3 Ways I Might Die

If any of the following incidents serve as foreshadowing, I might be in for an unfortunate, untimely demise. I’d rather die when I’m around 90, from a battle of wits gone awry, but it’s out of my hands.Here are a few reasons why I could probably die in a mortifying way....more

Meet the Beetles!

“Look out for the lions!” my students cheerfully screamed the day I left for Africa. I was a proctor in a university dorm and my students seemed awfully optimistic about my chances of encountering a man-eating beast....more

Friday August 23-13, Photos

It's been a while since I've been happy with the results of my point & shoot camera photography, so I'll share some shots that I was able to take today. I don't know what's going on in the corner of the garden but it was fly, bee, and wasp central today. Of course I'll be back bugging them tomorrow to get more pictures of these amazing creatures. Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!...more
I think they're great shots!more

Are You an Adventurous Eater? Find Your Culinary Comfort Zone

What is "normal," anyway? When it comes to food, normal could be loosely defined as what you grew up with. Here in America, we might think of processed cheese slices, hot dogs, or twinkies as "normal." In other parts of the world, a plateful of grubs might be considered comfort food, fish eyes might be a pantry staple, or snake stew could be the local delicacy. I remember Andrew Zimmern (from the show Bizarre Foods) talking to an African tribesman who insisted that Americans were crazy to let perfectly good milk go to spoil, then dry it into little squares and eat it. To this man, cheese was the most bizarre food he could think of. ...more
I'm the same way - sometimes a little routine is good, but it's important to mix things up every ...more

Simple, Non-Toxic Ways to Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is on the rise in the United States, a consequence of the climate change that is bringing more extreme weather conditions to many parts of the country....more

I've Got PIES!

I think I have a severe case of PIES. And not the Homer Simpson variety. I’m sure you’ve had it, too, at one point or another in your life, and most definitely will again.What is PIES, you ask? Well, it’s what happens when you do something like move into a new house in the woods. It happens when you go camping for the very first time, or picnic at a new park, or go swimming at a lake. You freak out about the innumerable and virtually inextinguishable varieties of insects with whom you’d prefer not to share your personal space....more

my summer experiences: insects

Did I mention I don't really like the summer weather? I did, didn't I? Above all the sweating, and the constant need of artificial comfort (a.k.a . A/C or air conditioning), insects are the thing I hate the most about summertime. I don't think about that all the time, though. I live in the city and, fortunately, I don't have to put up with them on a daily basis....more

A Bug's Life

My life has been reduced down to the level of a bug.Bugs.  Lately, it seems to be the topic of every conversation we have.  What types of bugs do have?  What harm are they causing?  How to eradicate them?...more

Bugged Out

Are you afraid of bugs? Being that I'm a girl, I can answer this question honestly without having to feel embarrassed. YES.If you ask my husband this question though, he'd probably answer 'NO!' and puff out his chest a little further to prove that his masculinity is, indeed, in tact. Most people would assume that he was telling the truth. In reality though...My husband is very much afraid of all things creepy-crawly.How did I come to this conclusion, you ask? Two words...Sleep deprivation....more