Today, July 24, is National Tequila Day! What a great reason for celebrating what, at least in North Carolina, has been a really hot, humid, stormy week. While Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has run out of free videos to show for your weekend’s entertainment, Sir Elton John is stepping up to fill the void! Sir … More Songs, Sips, Sups, Science, and Social Action for National Tequila Day
One of the ways I’ve been passing the time at home in coronavirus-ville is experimenting more in the kitchen. I’m trying new recipes and new techniques, like making my own yogurt. One of the resources I rely on is America’s Test Kitchen, publishers of Cook’s Magazine among other things. I love Cook’s Magazine because it … More Two Weeks of Free Cooking Lessons Starts Today (5/18)
I thought my pantyhose-wearing days were over, but guess what…THEY’RE BACK! Except now I’m not wearing them around my pelvis, but around my face, because researchers from Northeastern University found that adding pantyhose over homemade cloth masks can boost the performance of the masks by up to 50%! Two researchers–Dr. Amy Mueller and Dr. Loretta … More What Common Household Item Might Improve the Effectiveness of Homemade Face Masks By Up to 50%?
Following on the heels of Earth Day, April 24 is Arbor Day (at least in the US). On Arbor Days, citizens are encouraged to plant a tree in recognition of the many gifts trees bestow upon us. Even if you don’t plant a tree (which might be more difficult in these days of social distancing), … More Learn About Trees This Arbor Day (April 24)
This exemplar of modernist poetry, written in the aftermath of World War I and at the beginning of the Irish War of Independence, in retrospect seemed eerily prescient of the coming monstrosity that we know as World War II. That was an event that demonstrated the incredible cruelty and prejudice that groups of people could … More What If We Believed that the Aftermath of this Disruption Could Be Good?
In honor of the Leonids, which are supposed to be beautiful this weekend: A Loose Mountain by Robert Frost (Telescopic) Did you stay up last night (the Magi did) To see the star shower known as Leonid That once a year by hand or apparatus Is so mysteriously pelted at us? It is but fiery … More Poetry for a Night of Falling Stars
Monday, August 21, much of the United States will be transfixed watching the total solar eclipse. But what are your options if you can’t see the eclipse? There are two major reasons why you might now be watching the eclipse: 1. You have to be inside, or 2. You don’t have the appropriate equipment to … More What to Do if You Can’t Watch the Eclipse
One of the biggest events of Summer 2017 will be the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 that will be visible in 14 US states (including NORTH CAROLINA, YAY!) In North Carolina, only the westernmost tip will see it as a total eclipse like the one shown here, but it will be a pretty … More Will You Be Able to See the Eclipse This Summer? Find Out Here
This wonderful month of April is coming to an end, and so is National Poetry Month and the official Week of Action follow-up to April 22nd’s March For Science. However, there are still plenty of opportunities for those of us who would like to see our governmental policies based on science instead of….well, let’s just say … More Celebrating Women as the Original Scientists
Not only is April host to Earth Day, but it also National Poetry Month here in the US. Those two events intersected yesterday in a program that Academy of American Poets Chancellor Jane Hirshfield developed called “Poets for Science.” Hirshfield is one of the most accomplished contemporary American poets, and environmental awareness has long been … More Poets for Science