Category Archives: Nature

In the System

  I sat in the windowless bowels of O’Hare Airport waiting for my face-to-face Global Entry interview.  Nick had urged me to sign up not because I deserved recognition as a trusted traveler, but solely to bypass TSA and immigration … Continue reading

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People Sitting in Front of Me: The Man with the Sun-Damaged Skin

The train trip across the Southern Alps of New Zealand was billed as five solid hours of verdant alpine meadows dotted with high country sheep interspersed with braided rivers descending from glaciers.  Yes, I did get occasional glimpses, but I … Continue reading

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Podcast: Worms in Dirt

http://www.fanagrams.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Worms-in-Dirt.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI wanted to honor Darwin and decided that I would try to share his interest in earthworms by setting up a worm farm.  SPOILER ALERT!  It failed. Share: Follow … Continue reading

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Worms in Dirt

Some things are easy to explain, like why I put off a colonoscopy for several years – I think that I am like a lot of Americans.  As a group we have always had an uneasy relationship with effluent – … Continue reading

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Marketing Unplugged: An Honest Advertisement

The Genius of Birds is a book that provides a compelling tour of bird intelligence based on their navigational skills, architectural skills and vocal virtuosity.  But it was the chapter on avian aesthetics that most piqued my interest.  Specifically, I was … Continue reading

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Podcast: Marketing Unplugged: An Honest Advertisement

http://www.fanagrams.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Marketing-Unplugged-An-Honest-Advertisement-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhat exactly is the peacock advertising with his elaborate plumage full of eye spots? Share: Follow Liza Blue on:

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Starry Night

In our suburban house there is no such thing as a dark night. Even on a perfectly moonless night my husband’s sleeping body is clearly outlined by the delicate hues of light pollution seeping north from Chicago. Through the window, … Continue reading

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The Flies in My Life

After an arduous morning of weeding and other nap-worthy chores, I head to the screened porch, supplement the spring breeze with the overhead fan, plump the pillows and then settle in with a shimmering glass of beaded ice water. My … Continue reading

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The Perfect Walk

I am joyful walker but reluctant hiker. Both involve putting one foot in front of the other, but beyond that share little. A walk is an umbrella term that includes saunters, strolls, meanders or moseys – all are defined by … Continue reading

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At Peace with Ticks

The other day at bell choir rehearsal we were practicing a tricky piece that had a riff of competing doublets and triplets, and I requested that we drill on several problematic measures. Just as we launched into the piece, I … Continue reading

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