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Cristina Robinson, et al: Complex birdsongs help biologists piece together the evolution of lifelong learning

Our human ability to learn language slows down as we get older, but scientists are not sure how or why this happens. An unexpected way to understand this learning process might come from listening to birds sing.

September 13, 2020 · 3 Comments

Peter Makuck: Grackles

But after a few minutes
they become bold and
like dark thoughts
return

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Naomi Shihab Nye’s “The Tiny Journalist”

In her latest collection of poems, an award-winning poet explores resistance and hope among the Palestinian people.

October 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robert Frost: The Sound of the Trees

Why do we wish to bear
Forever the noise of these
More than another noise
So close to our dwelling place?

July 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Luray Gross: Epistemology I

Before the concert, the oboe player  slipped off one red pump and slid it back on. Then  her breath filled the space with plaintive sound.  . She sat right in … Continue reading

April 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Bird’s Landing, Monongahela

They were flying steady in the winter of ’56, from Nevada, the B-25, six men on board, three pilots and crew bound east. At a stop in Oklahoma, the snow … Continue reading

January 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Jacobson: Birds Eating Cherries from the Very Old Tree

I thought I would make a short list of what is not a feeling. Birds are not feelings. Birds eating cherries from the tree are not feelings. This is the … Continue reading

December 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

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