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Month: September 2013

Photo Friday: Eating on the Road

After hours of viewing flat fields, corn turning brown and clouds of dust from bean combines, we stopped for dinner. A family owned businesss, known for cooking locally grown produce, we expected down-home American cooking. What we got was the best food EVER. I mean it. it. Could this be the place where Chicago chefs go to Chefs’ Camp? I just read about it in the Sunday paper. Chicago Tribune says Firefly Grill is “Worth the road trip?” Bon Appetit named Firefly Grill the 2nd Best Eco-Friendly Restaurant in the country. upon Loved-One had pork shank and butternut squash soup.…

The Cost of Speed

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a… ticket and rejoices that the system works. – Bill Vaughan  I am a good girl. I am responsible. I believe in rules. Okay, it’s true, I do break rules when they don’t make any sense and it doesn’t hurt anyone. I believe the police are officers of the law. I believe jury duty is my civic duty. I vote.  Even in, especially in local elections. I play it safe.  I look left, then right, then left again.  I come to complete stops.  I watch for children in unexpected places.  I do…

Photo Friday: Northern Flickers

Our hickory fell.  Well, not the whole thing, the top third of the  tree just bent over and touched the ground.  Squirrels re-routed.  Ferns withered; garden flocks brightened. In a hollow, just below the break, Two Northern Flickers nested.  They like privacy. A hickory’s canopy is perfect cover.  Flickers are shy.  We hear them, but normally see them once or twice a summer. If we’re lucky. Exposed by the felled hickory, the pair hopped out on a branch and signaled their dismay.The couple survived the natural disaster and made the best of things for the sake of their young family.…

Photo Friday: Grackle Cackle

I need to write a new chapter.  Right there, between Chapter 20 and 21, I rushed.  Write there.  I need more action, clearer motivation, a transition.  Something.  I need a new, Chapter. I took a walk, I meditated.  I know what I need to do.  Write. Right. What’s that noise? Acorns and leaves pound my porch as I try to concentrate, to create, to get in the flow. Something like loud obnoxious radio static drives me to open the door and take a peek. Oh my.  I must get my camera.  It’s Photo Friday. (Please click on the picture to…

STEM Girls go to the Museum of Science and Industry

Miss G is in second grade this year.  She is a bit shy, and she knows what she likes.  She likes science more than anything. Missy S is in first grade.  She reads like a sixth grader, even using inflection when she reads dialog.  She has an opinion on everything.  Miss K is a fashionista and a social butterfly.  She is in the fourth grade this year.  Miss K loves math. All three girls are are wiz-kids and as techno-savvy as any of their brothers.  Who says girls don’t like science and math?  Who says girls’ brains are not wired…

Photo Friday: Horror Film Scene

I do love insects. This grasshopper landed on my patio door. displaying his magnificent underside. My photos display more of a sci-fi look and feel.  Now I know where Alien found inspiration. No grasshoppers were harmed in the photographing for this post.       Related articles Sony Cyber-shot QX100 and QX10: The lens is the camera (nbcnews.com) First look at the Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and the iPhone 5 (imore.com)

Contemplating Obesity

Here’s what I learned back in biochemistry:  It’s simple math. Calories consumed > calories burned = Stored fat Calories consumed < calories burned = Weight loss Calories provide fuel.  Fuel is used for every single thing the body does:  thinking, growing, watching TV, running, digesting, listening, repairing injuries, recovering from illness, even something as simple as maintaining normal body temperature requires energy. About 10% of the calories consumed are used by breaking the food down into a usable form.  The more complex the food is, the more energy it takes just to break it down into a usable form. All…

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