Book Reflection: Tales of the Horse

Rural towns everywhere have an older generation that shares stories about how they grew up farming, mining, and other professions that are either phasing out or converted to rely on technology to the point the job doesn't resemble the version predating World War II. Often the elderly converse with good humor despite how ludicrously harsh …

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Twelve Sketches and Tutorials from 2016

Reading, drawing, painting, photographing, writing, exercising, gaming--which of these past times do I do? When? How often? How long? It's always a tough decision, but sometimes I get drawing and painting in, and for the sake of visual cataloguing, here's twelve examples showing where I'm at skill wise at the end of 2016. Background note: …

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Film Reflection: Life On Location

“How do they film that?” I always ask. “How do they coordinate? What are they not showing me?” That is how I watch natural history documentaries in between the “ah! That's so cool!” and “hmm, interesting. I should look that up.” Then one day on Netflix I saw BBC Earth's 2009 Life: On Location, where …

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Book Reflection: “The Practical Naturalist” by Chris Packham

Your favorite civilian natural science book comes with prerequisites: vivid photos from altocumulous clouds to decomposition fungi, key hiding spots of small insects and charismatic critters, and nontechnical but curiosity-provoking descriptions of ecological concepts--all of which fill The Practical Naturalist. Edited by Chris Packham and written by a team of scientists, this book is detailed …

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Views of Lake Fort Smith Part II: Scientist

There's a phenomenon science students experience. Perhaps there's an inspirational, rare term assigned to it though I do not know what that would be. The landscape is no longer a cohesive environment of greenery and blotchy earth colors punctured by charismatic creatures and dramatic waterfalls. It...becomes millions of things that non-sciency friends rare their eyebrows …

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Views of Lake Fort Smith Part I: Civilian

Lake Fort Smith is one of the more popular hiking and boating destinations in my area. There the Ozark Highlands Trail, a 218 mile chain of interconnected trails and collectively the second longest in the state (the Ouachita Trail being the longest at 223 miles). They must be growing, because before I checked I could …

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Book Reflection: “Spirit’s Princess” by Esther M. Friesner

Spirit's Princess is the first of Esther M. Friesner's Princesses of Myths I've read, and I chose it over the other options at the library because I haven't read a fictional book based in Japan in ages. Shortly after checking this out I came to GoodReads to add it as a current read and glimpse …

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