Majestic Crested Saguaros

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I’ve been on a bit of a scavenger hunt lately for the majestic Crested Saguaros.It all started about a year ago when I realized that the misshapen form I saw on a distant hill (from my kitchen window) was a rare crested saguaro. From my vantage point, it resembled an ogre with thick, uneven limbs. What’s more, its giant Medusa-like, bulbous head … [Read more...]

A Paleo Year of Change

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Last year, 2014, became our paleo year of change.Our New Year's resolution was to change our lifestyle, live healthier, and make significant headway fighting my husband’s type two diabetes.  Paleo was the result of months of research.  Starting in October 2013, I read everything I could get my hands on. Very little made sense and this included … [Read more...]

Mighty Saguaro Bones

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Mighty Saguaro bones.  I didn’t realize, until I was culling through my photo library, that I appear to have a fascination with decaying saguaros.  It seems my camera gravitates toward them, capturing their unique personalities, even in death.There is a beauty in their decline. An elegance in their passing. And life beyond the hundreds of years … [Read more...]

Book: THE SON by Philipp Meyer

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"...a full-belly satisfying feast"A sprawling family saga spanning the 1840s to 2012, The Son is an incredible historical fiction account ranging from the Comanche raids of the nineteenth century in Texas to the state’s continued thirst for oil up until present day.  I don’t know if this is considered a western (as I’ve never read one and don't … [Read more...]

Desert Diversity, Saguaro Style

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Those of us who feasted on a diet of Looney Tunes and Doritos each Saturday morning as children probably grew up thinking that those funny desert plants zipping past the roadrunner and coyote were all pretty much the same: deep green, trident-looking in their shape, with three equidistant arms.If you’re like me, you also grew up associating … [Read more...]

Words: “…An Exquisite Balance…”

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"It seems to me what is called for is an  exquisite balance between two conflicting needs:the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas…If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you…On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility … [Read more...]

Nectar Thieves In The Night

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The first few times it happened in 2008, it was a mystery. We’d awake to the hummingbird feeder completely drained each morning, nectar splashed against the window.So we set up our Cudde camera. And what we suspected was true:~~Yep. Bats (with long tongues that CAN get down into the tiny hummingbird feeder holes). Who knew that … [Read more...]

Be Happier, Eat 5 Fruits and 5 Veggies Daily

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We've long been told "we are what we eat" and we need to "eat well to be well" in our physical health.  Fruits and vegetables have long been known to promote longevity and decrease risks of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke.   As it turns out, that "eat well to be well" applies to our mental health too and fruits and … [Read more...]

Who Doesn’t Love The Fair?

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I don’t.  There.  I said it.  I don’t like the state fair.When the family packed up to make our annual trek, I tried hiding under the couch but someone spotted me.  I tried to beg off for financial reasons.  Think of ALL the money we’d save if I didn’t go.  Sadly, it was Teacher Day, and I qualified for free admission.  It cost exactly the same … [Read more...]

Komen’s Pink Camouflaging “Bit For The Cure”

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One in eight women will develop or die from breast cancer.  Having a mission statement to end breast cancer is noble in words.  How an organization goes about achieving that mission shows whether it is noble in deed.Susan G. Komen Foundation, whose symbol is a bold pink breast cancer ribbon, is the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for … [Read more...]

Success In An Elusive F2 at The Knoxville Zoo

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Once upon a time, an interesting species of turtle became extinct. Last seen in 1908, the Arakan Forest Turtle, Heosemys depressa, disappeared and was never seen again. (This seems like a sad story, but stick with me.)About 100 years later, in 1994, a scientist visiting a food market in Asia was astounded to find a few of these animals for sale! … [Read more...]