This is an excerpt from "The Wonder of the World." Also the 2% difference translates into 35 million specific genetic differences (cf. story last week on Neanderthal DNA). What conclusions do you draw from the fact that we share 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees? In his acclaimed What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee: Apes, People and Their Genes. Should we accord chimpanzees human rights, as some activists have suggested? Or should we perhaps all simply go naked and sleep in trees as the chimpanzees do?
the black walnut tree: October 2004
The tree that stood as a sentinel, a boundary. Defending a child's world. A threatening outside world was there,. But she found comfort in the Tree:. It was hers, her home, her comfort. The Black Walnut Tree stood for something. It stands there still:. We live our lives on a line of moral laws. Laws and constants written into the fabric of the universe. Boundaries witnessed by a Tree. In an Arkansas family yard. Janis F. Kearney. Inspired this metaphor of the Black Walnut tree in her memoirs of girlhood -.