9 Lessons I’ve Learned From Sleep Deprivation

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Honoring Our Traditions: Something Is Better Than Nothing

For the 16th November in a row, I’m taking on NaNoWriMo*, and for the first time in ages, I’m not sure I can do it.

October wasn’t productive, for good reasons. On top of health and energy issues, two members of my household came down with COVID**, which stressed me out so much that there were days where I didn’t write at all. We’re still under quarantine, and my health is still bad, so it’s possible that I won’t be able to write for NaNoWriMo either.

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Nature Journaling: 5 Minutes Counts

On June first, I was toying with the idea of giving myself a nature journaling challenge for the month, like I did last July. Three different families of Canada geese have been feeding in our yard and while I’ve been watching them closely, I hadn’t gotten out my journal to record my observations. When I did, I discovered that the most recent entry was from late March.

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A Dandelion for Alex

When I was an undergraduate (over thirty years ago), I spent a year working with Alex, the African gray parrot who was part of Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s research project on animal cognition. My experience with Alex included some unforgettable lessons. One of the greatest I learned from Beatrix Gardner, one of the researchers who taught the chimpanzee Washoe sign language.

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