The Zombies Ate My Brains

Rescuing what might remain of the grey matter.

Tune Out

1986 Challenger Explosion

On his commute home from the train station, Reiner listens to the 6 o’clock news. When we sit down to our meal, he shares the stories, usually indignant and full of contempt for what he’s heard. He needs to vent, to spew and sputter and verbally pound the kitchen table. I understand his mood. The news industry deserves our scorn if not for reporting calamities and upset, certainly for the […]

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It Figures

projectile motion

While I clearly recall my early writing career at school, I don’t remember much about learning math. In the junior grades, that is. In high school I enjoyed it and elected to study all of the available subjects, including trigonometry. I particularly liked geometry and graphing functions. I suppose the visual rendering of mathematical concepts held the appeal. I even went so far as to create a Christmas card for […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Carmine

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A crystal fragment of Villiaumite from Koashva Mt, Russia 1.8 x 1.7 x 0.7 cm Chemical make-up: NaF – or sodium fluoride. Sound familiar? Inspired by Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge A warning to minerals collectors from the Villiaumite page on Mindat: Poisonous! Fluoride ion in water-soluble form is what makes this mineral highly toxic. Its availability in macrospecimens, and the attractive colour, might lure small children into […]

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 36


Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational? I’ve bought my fair share of coffee table books – natural subjects like horses or wildlife paintings by Robert Bateman, for example. These have long ago been donated to second-hand shops. Ditto the entire suite of Calvin and Hobbes collections. That I regret, sort of. It was during a period of purging, lightening the load. I kept a […]

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The Back Forty

Jerusalem Artichoke blooms -

I always promised myself that if I ever lived on a large-ish property I’d let it revert to nature. I enjoy the untamed, natural look and the opportunity to provide a habitat for wildlife. Mowing a lawn wastes gasoline and it fouls the air. Besides, it’s hard work! Wherever I moved, and for one reason or another, I did not follow through on the no-mow policy. As a matter of fact, when I […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Livid

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Plumbogummite from Yangshuo Mine, China 3.0 x 2.7 x 1.0 cm The mineral is named from the Latin “plumbum” for lead, and “gummi” for gum, in allusion to its lead content and appearance at times as drops or coatings of gum. What I learned today? That livid means Inspired by Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge

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