That Nature Show

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Gardeners and The People Who Love Them

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 28, 2015 12:00pm

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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.

On Thursday, I wrote an Op-Ed about the sad lack of trees (and sidewalk cafes) in Baltimore County for The Baltimore Sun. Then I took a piece of my own advice and planted bulbs in my own garden. As my grandfather used to say, “As goes your own patch, so goes the world, right?” Read More →

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The Power of Green Space

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 21, 2015 12:30pm

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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.

How Walking In Nature Changes The Brain is the headline that got me thinking about my good old pal from college Henry David, that is, Thoreau, and specifically about his essay, On Walking, written in 1862, in which he said that walking in the woods is not leisure, but “itself the enterprise and adventure of the day.” How prescient Thoreau was! He intuited the power of green space! Read More →

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What RuPaul Can Teach Suburban Mothers

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 07, 2015 12:00pm

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This is my last day in Boston before driving the 9-plus hours home to Baltimore County, to Owings Mills, to return to my so called “real life” as a stay-at-home mother of two. Re-entry is going to involve my blow dryer, and lots of reruns of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Read More →

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The Mothers of Baltimore County

6 Written by: | Friday, Jul 24, 2015 12:30pm

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.

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In Cambridge, Massachusetts where I am reporting live for the next three weeks, I am hanging out with mothers, like an embedded anthropologist. Read More →

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Flying Reptiles

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 17, 2015 12:00pm

Zhenyuanlong suni (an artist's rendering)

Zhenyuanlong suni (an artist’s rendering)

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.

Busy science week, kids. #Pluto!  (See photos. Did you ever think the demoted planet would be such an internet star?) In other space news,  a  Jupiter doppelgänger has been located that hints, CNN says, at a “possible new solar system, similar to Earth’s.” I don’t know about you, but that’s catnip for me, an E.T. geek; I believe that the discovery of extraterrestrial life is not an “if” but a “when” and I hope that that “when” is before I reassume my true nature which is stardust. Read More →

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Your Grandma’s A Neanderthal

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 26, 2015 12:01pm

Portrait of health?

Portrait of health?

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.

Waaaaay back before even the mists of Avalon in Europe the ancestors of modern humans were getting it on with Neanderthals, so say anthropologists from their study of DNA extracted from a jawbone found in Romania. “Between six percent and nine percent of the Oase individual’s genome is from Neanderthals – an unprecedented amount. By comparison, present-day Europeans have between two percent and four percent.” I’m one of those present-day European-Americans on the higher end of that average. Call me Crug. I have toe hair. Thanks, Neanderthal Grandma. Read More →

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Still Scary After All These Years: Jaws Turns 40 This Summer

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 12, 2015 12:00pm

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In 1975 wunderkind Steven Spielberg directed the movie that defined the summer blockbuster as an American genre. It was Jaws. “Don’t go in the water…” It’ll make your brain’s newly discovered lymphatic system go haywire. Read More →

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It is Brain Science

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 05, 2015 11:00am

 

Maps of the lymphatic system: old (left) and updated to reflect UVA’s discovery. Credit: University of Virginia Health System

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.

The news in brain science is out of the University of Virginia; it is a game-changing discovery that links the Brain and the Immune System through the lymphatic system, through “vessels previously thought not to exist.” It is such a stunning advance (see image above) it could affect how we approach neurological diseases from Alzheimer’s to autism.

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Fireflies

0 Written by: | Friday, May 29, 2015 12:00pm

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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.

My son, 10, told me what to write about cheetahs. It’s his favorite animal, an animal he loves so much he convinced his grandmother (my mother) to buy him a large cheetah-shaped lamp a la something from Elvis’ Jungle Room. But we don’t have any cheetahs around here, so I’m going to write about fireflies. Mark Twain said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

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Could Food Be a Thing of the Past?

0 Written by: | Friday, May 22, 2015 11:13am

soylent-blendedThis 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’m going to Belmont to see if American Pharaoh makes Triple Crown magic. I’m going to wear a gigantic Carmen Miranda-style hat made of fruit because June is the beginning of my favorite season: strawberry and later, stone-fruit season. (Pick-your-own at these local farms.) Read More →

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