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Summer camp champs

Posted: August 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

It’s that time of year again. All that’s left are memories and mud. We will treasure the friends we’ve made. This never-to-be-forgotten snail says a fond farewell to its summer camper counterpart at Audubon Sharon, a wildlife sanctuary of the National Audubon Society in Sharon, Connecticut. Until next year, forest friends!

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Happy Friendship Day!

Posted: August 5th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

A TIME TO TALK

When a friend calls to me from the road

And slows his horse to a meaning walk,

I don’t stand still and look around

On all the hills I haven’t hoed,

And shout from where I am, What is it?

No, not as there is a time to talk,

I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,

Blade-end up and five feet tall,

And plod: I go up to the stone wall

For a friendly visit.

—Robert Frost

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Challenge not accepted!

Posted: July 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Awooo!

Posted: July 22nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Bug buddy

Posted: July 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Fossils found from the Triassic Period 190 million years ago indicate that the giant weta of New Zealand is an insect species that’s older than some dinosaurs. Certain arthropod-happy New Zealanders keep them as pets. Wetas have ears on their knees. Some are as heavy as two sparrows or three mice. And they love eating carrots! I don’t think they play fetch. But they might bring you your slippers in the morning!

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Happy Fourth of July!

Posted: July 4th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Fourth of July is a holiday traditionally celebrated with fireworks. And fireworks come in many forms. Colorful explosions of flowers. Vibrant crayon drawings. And corn!

This is glass gem corn, a heritage variety cultivated by Oklahoma farmer Carl “White Eagle” Barnes.

Photo and story found at Seedbroadcast

Seed-keeper Carl was half-Cherokee, half Scottish-Irish, and in the course of growing older corn varieties he was able to isolate and cultivate ancestral types that had been lost to various Native tribes after their relocation to the Oklahoma territory in the 1880s. Carl’s philosophy: “The Seed Remembers.”

I stand in a radiant Glory

My roots in the heart of Mother Earth

My crown in the clouds of Father Sky

The Four Winds encircle me in spirals of Love

One going up, then down

One going down, then up

They meet in the Center of Complete Perfection—

The Human Stalk of Corn

—Carl Barnes

 

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Out with the bang!

Posted: June 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Ugly beauty

Posted: June 25th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

The prize for World’s Ugliest Dog 2018 has been awarded at the hotly-contested competition at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California.

So…who was the winner of this prestigious prize?

Was it Himisaboo, from Oregon, seen here parading unattractively?

No.

Could the winner be Wild Thang, from Los Angeles, putting her worst face forward?

No.

The winner of World’s Ugliest Dog 2018 is unbeatable, unsightly Zsa Zsa from Minnesota!

Zsa Zsa is not expected to spend her $1,500 prize money on beauty treatments.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Posted: June 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Thanks, Dad, for all you’ve put up with. You’re the best!

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When every action has a fun reaction

Posted: June 15th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Kinetic artist Joseph Herscher is the creative genius behind YouTube’s Joseph’s Machines. His amazing chain-reaction devices are sometimes referred to as Rube Goldberg machines. Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist who drew complicated gadgets that performed simple tasks. Behold the diagram for Rube Goldberg’s Self-Operating Napkin!

And here’s Joseph Herscher’s tooth-brushing technique.

More work=less fun is true in most cases.

Not with Joseph’s Machines!

Check out more of them on YouTube.

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