iStock_000016241087SmallA song I sing to my little daughter as I get her ready for the day goes like this:

If all of the raindrops
Were lemon drops and gumdrops
Oh, what a rain that would be!

I imagine that sort of “rain” would be more like a sugary hailstorm (à la Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs). While our Creator did not see fit to endow the skies with a candy dispenser, He did create a sweet water cycle perfectly suited to support life and human civilization. (more…)

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“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris

iStock_000015882593XSmallThe blogosphere is replete with advice for taming clutter and getting organized—helpful reading for any upcoming spring cleaning. While I’m not exactly a Martha Stewart of organization, I do have my husband’s junk-filled man cave/household office slated for a good purging. Unless they have a useful purpose (or sentimental value), all those unread textbooks, random cables, and various odds-and-ends have to go. Without function or beauty, the objects in an office (or any room) end up as clutter.

Until recently, scientists believed the human genome is full of genetic clutter—DNA fragments that may have possessed function in the past but possess it no longer. (more…)

The first sardine cannery opened on Ocean View Avenue, Monterey in 1908—by the 1950s, overfishing forced the canneries to close their doors. The innovative Hovden Cannery was the last to close in 1973.

Almost 40 years later, Cannery Row (officially renamed after the John Steinbeck novel) is thriving again—this time as a popular historic attraction and marine life sanctuary. (more…)

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”  —Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, Act 1

Mother’s Day is just around the corner—time to bust out cards, flowers, and breakfast-in-bed to let those special women know just how much they mean to us. We value their love, wisdom, and long-suffering patience. We’re also thankful if we inherited Mom’s eyes or smile. But that’s not all we have to thank Mom for.

It may not look good on a Hallmark card, but we should also be thankful for Mom’s mitochondrial DNA. (more…)

Fossilized trilobite found in the Burgess Shale in British Columbia. Photo courtesy of Dr. Hugh Ross.

Last Sunday, my husband and I hosted a 14-hour Star Wars marathon for a small group of family and friends. We popped in Episode I: The Phantom Menace at 8 AM and ended Episode VI: Return of the Jedi at 10 PM. (Yes, I know we’re geeks.) (more…)

A small group of us—my husband, Darren, my sisters, their friends, and myself—stood on the stone riverbanks watching other campers slide gleefully down the creek. My youngest sister, Jamie, and her friends decided to give it a try. I joined them. Over the years the water had smoothed and shaped the rock into gentle slopes, forming a natural “slip ‘n slide.” But there was no way to go about sliding gracefully. (more…)