Why are You Here?

Apr 05

Why are You Here?

WHY ARE YOU HERE? This girl looks like she knows exactly why she’s here, and is proud of it!  She would have no trouble, I’m sure, telling you and taking whatever punishment is  meted out by the principal or her parents for fighting. Most kids are not so honest with themselves. “Why are you here?” is a powerful question parents need to add...

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Blood Moon

Apr 03

Blood Moon

DOES THE UNIVERSE STILL AMAZE YOU? April 14th/15th (west coast/east coast), after you rush to take care of your small, temporal concerns (like paying your income tax), celebrate by staying up late to sit in awe of a larger, celestial event.  This one is close to home, actually.  You will get to enjoy the first of a series of lunar eclipses, where the moon will...

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What We Know About Climate Change

Mar 19

What We Know About Climate Change

TEN YEARS AGO, I TOOK KIDS TO SCIENCE CAMP up in the San Bernadino mountains.  Whether we went in the Fall, Winter or Spring, it was always a rich, varied environment. Our site was surrounded by deep, green pines and cedar trees. Grey squirrels were everywhere! They scampered across our paths on the way to the dining hall,  peeked around tree trunks, and scurried...

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From Lupines to Life

Mar 14

From Lupines to Life

Watching a NOVA show on the recovery of life after Mount St Helens blew its top. No matter what happens in the second half of the show, (the volcano may win someday) I am encouraged by the ability of life to catch and hold onto the miles of lifeless, rock even after almost all life forms were blasted off the mountain.  And all of this happened in much less time than...

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Bringing ‘em Back

Mar 02

Bringing ‘em Back

SHOULD WE BRING EXTINCT SPECIES back to life?  Do we really want herds of wooly mammoths roaming the streets of New York, or passenger pigeons pooping on our cars? Throw this question into your SATURDAY SALON hat and watch the discussion take off.  A new topic has a way of spurring your guests’ thoughts and takes the discussion into the bigger questions and...

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Is Older Better?

Feb 02

Is Older Better?

WHAT GETS BETTER WITH AGE? Wine, art, marriage, savings…? It’s a great question to throw in the hat at your next Saturday Salon, because the conversation can take you anywhere and usually down roads you and your guests least expect. A recent study of 403 tree species, spanning 6 continents claims that older is better, at least in trees. Old growth trees may...

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