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Today I write in a more serious manner, on a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Something I hate to love, and love to hate: what it’s like to work in a professional kitchen.
Crisp breezes and consecutive days at 15 C here in Toronto are reminding us that our long awaited summer is slowly vanishing. It’s only mid-August, but I think we’ve all accepted that we haven’t had much of a summer this year and it’s not about to surprise us with a return anytime soon. As I think about the arrival of autumn and the dreaded winter that seems to come so quickly after it, I’m also reminded that 2014 itself will disappear with the rapid changing of seasons. Another year passed. As I get older I sense each year passing faster than the last. Now I know what my parents and grandparents meant when they said time speeds up as…
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A thought provoking article from last year, deserves another run…
In light of the rise in violent crime, many have pondered the question: “How do I know if my neighbor is a psychopathic serial killer?” Well, unfortunately, it’s not easy. Unless of course you happen to live in any number of rural areas across the country where hunters are required to wear blaze orange—then the psychopathic serial killers stand out like a bunch of sore thumbs.
Okay, so maybe it’s a bit hyperbolic to compare hunters to serial killers. Yes, they both obsess on and stalk their victims, whom they objectify and depersonalize in their single-minded quest to boost their self-esteem, and the kills made by both hunters and serial killers are followed by a cooling off period, but serial killing usually has a sexual component to it.
Let’s hope hunters aren’t literally getting off on their exploits.
Maybe a better comparison for a hunter would be to a mass…
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Due to public outcry and the scientific controversy surrounding the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) proposal to remove the Gray Wolf from the endangered species (ESA) list, the Service commissioned the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) to conduct an unbiased study to clarify disputed issues. USFWS conducted an internal study in 2012 whose findings led them to propose the delisting. NCEAS panel of experts found that the study was based strongly on a single publication which is considered to be preliminary and not generally accepted by the scientific community. The panel recommended that a more comprehensive study based on recent data should be considered before making a decision.
Ed Yong is an award winning British science writer, journalist and blogger who gets to the heart of discussions on the most important ideas in science today. His recent article The Unique Merger That Made You (and Ewe, and Yew) is a made for us discussion of that event occurring over a billion years ago (at least – more likely two billion) that formed the most basic unit from which all plant and animal life has sprung; the eukaryotic cell. We see cells evolve and change all the time, the Prokaryotes which are still around, do so in myriad ways, none of which we have had the privilege of seeing change into a eukaryote.
So what happened on that day so long ago? What made a nucleus (or a prokaryote) decide to join up with an external microscopic alien cell containing mitochondrial DNA, collecting or evolving other structures to form the first Eukaryotes? Or perhaps it was two prokaryotes merging or one entering the other.. We may never know however, the event forever changed the face of our planet, yielding enormously diverse forms of life – plants and animals blanketing the land and seas with color and purpose.
My two pups at their morning nap – it’s tough work getting up in the morning, barking at Mom to hurry up with breakfast, chowing down on a dental chew, followed by a backyard constitutional….
Patterns in time are what matter to a furry child. Perhaps these patterns replace the seasonal patterns they once adhered to before settling in with humans. My boys know exactly when their breakfast and dinner occur, they know the date and time when their whisperer walker is to show up, and they know snack time. Any infringement; delay upon these sacred rights; e.g.; their meals, their snacks and their walks results in a snout to the mouth, barking and pacing, etc.. Nipping can occur from the ‘Bar’, a short name for Akbar, our 14-year-old black beagle-something mix.
I don’t remember my human children being this astute about ‘time’, that is unless hunger pangs set in.
By the way, the picture above is an example of the ‘Rexie butt pillow’. Rex, our newest and smallest family member has a need to huddle up to others. Actually all the dogs do, except for on occasion, the Bar, who has no need for it at times. There is also the “Shadow Butt pillow’.
January 8, 2014
Revisiting Navarre’s story is a renewal of faith. There are good people in this world who care deeply for animals like this sweet, little wolf. I hope you find comfort in this, even though it wasn’t a happy ending.
We love you Navarre!!
Kindness and love in action, saving a wolf from certain death. This beautiful video is narrated in Italian but really needs no translation. It’s heartfelt, moving and incredibly uplifting to watch wonderful people working so hard to save a wolf’s life. To them I say:
“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”…..Irish Blessing
Saving Navarre: The Dramatic Rescue of a Paralyzed Shot Wolf
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What was I thinking? Another Christmas eve in Christian world with my Humanist (former Episcopalian) Spouse, 29 year old son, 4 + 2 furry kids and two keets (who never complain -mind you). I am preparing for the dinner tomorrow at the neighbors who always go all out for Christmas. Jeff, our neighbor, cooks like a professional chef and much like my hubby who cooks on a lighter note but just as well. We are bringing, gluten free and non-gluten free vegan pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, homemade cranberry sauce and gluten free stuffing. My efforts so far at 4:15 pm Dallas time? To the left is the nearly failed homemade cranberry sauce, you can see it’s quite runny as I cooked down two bags of organic cranberries. I’m usually good at this, but as you can see below, I managed to burn the first batch, along with the bottom of the pot….. And if that wasn’t enough of a fubar in the cooking department, I forgot to mix in the guar gum with my new gluten free Kourambedies cookie recipe. Well, they came out looking great and tasting – well, great too, as they crumbled into pieces in my mouth.
Still, the pumpkin bread came out fantastic. Really. I have yet to make the pies and stuffing. Do I need to consider more things to do on a Christmas eve? I think I’ll drop the stuffing and just make the pies as I am looking at a fun evening ahead of me watching old movies with my two men and furry kids.
This has been a tune in kind of post – as I haven’t blogged much lately. I am waiting to see if Sequestration will resolve allowing my research grant to pick back up. There may be hope – but I won’t be too disappointed if it doesn’t turn back on. Science – pure research in America is becoming a thing of the past, at least in the arena of upper atmospheric and space sciences. There is a drive in the EU, China, Australia and likely elsewhere to move forward in this arena. The war on science has taken it’s toll, so if or when I ever return to the Center for space sciences, it will be to an almost empty building. Many of my friends have left for Europe with two of my gal friends deciding to stay at home with the kids. More in my next post.