Roald Dahl’s Elfin Writing Hut

Roald Dahl’s Elfin Writing Hut

Many writers - most? - have a need to escape the mundane and the busy to a quiet hideaway where they can argue with themselves over sentences and to secretly sneak peeks at Twitter. For research, you know. Roald Dahl, the author of many of your children’s favorite books, built himself just the place. But [...]

Almost wordless Wednesday – seed pods

Aren't these just the coolest little things? They are immature seed pods from a magnolia tree. There is so much coolness and beauty right under our feet if we just stop to look. Take a minute and find some cool biology today. Cheers!

Crumb – Coffee is Sweet

I was at my grandparent’s for dinner, and we were all leaned back in our chairs, relaxing over coffee. Grandpa held his small bottle of saccharine up. “This is it, Denn,” and he shook the bottle. “The is the last bottle. No more after this.” He popped the cap and shook out the last two [...]

Why Do Smart People Reject Evolution?

Why Do Smart People Reject Evolution?

What Gives? Rafi Letzter, a science writer for the Business Insider, asks this question in a piece titled Why So Many Smart People Don’t Believe in Evolution. He begins with oft-repeated stats: only fifty percent of American adults believe in evolution, and most of those folks believe that G oversees the process. Othersbelieve in various [...]

Crumb: No Hope for Humankind

Crumb: No Hope for Humankind

Some readers will know exactly what I’m talking about. I’ve been helping my wife this week while she recovers from surgery. Partly this means carting the girls to and from school each day. This all happens in what we call the car line. They’re in the sixth grade and all six graders come and go [...]

Mitton Family Second Wave Feminism

Mitton Family Second Wave Feminism

My Dad’s mother - my grandmother - was born Dorothy Ebersole in 1912 in the Upper part of Milton, just outside of Tacoma, Washington. The Upper designation separated her from the dregs who lived in the Lower half. To me - I grew up a few miles away - Upper and Lower Milton was the [...]

Crumb – Who Are You Voting For?

Crumb – Who Are You Voting For?

Here's one I had a good laugh over. As an explanation, I bought a pack of TableTopic cards for the family as a Christmas present. I thought it would be a way to get us talking about things other than who pushed who in the lunch line. I've also noticed that my wife and I [...]

Crumb – Doing Someone Else’s Job

Crumb – Doing Someone Else’s Job

File this one under things that really bug me. Or things I hate. Not sure if it's technology, business, or laziness. You decide.   I bought an old truck over Chrismas holiday and called my insurance company to add it to my policy. "Just give it the same coverage as the Saab," I said. I [...]