Wednesday Wanderings: NYC Mice Genetically Adapting To City Life, Iceland’s Yule Cat, and Mythical Beasts

More adaptation than true evolution, this is still interesting. City mice have changed their digestive systems to better survive: Mice In NY So, if you don't get new clothes for Christmas and leave some as an offering, the Yule Cat will come and eat you. Iceland has some weird Christmas folklore: Yule Cat While we're … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: NYC Mice Genetically Adapting To City Life, Iceland’s Yule Cat, and Mythical Beasts

Friday Review: American Fairy Tales: From Rip Van Winkle to The Rootabaga Stories (Compiled) by Neil Philip

American Fairy Tales: From Rip Van Winkle to the Rootabaga Stories by Neil Philip My rating: 4 of 5 stars Twelve stories penned by American authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Washington Irving, Carl Sandburg, and others. The stories are all uniquely American in some way, and many depart from the familiar European … Continue reading Friday Review: American Fairy Tales: From Rip Van Winkle to The Rootabaga Stories (Compiled) by Neil Philip

Friday Review: The Moon of Gomrath by Alan Garner

In 2014, I read and reviewed the first of Garner's Alderly stories. You can find that review here: "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen". The Moon of Gomrath by Alan Garner My rating: 3 of 5 stars "The Moon of Gomrath" brings us back to Alderly and Susan and Colin, who are still with Bess and Gowther … Continue reading Friday Review: The Moon of Gomrath by Alan Garner

Wednesday Wanderings: Folklore Creatures, Funny Animal Photos, SpaceX Lands a Rocket, and Christmas

I don't know that I would call all of these "insane," but there are some interesting creatures in this list: Nordic Folklore Creatures We all know animals do some funny things, but these photos won the first Comedy Animal Pictures awards: Funny Animals This is pretty danged cool! This week, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Folklore Creatures, Funny Animal Photos, SpaceX Lands a Rocket, and Christmas

Wednesday Wanderings: Halloween, of course.

A pretty decent article on the origins and folklore behind Halloween: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/halloween.html Still need some ideas for carving that pumpkin? Here are some, many with free downloadable instructions: http://www.southernliving.com/food/holidays-occasions/halloween-pumpkins And here are some Halloween food and party ideas from Food Network (try to ignore the big picture of Sandra Lee in the middle): http://www.foodnetwork.com/holidays-and-parties/packages/halloween.html Last, … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Halloween, of course.