Saturday, January 22, 2005

Cute as a -----cacropia parasitoid Posted by Hello

cecropia parasitoid

My neighbor, Chip, is taking pictures for a research article he is writing. The Nikon 950 camera takes wonderful shots and he generously is allowing me to post one of them on my site before it is published.

What in the world is a cecropia parasitoid? It sounds like a toy I would buy for my five year old grandson. Chip had told me in the email that the insect is 4-5 mm long. The females lay eggs in caterpillars. The one in the picture was reared from a cocoon of the giant silkmoth – cecropia.

I looked at the Monarch Watch web site thinking I would find more there. This is a great place to poke around. I especially enjoyed the Multimedia Gallery. It happens where we live there is a rare species of milkweed so some of the pictures probably were taken near our house—cool. This took quite a while and alas, I deviated from the cecropia. This is why I carry mail and do not research—no discipline.

Getting back to the Cecropia, I visited other sites Google gave me. The one question I have not answered is if the cecropia parasitoid is good, bad or so ugly it is beautiful.

More tomorrow


What a deal! My computer satellite connection went down two days ago. I couldn't get anyone to fix it so tonight I took it in my own hands. I guess Tom was right--you cannot successfully connect a wireless router to a satellite modem. It worked for a while, but it was not reliable. I am not a computer wizard by any means, but I did some uninstalling of the Linksys wireless and reinstalling of the Starband and it worked!!

So, here it is, 12:40 am and I have my computer up and running--I could be here all night. Nope--off to bed. I will be back tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Clinton Lake Eagle

Chip Taylor, Professor, Kansas University, and neighbor shared this pictures with me tonight by email. I was thrilled. They were taken this afternoon. Thank you, Chip, for giving me permission to share them.

Chip called my attention to the fact that he lets go of his perch at the very last second Posted by Hello

Beautiful picture, Chip! Posted by Hello

Taken at the upper end of Clinton Lake today by Chip Taylor, Professor, Kansas University and neighbor Posted by Hello

Monday, January 17, 2005

Skye thinks she's a hunting dog. Lucy taught her well. Posted by Hello

Late afternoon hike. Looking north toward sleding hill Posted by Hello

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is truly a beautiful woman. She is confident, knowledgeable and somehow soothing. More than that, she is a philosopher and realist. Her poetry and writings are meaning for all, but especially speak to women.

She has many quotes—too many to list here. Today, I liked these.

Living a life is like constructing a building; if you start wrong, you’ll end wrong.

The main thing in one’s own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Making a “living” is not the same thing as “making a life.”

And finally:

You can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Comedy is acting out optimism

Robin Williams

We watched the Golden Globe Awards tonight. It was an enjoyable evening.

One of my favorite actors, Robin Williams, was presented a lifetime achievement award. I looked forward to his acceptance speech and he did not disappoint. He must be super intelligent to be able to compose his thoughts so quickly--although one has the feeling he doesn't even think before talking. It just comes to him.

I did find he attended Julliard where he studied acting. He met Christopher Reeve there and remained friends with him his entire life. He even assisted with his medical bills. He sang the title song in Aladdin which was nominated for an Academy Award.

At one point, I thought I would collect copies of all his movies. Some of my favorite are:
The World According to Garp 1982
Moscow on the Hudson 1984
Good Morning Vietnam 1987
Dead Poets Society 1989
Awakenings 1990
The Fisher King 1991
Aladdin 1992
Patch Adams is in here someplace
Mrs Doubtfire 1995
Nine Months 1995

His breakthrough roll was Mork and Mindy. It was said that the writers would leave "holes" in the script so he could improvise--something he is a master at.

So many of his one liners are even funnier after some thought. Tonight his best was attributed to Sigmund Freud, "If it isn't one thing, its your mother."