Musings: Things I’ve Never Done…

“Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Musings: Things I’ve Never Done... Milked an Alpaca Girl Talk – Make Me Wanna In our lifetime, we get to do a ton of stuff, and then, there are things we either don’t do or never get round to doing… This prompt from MamaKat’s Writers Workshop & Confessions Of A Pioneer Woman asks us to come up with ...

Scientists Develop Robot Bees to Help Pollinate Flowers

Scientists Develop Robot Bees to Help Pollinate Flowers

Scientists everywhere are buzzing with excitement! Scientists may have found the solution to the drastic decline in the honeybee population, which affects the global ecosystem and agriculture industry in a significant way. The situation has become so dire that a team of scientists from Harvard and Northeastern University have taken matters into their own hands to create the “Robobee”, a bee-sized robot that will be able to pollinate flowers. Robobee uses microrobotic technology to mimic the behaviour of a real bee. ...

Fun Flower Facts: Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)

Is that some kind of brush? Nope, it’s a flower called the red hot poker! Red Hot Poker, also known scientifically as Kniphofia (knee-FOE-fee-ah), is a genus of about 70 exotic plants native to South Africa that produces brightly-coloured spiky flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow or a combination of these colours.  These dramatic, eye-catching plants can grow to be 2 to 5 feet high. Kniphofias are popular cultivated plants, as they are easy to grow and hardy! They produce the ...

Haiku: May Peace Prevail…

“I visualize a world without war, and where politicians are interested only in politics of peace and love. What do you visualize today?” Robert Holden Haiku: May Peace Prevail… To our Dear Leader Our New Year‘s wish, Global Peace A World without War… For our dear Children May PEACE prevail; Peace with Grace And Hate, strife, recede… If there is one thing we need in 2013, it is Peace; local and global calm. Enough with wars, hate, greed, strife and misery… More below “We look forward to the time ...

Inspiration: Lessons We Wish We Had Learned Earlier…

“Never be ashamed! There are some who will hold it against you, but they are not worth bothering with.” J.K. Rowling Inspiration: Lessons We Wish We Had Learned Earlier... Follow your heart's dream... “If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies; succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Zundert Flower Parade

The Zundert Flower Festival  or the Bloemencorso, as locals call it, is the largest flower festival in the world! The Zundert Flower parade started in 1936 and has continued to delight visitors young and old  ever since. Celebrated on the first Sunday of September in the town of Zundert in the Netherlands, thousands of visitors gather on the streets to see these impressive,  larger-than-life floats that are meticulously decorated with flowers. Along with flowers, steel wire, cardboard and other materials are use ...

On Life: Food For Thought…

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers On Life: Food For Thought... Powerful Expectations The famous French ruler, Napoleon Bonaparte was given a star sapphire when he was a boy. The sapphire came with a prophecy that it would bring him good fortune and make him Emperor of France. Napoleon believed in the promise of the sapphire and accepted it to be true. He was crowned Emperor of France ...

Edible Flower Desserts for Valentine’s Day

What’s sweeter than a beautiful bouquet for Valentine’s Day? Sweet desserts made of edible flowers! Flowers aren’t just for garnishes to make dishes look pretty! Cookies, cakes, puddings, and ice creams can be enhanced with a bit of floral flavour! Roses, hibiscus, lavender, lilacs, carnations, pansies are just some of the flowers that are edible. To make today extra special and meaningful, surprise your sweetheart with one of these delicious desserts featuring edible flowers! Click on title or image to get ...

Working 9 to 5…with kids in tow

Take Your Child to Work Day - 2012 Yesterday was “Take Your Child to Work” day. My current employer has a minimum limit of seven years of age before a child can participate, and I had the wonderful opportunity of taking both our girls for the first time. The idea behind the initiative is to not only give kids a glimpse into how their parents earn a living, but to demonstrate the importance of education as well as work-life balance. Before we set out, ...

Now What?

For years I’ve been trying to train myself on how to live in the Now. But lately, between Oprah’s Life Classes and Eckhart Tolle’s books, plus the fact that my life seems to be coming unglued on a consistent basis, I have a new sense of urgency about it. It all sounds so enlightening, and yogilicious! Unless of course you’re the type of person who has allowed your mind and emotions pretty much free reign…then you’re in trouble. The mind is ...

Trombone Arms…really?!?

