• The Hyena Man There’s a place in eastern Ethiopia where a man feeds hyenas by hand.  He’s called the Hyena Man.  For a few dollars he’ll give you a stick with some meat on the end, and you can feed the hyenas, too.  This takes place at night, near a big bonfire.  The hyenas come in from the […] 6 min read
  • The Drowning Bear The bear has fallen through the ice and is drowning.  Who will try to save him?  You are a lover of nature, but there are limits.  Even if you planned carefully it would be a dangerous episode.  The bear in his panic might not understand that you had come to help.  Even now he is […] 3 min read
  • The Deer The deer come at night.  They visit the birdbath where a little battery-powered “Wiggler” keeps the water from freezing.  We know because we see their tracks in the snow the next morning and because the next day we must replenish the water.  Actually, Lora does this, her balance is better than mine.    It is February […] 4 min read
  • Oh’s Profit This is a comic, withering tale of a 359 pound gorilla named Oh and his initiation into the baffling world of human language. Transported with his father, Macro, from his homeland in the mountains of western Uganda to the campus of a small liberal arts college in southern Indiana, Oh becomes the subject of a […] 2 min read
  • Yvette In America From a review of Yvette in America: John Goulet’s Yvette is truly wonderful. From her earliest days (in America) in Boston where she manages to mis-marry a piano-playing window dresser to her last days in Milwaukee where she maniacally pursues a married Milwaukee judge many years her junior, Yvette is moving, marvelous, manic, and madcap. […] 5 min read