The Black Swallowtail Butterfly

  Around noon today, -- just as Paris' iconic Notre-Dame cathedral started burning -- a black swallowtail butterfly cautiously flew into our garden. Finally a lepidoptera that's other than a Monarch! It spent quite a bit of time sucking nectar out of the ixora bush that's by our front door. I did some research, and…

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The Elephant’s Memory

The prolific novelist and esteemed motor-cycle riding (which killed him, at the age of 49), rebel upstate New York university professor once wrote that the inferior writer writes derivatively -- or something along those lines. And if I were in the mood to write a derivative post today, I would pen some moody piece about…

The Saddest Year

Today is the last day of the Gregorian calendar.  The holiday blues will soon be over. This morning, I clicked through the front page stories of the newspapers that I read online:  The NY Times, The NY Post (mainly for the coverage by Costello of the Jets), the Daily News (for the coverage by Manish…