Who remembers a teacher asking him to name the planets in the solar system, starting from the sun outward? Chances are, you included in your lineup a ball of gas named Saturn, which is distinguished by its rings. But have you ever seen it? Maybe you’ve seen artists’ renditions of far-off planets. Maybe you’ve seenContinue reading “Taking their World for It”
On a normal day of operation at your friendly neighborhood industrial facility or oil refinery, thousands of pounds of toxic and/or flammable materials are shooting through hot pipes, swirling about in vessels, and reacting under tightly controlled conditions into desirable products. As a (retired) chemical engineer, I’ve worn my steel-toed boots thin in many suchContinue reading “Dystopian Worldbuilding and Industrial Facilities”
I love my clothesline. Maybe I don’t have enough to think about, but when it came to my attention that the neighborhood homeowners association forbade visible clotheslines, I put one up for my family. Maybe that means I’m not a nice person. Maybe not being a nice person will make my fiction extra interesting. It’sContinue reading “Let your Freak Right to Dry Flag Flap in the Wind and Fly”
Mother’s Day means my ever-accommodating husband stood ready to make the day special, so Mom requested a family walk. My children had their own plans… one wanted scooters, one wanted bicycles, then they didn’t want wheels but to follow the footpaths through the woods. Eventually we found a solution and off we went. Instead ofContinue reading “Happy Mother’s Day from Mother Nature to Mom”
Color me simple, but my family and I are easily pleased. All it takes is a nature hike. As our feet grow tired, our spirits lift and relax. Last June, Husband and I took our lil rascals on some local nature trails. The trails wandered near a small river. The river wound through the countrysideContinue reading “Flying Colors in a Flutter”
Meet Apollo, who lives at a Children’s Museum we used to patronize before my kids got too big. What would you say he is? I’m thinking a Common Leopard Gecko.
Ahhh, single use plastics. I’ll call them SUP. Most of us are busy and preoccupied, so we don’t notice how much SUP we use. SUP, which are petroleum based, go to landfills or float in our oceans. I’ve heard they don’t break down for multiple numbers of years. Heck, even getting the petroleum out ofContinue reading “What SUP”