Category Archives: Nature

Caterpickles Cleans House, Part 5

How did grapefruit get their name? Why do cats have three eyelids? And why are they called wisdom teeth anyway? Today I answer multiple questions briefly in the hopes of clearing the decks a bit before summer. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The Ten-Year-Old’s favorite part of the playground

My daughter has been complaining about the fact that her school plans to replace her favorite playground with an outdoor classroom ever since she first learned of it last week. Yesterday, I got tired of all the unproductive griping. So I handed her my … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: View of MSI from Wooded Isle, Spring 2017

View of the Museum of Science in Chicago from the Wooded Isle in Jackson Park. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Spring!

A cherry tree in bloom on the Wooded Isle in Jackson Park (Chicago, Illinois). Continue reading

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old watching this week?

This week, The Ten-Year-Old and I are headed out to see Disneynature’s Born in China. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales between April 21 – April 27 will go to support the World Wildlife Fund’s efforts to restore habitats essential to the survival of the wild pandas and snow leopards featured in the film. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: “What kind of tree is that?”

No, seriously. We want to know. We saw these Monster Pollen Buds while wandering through Hollywood Studios at DisneyWorld last month. None of us knew what kind of tree this was. If you do, please leave a comment or send me an … Continue reading

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Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Jupiter, again

Just after sunset tonight, glance up at the full moon. That bright star immediately next to it is Jupiter. Enjoy the view. Related Links:  Top 7 Must-See Sky Events in 2017 (National Geographic)

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Wordless Wednesday: That tree has eyes

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Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Mercury (and Mars)

If you happen to live in an area where clouds and/or light pollution aren’t blocking your view of the sky (Chicago, I love you, but you do have a tendency to thwart my inner astronomer), take a moment to look for Mercury. The … Continue reading

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Night Sky Watch: Mars helps Mommyo spot Uranus

Apparently, the moon is tired, because Mars will be our tour guide tonight. (Assuming cloud cover and light pollution in Chicago permit us to even find Mars, that is. Oh, to live in a place with stars.) But let’s be … Continue reading

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