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The Omnicene

Back in 1991, I pitched a different name for this time on Earth. That was the year before the Earth Summit in Rio produced the first climate treaty. I’d been reporting Continue reading

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The Age of the Possible

  There, at the bottom of being, where the water that makes aaathis planet a world aaaaaais the color of spacetime   the octopus—   with her body-shaped mind and her Continue reading

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The Age of Enclosure

There was always a period of grief after harvesting the fields—when, after so many days of the combine coming through for the corn, the specks of husk shining in the long rays Continue reading

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The Age of Invisible Stones

We were old. We were weathered. We lost our youthful looks. We dotted Japan’s coastline. We stood at human height, sometimes taller. They called us “tsunami stones.” Our faces were carved Continue reading