Daily update: Dentist, Pain and Sub Plans

The cute little corn husk doll is what i made at Indian Day the subject of my last post.

I am miserable right now going through some horrible pain due to a tooth abscess at least I assume that’s what it is. I am not a fan of a medication the Dr. prescribed for me called Meloxicam.  This medication seems to take hours to kick in and doesn’t last all day at all.

I am home waiting for the dentist office to open so I can talk to her about a 3 month old referral to the oral surgeon for this problem which I thought was gone away. Some things cannot be handled with homeopathic methods. I am still in pain and exhausted due to no sleep last night.

Therefore at 4:45 I got up because I wasn’t sleeping anyway and went to work to set up the lessons for today. I know that 90% of the students are not going to try very hard on the  assignment. They really don’t want to read to find out information. I really have no choice but to use worksheets or book work when I am gone as no one except two people on staff are qualified to help with chemistry or biology. Last time the sub was there she sent some students to the library. Uuuggghhh!




I was having a great time Wednesday night painting! It was so much fun. I relaxed and fully enjoyed myself. So if you enjoy painting then do it. 

I also finished reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I had read The Valkeries and was intrigued by this writer. 

Yes! I really like a statement in The Alchemist, “No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams…” I am not sure I totally agree, and some of the suffering we experience most of the time is due to our ties to the past or what others will “think.” There is suffering in life regardless of the kind of journey we choose, I think our attitude toward the suffering lessens the impact to our minds, if we see it as part of the journey. The sunset in my picture represents my dream as there are stories of each day glowing in the heart at the end of the day.

Reconnection installment II

…I hugged my son and took in the view of the surrounding mountains. Yet my focus turned back to my son. He is so healthy, embracing life to the fullest. I and he were both a little keyed up me from the confusing drive up here and him from waiting up all night so we went for a walk. As we walked through the woods on the gravel roads Jay pointed out all the plants and berries by name, some of berries were ripe and we enjoyed eating quite a few, blueberries, raspberries and many more for which I don’t remember the names. Since I  lived in Southern California for so long,even these mountains were much greener than any I have seen since living in Maryland years ago. 

Mostly Jay and I talked and for the next 7 days; we almost never stopped talking. We talked about the past and how we both are in a transition phase in our lives. We talked about learning lessons and relationships of the past and present with family and friends. We talked of plans and dreams for the future. We reminisced  about old times good and bad. Because Jay mentioned we were going to a class on Wednesday about 3D printing, we  discussed the newest technologies and innovations.

After the walk and a healthful smoothy for breakfast we both tried to sleep for a while. Neither of us could sleep as it was sunny by this time and quite warm. I was reminded of our hormone driven circadian rhythms and how hard it is to try and retrain the human body to sleep during the day. 

Needless to say we didn’t do much that day other than a small trip to town 2 miles away and a second walk to the creek. And of course as I said, we  talked and talked; we were reconnecting. 


1st Installment Washington and a Reconnection: Round Abouts and an Early Dawn

Try to guess what the picture is and I will tell you next blog. 

I arrived in Seattle after midnight but with a long drive ahead of me to Maple Falls. Getting the car rental went fine. As I left the airport I easily found the freeway but when I was to exit onto the I-5 there was a detour. 

No big deal, I said to my very tired self. With the voice activated navigator on my phone I will do fine. And I did do fine even finding the exit I wanted off the I-5 easily. 

My first impression of the roads was not my expectation. All the roads appeared as if newly paved!  Then I encountered a detour. Well, again no big deal, I had the navigator and the signs to follow, or so I thought. Soon I had my first introduction to round abouts in Washington State. $&(??;$.  Really they aren’t so bad except it is very hard to mesh what the navigator says, “take the second exit off the round about toward…”   Round abouts are small circles at intersection which don’t slow you down as much as stop lights and the quickly indicated exits are hard to visually interpret in the dark. Somehow in my exhausted state I got it wrong three times in two different round abouts and I was turning around going back and forth on the unfamiliar roads for an extra 20 minutes or so.  Needless to say, I am not a fan of round abouts. I do love the well maintained roads! 

I finally arrived at my son’s abode about 3:55 am. I was introduced to the short summer nights in North West Washington state. After several hugs of greeting I looked at the sky about 4:10 am and I saw a hint of dawn in the sky…to be continued next blog.


