I’m not one to post something from the travel section too often but this sounds like fun. As fall has descended upon us with a cool breeze, it’s time to take a look around at natures colors and what better way than with “A Mingling of Leaf-Peeping and Time Travel” by Dave Caldwell at the New York Times.
I was just sitting here writing an e-mail to my son’s couselor as his class gets ready to head to 6th grade camp next week, telling her about a couple of his habits.
As a child who is autistic, he is prone to doing repetative things and one of them is when he’s out in nature to pick up rocks but then I got to thinking, I encourage all my kids to do it. I do it and my dad did it when he was around.
In fact, when we head to our cabin in Minneasota each summer from St. Louis, there’s nothing I enjoy more than picking up a few stones to bring back home so that’s why when I was re-reading “Acadia Park Cracks Downon Rock Thieves” by Katie Zezima in the New York Times I got a little sad.
I understand that maybe picking up rocks to build a stone walkway is one thing but I’ve always been a person who picks up little stones that I find beautiful to remind me of a place. While I know that as my daughter say’s “nature stays with nature” that those precious stones I picked up (like those this summer) will one day indeed return to nature.
So if that’s autistic, so be it. Maybe we all are, each in our own way and I for one am proud of it.
As my kids sit in class today (actually they’re probably both at lunch right now) and since I was just sitting in a classroom myself last night, what better way to celebrate that than with an educational piece.
Now I don’t pretend to understand algorithms (and as a librarian, I probably should) but this looks like a very intriguing article. It’s entitled “ Googling for Extinction-Popular Algorithm Finds Food Webs’ Critical Species” by Michael Ricciardi over at Planetsave.