The bizarre naming of the streets and avenues of urban sprawl. We destroy habitat that once supported hundreds of species of Midwest wildlife, and then name these concrete and asphalt deserts Quail Avenue, Pheasant Lane, Badger Road.
A wonderful weaving together of observations in your patch. It all sounds so exotic to me in rural England! That’s why I love about Substack, the chance to be utterly immersed in someone else’s place and their relationship with it.
A great read from start to finish, I like how you jumped from you topic to topic like a spider.
Loved this one.
Wonderful post, Christopher. Since this article was mostly about the etymology of Des Moines, you might be interested in the book of place names in your adopted state of Texas: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1477320644/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1697377530&sr=8-2
another wonderful quilt of observation! i tried but couldn't get a link to work (404 error) so found this one instead https://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/art/exhibitions/exhibition/id/1940?groundswell-women-of-land-art