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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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B’lieve in Santa, Hon!

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 12, 2014 11:00am

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Two years ago Slate ran the article, “The Santa Lie: Is The Big Christmas Con Hurting Our Kids?” The answer is probably not. So Kris Kringle on, friends, there is no bummer on 34th Street. In fact, tall-tale storytelling about small Nordic elves who fly could possibly enhance your kids’ cognitive development, because, according to the article, “fantastical stories foster a type of imaginative play that sparks creativity, social understanding and even…scientific reasoning.” Read More →

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Birds of A Feather Flock Together

0 Written by: | Friday, Nov 21, 2014 11:00am

Twitcher photo via Wikipedia

Twitcher photo via Wikipedia

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.

I’ve become a birder (in British English the pejorative is a “twitcher.”)  The kind of person for whom “the very mention of some exotic avian delight, a purple Peruvian rock thrush for example, sends them into paroxisms. They literally twitch; hence “twitchers.” I set out seed every day during the winter and it has been really wintry recently and I watch the birds from the bay window of the house eating and flocking with the kind of rapt attention Husb. has for Battlestar Galactica.  Read More →

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Comet Landing: It’s This Generation’s Lunar Landing

0 Written by: | Friday, Nov 14, 2014 11:40am

Handout picture taken by the Rosetta space probe shows the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Photo via phys.org

Handout picture taken by the Rosetta space probe shows the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Photo via phys.org

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. 

Holy smokes, call your mother, we landed on a freakin’ comet 317 million miles from home. I was hopping around yesterday shouting, “We landed on a comet! Forget being an English major, study physics!”

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Bats, Blobfish and More: Creepy, Weird Animals for Halloween

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 31, 2014 9:00am

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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. 

Velllcome, friendos, to That Nature Show’s Halloween edition. Bwhahahahaha. Today we’re going to be glad that after Friday we can take our banana and calavera costumes off, go back to being our selves — suburban mothers of two, poetry slammers, hipsters, lacrosse dads, wearers of designer boots, purchasers of pour-overs, because the world’s weirdest animals never can. For as long as it lives the warthog will be a warthog. It doesn’t get to play around.

The aye-aye (above) will always be a aye-aye. It can never get out of its wacky vampire-bat-ish clown suit.  See how surprised-Gremlin it looks? Like, I’m stuck in this pop-up Halloween store cheap made-in-China costume? Are you serious? What the %^&?

Interestingly, aye-ayes are primates, and so related to us, and the only place they live is on the island of Madagascar.  All I can say about that is, thank G-d, all we have in Baltimore is rats.

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Chronic Illness Awareness Month

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 24, 2014 10:00am

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. 

It’s Pinktober. Breast Cancer Awareness month. I’m all for it, all pink-frosted donuts, and ribbons, and running shoes. Like the bumper sticker says (and I find both soft-core-y and infantilizing):  Save the ta-tas. My mother had a double mastectomy in her thirties, and survived. My mother-in-law died of the disease. Read More →

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