Sun setting over Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, from Burlington, Vermont’s Lone Rock Point. Photo by Mike Luoma

Burlington, Vermont’s Hidden Gem Reveals Wonders

Unique Natural History. Notable American History. Fascinating Geology. Exotic Botany. Archaeology. Spirituality. Take-your-breath-away vistas of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains


Possible Glyphs in a Burlington, Vermont “Sea Cave”. Photo by Mike Luoma.

Discovering Possible Glyphs in a Burlington, Vermont “Sea Cave”

“Is that… something?”

I stared at a scalloped-shell shape seemingly carved into the cave wall in front of me. It was something, all right. Exactly what? That remains a mystery, for now. Opinions differ. But it could be a possible petroglyph or mud glyph — ancient, Native American cave art.

Prehistoric art on a cave wall in Burlington, Vermont?


WandaVision. Credit: Marvel Studios.

The Aftermath of Infinity Stones’ Destruction Plays Out in WandaVision

**Caution — Spoilers for Episode Eight “Previously On…” of WandaVision**

While I’ll maintain X-Men villain Mojo is behind the TV shenanigans in WandaVision until proven otherwise, perhaps in the next episode, this week’s Episode Eight Previously On… certainly filled in a lot of gaps in the story. It also served as a reminder of how much Wanda and the Vision’s powers and very existences are tied into the Infinity Stones.

Remember them?

To paraphrase Doctor Strange, the Infinity Stones each controlled an essential aspect of existence: Space, Reality, Power, Soul, Mind, and Time. They were seemingly destroyed by Thanos in


WandaVision. Credit: Marvel Studios.

Unravelling the Big Bad of WandaVision

**Caution — Spoilers for Episodes One — Five of WandaVision**

Is Wanda Maximoff her own worst enemy? Maybe that’s the big twist of this series — Wanda turns evil! Her grief makes her go bad… Maybe they’re setting her up to be Doctor Strange’s adversary in his next film?

Maybe.

Or maybe not.

We are analyzing and attempting to understand a TV series in which they are… analyzing and attempting to understand a TV series. It is all so very oddly, deliciously meta! …


Political cartoon by artist John L. Magee from the Boston Public Library, Print Department. Creative Commons License (CC BY 2.0).

Violence Can Happen Between Members of Congress

Democratic lawmakers call for the expulsion of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia over racist and abusive behavior, for her support of violent acts against other politicians, and her amplification of QAnon and other false conspiracies. Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush asks to have her offices moved away from Taylor Greene’s due to her confrontations. Muslim members of Congress feel personally threatened — in a publicity stunt, Greene once roamed the Capitol trying to compel Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to re-swear their oaths of office on the Bible because they’d taken theirs on the Koran.

In addition to Greene…


The Greatest Show Ever Returns to TV

Babylon 5 First Season Cast. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Home Video / Babylonian Productions ‘Babylon 5’.

Groundbreaking?

An all-time cult-favorite and gem of 1990’s television, science fiction series Babylon 5’s creative influence still shapes the shows we watch today. Babylon 5’s five-year-novel-for-television story arc structure directly inspired the creators and story structures of both LOST and Battlestar Galactica. In a sense, Babylon 5 paved the way for all of the arc-based television we now see. Groundbreaking, indeed.

Characters on Babylon 5 grew. Some evolved — some devolved — and most truly changed over the course of the arc. Major characters left, or died. Time travel between seasons worked in mind-blowing ways. This definitely wasn’t regular, episodic TV…


The Donahue Sea Caves in Burlington, Vermont. Photo by Mike Luoma.

The Donahue Sea Caves’ Ancient Beauty

DONAHUE SEA CAVES, ARTHUR PARK, BURLINGTON, VERMONT —

The Devil’s Den?

These days, it’s the Donahue (or Intervale, or Burlington) Sea Caves, found on Long Pond in Arthur Park, on the edge of the wetlands in Burlington’s Intervale. It’s only accessible on foot during the winter, when the pond freezes over. Been meaning to explore the site since learning of the Sea Caves’ existence a few years ago. This week, I finally made my way over there.


New Study Bolsters Cerutti Mastodon Site Findings

One of the alleged stone tools found at the Cerutti Mastodon Site. Photo Credit: James Berrian, San Diego Natural History Museum.

More proof humans were here over 130,000 years ago? Additional testing has added weight to the evidence there were human Mastodon Hunters on the West Coast of North America around 110,000 B.C., though many in archaeology and anthropology remain unconvinced. Then again, the Cerutti Mastodon Site in San Diego, California — and its dating — have been controversial since its discovery was announced just over three years ago.

What they discovered and documented are the remains left by human scavengers who picked apart a Mastodon carcass, and broke open its bones to get to the marrow. One of the mastodon’s…


A hidden Stone Tunnel Chamber, in an unrevealed location, in Vermont. Photo by Mike Luoma.

Exploring Stone Chambers in Massachusetts and Vermont

I’m inside the dome-shaped interior of a beehive stone chamber. Optical luminescence dating (OSL) places its time of construction at around 1200 to 1500 AD, 500 to 800 years ago.


The ridge stone turned to Serpent’s Skin… Photo by Mike Luoma.

Does A Serpent Effigy Drape Across This Northeastern Ridge?

Maybe I’m seeing things.

Mike Luoma

Thinker, Radio host, Music lover, Science Fiction writer, Comic Book creator. From Vermont.

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