I remember one year having a fake fireplace for Christmas. It was this chintzy cardboard thing that was supposed to be what Santa came down through to deliver your present. And that year we had a fake tree as well, a glittery silver one. 

I know Christmas is not really about the decortions or even presents but I remember feeling cheated because we didn’t have a real fireplace or a real tree cut from the forest. 

This is why I have never liked fake trees for Christmas. It is a lot of work to go cut or buy a real tree and this is an industry which I am not sure is fully sustainable in our present world nor is it  a reasonable use of resources. But dammit I love the smells of Christmas and the tree is a big part of that. I will compromise this year and not even have a tree as there is no room but I will buy a wreath made of real boughs of pine. I certainly won’t have a fake fireplace. Fake fireplace 

Somewhere in the Jungle: Maladaptives and the divide between humans and animals.

I read an interesting  blog by Stephanie Eichberg   about animals and about a book which discussed the divide we have in our human experience and phobias
between animal and humanity. 

Some Thoughts on the Role of Animals in Medicine


Yet when convenient, and to their detriment we use animals for medical studies to test drugs and study our common disease. Because we have common diseases we know we are part and parcel leaves from the same tree of life. We tend to deny this and at the same time take advantage of our common ancestry. My answer to this is that the only divide between us is our inability to have a common language. Language differences and therefore cultural differences divide segments of humanity as well. This gives me pause to think that as we study the sociology of animals we will eventually see that they have more in common than comparative physiology but a common need for culture or as I would call it



I know Groupness is not a word but in the animal world especially, there are behaviors that meld or govern group dynamics. There was a great discussion in the second book of the Jurrasic Park series which has to with Nature vs. Nurture. Psychologists and scociologists debate this dilemma of what truly influences socially adapted individuals. How much behavior is influenced by upbringing was discussed in term of the non-adaptive aberrant behavior noted among the dinosaurs on the island because they were not raised by adults in a community. These maladaptations have been noted in animal studies in laboratories and zoos for years based on how the animals have been raised. This is common knowledge, perhaps this was discussed in the above mentioned book. In fact, the new Jurrasic World movie side stepped this issue and really did get a maladaptation with the chimera they created.

We are no different than animals in our need for socializing parenting appropriate  for each type of species. Each species has it’s own exclusive culture based on communication or the language of the species. 

Entertaining as it may be  to imagine the animals uniting to take the world from us the humans, there is not an animal culture and a human culture that divides us and them. Even among species of animals each population diverge over time as adaptations occur within groups and a new culture and sometimes a new species develops. 

 A lonely duck in the school yard.  
 To sum it all up, communication, or lack thereof, and culture seperate us from all the multitudes of other species and populations of those species. 

Daily Update Number 02: Like a diary but not really.

The picture is of Dinky Creek, one we took a few years ago.

Despite the fact that I have not posted in about a week I still get a few views here and there on this site for various old posts. I never experienced that on the other blog sites I had been on a year or so ago.
Life has gotten really crazy for me in the last few days and once I get a few things resolved I may share some of the worst of the relationship issues that have occurred in my life in separate blogs.
On the professional side of things, yesterday was event filled. I got a grant a few months ago to build a pond on campus and now finally, almost at the end of the school year, we have most of the logistics of building it planned and handled. We have the work day planned as well. I was freaking out because one person told me that the rock that had been delivered was giant boulders. I have a wonderful coworker who is part of the program mentioned below who is a great partner in this project and she assured me the rocks were of the appropriate size. Of course, there could be jokes made where we ask, How big were those rocks? I found out I received another mini-grant which will pay for the plants around the pond.
One of the programs on campus which has been very beneficial to the students is not going to be continued next year. There could be hope for next spring, but the employees as part of this program can’t wait that long without a job. They will be moving on to somewhere else.
The viewing of microorganisms under to microscopes in biology went well today considering I used only the mud and water and algae from our fountain which is really not a pond. There is the cool site called a Virtual Pond Dip and we reviewed some of these in 1st hour before the microscope inquiry lab today. We did see hydra, rotifers, and stentors.
There is even more that happened yesterday regarding my volunteer work which I am not really at liberty to share, but it all worked out for the good. It was just stressful along with the personal stuff going on…well this explains why I am up at 4:30 a.m. writing on my blog because I can’t sleep. I did sleep some, but the last three nights I wake up after about 4 hours and usually don’t go back to sleep for more than cat naps after that. Uggghhh!