The View from a Drawbridge

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

Every once in a while I like to pick an obscure topic and learn about it. I get that from my mother. She would have loved the internet! This time, after a nice chat with my friends Caly and Morgaine (waving hello!) about small countries that we don’t know much about, I remembered that I’ve …

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I’m in the virtual world known as Second Life, and a total stranger approaches me. He says, “I want to make love to you.” “Uh, no thanks.” “I won’t tell anyone.” “Thanks all the same, but I couldn’t be less interested.” Sheesh. Are there really men out there who think women are animals that can …

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A friend and I have this little game we like to play. If you could invite 10 people, living or dead, to your house for a dinner party, who would you choose? This is an interesting thought experiment. It makes you think about the questions you’d like to ask. It makes you examine closely the …

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It is very rare when the loss of someone constitutes a loss for all mankind. Gandhi springs to mind. And Mother Theresa and Martin Luther King. And now Nelson Mandela is counted among their number. He showed the world that it is possible to be a politician and still have integrity and act for the …

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Behold the fearsome Bunyip. This mythological creature was much feared among the Aboriginal people of Australia. Until recently I had never heard of this beast, but it intrigues me because it seems to be so far from even the mainstream creepy folk creature as to be unrecognizable.   As you can see from the various …

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Thank you, Diana Nyad, for reminding us all of this the other day, when you swam for about 53 hours from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64. This amazing feat reminded me of the many other people I have heard of who have done incredible things at an advanced age. At my last …

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One of the largest and oldest organisms on earth is Pando, a Quaking Aspen clone in Utah that covers over 106 acres. Looking at it, you’d assume that it was just a bunch of individual trees, but it’s actually one organism, and it’s thousands of years old. We didn’t know that until recently. I think …

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Of all the unique creatures on this fantastic planet of ours, my absolute favorite is the Coelacanth (pronounced see-la-kanth). I love a good backstory, and this is a fish that most definitely has one. Back in 1938, Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer was asked to come down to the docks to check out a strange fish that a …

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