First frost last night. Some of these ferns, when the season ends, briefly turn this pretty pale before they go dey and brown and crumple. #nofilter #Vermont #northernforest #morningcommute (at Hubbard Park)

Big ol’ buzzy bug nest bigger than my big fat head. Wasps? hornets? I don’t know, because only now that the frost has come was I brave enough to approach it. #Vermont #woods #bugs

Foggy Monday morning and a hill to climb. Glad there’s a trail. #Vermont #autumn #morning #Work #Trees

And this pale fading beauty, as big as my hand or bigger. On a tiny low spreading maple in the understory. (Whatchagot @davemosher?)

pewresearch:

Are you a Millennial? Are you politically independent?

Back atcha @davemosher (at The Inn at Montpelier)

annfriedman:

"He always made me feel like I was better than I thought I was. He was so confident in his own ability that he never regarded me as any kind of threat." Ruth & Marty forever.

annfriedman:

"He always made me feel like I was better than I thought I was. He was so confident in his own ability that he never regarded me as any kind of threat." Ruth & Marty forever.

GoPro, the baby owl edition

Been in and out of these words for 20 years, seen a lot of birchbark, but never a whole long cylinder like this.

revkin:

Human population, led by Africa (in part through paucity of family planning), likely to be on the up and up through 2100, new analysis finds (Science):

Global Population Won’t Stabilize This Century
A new report suggests that contrary to past projections arguing that global population will…

theparisreview:

“Consciousness is the original sin: consciousness of the inevitability of our death.”

This week’s staff picks, including David Cronenberg’s debut novel, using Sophocles to treat PTSD, and how Gary Hart’s downfall changed American politics.

Photo: Liz Macinnis.

“I think if he were a little boy today he might be given Ritalin and grow up to be a salesman of some sort and we would never have heard from him again.”

Patricia O’Toole on Theodore Roosevelt, as quoted in PBS’ “The Roosevelts.”

Live adventurously.

(via caro)
“At least 60 [public college] institutions have acquired M-16s through the [National Defense Authorization Act]. Arizona State University holds the most, with 70 in its arsenal, followed by Florida International University and the University of Maryland with 50 M-16s each. Central Florida received its grenade launcher in 2008; Hinds acquired its in 2006.”
“The word gulch sides with breach and gap and hollow against its Latinate counterparts, canyon and valley and ravine. It comes from early English, which, in our English, often signals the humble and the primal: home, hearth, birth, child. Etymologically, it means “to swallow.” Two hours later, 11 men were dead.”

U take a bike ride bc u r utterly stumped & dejected, wrecked. While you’re intentionally not thinking about it u suddenly see clearly the solution to an unsolvable writing puzzle. you stop to write it down, because trust nothing to memory, mofo - and when it’s written down it *still* works. You close your notebook. The day is already saved beyond any reasonable hope. It can’t get better. You smile at the river — and the river smiles back: You see a trout rise. #CompletelyHopelessDayCompletelyRedeemed