Archive for March, 2019

Going down

Okay, so as a kid I had the chance to find and explore some caves but compared to this, they were simply pot holes. This cave, located in British Columbia, is humongous and at least to me, pretty cool.

Today’s article is entitled “A ‘Honking Big’ Cave in Canada Lures Geologists to Its Mouth: How did a hole large enough to fit the Statue of Liberty go undetected for so long?” by Emily S. Rueb over at the New York Times. Boy, if I were a kid today, I think I’d be heading first north and then south.

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Deja vu floods

So I have to say, I’m having a feeling of deja vu here in St. Louis as I watch all of the flooding up north, particularly in states like Iowa and Nebraska. I still remember all of the sandbagging we did back in 1993 along the River Des Peres while the water inched up to the edges of the river banks.

In fact, tonight’s article tells what could be an even scarrier story as it says as many as 25 states could be affected by the end of May. The article is entitled “Terrifying map shows all the parts of America that might soon flood

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Red & blue

So unfortunately, this is an article that you will need to have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal. I believe you can also find it in the March 22, 2019 paper copy at your local library.

That said, the article is entitled “The Very Different Ways Cardinals and Blue Jays Get Their Hues” by Helen Czerski over at the Wall Street Journal. This article also takes me back the book I read a few years ago entitled Feathers : the evolution of a natural miracle by Thor Hanson. What a great book.

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Science project

Back in the day, my daughter did a science project on the rocks of Northern Minnesota. While I probably did more than my fair share of the project, in part because I collected many of the rocks over the course of many years, I’ve always been fascinated by rocks and geology.

So tonight’s article brought back that science project, in large part because the rocks found on this island, didn’t belong there. The article is entitled “‘Impossible’ Rocks Found on Remote Volcanic Island” by Stephanie Pappas at Live Science. Nothing like a good mystery.

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Photography

So now that I’ve had my camera for a couple of years now, I’ve finally begun to take pictures and mostly pictures of nature during our family vacations to Minnesota. With that said, I wanted to blog about this article tonight in part because this gentleman also takes picture of nature but also for another one that is close to my heart.

The young man in this article entitled “22-year-old defies the odds with his wildlife photography” by Jacqueline Gulledge over at the Mother Nature Network has Down Syndrome. Now while no one in my family has Down Syndrome, my oldest son is autistic. So it’s a story that in some ways, I hope happens to my son, that he finds what he truly loves to do.

In a way, it also let’s me know, I need to keep on helping him to find that too. Fortunately, I know what he loves, hopefully I can help him make it happen.

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Greenland

So my first thought when I came across this article was, with so much rain, will Greenland lose its ice and maybe turn green or will it just add to the ice? Well, read the article and you be the judge. The article is entitled “It’s raining on Greenland’s ice sheet. That’s a big problem” by Eric Holthaus over at the Grist.

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Nature & mental health

As I’ve so often talked about before and truly believe in, nature is one our best medicines. As a single father of three kids, it was something I tried to do on a somewhat regular basis, from Amphibian Nights to Owl Prowls to family walks in the woods.

Tonight’s article, entitled “Growing Up Near Green Space Reduces Risk of Mental Illness” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger, I think reinforces that belief. What I wouldn’t give to take them all out again to Amphibian Night.

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