A few hours ago The Naturalist's Notebook was humming with visitors and activity, according to a phone call from our colleague Virginia. Wish I could have been there, but I'm still immersed in the London Summer Olympics. If you're passing a newsstand, check out the preview issue we finished this week (above). Or, if you have an iPad, look at the SI preview issue on that. Or download our free Sports Illustrated Live From London app, which will constantly update throughout the Games. Such is life at a magazine these days...putting out just a magazine isn't enough anymore.
I'll be sending in reports from London soon—not just Olympics news but, I hope, some nature and science too. And you'll soon be reading my lengthy Q-and-A interviews with two prominent figures who'll be visiting the Notebook on August 21: biologist, naturalist and writer Bernd Heinrich and one of the greatest American runners in history, three-time Olympian and 1992 medalist (and devoted naturalist) Lynn Jennings.
Meanwhile, Back at the Notebook... Our exceptional team of young, smart, creative collaborators has been keeping the exploratorium/shop rolling along in my and Pamelia's absence. Our Tuesday and Thursday morning children's and family art workshops with Elisa Hurley are off to a great start.
Answer to the Last Puzzler Here was the question:
Which of these is NOT considered a possible root of the name dogwood?
a) the Celtic word dag, meaning a pointed tool made of a hard wood, which dogwood is
b) the bathing of dogs in water in which dogwood bark had been boiled—a treatment for mange
c) the use of the tree’s wood in making docks (dock was slurred to dog) in the British Isles
The answer is...c. Bashi and I vote for answer b (rather than answer a) as the true explanation for the name dogwood.