I was part of a movement of "dinosaur moms" when I lived in Maryland (Astrodon Johnstoni is the Maryland state dinosaur.) Which is nothing more than this -- dinosaur moms delight in the half-feral nature of the beasties they parent, even as they whisper Shakespeare and Kierkegaard in their ears at night.

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Apparently, the fire that's been blazing just down the street from us has a name, and it is Ethan? It's on the Gila River Indian Reservation. There have been conflicting reports about the scope of the thing and how much they have it under control. There've been some evacuations, but so far, it seems not to have done any harm to any people or property.

It's just alarming to us because, being from Maryland, we don't know what to expect from a wildfire. Is it ok that, four days in, the thing is still billowing black smoke that can be seen in Scottsdale and "snowing" ash? Somebody's on that, right?

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