Thankful

Apparently scientists have done studies that show an inverse correlation between gratitude and depression – the more grateful you are, the happier you are.  I think there’s something to this. I remind myself often just how lucky I am, to have a roof over my head, good food, good people around me, my health and […]

Dog Miles

I’m winding my way back towards Missoula through the Blackfoot Valley. The autumn sun lights new snow in the mountains, and in the dry fields the black shapes of cattle stand out starkly on the landscape.  Miles pass and I see no one else on the road. I sing along to the radio, loudly, watch […]

Equinox and Applesauce

Well, it’s officially fall.  It’s been feeling autumnal here – the nights are chilly, the days are shorter, the leaves are turning color – but it doesn’t quite feel right.  With so many wildfires burning in Idaho and western Montana, the valleys have been filled with smoke for weeks.  The world has been oddly gold […]

Corvus, Neanderthals, and Abstract Thinking

What could be better than corvids (crows, ravens, etc.) and neanderthals all in one story? Finding that neanderthals used corvid feathers – and those from other big, dark, impressive birds of prey – in previously unknown ways. This BBC piece offers a good overview of a scientific article just released in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, […]