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June 2009, Page 2

Uighurs in Palau

There are various reports that the tiny Pacific nation of Palau will take in 17 Chinese Muslims from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo.  The ethnic Uighur prisoners had been previously cleared of wrongdoing and ordered to be released, but could not be resettled in their native region in western China due to fear of reprisals from the Chinese government.… Read the rest


I have a friend who says “never trust anyone who says they have no vices.” We are creatures of habit and it is too easy to fall into bad ones. Although I am not a religious person, I love yoga.… Read the rest

A Few Good Blogs

In the spirit of not planning ahead, combined with an unexpected (but extremely welcome) house guest and the damnable hours of the French Open, today I have a few suggestions for other excellent websites.


The Daily Revolution’s own Lori maintains an excellent blog. … Read the rest

Bird-brained Behavior

Several weeks ago I awoke to a tapping at my window. Thinking it was one of our dogs or our cat wanting to go out, I got up, only to find that it was a Robin at the window. Not only was he tapping, but every once in a while he would throw himself against the window.… Read the rest

Little House on the Prairie

I have been re-reading Laura Ingalls Wilder‘s “Little House on the Prairie” series. People of my generation may be familiar with the books, but probably remember the television series better.


The books follow a young girl and her family in the latter half of the nineteenth century, through various moves across what is now the northern Midwest, and through many trials and triumphs.… Read the rest

Chinese Pottery

The world’s oldest known pottery has been discovered in China, according to a report from the BBC. The pottery, in fragments, was estimated at about 18,000 years old and found in a cave that had previously yielded the oldest kernels of rice.… Read the rest

Baked DNA

Forensic scientists led by University of New Haven’s Dr. Heather Coyle have discovered a new way to extract DNA from ancient bones, using heat instead of freezing:

Standard DNA procedure for bones is to freeze them. When Coyle and her team re-examined the mummy remains they realized the Gobi desert created a natural bone baking process.… Read the rest

Creature Comforts

I have written previously about the wonderful benefits we can gain from the presence of companion animals in our lives. For years I have supported a multitude of animal welfare charities and done occasional volunteer work. One of my greatest frustrations has been how to better contribute to animal welfare, particularly through employment.… Read the rest