Sweet Thing

This article’s events happened in a little Texas town south of Fort Worth. Spike, Moon, Watcher, Fluffy, and Jett were born March 6, 2022.

What the Heck Is a Pneumonia Front?

On May 23, 2021, atmospheric fog and clouds accompanied a pneumonia front in Kenosha, Wisconsin. COURTESY VIEW FROM ABOVE-WISCONSIN Lake Michigan, to the left of the state, has a long, north-south shape, which helps make its unique pneumonia fronts possible. JEFF SCHMALTZ/NASA Pneumonia fronts may be accompanied by low shelf clouds, and may travel several miles inland from Lake Michigan. GEMMA TARLACH Chicago, like Milwaukee and other communities on Lake Michigan’s southwestern shore, experiences pneumonia fronts most often in late spring. ALVESGASPAR, CC BY-SA 4.0/WIKIMEDIA


A 17th-century bezoar, dirt from an infamous site, and other curios decorate this unusual bar. (Luke Fater for Gastro Obscura)


A 17th-century bezoar, dirt from an infamous site, and other curios decorate this unusual bar. (Luke Fater for Gastro Obscura)

How a Secret Map Brought Down a Pirate Alliance on the Irish Coast

Looking down the Crookhaven steps. CONNIE KELLEHER Connie Kelleher, at the steps on Streek Head in Crookhaven. CONNIE KELLEHER The 1612 chart of the “pirate harbours” of southwest Munster was drafted by English cartographer John Hunt, under the orders of Hessel Gerritzsoon, who was commissioned by the States-General in Holland. © SUB GÖTTINGEN 4 H BRIT P III, 6 RARA UNIVERSITÄT BIBLIOTHEK GÖTTINGEN LIBRARY ARCHIVES, GERMANY Crookhaven, in County Cork, has a history as part of the pirate alliance. DESIGN PICS/THE IRISH IMAGE COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES All indications are that the coast was mapped from the sea, in secret. © SUB GÖTTINGEN 4 H BRIT P III, 6 RARA UNIVERSITÄT BIBLIOTHEK GÖTTINGEN LIBRARY ARCHIVES, GERMANY

Trits! Costa Rica’s iconic ice cream tub contains indescribably addictive cookies.

From Gastro Obscura Peel back the lid on a container of Trits ice cream, and you’ll first encounter a layer of crispy cookie. When your spoon cuts through the sweet, lightly salted coating, it’s like the satisfying first dip into a crème brûlée. But instead of custard, each cup of Trits contains vanilla ice cream …

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It’s It This classic San Franciscan ice cream sandwich is it, isn’t it?

What’s so delicious that everyone exclaims it’s “IT!”? It’s an It’s It, of course. These ice cream sandwiches, featuring two old-fashioned oatmeal cookies dipped in dark chocolate, have been a San Francisco Bay Area classic since 1928. Frome Gastro Obscura George Whitney, inventor of the It’s It, was known as “The Barnum of the Golden …

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America’s oldest national park ranger retires at age 100

Zoe Sottile, CNN • Published 3rd April 2022 (CNN) — Betty Reid Soskin, the National Park Service’s oldest active ranger, retired on Thursday, just a few months after celebrating her 100th birthday. Soskin spent over a decade working at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park after joining the service full-time in 2011, …

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We Are The Earth

From Center for Action and Contemplation that I practice daily readings, I found this one, today, especially inspirational; We Are the Earth Buddhist monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh describes our inherent connection to the Earth and how that understanding can shift our behavior: At this very moment, the Earth is above you, below you, …

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NatureVibes Did you know… Butterflies often feed on decomposing animals, rotten fruits, blood, animal feces and urine. Flowers don’t provide enough sodium for butterflies, so they seek other things that are salty. If a butterfly has ever landed on you, it’s not because it liked you or because you look particularly like a flower; in …

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Nature Vibes

NatureVibes October 13 at 9:39 AM  · The finalists for the 2021 Wildlife Comedy Photography Awards have been announced!

