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Under the Influence

Scott Russell Sanders Indiana University Press ePub

My father drank. He drank as a gut-punched boxer gasps for breath, as a starving dog gobbles food—compulsively, secretly, in pain and trembling. I use the past tense not because he ever quit drinking but because he quit living. That is how the story ends for my father, age sixty-four, heart bursting, body cooling and forsaken on the linoleum of my brother’s trailer. The story continues for my brother, my sister, my mother, and me, and will continue so long as memory holds.

In the perennial present of memory, I slip into the garage or barn to see my father tipping back the flat green bottles of wine, the brown cylinders of whiskey, the cans of beer disguised in paper bags. His Adam’s apple bobs, the liquid gurgles, he wipes the sandy-haired back of a hand over his lips, and then, his bloodshot gaze bumping into me, he stashes the bottle or can inside his jacket, under the workbench, between two bales of hay, and we both pretend the moment has not occurred.

“What’s up, buddy?” he says, thick-tongued and edgy.

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The Inheritance of Tools

Scott Russell Sanders Indiana University Press ePub

At just about the hour when my father died, soon after dawn one February morning when ice coated the windows like cataracts, I banged my thumb with a hammer. Naturally I swore at the hammer, the reckless thing, and in the moment of swearing I thought of what my father would say: “If you’d try hitting the nail it would go in a whole lot faster. Don’t you know your thumb’s not as hard as that hammer?” We both were doing carpentry that day, but far apart. He was building cupboards at my brother’s place in Oklahoma; I was at home in Indiana putting up a wall in the basement to make a bedroom for my daughter. By the time my mother called with news of his death—the long-distance wires whittling her voice until it seemed too thin to bear the weight of what she had to say—my thumb was swollen. A week or so later a white scar in the shape of a crescent moon began to show above the cuticle, and month by month it rose across the pink sky of my thumbnail. It took the better part of a year for the scar to disappear, and every time I noticed it I thought of my father.

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24: Onion and Related Taxa: Ecogeographical Distribution and Genetic Resources in the Indian Subcontinent

Ansari, A. CABI PDF

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Onion and Related Taxa:

Ecogeographical Distribution and Genetic Resources in the Indian

Subcontinent

Anjula Pandey1*, K. Pradheep1 and K.S. Negi2

1

Plant Exploration and Germplasm Collection Division, National Bureau of Plant

Genetic Resources, New Delhi, India; 2Regional Station, Bhowali, Niglat,

Uttarakhand, India

Abstract

This chapter is based on a study of the ecogeography and distribution of the onion and allied taxa of the Indian subcontinent. A field- and herbarium-based study of this group helped to classify them at the infrageneric level. The chapter also includes information on genetic resources and domestication trends of lesser-known, locally important and wild economic species from the Indian subcontinent.

24.1  Introduction

The genus Allium has more than 800 taxa occurring in different parts of the world (Fritsch et al.,

2010; Fritsch and Abbasi, 2013). The most important economic species in this genus which are cultivated include onion, garlic, shallot, leek, chives,

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Conclusion: A Last, Great Place

Gary Lantz University of North Texas Press PDF

Conclusion: A Last, Great Place

A spring day, cool and party cloudy. A morning in the mid-forties that’s morphed into the seventies by mid-afternoon. Rain fell the week before, and the Wichita Mountains grass is green, flowers bright red, blue, and yellow, buffalo calves a playful reddish orange, prairie dog pups the color of pale sand and as frisky as little terriers.

A perfect day, basically, to be in one of the nation’s oldest managed wildlife refuges, and visitors have descended in droves.

The parking lot is full at the prairie dog town bordering the main east–west road through the refuge. A camera club from Oklahoma

City, represented by maybe a dozen members, stalks the lively little rodents, tripods poised like shotguns in the hands of trap shooters.

The prairie dogs are cooperating mainly by their sheer fecundity.

New pups seem everywhere. One burrow holds three, heads out, scanning the crowd. Others either wrestle with littermates or cling tightly to their mothers. It looks like a good year, population-wise, for the prairie dog colony, but members of the photo club are worried. “Where are the mothers,” one concerned woman asks a fellow photographer. “All I’m seeing are little pups.”

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Mammals

Jr John O Whitaker Indiana University Press ePub

Table M-1. Mammal Species of Indiana, by Order and Family

Extirpated Species

Species Introduced into Indiana by Humans

House mouse, Mus musculus (with first European settlers)

 

Black rat, Rattus rattus (with first European settlers s)

 

Norway rat, Rattus norvegicus (about 1827 with first European settlers)

 

Red fox, Vulpes vulpes (about 1855)

 

Notes: IN = throughout the state, S = south, CT = central, etc.; A = abundant, C = common, O = occasional, U = uncommon, R = rare, M = migrant, EX = extirpated; SE = state endangered, SC = state concern, FE = federally endangered.
a These two species were unknown in Indiana until after 2000 (see the end of chapter 3).

Table M-2. Mammals of Forest Lands

Note: IN = throughout the state, S = south, CT = central, etc.

Table M-3. Mammals of Grasslands, including Savanna

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