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Ocean Acidification Threatens Chesapeake Oysters

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 27, 2015 11:00am

oyster1This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

Nature Climate Change published a stunning report this week about the economic repercussions of ocean acidification. The Chesapeake is a unique “hot zone.” Read More →

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Major Medical

2 Written by: | Friday, Feb 20, 2015 12:00pm

Ameloblastoma.

Ameloblastoma.

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

Husb. needed to have a head and lower extremities CT scan in preparation for a MAJOR surgery to remove an ameloblastoma from his jaw, in which over the course of TEN hours at the end of March TWO TEAMS of SPECIALTY surgeons (caps, mine) will replace the excised tumorous jaw bone with good bone HARVESTED from his fibula. The purpose of today’s visit is to decide which fibula looks more “graftable.”

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The Valentine’s Poetry Writing Animal

1 Written by: | Friday, Feb 13, 2015 11:00am

415px-Die_Gartenlaube_(1877)_b_329This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

Homo sapiens could also be described as Homo poeticans, the only animal that writes Valentine’s poetry (thankfully no other has been discovered; rue the day when we have competition).  Let the other ridiculous animals like impalas and lemurs have their mating displays. We have words. Read More →

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Wild Romance

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 06, 2015 11:15am

Nazca boobies don't need Hallmark (via NOAA)

Nazca boobies don’t need Hallmark (via NOAA)

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

Stuck in a rut of chocolate and roses for Valentine’s Day? Snore.

Your romantic life needs some zing! Like, maybe, oh, for instance, have you considered a mating dance like the many very successful songbirds of Borneo? There’s a little bird that can moonwalk.  Certain species of birds of paradise flash iridescent feathers and really get groovy on the dance floor. I have to admit this floats my boat. Read More →

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Garden Catalogues

0 Written by: | Friday, Jan 30, 2015 8:00am

gardencatalogThis column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

What surrounds me right now when outside the weather is frightening is garden catalogues; they come in the mail every day with their aspirational enticements of an English cottage garden in the spring, complete with rambling roses ’round the thatch eaves. I walk Valley View Farms (which just won Today’s Garden Center Magazine’s “Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers of 2015″) and the Perennial Farm in Glen Arm, MD (retail to the public on Saturdays) in a trance state, getting all inappropriately handsy with the terra-cotta pots. Read More →

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Love Is An Action

1 Written by: | Friday, Jan 23, 2015 11:00am

ToothpasteonbrushThis column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

Intrigued by one of this week’s most emailed stories in the The New York Times, To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This, which would really have been a boon to me 30 years ago in high school when I liked this boy named N. and he didn’t know I existed, I decided to stare into Husb.’s eyes for the recommended four minutes and, during those four minutes, telepathically implore him this Valentine’s Day (less than a month away!) to buy me chocolates. Something fancy.

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Drastic Times Call For Plastic Measures

0 Written by: | Friday, Jan 16, 2015 12:00pm

recycling photosThis column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

I’ve been a mild environmentalist, the kind of person who at parties wears regular cowhide shoes and steers the conversation gently to the plight of the sea otters in California. That is, I was a mild environmentalist —  until this week.

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Happy Thoughts: Look to the Stars, and the Disco Clam

5 Written by: | Friday, Jan 09, 2015 11:00am

What homework? (via Hubble Space Telescope)

What homework? (via Hubble Space Telescope)

I don’t know about you, and it’s not like I want to put my head in the sand (okay, I totally do, until this Arctic Blast is over and the crocuses come up, in April), but the world in the New Year already seems shaky, scary, violent, extreme; I want some good news, some happy thoughts. Thank goodness, there are some, and they’re science-y. Here are six: Read More →

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How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

0 Written by: | Friday, Jan 02, 2015 12:00pm

image via playbuzz.com

image via playbuzz.com

How easy when Champagne-fueled to make New Year’s resolutions among friends with the glittering midnight fireworks. How hard it is just a few days later in the bright light of a work day to make them stick. For instance, on New Year’s Eve I vowed that what I was eating at that moment was my last, my very last, Baci chocolate. “No more sweets!” I shouted, raising my glass of bubbly, “Let it be known that 2015 is the year of peak kale!” “This ship sails for quinoa!” Read More →

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Shedding Light on The Winter Solstice

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 19, 2014 12:30pm

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This Sunday, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice. Here’s all the science you need to know about it. The summary? “The the sun is the ultimate source of all light and warmth on Earth,” and it’s returning to us, Baltimore. Rejoice! With song, dance, steak on a steak…(wait, that’s Ren Fest) and some some local honey wine.  Read More →

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