National Park. The first designated
U.S. national park east of the Mississippi, Acadia is located
in the state of Maine, reserving much of Mount Desert Island and
associated smaller islands off the Atlantic coast. Initially proclaimed
as Sieur de Monts National Monument by President Woodrow Wilson in
1916, the park was renamed Lafayette National Park in 1919, and then
Acadia in 1929. "At Acadia the landscape is defined by geology," writes
Catherine Schmitt in Historic Acadia National Park.
" Rock is everywhere... The mountains and coastal headlands - granite
promontories now so definitive at the surface - are part of a long-lost
continent formed from molten magma three miles below the surface and
exposed by millions of years of erosion, hydrothermal and volcanic
eruptions, recrystallization, oceans opening and closing, and
Woodland Kingfisher. "Arrive in
the Valley in the middle of the wet season and the place is
unrecognizable... You find a completely new soundscape, one dominated
by woodland kingfishers; handsome birds that are highly territorial and
musically somewhat unimaginative, with a loud, far-carrying descending
trill, repeated again and again. Woodland kingfisher is not the
contradiction it seems: plenty of kingfishers live away from the water
and make swoops - not into the river for fish, but onto the forest
floor for large insects and small invertebrates." - The
birthstone - the bloodstone - is sometimes called 'St. Stephen's
stone.' It is a closely compact opaque variety of quartz, with a
background color of dark green, mottled with irregular spots and
streaks of red. A semi-precious gem with a waxy lustre, it has
also been found in other colors such as yellow, gray, and black... The
ancients called the bloodstone 'jasper'; it was one of the gems in the
breastplate of the High Priest." ~ All
About the Months
or Wodka? Does
the word "vodka" derive from the Russian "voda," meaning water, or the
Polish "wodka," derived from "woda," or water? Historians from the two
countries argue incessantly on origins of the world's
favorite liquor, which almost certainly originated somewhere in Eastern
Europe during the 14th or 15th century. Vodka: A Global History
by Patricia Herlihy in The Edible Series of Reaktion Books
explores how a rather unremarkable liquid -- pure alcohol distilled
from grain -- became such a potent spirit, both culturally and
Sacred Combe Simon
Barnes writes about his special place, a "sacred combe," where
he connects with nature in a primal, if not spiritual, sense.
"It is something deep in all of us," he writes. "It is as old as
humanity: this place set apart from the common run, this place where
humans are at peace with the rest of creation... The place exists in
our imagainations, in our species-memories; it exists in a long-long
golden day of childhood, in the memory of an idyllic doomed love
affair; it exists sometimes in an actual place." For Barnes, that place
is the Luangwa Valley in Zambia, an extension of the Great East African
Rift Valley and one of Africa's prime wildlife sanctuaries.
Right Place for Your Apiary Take
care in selecting the location for your apiary. Relocating hives is
difficult, if not impossible for your bee colony. Choose a site near to
food sources for the bees, protected from cold winter winds and
preferably with shade. The apiary needs to be accesible to you, the
beekeeper, but not too close to non-beekeeping neighbors with children
or pets. "A commonly overlooked factor is the scenic setting," notes The Beekeeper's Problem
"Most modern beekeepers keep bees for enjoyment and fulfillment rather
than monetary gain. A scenic, placid apiary with gentle, natural sounds
offers a quiet break..."
did the Kansas
City Royals, in 2015, achieve the title of World Series champions that
had eluded them for 30 years? This commemorative publication recounts
the team's 2015 season beginning with offseason player trades and
acquisitions that helped a team that came up just short of the title in
2014 win it decisively a year later. Each game of the playoffs and the
World Series are replayed in text and photos.
a Land Ethic Aldo
Leopold developed the concept of a land ethic, expanding the boundaries
of ethical behavior to include human interactions with 'soils, waters,
plants, and animals, orcollectively: the land.' He called for a change
in our attitude, from viewing land as a commodity to seeing it as
something to be respected and cherished. "Leopold's contribution to
what is now called environmental ethics lay in his ability to put his
ideas on a scientific footing - in this case, on the emerging science
of ecology," Stephen Laubach explains in Living
Land Ethic: A History of Cooperative Conservation on the Leopold
Zika Virus. First
discovered in a Rhesus monkey in the Zika forest of Uganda in the late
1940s, the Zika Virus infected its first recorded human in 1952 and
gradually spread via mosquitoes across central Africa and Asia and into
Micronesia, causing mild or neglible symptoms in those infected. It
attracted media attention, however, when it showed up in Brazil in
2015, causing a dramatic increase in cases of infant microcephaly.
"Like other related viruses, the membrane proteins form a geometric
structure," notes Mariyln Roosnick in Virus:
Illustrated Guide to 101 Incredible Microbes.
found it!" yelled Archimedes of Syracuse, ancient Greek mathematician
and engineer, when he jumped up from his bath with the solution to a
perplexing physics problem. Such moments are not uncommon or reserved
to professional scientists, according to physics professor Chad Orzel.
They occur when anyone solves an enigma or comes up with a new idea.
Science is just a process for figuring out how things work, a way of
thinking that is "fundamentally optimistic and empowering," he says.
"You never need to stop doing something because you don't know some
fact or don't know how something works. You can figure out whatever you
need to know."
and Reptiles of Georgia. This
is not an amateur's field guide. A thick, dense and thoroughly edited
4-pound reference, it includes 500 color photographs along
species accounts written by regional experts. There are county dot
range maps for each of the 170 species
frogs, salamanders, crocodilians, lizards,
snakes, and turtles found in the state of Georgia.
Place Can Remember. He
felt the people look at him then with faces like the one he imagined he
wore at that moment. Like they were aware he was about to be flattened
by some terrible great thing.
"...his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.."
He hears again the parson speak, words that chiselled into his brain
like into the gravestone slate about him. He refused that. I don't
think it is true. He looked down at her and spoke as if to her. I don't
think it's true. I think a place can remember. The Dig.
Bacon Old Fashioned. Bourbons
Bistro is Louisville, Kentuchy carries a selection of more than 130
American whiskies. This cocktail, which they shared with More
Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails, is
made from 2-3 ounces of Knob Creek
Maple bourbon, a slice of orange, 1 cherry, a dash of maple bitters and
a ½ ounce bacon simple syrup. In the bottom of the glass,
the orange a cherry with the bacon simple syrup. Fill the glass with
ice and top with the whiskey. To make the bacon simple syrup, add 1
teaspoon of bacon fat and 1 ounce of sugar to 1 ounce of warm water.
Allow to steep for several minutes. Then strain through a coffee filter
(CASE IH Magnum tractor) has two wheels on each back axle. They are
called duals. Duals help Big Red float over soft soil. That's because
the extra tire spreads his weight over a larger area." The size of the
duals spreads the tractor's weight evenly over the soil and keep it
from sinking into soft soils. Big
Stadium Baseball Field, 1922. As
documented in the history Ruthless
Baseball, a subcontractor
working on the new Yankee Stadium on the
day after Christmas in 1922 says he threw a good luck
into a pit leading to
the water main before it was approved by the city inspector and covered
over. "He didn't elucidate on what it was. A horseshoe? A
religious amulet? A Baby Ruth candy bar? Whatever it was, it worked,"
notes Robert Weintraub in The
House That Ruth Built.