Democracy

Are we nearing our expiration date?  My sister reminded me of an argument we had when we were in our bar-hopping age. I had been influenced to believe democracy couldn’t  last beyond 250 years, she thought that was crazy talk.  Today she reminded me of that argument and says she sees how its possible forContinue reading “Democracy”

A broken Jar of Wasps and Hardware Stores That Don’t Open on Sundays

News flash, most Italian hardware stores are not open on Sundays. DO NOT choose that day to release a hive of wasps in your house. Let me back up a bit. I’m visiting my daughter’s house in Napoli, and outside, on my terrace is a satellite dish in which some European paper wasps had madeContinue reading “A broken Jar of Wasps and Hardware Stores That Don’t Open on Sundays”

Covid-19 and the Trolley dilemma

The last thing I want to do is write a polarizing post. But I need help pulling away from this emotional ledge I am tottering over.  I was completely onboard with the measure to protect our more vulnerable citizens when this all started. Who wouldn’t be willing to make such a small sacrifice to helpContinue reading “Covid-19 and the Trolley dilemma”

Italian Ritz

I’ve been in Naples, aka Napoli – I swear I’ve heard it both ways, even here in Italy – for just over a week. I fell in love with their fried pizza (still too chicken to try the Italian style pizza), I’ve devoured many a cornetta, and even tried a mystery dish…it wasn’t a mysteryContinue reading “Italian Ritz”

Ze Frank is so bad, he’s good.

(better than good, he’s the best!) As you read this blog I feel I should state that although my books are for children, I don’t expect them to be my blog audience. This blog is for the parents. It’s not always innocent. With that out of the way…. No matter how hard my day gets, watchingContinue reading “Ze Frank is so bad, he’s good.”

Can Ants Shrink and Regrow Their Brains? — Plant Science by Atrimed

For most ant colonies, there is a simple hierarchy: a single queen lays all the eggs, and a caste system of workers manages everything else – food gathering, baby ants, war, etc. The rest of the ants are sterile, only males & queens can reproduce. The colony normally dies when the Queen dies. The Indian […]Continue reading “Can Ants Shrink and Regrow Their Brains? — Plant Science by Atrimed”

A little something to brighten the day

When this “Friends Furever” video first came out, I watched it on loop. When I feel like reassuring myself that the world really is as amazing as I think, I find myself searching out this old and true comforter. I hope your day is bright and inspired! Annie