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Hey, That Stings!

You probably know by now that I care about the environment; I love science.  I’ve got a thing for bugs: the kind with legs and the kind you can only see with a microscope. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee on the endangered list earlier this year.  They  estimate that “The economic value of pollination services provided by native insects (mostly bees) is estimated at $3 billion per year in the United States.” Bumble bees are among the most important pollinators of crops and almost the only pollinators of tomatoes. As much as I want…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-17

Mother’Day is just around the corner, but for me it’s in the rear view mirror.  wrestler #1, CeCe’s hubby, and their kids came over, and along with Loved-One prepared and wonderful brunch for the mother’s in the group.  Loved-One set the good China out for the three mothers, and everyone else ate on paper plates.  Omelets, sausage, waffles with Nutella and blueberries, mimosa, coffee, and key lime pie.  Queen for a Day, that’s how I felt. Here’s a few more things, in no particular order, that bubbles up joy for me:  Tons of hugs and kisses from grandchildren. Surprise tweets…

Women energized for Earth Day

I remember the very first Earth Day.  I was a student at Central Michigan University.  Every year I remember a speaker cautioning that by the time people sat up and listened, it would be too late.  That was 47 years ago! Whoa! That seems impossible.  I was a college student 47 years ago?  After 47 years, people are still denying that we humans are impacting the climate?  Well, at least I still have a very good memory. Since November, Whaaaat? This year Earth Day became a Science March Day around the world.  I got a chance to crowd source for…

Pause,  Breathe, and Take Stock – 2017-16

“Ask and you shall receive.”  That’s only part of the story for me.  so many times I’m just rolling along, not even thinking about wanting more and ShaBam, I’m on the receiving end of wonderful things.  Okay, yes, sometimes I’m asking. This weekend, I had the honor of making my nieces wedding cake.  Yes, of course I was nervous.  Grandchildren are pretty open-minded.  If a cake looks something close to a dinosaur or a volcano, or even Bible Man, a child jumps for joy.  Brides?  Maybe she would be a little pickier.  Jana loved it!  I did work myself into…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-16

Ahhh… I only got on the wrong L-train once this week. I took an extra trip around the loop, considering how many times I’ve been lost in my life, and how once, passengers feared they might starve with me as a navigator. Yes, that’d be little sister in the back seat.  So far, no one has starved, been injured, or permanently scarred.  My problem solving skills improved, my confidence boosted each time I triumphed, and this time, I had one extra trip around the loop.  Time to ponder, time to daydream, time to plan my next novel.  Wait a minute.…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-15

We had some warm weather!  And sunshine!  What could be better?  I’m getting a rhythm into my commute, so I no longer feel rushed and I’m no longer getting on the wrong train.  I had one day where the trained delayed by two hours, but I got to try out a new (Roti) restaurant for dinner, while I waited.  So much more good than bad going on in my life.  Well, really, no bad worth mentioning. Here’s a few things, in no particular order,  that cause me to pause, wonder, and give thanks: Another grandchild became a teenager.  Miss K sent…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-14

Some weeks I have a bit of trouble with the taking stock part of this weekly post.  This week is the pausing and breathing part.  It was a great week for me.  A new job, a wonderful turn-out at an Author Showcase, and a chance to visit Mom.  What could be better? Here, in no particular order, are some more reasons to rejoice: Snow drops blooming around a budding willow tree; My sister-in-law, Cheryl, who gave up part of her birthday to support me at the Author Showcase; Enjoying a Culver’s dinner with Mom & Love-one: walleye, followed by a…

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