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On the Podcast: The Second Great Habit of the Year and it is Relaxing Reading…

On the Podcast: The Second Great Habit of the Year and it is Relaxing Reading…

In our previous podcast I mentioned that I would be looking at habits over the next couple of weeks and the first habit I looked at was sleep. Folk talk about the pillars of health as exercise and nutrition and then they kind of tack on sleep as the third “optional extra.” Well I am going to say that without good sleep you cannot exercise well and your body goes into danger mode and won’t absorb the nutrients you are consuming properly either… so without sleep… the popular pillars of health are going to fall by the wayside. Sleep is...

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I Didn’t Say It

I Didn’t Say It

Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, showing the GOP for what they really, on the Democrat’s concern about voting rights: “Well the concern is misplaced, because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.”  Racist fuck, there’s no denying it, and yet they wonder why we're all demanding a voting rights act .... photo Michael Elizabeth Pence, on January 6th and the Democrats, in an op-ed in the Washington Post: “Lives were lost and many were injured, but thanks to the selfless and courageous work of law enforcement, the Capitol was...

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On Writing Resolutions and Goals… and Puppies

On Writing Resolutions and Goals… and Puppies

For many years here on the Mixed Up Files there is an annual pre-New Years post where MUF bloggers list their writing and reading resolutions. At the end of 2020 I knew exactly what I would put, which is that I wanted to keep a tally of everything I read throughout the year.  I also took some time to privately write down for myself what I had accomplished writing-wise in 2020, and some specific writing goals for 2021. Like many people, and notwithstanding immediate evidence to the contrary, I was hopeful for 2021. Despite all the fear and uncertainty and...

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Ideas for Drawing in Your Nature Journal

Ideas for Drawing in Your Nature Journal

Here are some great resources you can use as ideas for drawing in your nature journal. Several are links to coloring pages but I like their black line drawings that simplify an object so we can learn to draw them on our own in our journals. Make sure to check out all the links even if they are from a state or habitat other than one where you currently live. Many times there are animals, plants, and birds that you will have in your location too. I don’t necessarily print the coloring book pages out and color them. We will...

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Homeschool Astronomy: Spectroscope Lab

Homeschool Astronomy: Spectroscope Lab

 Will completed this Astronomy lab as part of the chapter on radiation in her astronomy textbook. It was cheap, it didn't require much setup, it was simple to complete, and, most importantly--it was fun and interesting!Spectroscope LabMaterials: handheld spectroscope colored pencils light sources Astronomy Lab Notebook Pre-Lab Work (Answer these questions in your Astronomy Lab Notebook): Complete the online spectroscope lesson. List the colors, from longest to shortest wavelength, as observed in the solar spectrum. What do the dark lines in the absorption spectra of stars indicate? Procedure: Aim the spectroscope at a variety of light sources: LIGHT SOURCES TO...

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