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Here is a poem by Charles Wright, dear readers. Hope your days are full of peony blossoms, sparrows and other feathery things. INTERVIEW // POEMS

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Last year in September I posted about the tomato worm – the gorgeously green gushiness that was found on my parent’s tomato plant.  Remember how it turns into a hawkmoth?   My mom has reported that she has seen a couple of these moths perched on their outside wall, but I have been unable to coordinate […]

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Some words courtesy of Robert Frost for this wintry* day. Read more of Frost’s poems HERE. (It’s been so  c o l d  in LA this week and about as wintry as I’d ever like it to be – though I haven’t been shaking the dust of snow off of me. To tell you the truth, I’m […]

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On our last trip to the Southwest, we made a special trip to the Vermillion Cliffs in Arizona in hopes of seeing some California Condors soaring in the skies. We luckily had packed our binoculars and were able to spot two way, way, way up in the cliffs.  We were a bit disappointed but still […]

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Dear friends, I present to you Bug Bytes, a library of bug sounds unlike any you’ve heard before. From the website: The sounds of crickets courting and flies flying familiar to many of us, but have you heard a rice weevil larva eating inside a wheat kernel, a termite cutting a piece of wood, or a […]

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On our last trip to Utah and Arizona I got up in the night, barefoot, to cross over to the bathroom.  Thank goodness I didn’t step on this centipede – I was nervous at first, but then really stoked to see this cute arthropod (who was safely caught and released into the desert night)! Even […]

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A Birdsong Sampler is a 2001 project by Kerry Tribe in which she had ten friends (all artists and most grad students from UCLA) imitate the chirp of the bird of their choice. The results were then digitally mixed to produce an ambient soundtrack in “the spirit of a sound effects CD or New Age nature […]

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Over the holidays, my pig interest was peaked by my lovely mom.  She gave me the awesome gift featured above – a sculptural pig that is a speaker!  I am enjoying taking my little piggy out and about and having such a cute companion to listen to music with.  Thank you Mom.  While researching, I […]

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  Though Monday was Chinese New Year’s, the Year of the Dragon does not officially arrive until February 4, which is the first day of the 2012 Chinese Astrology Year. The Year of the Dragon is considered the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac. It is characterized by dominance, ambition, and success (bring it on!). […]

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Dearest readers – I would like to introduce you to the Cochineal insect (those white clusters seen on the cactus above). They can be found in the hills of Altadena, California (for example) and produce Carminic acid, which is commonly used in food dyes and cosmetics. Synthetic dyes are around, but because of related health […]