Chaffinch mating dance

I got to see this cute chaffinch couple doing their courtship ritual, with the male doing a little dance. I was pretty impressed! But the female…not so much. These are great birds that I didn’t even know existed before I came to Ireland! First, the female checked out the log Chaffinch butt I know this […]

Love after Love, by Derek Walcott

Yes. Learn to love yourself. It is just so important…. LOVE AFTER LOVE The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your […]

Rascal the Raider dog, some photos

I’m sharing old photos of Rascal because I feel like it!  (And I miss her.)  Besides, there just can’t be anything wrong with posting a bunch of happy puppy photos. Okay, I love all puppies, but this is a pretty great puppy. No one can deny it! Hehehehe Rascal loves the winter And she loves […]

Take a Hike! (with me?): Little Pine State Park

I went for a hike with one of my best and oldest hiking buddies, K, who appears in many of my hiking posts.  She and her pup, Bella, are very dear friends to me, and I’m so grateful for them.  Since we’ve been living far away from each other, it’s become a tradition to meet […]

A brief note on Tim Hunt

The big story on gender politics in science this week was Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt’s comments on mixed gender labs. I’m sure you’ve already read this a thousand times, but I’ll repeat his quote here for completeness. “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls,” he was reported as saying. “Three things happen when […]