Dirtied Jewels

Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0 The children were extremely bored, so they wandered around the house in a futile attempt to entertain themselves. Their mother was next door preoccupied with the neighbor’s new baby. Their father was stuck at an airport heavily entrenched in snow. Then an ugly scenario began to unfold after the children…

The Photograph That Can’t Be Deleted

Sally and her brother Steve are photography addicts. Whether it is an armadillo in Florida, a mountain range in Canada, or an amoeba through a microscope, between these two, they most likely have photographed it. Start a casual conversation with either of them, and you’ll end up sloshing through a pool of jargon. Recently someone…

A Fountain of Water or a Beautiful Sculpture?

Ever notice that a fountain doesn’t do anything but let the water building up inside it gush out and fill the area all around it? There is almost no effort on its part. It just fills with water and then releases it for all to see. It makes no attempt to conserve the flow of…

Want to Build a Fire?—Let Go of the Wood!

The woodpile grew rapidly as Leo and his dad finally cut up the old tree in the far end of the backyard. The huge tree fell eight years ago after a Nor’easter hit the region. It did not really obstruct anything, but had become an eyesore and home for many critters that raided the trash…