Needing To Belong — xkcd: Spirit

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The need to belong is one of the most basic human motivations. We want to feel connected, accepted and valued. And when we don't belong, we lose spirit. Webcomic by xkcd: Spirit No wonder not belonging is one of our biggest fears. ### Related articles across the web 'xkcd' creator Randall Munroe gets asteroid named after him … [Read more...]

A Second Mother To Nature


Mother Nature has seen it all!  But sometimes we can't help wondering if she needs a back up too.   Please welcome new contributing writer Melissa Crytzer Fry, who experienced all the anxiety of a hovering second mom as  she watched the progress of her Hummingbird Babies being streamed in from the Hummie Cam set up in her carport last … [Read more...]

Thanks, Mr. Bill!


*Welcome new contributing author -- Heather D of BECOMING CLICHE* Sometimes you only think you’re taking one for the team. It’s Spring Break. I know. Technically, it’s not even Spring. I don’t get to make these decisions.  When given an entire week of nothing, I’ve learned it’s good to plan at least a little something lest the … [Read more...]

Water, Camera, Bear…

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A celebratory video reminder on World Water Day that water means life -- and not just for humans. (Video: GoPro: Grizzly Eats My GoPro) We humans don't have the right to waste and pollute the water everyone and everything needs! ### … [Read more...]

The Ubiquitous Bike: Still A Creative Force?


In our high tech age, it is easy to overlook the creative force and impact of something as common and ordinary as a bicycle. After all, the bicycle (as shown below) is nearly 200 years old and has been a staple of just about every nation and community for more than a hundred of those years.  Yet it is that very simplicity and ubiquitousness that … [Read more...]

Featured Book: MAYHEM AT ROCK CREEK by M. L. Poncelet


"... frontier history rugged and real." Popular books and movies have made the phrase “gold rush” all but synonymous with California and Alaska.  But have you ever heard about the Canadian gold rushes at Fraser Canyon, Cariboo, or Rock Creek ? In 1859, two U.S. soldiers crossed three miles into the then British colonial territory of … [Read more...]

Pondering The Possibilities: Digital Toilet Paper?

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Like it or not.  Embrace it or not. The digital age has brought a lot of changes to our world. But there has to be a limit. Right? Still ... Can we really rule out the possibility of digital "toilet paper"? After all, there was a time when we used leaves, rocks, and even sticks. And isn't it about time for some innovation -- the electric … [Read more...]

What About West, Texas?


My heart breaks for the community of West, Texas. While the media endlessly looped their limited information on the manhunt of the remaining Boston Bombing suspect to the exclusion of all else on Friday,  I kept thinking -- what about the explosion in West, Texas? What's happening there? How is that small rural town coping with all the devastation … [Read more...]

For The Joy of Animals: Hummie Cam (Baby Hummies Soon)


Spring is in the air and I've been celebrating the season of renewal by going over to Melissa Crytzer Fry's What I Saw... blog and watching her Hummie Cam.  She set a camera up to record the hummingbird nest in her breezeway. Melissa graciously allowed me to share a couple of awesome images her Hummie Cam captured while I was lucky enough to be … [Read more...]

For The Joy Of Animals: Gambolling Cows

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After a winter spent cooped up in a barn eating oats and grains, can there be a better celebration of spring then seeing cows surging toward the heady smells of the fresh open air rejoicing at the uninhibited freedom of the great outdoors and rediscovering the sheer bliss of personally selecting their own patch of grass on which to … [Read more...]

Featured Book: BORN TO FLY by Diana Scimone


It is hard to keep your dreams alive when you live under a Dark Cloud in a colorless world and have to eat twig soup every day. But such is the life of Blossom, a young caterpillar with a big heart and an even bigger dream. She wants to find the last Moonbeam Tree in the High Hills and bring the seeds back to Twig Valley for everyone to plant … [Read more...]