Sunbathing Birds

The Outside Story By Laurie D. Morrissey One cold spring morning, a turkey vulture soared across the sky and landed high in a tree behind my house. I soon noticed another vulture, most likely its mate, in a nearby oak. This one was perched with its back to the sun and its gigantic wings outspread.... Continue Reading →

More-on Publishing

[Regular readers of Silverback Digest know that I spend too many of my waking hours contemplating, and coming to no conclusion, about the true nature and role of publishing in our modern world. This is more of same. To publish is to "make information public." But, in a time of "alternative facts," "fake news," QAnon,... Continue Reading →

What Dog Breeds Teach Us About Race

[I find fascinating parallels between the concepts of "breed" and "race." They are, in my mind, bogus an bizarre human attempts to avoid and deny natural and scientific reality. As different as a Great Dane is from a Chihuahua, they are the same species, and left to their own to interbreed for a few generations,... Continue Reading →

Wooden Skyscrapers

Juliet Bennett Rylah April 28, 2022 from The Hustle: Wooden skyscrapers look cool — and they’re sustainable, tooWooden skyscrapers may at first sound a little impractical, like that time you had to build a tower out of balsa wood in high school. But apparently, they’re all the rage. They’re made from “mass timber” That’s when pieces... Continue Reading →

Wash Your Hands

[All of my adult life I've kept a dairy of Million Dollar Ideas and How to Save the Planet. I've filled six volumes, and the only thing I can say with complete certainty is that I've never made a nickel from any of them. Chocolate whipped cream? A no-brainer. A dog rental agency? Can't miss.... Continue Reading →


[When I was a traditional book publisher, I would always give a submitted manuscript the first sentence test. While you can't judge a book by its cover, you can judge a book pretty damn accurately by its first sentence. Cover art is never been done by the author, and always has the ulterior goal of... Continue Reading →

We’ve Lost a Beloved Silverback

A loved, respected, admired, gentle, kind, and all-around awesome Silverback has left us for that greater Jungle in the sky. SB Derrick (Gilead SBs) was both the ultimate SB, but also the quintessential Vermonter. What makes a quintessential Vermonter? Well, he has to be a dairy farmer. And he has to prefer Jerseys over those... Continue Reading →

The Amazing Cucumber

FACTS OF THE DAY .... Cucumbers... I didn't know this... and to think all these years I've only been making salads with the cucumbers... 1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron,... Continue Reading →

Two Books … and a Forgotten Earth Day

[Earth Day was April 22. What is notable is that I forgot it. "Notable" because most of my professional life has been dedicated to promoting awareness of and actions to take on this day. What's wrong with me. Just getting, old? Jaded? Curmudgeonly? Disillusioned? Or maybe basking in the glory of declared victory? I'm trying... Continue Reading →

The Tiny Cottage of Vance and Al

Best of the 'Gest Vance and Al's Cotswold Cottage Originally appeared in the Silverback Digest on February 16,2021 We're living in times where small is beautiful, a phrase coined by E.F. Schumacher to make the argument that the bigger-is-better philosophy of unchecked capitalism is fraught with dangerous downsides. Were he alive today, he would point... Continue Reading →

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