1. German Forest Ranger Finds Trees Have Social Networks, Too. Clearly I need to get a copy of this book when it’s published in English in September:

Presenting scientific research and his own observations in highly anthropomorphic terms, the matter-of-fact Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news — long known to biologists — that trees in the forest are social beings. They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the “Wood Wide Web”; and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots.

2. My justification lately for buying clothes is “I’m too old for cheap flats/itchy sweaters/what have you.” I like this Iris Apfel qupte for shoes and hairdos, too: