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An uncommon common snapping turtle

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Seven years ago today I encountered a common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina, not far
from Bull Creek. What made this common turtle uncommon was the inchworm on its nose.



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Here are three passages from David Mamet’s latest book, Recessional.


Justice is the application of previously decided and accepted norms of conduct and the rules for their examination and dispute. It is as imperfect as any other institution. But a dispassionate, considerate, supportable, and moral resolution of differences is the goal toward which it aspires.

Social justice is the negation of that ideal. Here “feelings” are insisted upon as superior to process and order. The iconoclasts claim that justice is too slow, that it is biased, and that it is the right of the individual or whatever groups he may form to express grievances long held, and unheard, in whatever mode he elects.

It is the argument of an abusive parent: Yes, I hit her, but you would have hit her too, if you had to put up with the way she behaves.

Social justice means anarchy….

Huey Long said in 1933 that it was the easiest thing in the world to create a Fascist organization; all one had to do was call it an anti-Fascist organization.

But perhaps the greatest lesson of history is that we never learn from history. And that no great crime was ever committed save in the name of progress, or its stablemates historical necessity and redress of past wrongs.


© 2022 Steven Schwartzman






Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 6, 2022 at 4:37 AM

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  1. A small snack for a snapper. Did it eat the caterpillar?

    Steve Gingold

    May 6, 2022 at 4:49 AM

  2. One may be slow, and the other slower, but speed didn’t matter when I saw this photo. The first thing that came to mind was this great song by Creedence Clearwater Revival.


    May 6, 2022 at 7:26 AM

  3. hahaha! I didn’t even notice the worm until I read it in your description. Before that its eye held my attention! Great closeup!


    May 6, 2022 at 8:05 AM

  4. Fantastic close up.


    May 6, 2022 at 11:08 AM

    • Fortunately this turtle was on land and held still while I took many portraits. I often hear the plunk of a turtle that has jumped into the water before I get close enough for any sort of picture.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 6, 2022 at 3:30 PM

  5. The greatest lesson indeed, and a difficult one to learn. But isn’t it sad? We used to have our (very) old neighbour over for coffee on Sundays, and we would talk about history and politics. He told us then that things have always been the way they are, but implied that we only start to notice later in life when we see that people do not learn from past mistakes and history repeats itself. He lived to 105 and I believe he was weary of it all. (As I am at just over half that age.)


    May 6, 2022 at 5:23 PM

    • I’m between you and your neighbor, age-wise, and I’ve increasingly felt that weariness, too. 2020 was an evil year; the pandemic was one big part of that; people becoming delusional was another.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 6, 2022 at 5:49 PM

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