The only storm I ever chased was by accident--zipping through the Texas Panhandle one time. But I've always been fascinated by people who manage to craft a living out of Mother Nature's "moments"; so, speaking of, here are some key moments in the history of storm chasing, via the National Association of Storm Chasers and Spotters:
In July of 1943, Colonel Joe Duckworth and Lieutenant Ralph O'Hair of the US Army Air Corps flew an AT-6 into a hurricane off the coast of Galveston, "Just for fun,"... READ ON
So now that we're old hands at getting up an hour early, we should have no problem heralding (ok, maybe for some of us just intellectually) spring. Although it's been years since I attended a proper Wiccan potluck, I've noticed a few other rite-heavy events circulating. If you're tabling your sage for some other occasion, or if it would take too long to polish your chalice, maybe you should consider walking over hot... READ ON
I'm in Maui right now--a first-timer to the islands--and wishing I could go back in time & add my name to the list of Punahou alums (but then I'd no longer be in the company of... READ ON
If you need, on some level, to be praised in bold fonts today, check out this grammar quiz, penned by language maven Lynne Truss. If you're wrong, she ferries you politely forward without any reprimand (reinforcing the... READ ON
...but the latest agents that keep infant allergies at bay. Babies fare better against allergens, apparently, when they're burning up. Prevention.com sites that:
About one-quarter (207) of the children had suffered at least one documented fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or more; this group was less likely to suffer from allergies now (as measured by atopy, serotopy, and allergic sensitization). And children who had had two such fevers were less likely to suffer allergies than those who had only one.
And... READ ON
Always leads so ineluctably to the junk drawer. Growing up, we had several, each packed beyond capacity with thankless ephemera--twine, half a suit of clubs, sporks, legal pads perfectly good but for some reason maligned, twin-less batteries, everything. When my kindergarten teacher wanted us to come to class with a time capsule, I should have merely lifted one of those babies off its hinges. Here, finally, is a series of photos by Richard Jenkins, paying tribute to still life with life's shabby chorus of... READ ON
Nothing to look forward to now that we've sprung ahead? I'm thinking about perhaps getting some new plates. Since I'm in CA (or is this everywhere?!), I'll just have toÂ be sure not to include a "69" in the new sequence--that's only "reserved for 1969 year motor vehicles."Â The CA DMV Special Plates Units reportedly gets 10k requests per month, and here are some plates that cleared background. And if you're etching out a new personal sequence & you live in the state of New York, be sure to avoid... READ ON
Carhenge. Burn some diesel, and then some sage. Alliance, Nebraska on a Summer Solstice eve is where you'll want to be.Â And when construction is done, you'll be able toÂ swing by the visitors center, too--to get your updates on the next solstice bash and the annual Stone Soup Supper.
In 1987, Jim Reinders wanted to find a unique way to honor his lateÂ father, Herman Reinders, who farmed on the land where Carhenge now stands. His 38-car tribute circle measures 96 feet in diameter--the archÂ cars... READ ON
If you're feeling confident in your spelling skills & you're lucky enough to live within driving time of Mitchell, SD, get yourself over to this weekend'sÂ 15th Annual Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee! Corn and ambition and etymology--what could be better?! But if spelling bees give you hives, here are some other kinds of bees to attend:
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â And if you want to feel... READ ON
If you thoughtÂ a rushÂ hour mergeÂ onto the 101Â sapped you of all dexterity, consider the plight ofÂ Steven Kutcher,Â an artistÂ and biological consultant whoÂ procures his ownÂ insects andÂ thenÂ appliesÂ watercolor to their appendages. And when they're finished, he's there to help them decompress:
The insects should be well fed and their consumption of paint should be avoided. The method of cleaning depends on the application of pigment and the type of insect. With beetles, I... READ ON
Above the Supreme Court is a basketball court—"The Highest Court in the Land."