Bug attack! (Snippets 49)

Windows into History

franklin The discovery of Franklin’s lost expedition (source: victorianweb.org)

John Franklin was an Arctic explorer and Royal Navy officer, whose last expedition in 1845 ended in tragedy when his ship became trapped in ice and the entire crew died.  This was a sad end for a man who had made several successful expeditions, including his charting of the north coast of Canada in 1819.  His exploits during this journey were recorded in his 1824 journal, Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea.  Franklin and his team faced many hardships during their time in Canada, and the following is a good example, when all aspects of nature seemed to combine to persecute them!

Having crossed two portages at the different extremities of the Island Lake, we ran under sail through two extensive sheets of water, called the Heron and Pelican Lakes; the former of which is fifteen…

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Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 7.49.58 AMhis face once beautiful

now grey with lost charm

like the winter sunk into his skin

and stole all his warmth

words fall from his lips

so heavy

the air can’t hold them

they shatter on the ground


and pierce my heart

“I cheated on you.”

an echo that remains

inside me

long after he is gone

around I feel the world

grow colder

and wonder

if this year the winter will last forever

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Taylor Swift really made America jealous with her kick ass squad. But she really wasn’t the first, so many TV shows give us squads that really define what friendship is. Friendship is loyalty, trust, kindness, and love. Having a squad is having a main group of friends you are consistently with.

Define as crew, posse, gang: an informal group of individuals with a common identity and a sense of solidarity.

Here are a list of great TV shows and the their type of legendary squad.

Sex and the city

New York City is way too big to not have a squad. Too many clubs, too many bars, too many guys to tackle by yourself. This is the single squad, looking for fun, shoes and love in the big city. Your squad will hold you down when you keep making the same mistakes. And your squad will help you through breakups…

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And They’re Off!

Through Open Lens

Hooded Mergansers

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Hooded Mergansers

Duck Week Continues!

A circus owner walked into a bar to see everyone crowded about a table watching a little show. On the table was an upside down pot and a duck tap dancing on it. The circus owner was so impressed that he offered to buy the duck from its owner. After some wheeling and dealing, they settled for $10,000 for the duck and the pot. Three days later the circus owner runs back to the bar in anger, “Your duck is a ripoff! I put him on the pot before a whole audience, and he didn’t dance a single step!” “So?” asked the ducks former owner, “did you remember to light the candle under the pot?”

Interesting Fact: Along with Wood Ducks and other cavity-nesting ducks, Hooded Mergansers often lay their eggs in other females’ nests. This is called “brood parasitism”…

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Lonely Author’s Secret Admirer Goes Bananas

The Lonely Author


Yes, people I have to let the truth be known; because I want the world to know. I can no longer contain this secrecy.  Lonely Author has a secret admirer.

Yes, someone has fallen for this charming Chimp and I have incriminating evidence.

Today, I have over 165 views. All from ONE dedicated follower. Yes ONE follower. In my brief blogging history, I have only made 82 posts, but my secret admirer has read each and every one of them twice today. And she has liked my 82 posts 87 times.

Is that dedicaton or what?

To my devoted ONE follower I say…I am flattered, honored, and well… surprised that anyone would go that apeshit over me.

Arrivederci, my love.

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Mr. Pumpkin Bear

The Inspiration Shots

iPhoneOgraphy – 09 Jan 2016 (Day 9/366)

A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp.Some exceptionally large cultivars of squash with similar appearance have also been derived from Cucurbita maxima. Specific cultivars of winter squash derived from other species, including C. argyrosperma, and C. moschata, are also sometimes called “pumpkin”. In New Zealand and Australian English, the term pumpkin generally refers to the broader category called winter squash elsewhere.

Pumpkins, like other squash, are thought to have originated in North America. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BC, was found in Mexico.

Since some squash share the same botanical classifications as pumpkins, the names are frequently used interchangeably. One often-used botanical classification relies on the characteristics of the…

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