Hi from Rick: Here Comes the Sun
This is the season I traditionally dream about summer travels — and lately, part of my "coming out of the pandemic" credo has been to do more than just dream. So, I've just booked a summer vacation. (I'm actually taking a real vacation: enjoying the canals, villages, and tasty treats of Burgundy, and then hiking for a week high in the Swiss Alps.) I keep dreaming of the way, in Burgundy, the vast fields of sunflowers physically turn with the sun as they follow its predictable journey across the sky and how the cicadas seem to chirp joyfully whenever I sip a pastis in the venerable shade of the village plane trees. And in the Alps, the sweet smell of cut hay and the happy rhythmic crunch of hiking boots just make me want to sing, "Green Acres is the place to be!" It feels so great to be going!
I'm just back from my spring research trip, and here's my big takeaway… Read more