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Ra Paulette Digs Shrines in the Wilderness

top opening of Ra Paulette cave

I love serendipitous moments. Discovering the work of Ra Paulette was one such moment. Last week, I received an email notification of a New Mexico retreat by a writer whose work I follow. At a cost of $6,000 US for five days, not including airfare, the retreat will be happening[…]

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Why the Dandelion Crayon is No More

dandelion crayon and others

“Who are we going to color the sun with?” “Why would you do this? Wrong, wrong, wrong!” Those were some of the plaintive and angry tweets when Crayola announced that it was retiring the Dandelion crayon. The dandelion crayon is the thirteenth colour to be retired by Crayola. The first[…]

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Catatumbo Lightning: Our Most Electrifying Wow Note

Catatumbo lightning in a purple and black sky

It is unlikely that many of us will get to witness Catatumbo lightning firsthand. That’s a shame because Catatumbo lightning is world-renowned. It flashes over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. What’s So Special About Catatumbo Lightning? NASA has named Lake Maracaibo lightning[…]

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Your World in a Six-Word Story

six blue glass marbles

The Pythagoreans considered the number six to be a perfect number. In mathematical terms, it is perfect because when all of the number’s divisors are added together, the sum is the number (1 + 2 +3 = 6). As it happens, six also seems to be the perfect minimum number[…]

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Flush It or Fix It? Ask Fish Vets

goldfish on black background

Five year old Monty had cancerous tumours behind his left eye. Testing revealed that cancerous cells had metastasized to Monty’s back. The forty-five minute surgery to save Monty’s life was nail-bitingly tense, but Monty made it through. In fact, he recovered swimmingly and it doesn’t get better than that for[…]

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