True to schedule, the mayflies have returned. Of course, the mayflies didn’t wait for May proper… they’ve been with us for the past month at least. Here’s the shed skin of one I watched emerging this past week. Note the three tail filaments – this is how you can tell it is a mayfly skin.… Continue reading Mayflies
It’s not a happy situation when a problem’s solution creates a new problem that is equal or greater than the original problem. In Elementary school civics, I learned that the Secret Ballot was developed to solve the problem of political bosses ability to tell people how to vote, and punish people who voted against their… Continue reading Does Each Solution Create a New Problem?
“You are the music while the music lasts.” -T.S. Elliot
I noticed a Dilbert cartoon that seemed to epitomize a lot of the comments I’ve seen on Facebook. The challenge is that there are a lot of folks who believe in science, or at least think they do. The thing is, science is a method of understanding parts of the world, or universe, around us. … Continue reading Using Science
Each Spring, before the ice thaws in the pond, Goose and Gander return, to make sure that no other goose couple takes her nesting island. In 2015, they were alone, and Gander worked to chase off all other nesting birds – the next year, some of the year-old goslings returned with them. By now, he’s… Continue reading The Goslings Hatched
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This summer sweet is a great little treat. It’s easy to make and you don’t have to bake. On low heat, boil 1 cup sugar and 1 cup light karo syrup until sugar dissolves and remove from heat. Then mix 1 cup peanut butter until smooth. (Be sure not to overcook or they will turn… Continue reading Rice Krispy Treats with a flair
The mind is not a vessel to be built, but a fire to be kindled. -Plutarch
A bit less than 10 years ago, my department head, Donna Hess, retired. As a gag gift, I bought a million dollar Zimbabwe note – everyone should retire as a millionaire. It cost me a little less than 8 dollars US on ebay. The note, and the sentiment, circulated around at retirement events throughout the… Continue reading Now That’s Inflation