As the final straw breaking the back of that undignified camel called July, poison ivy blisters dot my arms, neck and face, itching and oozing. Aah, it’s a lovely feeling; ooh, it’s a lovely sight. Feeling perversely relieved—the poison ivy rash marks the third bad thing, after heat exhaustion and food poisoning—I am drawing a line under the seventh month of 2011, bidding it good riddance with a series of random thoughts (and accompanying links), starting with the hectic and unpleasant and gradually mellowing out.
Sorry. Did I say that out loud?
|The narrowing food tree graphic, |
I did mention I was starting out hectic and unpleasant, didn’t I?
|A jellyfish crafted|
from beach garbage
For locals only: the Verizon Wireless Call Center at the corner of Shipyard and Independence Boulevards in Wilmington is collecting unwanted electronics and small appliances (coffee-makers, can openers, toasters, etc.) for recycling on Thursday, July 28. Don’t let all those devices sit around taking up space—dispose of them responsibly.
Moving right along… Here are some thought-provoking statistics for you. In the June 2010 issue of American Nurseryman, Maria Zampini cites National Wildlife Federation’s Kevin Coyle’s presentation of “…some unbelievable—more like disturbing—figures about how kids spend their time nowadays:
· unstructured outdoor play=30 to 50 minutes per week;
· organized sports=four hours per week; and
· indoor ‘screen’ time=53 hours per week.”
|Do you read books?|
You're in the minority.
|Joshua Bell and his Strad|
|The mystical kneeling trees of Poland|
|Smiling Tim |
in his elegantly equipped studio
(taboret at left)
|The totally uplifting|