The Art of Being Lost

May 2017

Barn, water tower, and windmill in Las Cienagas at night
Las Cienegas, by Bob Wick (Bureau of Land Management)

The cicadas are four years early. They were supposed to emerge from their underground burrows in 2021, but the seventeen-year cicadas — or some of them anyway — have gotten itchy and decided 2017 is close enough for rock and roll.

Entomologists have no idea why this generation has decided to buck the system, but you can hardly blame them. Thirteen years of suckling on tree roots should…



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Paul Thomas Zenki

Paul Thomas Zenki


Ghost writer, essayist, marketer, Zen Buddhist, academic refugee, living in Athens GA, blogging at A Quiet Normal Life: