I busted a lens on the rocks of the Connecticut River yesterday. There’s a beautiful spot – conservation land called, literally, “Dinosaur Footprints” – in Holyoke, MA right on the river. Rosie and I went to check out the tracks and poke around in the temporary pools that are home [...]
To truly appreciate your roots, you need a fresh set of eyes. That’s why I like bringing Rosie back to my hometown.
I haven’t walked the woods near my house in Haskell, N.J. for years. As a kid, we’d tromp up the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains [...]
I’m really looking forward to the February 2 premiere of “Digital Nation,” the feature-length installment of an ongoing Web project PBS is doing that explores how we live and interact on the Web. From their Web site:
Digital Nation is a new, open source PBS project that explores what it means [...]
While trying to get work done on a rainy day, I’ve been repeatedly distracted by episodes of “This American Life.”
A few weeks ago I brought up author Kurt Vonnegut’s master’s thesis, which was rejected by the University of Chicago in 1947, during a class discussion about anthropological perspectives on time. While I was home I dug up my copy of “Palm Sunday,” where I first read about it, because I think it’s a bit of under-recognized genius.
Yesterday, I finished up with my archaeological field school in Deerfield and Hatfield, Mass.
Unit walls are all profiled, the units themselves back-filled with dirt and the yard of the Frary House is pock-marked with patches of dead grass.
My neck hurts, too.
I learned quite a bit in my five weeks digging [...]
This is an interesting piece of transfer printed earthenware that came out of my hole in the ground, good ol’ PI 123, at my archaeological field school in Deerfield, Mass.
It’s pretty lucky that we found this particular sherd, because it’s got [...]
For the next few weeks, I’ll be working on two archaeological sites in Deerfield and Hatfield, Mass. learning hands-on methodology, providing free labor for the University of Massachusetts anthropology department and trying really hard not to get melanoma.
One cool part of my job is “public interpretation.” Essentially, that means explaining the [...]