Links that may or may not be related to gardens, food, travel, nature, or heterotopias and liminal spaces but probably are. Sources in parentheses.
short article: Cats Are Perfect. An evolutionary biologist explains why cats have attained evolutionary perfection (Kate Wong/Scientific American). Basically, it’s because “They don’t need variation. They might get bigger or smaller, but they don’t change anything else because they’re doing it just right otherwise. They’re not jacks-of-all-trades; they’re masters of one.”
28-sec video: Cooking with Wool: Pasta with Red Sauce (Andrea Love/ YouTube). Also, Cooking with Wool: Pizza (58 seconds).
long article: In Defense of the Rat: Rats are less pestilent and more lovable than we think. Can we learn to live with them? (J. B. MacKinnon & Sarah Gilman/Hakai magazine). Heart-breaking article about what we do to playful, empathetic, (mostly) wrongly maligned rats.
blog post/photo essay: Ireland in Bloom – Wildflowers (Cathy Weston/Goldenrod Garden). Roadside flowers, flowers growing in stone walls, and flowers growing in the Burren, a 200-square-mile terrain of thin-soiled limestone hills hosting plants that survived the Ice Age along with Mediterranean plants.
2-1/2-min video: restoring a crushed car (Restoration Magic/TikTok). “Very serious restorations of very un-serious objects.” Also, uncooking a bowl of spaghetti (1-min). Lots more restoration videos.