Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2015«

Natural Easter Egg Dyes!

March 30, 2015

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For anyone looking for something a little out of the ordinary, natural, and educational for this holiday weekend, consider experimenting with natural plant dyes for your Easter eggs!  Check out these websites and others for more ideas to put some extra fun and interest into your Easter activities. Here’s just one of many resources explaining […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Falling in Love With Fallingwater, America’s Most Extraordinary Private Home

March 25, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Can a person really fall in love with a house? I have. . . and I want to share my discovery with you. It seems almost like a fairy tale:   there once was a private home called Fallingwater, hidden in the forests of southwestern Pennsylvania, that even today I wish were mine. […]

Tesla’s Autopilot: Don’t Lie. It’s Not for the Alert, It’s for the Distracted.

March 23, 2015

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Nobody is going to watch like a hawk as their car does all the driving.   Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla would offer a self-driving electric car by this summer. According to him, a software update will allow drivers to cede control to the “autopilot” mode, at least on major highways. […]

Our Third Anniversary at Forming the Thread

March 20, 2015

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Hello, all! Next week we are up to the third anniversary of Forming the Thread. I started out in 2012 with a rather ambitious (perhaps too ambitious) schedule of publishing something five days per week. Thank God for Joan Larsen, who soon stepped in to fill my Wednesdays; and to all the guests who have […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: A Floating World – Breathtaking Images of Antarctica’s Summer

March 18, 2015

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By Joan Larsen The waves of the world’s Southern Ocean had turned into a rare mirror-like calm as our ship glided into Antarctic waters. The passengers, strangers still, were out on the decks or bridge, watching the first icebergs stand tall on the horizon – looking like city skyscrapers that had mysteriously lost their way. […]

Lila in the Land of the Giants

March 16, 2015

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What if pickle jars came with lids that were 8″ in diameter? What if countertops were four feet high? What if chairs and toilets were three feet high? What if leaf-blower handles were as big around as mayonnaise jars, or steps were a standard 12″ high? Welcome to my world.   It has been noted […]

Some Grads are Unemployed Because They Can’t Be Bothered

March 13, 2015

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Ah, spring approaches, and a young man’s fancy turns to… internships.  Alas, I’m losing patience with all the sad headlines about unemployed young college grads and their tough circumstances.  Here’s why. I am of an age that for a few years now, my old high school friends have been going through this with their own […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Africa’s Mighty Victoria Falls, One of the Seven Wonders

March 11, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Sometime in your life, you should stay at a grand British colonial hotel befitting of the grand old days.  And sometime, too, you should see one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World,  the stunning Victoria Falls in southern Africa. Tranquil, shaded, with a chorus of frogs in the courtyards, with […]

So Dogs Have Bad Short-Term Memory? It’s Better Than Yours.

March 9, 2015

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A Swedish study making the rounds in the news this week allegedly notes that many animals have “terrible short-term memories.” Guess what? It’s better than ours. Somehow, the media picked up a University of Stockholm study and concluded that animals are dolts who never remember much of anything. The public is deluged with such moronic […]

Lila’s Best Jacket for Cold, Wet Weather

March 6, 2015

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Last year, we moved a bit farther south on the Eastern Seaboard, and this has brought us a bit of a change in the weather. Oh, we have had our snow and single-digit temperatures this winter, but that is not normal for the area. Usually, if it’s cold enough to snow, then it will be […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Tender Gifts From Birds – The Girl Who Gets Gifts From Crows

March 4, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Many thanks to Katy Sewall for alerting us to this wonderful story! Gabriella – a 4-year-old child living in Seattle, Washington – was prone to dropping food – when she was getting out of the family car or just munching in her yard. So very typical of children that age. But, the […]

Plastic Surgery: The One Thing Men are Not Allowed to Ask For

March 2, 2015

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They’ll let some guy have 100 operations to look like a Ken doll, but by God, don’t ask for a penis reduction, because that’s abnormal.   So The Daily Mail reports that a US teen has just had the world’s first penis reduction surgery. If you’re not real squeamish, or if you’re not a guy […]