Things to Do, Places to Go, Things to See!

By , February 22, 2018

Tuesday, snow fell in a wonderful fashion. Large, light flakes covered the ground like sequins. By the next morning’s sunrise, an inch and a quarter of snow lay on the homestead so lightly, it seemed as if we’d been inundated with dust bunnies.

When I went out to measure the snow and look at the sky, I found an interesting track way on the path.

I think it’s a shrew track, but a different one than I’ve ever seen before. Instead of a tiny line of footprints on top of the snow (I’ve seen these tiny creatures run around on top of rhubarb leaves without weighing them down much) this animal appeared to push his way through what for it was shoulder-deep snow!

shrew track way in snow

The shrew track way, seen as a diagonal line across this photograph (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Silence Is Good for Us!

By , February 19, 2018

I recently read this article, Science Says Silence is Much More Important to Our Brains Than We Think. Apparently, silence can restore brain cells?

Now, I have to admit, I don’t spend much time worrying whether I’m decreasing or increasing my personal inventory of brain cells, but if losing them is bad—and goodness knows there seem to be a lot of fun ways to do that—repairing, restoring, or increasing them should be good, right?

The basic message here is that silence can be beneficial. And, we have a lot of silence here on the homestead! I talk about this often, including In The Quiet of the Morning and Listening to Silence.

As always, I want to differentiate between silence and absence of noise.

snow sagging on tree branches

An example of stillness, if not silence: snow drooping on the cherry tree. Stay with me on this, it gives me an excuse to publish these photos! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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