Recently I’ve realized that the only thing worse for my mental health than Political Twitter is Coronavirus Twitter. To cheer myself up, I’ve started reading post-apocalyptic dystopian novels. I haven’t read that many yet, but I have read enough to notice that the just-in-time food supply rarely survives the first few chapters. That made me wonder… what if my best strategy for surviving an apocalypse is not merely to stockpile food, but to learn how to grow it?
"Why do my biscuits taste like metal?"
A few years ago, my husband began making biscuits on Saturday mornings. Although not all of his efforts have been equally delicious, we love starch in nearly all of its forms, so…
“How does a Galileo thermometer work?”
When The Ten-Year-Old first asked how Galileo thermometers work many moons ago, Daddyo knew the answer right away. Galileo thermometers operate on the principle that the density…
The short but exceptionally adventurous life of Nicholas Nickleby, Cricket
This week, The Nine-Year-Old’s plans to raise an orchestra of crickets hit a snag when she discovers that crickets and cats do not make good housemates. For the last project…
“Why are butterfly antennae smooth while moth antennae are feathery?”
While visiting a butterfly garden, my daughter noticed something strange. Butterflies have long thin antennae, but moths often have wide feathery ones. Why is that?
The Franklin Park Zoo in winter, or “What happens when you go up to a lion and say ‘baa’?”
I confess, I love visiting the Franklin Park Zoo in winter. True, the giraffes, the budgies, and the other warm-weather animals are in their winter enclosures and off-exhibit. You…
Five of the books the students at my local middle school read last January. #books #MG
Our local shopping mall is all dressed up for the Lunar New Year.
In this week’s extract from my now-deleted Facebook archives, I am once again reminded how grateful I am to no longer be the parent of a small child in the snowier bits of the U.S.
The end of January is traditionally the time when I give up on whatever it is I’ve resolved to do differently this year. This year, I’m trying something different — not making the resolution until the end of January in the first place. Let’s see if that works. 🙂
In this week’s extract from my now-deleted Facebook archives, the three-year-old sings a lullaby to Cozy the Cat.
In this week’s extract from my now-deleted Facebook archives, I enjoy pretty pictures of snow, now that I no longer have to shovel it.
In this week’s extract from my now-deleted Facebook archives, my daughter demonstrates the proper way to perform CPR on a T.Rex. #ThrowbackThursday
In this week’s extract from my now-deleted Facebook archives, I resolve to read all of the green books in the house. (Happy New Year!)
In this week’s extract from my now-deleted Facebook archives, a bat convinces me not to decorate for Christmas. Merry Christmas, y’all.