Archive for July, 2012


In a couple of weeks the kids and I will be sitting, playing and laughing at Itaska State Park, the headwaters of the Mississippi river.  I’ve always wanted to take a ride down the Mississippi and now I know courtesy of Amy Bertrand at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The article is entitled, “American Queen Tours Bring Steamboat back to St. Louis”.

With the weather we’ve had this summer, it sounds like a really cool time.

Sailing away!


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Second Season

When I saw this article, I knew I still had a chance and so this weekend, I’m going to give it one more chance. Here’s my inspiration, it’s entitled “Second Season Planting Offer a Second Chance at a Vegetable Garden this Year” By Ramon Gonzalez at Treehugger.

Another article that is giving me a nice swift kick is “16 Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Garden” by Maria Rodale at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen.

Finally, when I heard this week’s Earthworms show (with  guest gardener Janisse Gardener) by Jean Ponzi over at 88.1 KDHX, I said that’s it. Now what should I plant?

Happy Gardening!


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Pieces of summer

These are just a few articles that I’ve been meaning to post since last week but just haven’t found the time, until now.

The first one is yet another article on family trees entitled “What People Owe Fish: A Lot” by Natalie Angier at the New York Times. I’m gonna have to check out Your Inner FIsh by Neil Shubin.

The next one is on my daughter’s favorite topic, horses. The article is “Herd’s Fate Lies in Preservation Clash” byLaura Beil, again at the New York Times. I think I know where my daughter stands on this.

This last article relates to a tradition that the kids I have, looking for frogs. We usually do it in the spring (with the Missouri Department of Conservation) but this sounds like fun too! The article is entitled “Mud, Fun and Frogs” by Matt Seek at Xplor Magazine.



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I thought I would post these three articles as the reflect back on some of my earlier posts, so here we go.

First up is the article ” ‘Nature’s Masons’ Do Double Duty as Storytellers” by Sean B. Carroll over at the New York Times. A lot of what I’ve read so far in Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms by Richard Fortey relates well to this article.

Second, I have “Tree of Life Project Aims for Every Twig and Leaf” by Carl Zimmer, also over at the New York Times. Maybe it’ll fill in some of the pieces from my earlier post entitled “Family Tree“. 

Last, this article relates to how we can help our feathered friends. It’s entitled “Dousing Lights to Save Birds” by Rober Lee Hotz  over at the Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately, this link doesn’t bring up the entire article.



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Closer to home

While forest fires are blazing across the west, much closer to home we have our own, albeit much smaller. You can read about here in “Mark Twain Forest Fire Partly Contained” at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via the Associated Press.

With all of these forest fires going on, I found this article intriguing the other day on the future of forests worldwide.  It’s entitled “Africa’s Savannas May Become Forests by 2100, Study Suggests” at Science Daily. So does that mean we’re looking at savannas here?

I the flip side of that though, I found these two articles on forests of the past. The first of which I think I’ve read about before. It’s entitled  “An Underground Fossil Forest Offers Clues on Climate Change” by W. Barksdale Maynard at the New York Times. The second one was “Antarctica Used to Have Trees & Vegetation” by Molly from Tree Hugger via Care2.

Either way, here’s looking for some shade!


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Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to fish many times up north at our family cabin and most of those times have meant using leeches. Now while in the beginning I felt more than a little uneasy, I’ve actually grown fond of them and therefore as the kids and I are planning our yearly pilgrimiage, here is an article on scientists who have grown to love whatever animal they’ve spent their lives studying including our friend the leech. The article is entitled “Falling in Love May Take a Lifetime of Research” by James Gorman at the New York Times.



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