slowA Box Turtle’s shell.

Published in: Uncategorized on November 24, 2014 at 10:31 pm  Leave a Comment  


theatreA small Egyptian faience theatre mask, circa 2nd century B.C., spotted on a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Published in: Uncategorized on November 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm  Leave a Comment  


paperPaper or plastic?
The environmentalist in me wants to say “paper”, of course –or- arrive at the checkout line sporting one of those re-usable synthetic-material bags decorated with an image of a panda or something…but then I wonder, if we don’t want those cheap plastic grocery bags ending up in our landfills, why then do we buy larger capacity GLAD or HEFTY kitchen garbage bags to stuff with our daily rubbish?

Published in: Uncategorized on November 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm  Leave a Comment  


puppetPut your foot in a sock and the fibers conform to the shape of your extremity. Put your hand in a sock and it instantly springs to life!

Published in: Uncategorized on October 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm  Leave a Comment  


troublePockets! When I was a child my pants had no pockets and life was carefree. The trouble began when I received my first dollar, had a shopping list or a schedule to keep and my pockets filled with complications.

Published in: Uncategorized on October 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm  Comments (1)  


silenceSome animals can hear higher pitched sounds that people cannot, such as this silent-to-our-ears dog whistle.

Published in: Uncategorized on October 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm  Leave a Comment  


wishSome Fall yard work this weekend involved cleaning up an area under our porch steps. While removing a small pile of stones, I realized that several of the rocks were unusual and I began placing them to the side. Some of the rocks were beautiful specimens of quartz, turquoise and even pyrite –better known as ‘fools gold’. With every new discovery, I began to wish of finding a real gold nugget or that perhaps I would uncover a precious gem.
This is the second time I have found a trove of specimen rocks around my property, furthering speculation on just who might have collected the minerals.

Published in: Uncategorized on September 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm  Leave a Comment  


radioAn antique Bakelite tuning knob from the Golden Age of Radio.

Published in: Uncategorized on September 10, 2014 at 3:52 pm  Leave a Comment  


A perennial college reading assignment, Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” had a profound effect on me and I vowed then-and-there to never become a traveling salesman. I can’t say for certain when the transformation occurred, but one day I woke up on a train headed to the City with briefcase of samples under my arm.

Published in: Uncategorized on September 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm  Comments (1)  


disguiseA friend of mine has a specimen collection of bugs, including this leaf-mimic called a Phylliidae. Native to Southern Asia and Australia, the bug relies on its clever disguise to avoid detection from predators. Further enhancing its camouflage, many leaf insects rock back and forth when they move, simulating foliage blowing in the wind.

Published in: Uncategorized on January 29, 2014 at 3:01 pm  Comments (2)  

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