Thanks, Mr. Bill!

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*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 critters get restless, so I planned a trip to … [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. http://youtu.be/DWbXfkNuupM (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?

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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 has allowed the bicycle to impact so many aspect … [Read more...]

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

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"... 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 British Columbia (now British Columbia, Canada) to … [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 toilet tissue has been around since the 60's. ### … [Read more...]

What About West, Texas?

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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 and loss?  And why -- so many whys.  Why did it … [Read more...]

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

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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 watching. Nothing says spring like new little … [Read more...]

Featured Book: BORN TO FLY by Diana Scimone

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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 so her brother and all the other caterpillars … [Read more...]

~ For The Joy Of Animals: Cow Boredom?

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I have a special fondness for cows.  My grandparents were dairy farmers, so as a child I had ample opportunity to watch cows' inaction.  And no, that is not a typo.  Once you get beyond the constant chewing and tail switching along with their incredibly large and friendly looking (think oversized dog) tongue that likes to snake out and wrap around the top of their nose, they just don't do … [Read more...]

Featured Book: STORM SURGE by Tamara Ward

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Just in time to hit the beach, author Tamara Ward debuts her compelling environmental mystery -- STORM SURGE. Ms. Wards spunky heroine is Jonie Waters, a reporter and woman of action in the best tradition of women's fiction. She takes responsibility for herself and doesn't wait around for anyone else to bail her out. As the prodigal daughter forced to return to her home town of Wilmington, … [Read more...]

~ Seeing Things in a New Light: Century Old Electric Hybrid Car

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It was called Semper Vivus - Latin for "always alive." But the world's first gas/electric hybrid car didn't prove to be as enduring as the name it was given 111 years ago.  Yes.  You read that right. We tend to think of hybrid technology as new and modern.  But, it's been around almost as long as autos existed. In 1900, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, the German founder of Porcshe, built the first … [Read more...]

~ For The Joy of Animals: Bald Eaglets

Spring is a time of rebirth and wonder.  And watching a new generation of Bald Eagles come into being on live feed eagle cam at Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Virginia and Decorah, Iowa is an awesome celebration of this rite.  Warning it is addicting to watch these magnificant beings up close. From The Eagle, Our National Emblem by Maude M. Grant: It is said the eagle was used as a national emblem … [Read more...]

~ Pondering the Possibilities: Sweat Worthy Entertainment

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In a world of ever-increasing energy expenses, it is not hard to envision a time in the not so distant future when the average family will be forced to reevaluate its energy priorities and restrict its energy consumption. So what will todays techno kids and adults do for entertainment? To Sweat or Not Raise on a diet of techno gadgetry, will we revert to board games? Or develop manual games … [Read more...]