Wordless: Emergent




Monarch butterfly and chrysalides, July 2015.

For The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Spiderweb for Two by Elizabeth Enright

Spiderweb for Two: A Melendy Maze
Spiderweb for Two: A Melendy Maze by Elizabeth Enright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars (Audiobook)

This is the last book in the Melendy Quartet, and it might be my favorite. Read More


Monarch Butterfly Rearing Recap: Release and Conservation

The ninth and last butterfly was still a pupa when I went to bed last night. The chrysalis seemed smaller than the others and hadn’t changed colors in the same way the others had, and I was starting to worry that this butterfly wasn’t going to emerge safely. But this morning, there he was, hanging upside-down in the the enclosure, wings already full-size. Read More

Wordless: Pink


Rhododendron, Massachusetts, May 2015.


Mothering Monarchs

Wednesday before last, I went out to check the mail and discovered a Priority Mail package from Pennsylvania.

It held the ten swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) plants and one dozen live monarch caterpillars (and two that hadn’t made the journey) I’d ordered the week before Read More

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Butterflies


Monarch chrysalides. July 2015.


One February in North Carolina, in the corporate-employee days of my early 20’s, I got an e-mail from my coworker, Tee. It was about a week before our monthly gathering to celebrate the birthdays in the department, and I had just finished printing out the transparencies for the Jeopardy! game I’d made up for the occasion. Some months we played Family Feud with answers gleaned from surveys I sent to the department, some months it was Let’s Make a Deal, but this month, like most months, it was Jeopardy!
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Wordless: Puppy Love II



Brady, Labrador/Springer Spaniel Mix, Northborough, Massachusetts, May 2015.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Station Eleven is the July 2015 SBC Selection. Visit our Goodreads Group to join the conversation!

I mentioned to my friend the other day that I was reading this book, and she said, “Oh! Her writing is exquisite, isn’t it? Too bad she didn’t handle the plot well. Because her writing is wonderful.” Or something like that. I’m not sure if her precise word was “exquisite,” but that was the sense of it. Read More

Wordless: Glacial Boulder


CIMG8215Wachusett Meadow, Princeton, Massachusetts, May 2015.