It’s been quite a week, bringing to mind the opening paragraph of Charles Dickens’ The Tale of Two Cities.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair …”
(For the complete quote, click here.)
This week we survived the May Firestorm in San Diego. Our neighborhood was spared, but my heart goes out to all those families that weren’t so lucky. Thank you San Diego Fire Department for the heroic work you did!
But in contrast to this darkness, on the opposite coast, our youngest daughter graduated with honors from Tufts University. It was a wonderful, wonderful week, and I am so proud of her.
Although I am blogging less and less these days, I do post regular updates on my public profile at Facebook. I invite you to follow me there: https://www.facebook.com/barbara.feldman
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Bugs Printable(** for Premium Members only)
Why do kids love bugs? I don’t know, but parents seem to fall into two camps: those that tolerate bugs for science’s sake and those that don’t. The latter are always apologetic. They know bugs are a part of nature and they know their kids love bugs. Whether you’re a bug tolerator or not, treat your kids to these creepy creatures. They will thank you for it!
ASU: Ask a Biologist: True Bugs
“Bug – it’s a word you hear almost every day. There are bed bugs, computer programs with bugs, or maybe someone is bugging you. But did you know that scientists use ‘bug’ for a very specific group of insects. That’s right, not all insects are bugs.” Explore the gallery of bug pictures, and learn about the characteristics of a “true bug” from the biologists at Arizona State University.
Created by a neuroscientist working on bee vision, this unusual site shows you how honey bees perceive the world. Bees, like most other insects, have compound eyes, an array of hundreds of single eyes each with its own lens and each looking in a different direction. You can choose any of eighteen images to view through the “B-Eye.”
The Bug Guide is a gallery of North American bug photos collected and annotated by an “online community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing our observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures.” Have a bug you want to identify? Start with the Clickable Guide in the upper left-hand corner. Otherwise, you can browse the taxonomy.
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Bugs Wikipedia Printable
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Quote of the Week
“When you go in search of honey, you must expect to be stung by bees.” ~~ Joseph Joubert ~~ ( May 7, 1754 – May 4, 1824 ) French moralist and essayist. Read more quotes here: http://www.lightafire.com/quotations/authors/joseph-joubert/
Surfing the Calendar
National Youth Traffic Safety Month May
National Flower Month May
Sudoku First Published as Number Place in Dell Puzzle Magazine May, 1979
Charles Lindbergh Flies Historic Solo Nonstop Transatlantic Flight May 20-21, 1927
Amelia Earhart’s Atlantic Crossing May 20, 1932
Weights and Measures Day May 20, 2014
Most Powerful Earthquake of the 20th Century Struck Chile May 22, 1960
Margaret Wise Brown’s Birthday May 23, 1910
World Turtle Day May 23, 2014
National Spelling Bee Week May 25–31, 2014
Hurricane Preparedness Week May 25-31, 2014
Memorial Day May 26, 2014
Cellophane Tape Patented May 27, 1930
Golden Gate Bridge Opens May 27, 1937
Sojourner Truth Gives “Ain’t I Woman?” Speech May 28-29, 1851
Jerusalem Day May 28, 2014
John F. Kennedy’s Birthday May 29, 1917
First Daily American Newspaper Published May 30, 1783