By Conrad Anker Aunts, with the wisdom of age and the comfort afforded by family, are often the best source for practical advice. My Aunt Ann, a teacher by profession, would remonstrate the value of doing homework right the first time with the simple adage of "A stitch in time saves nine." If this didn't sink in, I was reminded, "If you don't have the time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to repeat the work?" These reminders are as applicable to children and homework ...
In the early 19th century, the "right" whale was the one that didn't run from whaling boats and floated to the surface when harpooned. Records indicate 30,000 of these huge mammals once migrated from the Antarctic to calving grounds along New Zealand coastal coves annually. Hunting of right whales virtually eliminated the species from the southern oceans by the 1840s, as it did to the world's other two subspecies. [caption id="attachment_5064" align="aligncenter" width="640" ...
  • 28 June 2011
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In the 1950s when I was a kid in LA I had a buddy who would race his bike around terrorizing the neighborhood with me. With excess of energy and curiosity, we saved major attention for explorations of some vacant fields of weeds, wildflowers, and random junk with vistas of the Pacific Ocean. We grew up watching this undeveloped land convert into tidy suburbs and shopping centers. And, even then, I thought this seemed a poor substitute for the wild place he and I loved exploring together. My ...
  • 26 June 2011
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What's wrong with Heli-Yoga? Chopper in to a remote mountain paradise to find your inner peace. Commune with nature no one but the most dedicated mountaineers and most affluent people get to see. Realign your chakras so close to the sun there are no roads. That's the offer from a Canadian company. Why is it any different than heli-skiing or heli-hiking or a heli-tour of Hawaii? Is there anything wrong with using technology to have a supreme experience? Why shouldn't ...
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) was established by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The purpose of the NAS is stated in its original charter: "The Academy shall, whenever called upon by any department of the Government, investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art, the actual expense of such investigations, examinations, experiments, and reports to be paid from appropriations which may be made for the purpose, but the Academy shall receive no ...
Rolling Stone Magazine has posted an online commentary-- Climate of Denial --on the status of climate change thinking, current weather events, and needed actions. The author stated: “the nightly newscast is starting to resemble a nature hike through the Book of Revelation”. Indeed! The Magazine's print version will appear next month but an early read is highly recommended. Here are two maps from the article that were developed by NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) that ...
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