I grew up in a house jammed with music. Or drums, anyway. My dad was a drummer, so these instruments were part of the living room furniture, and a part of me. In fourth grade it was finally time to join the band. My classmates and I lined up to select our weapons of choice. “But you have good, long arms – perfect for playing the trombone!” This was the best sales pitch the music teacher could muster, after informing me that too ...

A Classic Thanksgiving Prayer…

A Classic Thanksgiving Prayer…

One of the great cartoon theologians of our time shares some poignant thoughts on this Thanksgiving…. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Connecting With My Kids….

The girls and I with our new green belts (I'm the one in the middle) I’m so proud of my girls. For the past several months my daughters and I have been attending family karate classes. The school we attend is called BMI Karate and it’s the only dojo we found in a 50 mile radius that has families – adults and kids – take classes together. It’s been a great experience so far and our girls still say they love the ...

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night

It was a dark and stormy night. The wind screamed like a lunatic on fire, as it clawed a path of devastation through our tiny Caribbean island, leveling buildings and lives, and rearranging the face of St. Croix forever. Actually, it was the longest night of my life. I remember the Weather Channel reports hours preceding Hurricane Hugo’s arrival, warning us to take shelter. I was making potato salad, and chatting on the phone with my friend Mary. We were coordinating ...

My Single-Worst-Vacation Failing...(thus far)

Our lake vacation thus far has been perfect. The weather, activities, fellowship, kids, fun - one of the best ever - except for one thing. The toothpaste. Dental disease might be better than this toothpaste! My wife single-handedly completed the herculean task of buying and packing foodstuffs to keep our family feed for seven days.  My task as trusted sidekick was toiletries.  The day we were leaving for the trip I thought I had nailed my sidekick responsibilities, getting everything we needed. However, during the ...

The Most Inspiring Video You’ll See Today…

Random image of inspiring "artist" Jeff Harris - via his site jeffharris.org As background, for the past 12+ years,  photographer Jeff Harris has been snapping one photo of himself each and every day. However, highlights of his photo montage (captured in the video below) are truly unique compared to the tired “self-portrait-a-day” genre. Harris purposed to make every image unique, active, provocative, artistic – plus a host of other adjectives – with the sole intent of maximizing every picture. Here’s a quote from Harris who was ...

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Links to Nature Conservation on the Web

My updated list of links to nature conservation web resources. The list includes national and international organizations. For a list of rescue/rehabilitation services, visit your local government website. In Arizona, the list can be found here: AZ Game & Fish Dept. Please send corrections, updates, and additions to the nature conservation link list using the comment …

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Radio-Treated Water the Answer to Global Warming?

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With all the climate changes and weird weather we’ve been having in recent years, global warming is a serious matter and environmentalists and scientists have been working endlessly to find some solutions. Irish professors at the University of Limerick believes they have found a way to increase the size and production of vegetable crops and bedding …

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Take Action to Save Habitat: #Conservation Lands

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Habitat Concerns This post focuses on habitat conservation. The examples are in the U. S., but there are similar protection efforts in other countries. More are needed everywhere. A first step is to visit a protected area and learn first hand what is at stake. The major threat to Earth’s plants and animals is direct habitat destruction …

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Keeping Warm at the Art of Recycle

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Art of Recycle is one of the creative reuse shops in my area that I support. And, today, they need your, too. I first brought Art of Recycle to your attention back during their Etsy Craft Party, which was a load of fun, I might add. Now that colder weather has hit, their heating bill is …

Lancaster Creative Reuse

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A few weeks ago, my friend Jessica shot out of her office as she saw me pass by. “Jenn, I have to tell you something, ” she said, and proceeded to tell me about Lancaster Creative Reuse. The more she told me, the more I was interested. I got back to my office and checked out …

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Recycling water in the home

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Recycling Water Recycling in the home is one of my passions, so before disposing of anything from egg boxes and string to plastic bottles and containers I now ask myself “How can I reuse this item – either in its current form or in an alternative way?” It’s amazing how creative one can be! Recycling and conserving …

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Chevy Volt comes out….

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While I am not typically a Chevrolet fan, I was disappointed to read recently that the electric Chevrolet Volt is not meeting sales expectations, because the idea of the car, which is an extended-range plug-in hybrid, is so great. Then I saw this ad yesterday, released at this month’s Motor City Pride event in Detroit, and …

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