuczysnki

Commenting on Pawel Kuczysnki’s drawings can often be trivial. But precisely because the obviousness of things is often overlooked that we become blind. Gun bullets are like makeup lipsticks. In a free and democratic country one might think that the use of weapons is part of one’s freedom. But it is freedom that concedes the use of weapons, or is it the use of weapons that decides freedom..? When the use of weapons rages in the world, force is thought to be the only way to dictate the law and freedom is disguised by the shortest means of reaching one’s ownPurposes:…


Roth Poetry

All creatures great and small need connections

Birds seek each other’s company

finding joy and strength together

People too need connections to thrive

This past year has been a challenge

struggling to find new ways to connect

that won’t make us sick or kill us


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Merril asked us to think about this pass year and write a poem about connections. All through this Covid-19 time the birds have stayed connected, while we all have stayed apart. We really miss our connections.

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