The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

I love the dark. I think that started because I was a chronic migraine sufferer from an early age. Even though I rarely get migraines anymore, somewhere in my brain light will always equal pain. I almost never turn lights on unless I have to read something or am unfamiliar with my environment. I think …

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Anyone who lives in the Southeastern United States is familiar with kudzu. This amazingly insidious vine was introduced to this country by the Japanese at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, and since then, according to Wikipedia, it’s been spreading at the rate of 150,000 acres annually, which seems really intimidating until you realize that …

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I dreamt of a village in a desert out west. The people had gathered around a campfire to listen to an old man tell stories. He traveled from town to town to recount the tales of their people. He told cautionary tales to teach the young ones how to behave. He told the stories of …

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My Prayer

The View from a Drawbridge

I am grateful this day for the rain that sustains me     for the sun that nurtures me, for the wind that buffets me.  I wish to give back more than I take from this world, value more than that which is has been given me and shore up that which has always endured me. …

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It’s Earth Day, and that has me thinking about the intimate encounters I’ve had with nature in my lifetime. I have swum with manatee, dolphins and stingrays. I briefly dated a guy who could imitate a barn owl so accurately that every owl in the region would respond to his call. He also taught me …

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Cool Science

The View from a Drawbridge

Wow! How did I not know about this before? Thanks to the power of the internet, little old me (and little old you, for that matter) can help scientists make some pretty amazing breakthroughs. Seriously, you have to check out the Zooniverse website. From there, you can link in to any number of amazing projects. …

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I had just settled down to write this blog entry, and was feeling rather stressed out because I couldn’t think of a topic, when my dog brought me his toy. It is Blue’s philosophy that no one should ever be too busy for a rousing game of tug-o-sock. How right he is. Once we have …

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