Some days, the rains win and I find my outdoors inside. I love to sink into a good natural history museum like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, sliding through hisotry one strange species at a time. There are giant, saber-toothed salmon, mastedon, oddly shaped beaver, and more birds than I though possible all arranged neatly in their places in time and space. A good natural hisotry musem does more than preserve and curate, it transports, and envelopes, giving us the kind of experiential understanding of the world around us as it existed in its previous life (before us) that we have of it in our own time. Perhaps it gives us context, or maybe hindsight, most certainly it opens us to possibility. The things that are once were not, and might, quite quickly, be gone again.

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