Nature – Surprising Instincts of a Praying Mantis and a Six Year-Old Boy

About three miles from our house there is a white Congregational Church with a tall steeple, giant pillars, and huge, rectangular windows. And behind this church is a shady playground with swings and climbers and plastic houses and a sandbox and seesaws and those bouncy horses attached to giant metal springs in the ground. And … More Nature – Surprising Instincts of a Praying Mantis and a Six Year-Old Boy

Liebster Award – A Post-Thanksgiving Word Workout

I haven’t published a post in a while. Honestly, the past couple months have been personally challenging, and on top of that I’ve had writer’s block. Oh, I’ve had plenty of stuff to say, even jotted down notes and mapped out chapters. But when I sat down to write, the words didn’t dance lithely from … More Liebster Award – A Post-Thanksgiving Word Workout

Luck – The Humbling Unpredictability of the Dinosaur-Filled Island of Life

I’ve written about fate and destiny and cosmic conspiracies, but luck? Luck was something to which I hadn’t given much consideration. In fact, I used to bristle if someone said I was lucky. Saying “you’re lucky” makes it sound like you’re undeserving, like good things had come your way by chance rather than through hard … More Luck – The Humbling Unpredictability of the Dinosaur-Filled Island of Life

Buoyancy – Treading Water in the Dark and Monstrous Deep

I’m not sure exactly how old I was when this memory was imprinted on my brain. I know I was young – maybe three or four years old. I was wading knee-deep in the water, parallel to the beach where people were sunbathing on blankets. My two older brothers were walking with me. A rope … More Buoyancy – Treading Water in the Dark and Monstrous Deep

Noise – Why It’s a Good Thing I Can’t Shoot Laser Beams From My Eyeballs

I hate going to the movies. Actually, I hate going anywhere that requires people to sit quietly for an extended period of time and just watch or listen. The reason I do not generally enjoy these things is not because I cannot sit still and be quiet, it’s because I cannot tune out the OTHER … More Noise – Why It’s a Good Thing I Can’t Shoot Laser Beams From My Eyeballs