Fireflies

The Firefly Festival never happened, mostly because the fireflies respect no one’s schedule – some night in June and, wham! Fireflies. I wanted to host a dinner out in the grass with them, but it’s impossible to get guests to commit to show up on some random evening in June.

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Instinct

We are often told we have “instincts” – behaviors that are wired into us through evolution and time. These instincts are different from operational functions like peristalsis (the rythmic clenching of our intestines) and … well, where’s the line? We’d like to think that walking is, maybe, an instinctive behavior but – has anyone who believes that ever had a baby? Is eating an instinctive behavior? Has anyone who believes that ever cleaned baby-projected food off the ceiling? It appears that there is a lot more learning going on than instinct.

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Antlers

Elk drop their antlers in the spring, and grow new ones. I confess, I did not know this. Another thing I did not know is that, apparently, they grow back quite quickly in time for spring – about 1″ per day. That seems to be a ridiculous way of doing things, but I suppose evolutionary psychologists can explain why elk choose to do things that way.

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