Tag Archives: Laurie Morrissey

Column
August 24, 2016

Singing a different tune

By Laurie Morrissey Birdsong has always fascinated humans. Besides waking some of us up a wee bit too early in the morning, it has inspired musical compositions and immortal poetry. It has produced lush descriptions, like those of the early 1900s field guide author F….

The Outside Story: Smelling with a forked tongue
The Outside Story
May 23, 2016

The Outside Story: Smelling with a forked tongue

 

By Laurie Morrissey

Did you ever use your hands to scoop the air toward your nose when someone takes a pie out of the oven? Snakes are doing the same thing when they flick their forked tongues.

“They are manipulating the air, bringing chemicals…

Ice magic
Column
January 28, 2016

Ice magic

illustration for this column was drawn by Adelaide Tyrol

By Laurie Morrissey

Last night, the floodlights were on at my favorite skating lake. Several children wearing plastic skates and shiny helmets were gliding on the ice, shepherded by young parents. A father pulled…

The Outside Story: October showers
Looking Back
October 16, 2015

The Outside Story: October showers

By Laurie Morrissey

We call them shooting stars, and they never fail to make us catch our breath in surprise and wonder. But they’re not stars at all. Those bright, brief streaks across the night sky are meteors. Clear skies permitting, the next few months…