Blue Footed Booby

May 22nd, 2015 No comments

Meet the blue footed booby, found from the Gulf of California down along the western coasts of Central and South America to Peru . Their bright blue feet are a sexually selected trait. The brighter a males feet, the more attractive he is to a female. To attract a female, they have an elaborate dancing ritual to display their feet, first lifting one foot and then the other.

Well, this is one way!

May 22nd, 2015 No comments


May 21st, 2015 No comments

Dear Father in Heaven, you said, “Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted.” We ask that comfort now, dear God, for those who are in the throes of grief and inconsolable pain at the loss of a loved one.  Provide their innermost needs and healing for their broken hearts. Give them peace and calm beyond their understanding. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen

As expected, grandma’s got it bad, and it’s all good!

May 21st, 2015 No comments

IMG_3154I’m sure you will  not be surprised to hear that my 4 month old granddaughter, Juliana,  is a delight and a joy to my heart.  Just look what she wrote me for Mother’s Day!  I was just amazed,   Wow!

She is a strong, beautiful baby girl. I have loved her from the moment I knew she had been conceived. I have prayed for her  almost every day, and intend to do so for the rest of my life.

She  rewards my devotion by smiles and giggles when she sees me. Well, more truthfully, when I am working hard to make her laugh and she gives into my silliness. She had me in tears  the first time she started responded with smiles on her own.

I project the moment when she will reach out her arms to me, smile, and know that I am someone special in her life.

Thank you God for our sweet Juliana.

Tuck and Patti, “I Was Born to Love You”

May 21st, 2015 No comments

Does your antibacterial soap have Triclosan?

May 20th, 2015 No comments

August 13, 2012

Take a look at the bottle of antibacterial hand soap in your bathroom. Chances are good that a particular chemical is listed among its ingredients: triclosan.  (I found it in one of my hand soaps, but not Soft-Soap)

The antibacterial substance, which was first developed in the 1960s to prevent bacterial infections in hospitals, has since been incorporated into everything from hand soaps to toothpastes to mouthwashes.  Even some household products—such as kitchen utensils, toys and bedding—include triclosan.

Studies have shown that the chemical can disrupt the endocrine systems of several different animals, binding to receptor sites in the body, which prevents the thyroid hormone from functioning normally. Additionally, triclosan penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream more easily than previously thought, and has turned up everywhere from aquatic environments to human breast milk in troubling quantities.

A new paper, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicates that triclosan impairs muscle function in both animals and humans. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of California, Davis, found that the chemical hinders human muscle contractions at the cellular level and inhibits normal muscle functioning in both fish and mice.

“Triclosan is found in virtually everyone’s home and is pervasive in the environment,” said lead author Isaac Pessah. “These findings provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health.”


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Lions Mane Jellyfish

May 20th, 2015 No comments

The Lions Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. They have been swimming in arctic waters since before the dinosaurs (over 650 million years ago) and are among some of the oldest surviving species in the world.The bell can grow up to 8 feet in diameter with hundreds of tentacles up to 120 feet long. Remarkably, only 6% of the jellyfish is solid matter; the rest is water.

Clarence and Joe

May 20th, 2015 No comments

Clarence did you know Abel Miller’s wife  is still home schooling their kids?

All ten of them?


That’s quite a job.

Wonder if they’ll have any more kids.

I doubt it. I hear she’s told Abel that there’s not room for one more desk.

The Sense of Smell . . . and Memories

May 19th, 2015 No comments

From an article in Parade, July, ’12:

“Smell may be our most evocative sense.images-5

Studies have shown that people can recall a scent with 65 %accuracy after one year; visual memory sinks to 50% after just a few months.

And because smells are processed by the same part of the brain that handles memories and emotions – the temporal lobe – we respond to them with rare intensity.  Decades later, a passing scent may summon a memory of our first grade classroom, one so vivid that we seem transported across time and space.”

I have found this to be true.  It took many years for me to get over the smell of Brut After Shave  since it evoked memories of a certain somebody from my past.  Oh yeah!  I wonder  . . . never mind . . .

The article goes on to say  “It is believed that we never experience a smell the same way twice, since the sensitivity of our nose changes from hour to hour and day to day.”


Here is a very short video about: Smelling

From the Lens of Bill Stice

May 19th, 2015 No comments


A Dragonfly on a Pine Tree. Nature always amazes me in how things adapt to their environments. Here a Dragonfly has nearly perfect camouflage as it perches on the tree.



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