Fireflies

If you’ve read my blog you may know I enjoy science. Last week I was sitting on the deck and watching the fireflies. There were a bunch of them out that night and thought I don’t really know much about these creatures. Thanks to National Geographic and Mother Nature Network here’s what I found out.…

Scarier Places

I am traveling quite a bit for my job. In fact, in one year I will have been to Maine, Florida, California, and Alaska. And a bunch of places in-between. So I think I can speak with a bit of authority about scary situations. It’s probably not what you think. Not dark alleys. Not gangs…

Be Decent Today

As a child, I was pretty heavy. I remember tipping the scale at 100 lbs in 4th grade. It led to being made fun of and some name-calling. Know this may surprise someone, but calling them “Fatso” doesn’t help to make them skinnier. We had a Physical Education program called “Go You Chicken Fat Go.”…

Rain Gauge Dads

In my hometown, my dad was part of a coffee group. It was made up of men from this small town who met, I’m sure, to solve the world’s problems.  The coffee klatch included our neighbor who was a lawyer. After a rain, my dad would sneak over and put a bit of water in…

Doesn’t Capture It

We were fortunate to be able to travel to Alaska. When we arrived, our friend took us to an overlook area where many of the mountain peaks were visible. It was a beautiful, clear day and the views were gorgeous. I took many photos and when I looked at the images, I said to my…

How Do You See?

In a previous lifetime, I was a middle school science teacher. I’ve always been fascinated by science and the discoveries that have been made and yet to be made.  I came across an article about eyes. While the human eye is very complex and capable, the animal world can teach us something out how we…

Now It’s Our Turn

I work for an organization that has provided loans and scholarships to United Methodist students for over 150 years.  Recently, the office sent me some folders to look through. Most were inquiries and response letters from the 1960’s related to peoples’ interest in providing will or estate gifts to support these students. A couple things…