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  • Published
    February 24, 2021

    Dana Wilde: Along came a spider

    By now it’s more or less accepted medical wisdom that pets provide emotional nourishment for humans, writes Dana Wilde.

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    February 10, 2021

    Dana Wilde: Alien invaders

    A species of "true bugs" invading our homes started in recent decades, writes Dana Wilde, as they moved eastward amid milder winters.

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    January 27, 2021

    Dana Wilde: Spiders in space

    What would happen, Dana Wilde asks, if you plunked spiders into a weird environment — like outer space?

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    January 13, 2021

    Dana Wilde: The death of the great auks

    We like to think we’ve come a long way in conservation. Which we have, sort of, writes Dana Wilde, but the Earth is right now undergoing its sixth mass extinction event.

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    December 31, 2020

    Dana Wilde: Poppop’s got a brand new jeejah

    It's hard to remember what life was like before syntactic devices, but it existed, writes Dana Wilde.

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    November 26, 2020

    Dana Wilde: The still point of November

    This month is an astonishing revelation if you know where to look, as angles of light point us toward cosmic truth, Dana Wilde writes.

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    November 11, 2020

    Dana Wilde: The spirit of the tamaracks

    While the world closes down in November, beauty knells up through the tamarack branches on the edge of bogs and winter, writes Dana Wilde.

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    October 28, 2020

    Dana Wilde: Canada geese in October

    In October comes a certain slant of light that seems to rise up out of some unseen spot of time and gather itself, and head south, writes Dana Wilde.

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    September 23, 2020

    Dana Wilde: Wildfires, desperation, self-destruction

    I still don’t know what will deter us from driving headlong into self-destruction by climate change, writes Dana Wilde.

  • Published
    September 9, 2020

    Dana Wilde: The blue wanderers of the woods

    Blue jays are tricksters who know what they’re doing, and also what they’re talking about, writes Dana Wilde.

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