Book Review: Walden Warming by Richard B. Primack

Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's WoodsWalden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods by Richard B. Primack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The best part of this book is its founding idea. The author Richard Primack, a professor of Biology at Boston University, compared the information in Henry David Thoreau’s journals with his own modern day research to understand and measure how the climate and the plant and animal species of the area around Walden Pond in Concord MA have changed over the past 150 years. Continue reading Book Review: Walden Warming by Richard B. Primack

Little Writing Retreat on the Prairie, Part VI: Stories

During the second (and last) full day of the retreat, the weather was hotter and drier, and unbroken by thunderstorms at Homestead House. The window, floor, and ceiling fans were a constant source of white noise, as I sat, partially horizontal, on the couch in the living room. I struggled to eat all the food I had bought—a whole bag of salad, a whole tub of blueberries, a whole bag of carrots. My pedometer stayed under 5000 steps.

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Book Review: Eden’s Serum by Angelique S. Anderson

Eden's SerumEden’s Serum by Angelique S. Anderson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a very readable and fun science fiction romance. Its fast pace and plot twists made it feel like a screenplay for a summer sci-fi action thriller. There were a couple of times the plot genuinely surprised me and made me sit up in my chair and take notice. That rarely happens to me any more as a reader, even with science fiction.

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Mundane Monday: Train Crossing

When coming home from a work training late in the evening, I was surprised to have the lights come on and the barriers come down for a train crossing. It happens every day, I’m just usually not there to see it. I found the light and the swift-moving train in the darkness very eerie and beautiful at the same time. For PhoTrablogger’s Mundane Monday challenge #73.

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Postcards From the Drought, Part 2: Evergreen

Last year when we moved to CA we heard a lot about the drought. We also heard that El Niño was coming and that this past winter was going to be better. Yes, it was better, there was rain, but not nearly enough to make up for 4 years of drought conditions.

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Thursday Doors: August 18, 2016

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. I started participating last week. For more doors, or to join in, check out Norm 2.0’s weekly post.

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Little Writing Retreat on the Prairie, Part V: Going Geocaching

As you may or may not know, I went to this writing retreat in the middle of a geocaching streak: at least one cache find per day for every day of the calendar year. You can read more about my streak here. (Not to be a spoiler or anything, but as of this writing, I’m on day 227).

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