Archive for May 2014

Ask The Magic 8-Ball

Ask The Magic 8-Ball
Do you remember the Magic 8-ball?  Maybe you have one, today.  If you want your own, they  are still available. Like the ouija board, this was a popular item  when I was a  kid, and just getting interested in all kinds of  things.  But that’s the past. The Magic 8-Ball is for predicting the future.... Read more »

Maya Angelou--A Brave and Startling Truth

Dr. Maya Angelou, poet, Poet Laureate,  left this  life today.  May her brave  spirit soar among the angels. May her truth live on, in us. This poem was written in 1995.   A Brave and Startling Truth We, this people, on a small and lonely planet Traveling through casual space Past aloof stars, across the... Read more »

Sparrows with us

Sparrows with us
What is a group of sparrows called,  a flock, a squabble?   The entry on collective nouns for birds in the article on birding on About.com lists the following–host, quarrel,  knot. Sparrows are  little brown birds so commonly found here. They are so ordinary, they are often overlooked. Their coloring is good  camouflage. It is both urban, and... Read more »
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Glaciers in Antarctica--the future is here

Glaciers in Antarctica--the future is here
The future is here,  sooner than expected. As reported  by NASA and the New York Times  on May 12, two independent reports in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters confirm melting of glaciers in West Antarctica. This retreat may also be unstoppable. Why is this important?  It’s not every day you see the future... Read more »

Forecast for the future

Forecast for the future
Can we agree the weather’s been kind of extreme lately?  Tornadoes, heavy rain, flooding. Severe drought in California, snow in Fargo, ND.  Many meteorologists and climate scientists cite these examples as evidence of  global warming,  accelerated by human activity. Understanding and  living in this changing environment was a major theme of the Fermilab Severe Storms... Read more »

Morning dove calls

Morning dove calls
  Amid the morning twittering, this Mourning doves on the phone lines in the alley     Like this? Why not subscribe? Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time. If you have Gmail, don’t miss out.... Read more »
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