The Zombies Ate My Brains

Rescuing what might remain of the grey matter.

One Word Photo Challenge: Mustard

Calcite var Travertine_20090213_005

OK – I’m taking huge liberties with this blog challenge. My take on “mustard” is this honey-mustard or Grey Poupon mustard-coloured calcite specimen. It is an example of a speleothem – or cave calcite. The layered portions are similar to onyx and the bubbly, blobby bits are popcorn calcite. We found this in a tufa outcrop along a river near our home. The spring runoff of 2008 eroded away a great mass of the […]

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If We Were Having Coffee Saturday September 20.

Trumpeter Swan

If we were having coffee, you’d walk into the café and say, “Hey, Maggie, how are things?” and I’d say, “Can’t complain, but that doesn’t stop me.” You’d laugh and change the subject. Good thinking. I knew you were a smart cookie. I’d tell you, “Fall is here,” and how I wore my mittens when I walked to the coffee shop earlier this week. It had been nippy overnight! I’ve seen turkey vultures […]

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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

Villiaumite 1454_001

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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