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TV hostage
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - February 12, 2004 - 12:00am
I had a nightmare of sorts a few weeks ago that a television set followed me around the house wherever I went. It squeezed through nooks and crannies, even negotiated the sharpest of corners in my house. It was insisting...
Science class debut
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - January 22, 2004 - 12:00am
I had the chance lately to prepare a 15-year-old to attend a debut party. I was looking at the invitation and I noticed that it included a ceremony that involved "18 roses, 18 treasures, 18 songs" to be...
Madame X meets Y Oops
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - December 4, 2003 - 12:00am
If men are "descending," biologically speaking, as convincingly put forth by geneticist Steve Jones in his book Y The Descent of Men, which I have written about a few months back, are women "ascending"?...
Desert erotica
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - October 9, 2003 - 12:00am
Before you go on, I have to say that this may not exactly be the "erotica" you are probably thinking. It all began when people reacted this way when they heard where I was headed: "Death Valley? There...
A national sense of wonder?
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - September 4, 2003 - 12:00am
Our science and technology sector lags far behind the rest of the continent. I got to thinking whether that means as a nation, our sense of wonder, the heart of scientific passion, also lags far behind? If the science...
Huelas
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - August 28, 2003 - 12:00am
(Last of two parts) While I was reading what I had written about Big Foot for the first part of this column "Huelas" which appeared last week, I had, on the side, a driving map of a trail I would soon...
Huelas
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - August 21, 2003 - 12:00am
(First of two parts) Talking with a Columbian friend who hardly spoke any English, I noticed that his shirt had "Patagonia" embroidered into it. I told him I would like to go there someday and he made...
Martial ants
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - July 31, 2003 - 12:00am
Army ants are not called such because they wear fatigue uniforms with matching boots or carry out an equivalent of their human counterparts’ (the ones who specialize in "oakwood") most recently demonstrated...
Bookmark aromas
by DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia - July 24, 2003 - 12:00am
At 3 o’clock almost every afternoon since I was three, the smell of rice cakes passes in my memory. Most times, it is fleeting but sometimes, especially when reinforced by other components of memory, I would...
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