Archive for October, 2012

Bedtime reading

Now  it’s about this time that I go to bed but before I do, I decided I wanted to write one more post on the lates book I’m reading, “Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology” by David Abrams. Anyway, it’s a great book and this article I found last week looks to be along those same lines. It’s entitled “Finding Zen in a Patch of Nature” by James Gorman at the New York Times.

Sleep tight!


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After the “super storm”

Tonight as I sit and sift through some old copies of the Science section from the New York Times, I came across an article about hurricane Ike entitled “After Hurricane Ike, Finding the Coastline Rearranged, Again” from September of 2008 and it got me to thinking, I  wonder how Long Island fared in all of this?



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Go West

As I sat and watch the news coverage on hurricane Sandy tonight, it made me wonder, why has this been such a tragic year? From the drought across the midwest to this superstorm on the east coast, this has been one crazy year. So anyway, here’s another article on the ever popular topic of Climate Change and another factor, circulation of the ocean. The article is entitled “Climate Change: Circulation of Atlantic Ocean Was Faster During Last Ice Age than Today” over at Science Daily.

Stay dry!


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This morning

As my son and I were going over his science test study guide on Newton’s three laws, we somehow got on the topic of earthquakes and then tsunami’s, so when I saw this article entitled “Fury and Fragility: A Sustainable Rebuilding Plan for the Town of Ishinomak, Japan after the Tsunami” by Nadia Kasko I thought he would enjoy this article.

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Pumpkins galore

I should also add that last weekend consisted of taking the family over to Stuckmeyers Farm to pick out a few pumpkins for Holloween. So after our usual stroll through most of the pumpkin patch, we found our three (actually four, including my mom’s) harvest. The amazing thing was that despite the drought, as this story shows, their were plenty to choose from according to “Pumpkins Pull Through the Drought” by Georgina Gustin at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. There’s still a weekend left, so get out and find your pumpkin.

Scarry, Scarry Night!


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Rolling down the river

Okay, life gets kind of hectic here at our house with the last week or so being no exception but after taking a walk along the Meramec river at Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park in Kirkwood with my two boys, life is good.  So while I don’t have any articles to post this time, I have included links to the Missouri Conservation Department’s webpage on the Meramec river and to the City of Kirkwoods webpage on the Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park.



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Coast to coast

While I live here, landlocked in the midwest, I have to say that the one place I would love to visit again (and take my kids) is either coast. I have vivid memories of walking along the beach out west in San Diego and picking up sand dollars. I was also fortunate enough to go out  east as an adult and walk along the beaches at Cape  Cod. So with  that said, here is a great kids book that I stumbled upon this afternoon at the library that is all about the ocean’s and it’s entitled “Bubble Homes and Fish Farts” by Fiona Bayrock. Now while I haven’t read it to my kids yet (as I don’t have them until tomorrow night) I’ve been skimming through it ant I have to say it looks great.

I also recently requested a film the other day and picked up today (which I haven’t seen yet) entitled “The End of the Line: Where Have all the Fish Gone?” by Rupert Murray. Now while the title appears depressing, I will have to let you know.

Finally, I came across this story over at Grist,  “Google Maps Now lets You Walk Around on the Ocean Floor“and while it’s a great story I’m still looking forward to the new book “Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor” by Hali Felt.



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The last of the 3 R’s

For the last couple of Wednesdays now, I’ve been trying to get my recycling bin out to the curb but since I have my kids that night, I’ve found it a task impossible to accomplish. Today however, I finally did it and so in honor of that, I’m posting a couple of articles on interesting recycling projects that I hope you’ll enjoy.

First up one up is for my daughter and is entitled “Amazing Modern Day Trojan Horse Made From Over 18,000 Salvaged Computer Keys” by Morgana Matus over at Inhabitat. You know, as I’m sitting here typing on a very sticky keyboard, I’m finding some of my own inspiration to do the same thing. Hmmm…

This other one is for my boys and actually sounds very cool, except for the fact that we already have an aquarium. It’s entitled “Old Phone Booths Transformed into Goldfish Tanks on the Streets of Osaka” by Lori Zimmer and is also over at Inhabitat. Talk about cool!



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Coral reefs of the world, unite!

I came across an article today on the Great Barrier Reef with a very sad picture of it (taken in 1998) over at yahoo! and so since I’ve read several articles on the condition of the worlds reefs lately, I thought I put a few of them up here.

The first one is entitled “Majority of Coral Reefs at Risk Unless Climate Change is Halted” by Joshua Hill over at Planetsave. Along with this article are some amazing pictures that I think show why are reefs are so important.

This second article talks more about some of the regions where reefs exist. The article is “West African and Caribbean Seas Rank among the Unhealthiest” by Samuel Hinneh and Daniela Hirschfeld at the Science and Development Network via the Environmental News Network.

Now not to give up all hope, here are two article on a more positive note. The first one talks about a possible way in which scientist in the future might be able to predict  where corals will appear and is entitled “Coral Hotspots Found in Deepwater Canyons Off Northeast US Coast” at Science Daily.

The other article,” Urban Reef: Jason deCaires Taylor Creates an Underwater Suburbia to Revive Cancun’s Struggling Coral Reefs” by Beth Buczynski and is over at Inhabitat. It talks about how we humans can help, sometimes in very creative ways.



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Ode to Sea Salt

With this being the year of the elements (mostly because my date book this year is entitled The Elements) I thought I would post this very nice article on salt. Now while salt not actually an element, it is in fact a compound or combination of elements. So while I wish I were sitting somewhere on a beach in France, here’s the next best thing. It’s entitled “Letters from Paris: Magic Measured in a Pile of Salt” by Elaine Sciolino of the New York Times.



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