A Merry Celebration

This weekend would have been my mom’s 65th birthday. We’re choosing to celebrate her life by doing something she loved:


My mother, on an adventure, somewhere in New England, sometime in her early 20s.

going outside, of course!

If you’re inspired to do the same, I’d love to hear about it.


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Trumpet Vine in Autumn



Attractive to hummingbirds (and humans) in the summer, this native plant puts on a spectacular display in the fall as well.

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National Zoo Autumn Conservation Festival (Warning: Contains an Image of Glitter Poo)

Once a year, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA opens its doors to the public for their Autumn Conservation Festival, giving the public an opportunity to meet the scientists and learn about their research. My friend Bobbie described it as, “like science fair, but everybody has a PhD.”

Where else can you…


pop on some Cryo-Gloves and freeze a grape with liquid nitrogen to demonstrate a problem inherent in preserving cells through cryogenics? Continue reading

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