November 19, 2018

What is the value of one life, when the human population is nearing 7 billion? Insects are said to number 10 quintillion--a census would be impossible. What is the value of the life of one insect? To a girl who considers that bug a friend, its life is worth honoring. "Funeral for a StickBug" is a family portrait with stick bugs, preying mantises, and tarantulas as companions. The lessons of animal husbandry are interwoven with research on the problem of insect population decline in recent years....

May 27, 2018

On our hike through Halle Ravine Preserve, a 38-acre gem managed by Pound Ridge Land Conservancy, about ten minutes in, our guide spotted a group of morel mushrooms. I happened to be standing close by, so she handed me the one she picked. The rest of the people on our tour swarmed, and one woman picked about six morels, and another person may have gotten one morel. I only became aware recently about the value of morels when a viral video came to my attention on Facebook, of a couple who boasted on...

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