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The Asthenosphere

The asthenosphere, as described in Brian Kevin’s Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks guide (Bookshop|Amazon) is a gurgling sea of plasticized rock beneath the earth’s rocky crust. Asthenosphere derives from Greek asthenes...

Etymology of “Lynch”

A trip to Montgomery, Alabama, to visit The Legacy Museum chronicling the African-American experience, the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University, and the profoundly moving National Memorial for Peace and Justice prompts Martha to delve into the...

Humblebrags

Nobody likes a humblebrag. That’s when someone complains about, say, having to choose among their dozen college acceptance letters. Harris Wittles, a writer on television’s Parks and Recreation, runs the Twitter handle @Humblebrag, where...

neckdown

neckdown  n.— «At their best, Greenstreets—the pint-sized green spaces that Parks began planting in 1996—have served as modest traffic-calming measures, displacing asphalt with patches of greenery that send cues to slow down. The new breed...

cherry stemmed

cherry stemmed  v.— «Let me refer you to the onsite map and the references to the cherry stemmed roads. We have learned that we need to have the ability, if necessary, to put structures up along the border, but we need proper access and...