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That Nature Show

Cut Skin

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

UMMCAngelina Jolie went public about her elective surgery to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. She wrote about it for The New York Times in “Diary of A Surgery.” “The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful,” she wrote. Read More →

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Lacrosse, College Acceptances and Other Spring Obsessions

1 Written by: | Friday, Mar 20, 2015 10:30am

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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.

Forgive me, lacrosse nation, I had no idea what FOGO was. When a neighbor told me pridefully that she was hiring a private FOGO coach for her son I had an internal conversation in my mind that went like this:  Oversharenting much? Save it for Facebook. Don’t tell me about this weird medical condition. Read More →

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Mud Season

0 Written by: | Friday, Mar 13, 2015 12:03pm

Land_Rover_Series_III_mud_boggingThis 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.

The winter has released its icy grip on Baltimore. See you, old man. Read More →

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Of Moods and Manatees

0 Written by: | Friday, Mar 06, 2015 9:00am

manatees

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.

Here’s what’s been happening lately. Pepper brunch this weekend with your knowledge of manatees rescued from a Florida storm drain, and more! Read More →

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Ocean Acidification Threatens Chesapeake Oysters

2 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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