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Survival of the What?

Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest’ has been co-opted to justify all sorts of sociopathic behaviors, though Darwin himself was rather a nice guy. Survival of the fittest has actually been taken to mean survival of the most selfish, most brutal, the champion in the war of all against all. How did that work out for … Continue reading

On Manatees and Liberals

You gotta love manatees. Well, you don’t ‘gotta’ but I do. I love their obesity and the fact that when I snorkeled in Florida springs, they didn’t eat me. Unlike the alligators. Manatees, sea cows, munching, munching, munching. Supposedly sailors mistook them for mermaids. If so, they had been on that ship for way too … Continue reading

How to Make a 3D Tide Pool

I’m currently obsessed with making tide pools, part of my “see through” philosophy maybe. I’ve dreaded the day someone asked how to make one, so if that ever happens, I’ll just refer them to this. Maybe something here can help you in your projects. I start with a piece of styrofoam and hot glue styro … Continue reading

How To Fix an Ugly Table Top

I was so proud of assembling my rolling tea cart in only two hours. Now you may be a much better builder than I and would have done it in thirty minutes, but I have a terrible habit of plunging in without reading the directions. This time I followed the directions and other than putting … Continue reading

Your Last Dog

Dogs live for twelve, maybe fifteen years and become part of our family. There’s always a special one that just crushes us when it dies. My English setter Suzy Q. died when I was twelve and I’m seventy-one now and I still smile when I think of her, running through the golden autumn grass, tongue … Continue reading

The Fishing Hole-Art from Odds and Ends

The Fishing Hole-Miniscape #3 The leaves are made from cat littler, the plants collected beside the road, the hill is styrofoam covered with a plaster-mache mix, the fish are polymer clay from my hot little hands. The water is resin, which always intimidates me because it’s so freaking expensive you will kick yourself (as I … Continue reading

Fatal Attraction

Praying Mantis’ Sexual Cannibalism It might seem like a high price to pay for sex, but about a third of male Praying Mantis are willing to take the chance. Females often eat their lovers at some point in the act of mating and misguided naturalists, who think they need to justify animal behavior on moral … Continue reading

Pretty…Cheap

Pretty…Cheap Grandma used to say, “Use it up, wear it out; make it do or do without.” Sometimes frugality promotes creativity, which is just another way to say necessity is the mother of invention. I remember barbed wire holding a coke bottle on the old farm tractor motor. It wasn’t pretty, but Matka (our tractor’s … Continue reading

My “Get Out of Loony Bin Free” Artist Card

I was coming back from a nature walk last year, thinking about fractals; the repeating patterns in nature. You know how rivers from space look like tree branches, which look like our neural pathways, which look like our circulatory system. I was thinking that the turtle’s shells had the same pattern as the live oak … Continue reading

Free Comic Book for Beginning Readers. Topic: Racism

I realize we don’t discuss racism with beginning readers; unless we ourselves are flaming racists parents, that is. I hate racism, which is the conviction that one “race” is superior to all others. Suspiciously, holders of this belief always choose their OWN race as the superior one. You never heard a racist claim that some … Continue reading