How to deal with Haters

I just found this great advise on an emailing I receive from “Change That Up” Don’t Listen to Naysayers. Achieving a successful life of significance isn’t easy. It’s a constant uphill climb, and along the way, you’re sure to cross paths with your fair share of naysayers, or what the cool kids call haters or …

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South Haven Trail

After attending a wedding in Kalamazoo, MI with my cousin and partner, we made our way due west to visit a friend in South Haven, MI.  My friend, Marc, that now resides there, told us about a beautiful trail that provides great views of Lake Michigan.  He also hinted at strange ruins that was a …

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South Haven Trail

After attending a wedding in Kalamazoo, MI with my cousin and partner, we made our way due west to visit a friend in South Haven, MI.  My friend, Marc, that now resides there, told us about a beautiful trail that provides great views of Lake Michigan.  He also hinted at strange ruins that was a …

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The Navel

I was sent this info and not 100% sure about the validity but I strongly feel there may be some truth to it. The Navel: Did you know why to put different oils in and on the belly button?  Our Navel (Nabhi), is an amazing gift that our Creator has given us. According to science, …

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5 Smallest Countries In The World

With so many countries throughout the world, it’s only logical to wonder which ones are truly the smallest. Take your best guess and then join us as the explore the 5 smallest countries in the world ranked by area.

5 Largest Islands In The World

Some of the largest islands in the world are a single country/territory whereas others are home to more than one country. Some contain lush rainforests whereas others are covered by seemingly endless expanses of snow and ice.

Strong WILLed Women

Strong Willed Women

We were introduced because we both had consulting careers in education as well as philanthropy and, as we talked, we touched on the idea that there were so many women like us who were successful but were working on their own, or the only ones in their particular role.

Double Planet on December 21, 2020

Double Planet on December 21, 2020

Before 2020 comes to a close, Jupiter and Saturn will be so close that they will appear to form a “double planet.” The great conjunction, as the planetary alignment has come to be known, hasn’t occurred in nearly 800 years.

Ornaments Made With Love

Ornaments Made With Love

My niece was kind enough to paint these personalized ornaments of Sadie and Sophie, and my sister gave them to us as an early Christmas present.

A Present From Dad

With my father’s passing in August, today I felt he sent me an early Christmas present to brighten my mood and also show his presence still in my life in this beautiful Christmas cactus bloom.

Inspiration …

road, forest, trees

This song, Hallelujah written and performed by Leonard Cohen is one of my “go to” songs…

Defying Gravity With The Ibex

Sometimes, to get what you want in life, you have to go out on a limb, get out of your comfort zone and literally defy gravity! Ibexes aren’t daunted by a dizzying climb up a vertical dam face to get what they want.

UFC Golf Battle With Dude Perfect

Dude Perfect is known for their wild and crazy sports antics, but who knew that combining two sports could have such hilarious results? Check out their golf battle and other new hybrid sports!

The Flying Car is Here!

Flying cars may seem futuristic – but from commercial jetpacks to personal air taxis, they are already here. Here’s how they could transform the way we commute, work and live.

Utah Hiker

This is Hayden. He is active. He is 8 and he is growing up in a world focused on electronics.

Fall 2020 Garden

On September 24 I planted my Fall garden in Austin. The Spring/Summer garden did fairly well, but the drought and 100 degree temps killed us in August.

Dear El Campo, Texas

Musician Brian Doria released a new song titled, “Dear El Campo, Texas” which is our founder Lisa’s hometown!

Basketball Star Leaves $8k Tip At Bubble Hotel

On his way out of the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida, Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook wanted to show his appreciation for the housekeepers of the Grand Floridian hotel, and he did it with an $8,000 tip, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The Wild Origin of Dippin’ Dots

This story of (sugary sweet) American ingenuity starts, like so many do, in a family garage. Just kidding, it actually starts at a Kentucky biotech company in the late ’80s.

Bull Creek Walk

During the summer 2020 Covid lockdown, we took a walk at Bull Creek Greenbelt in Austin to get the pups, Lulu and Frida, out for an adventure.

South Haven, Michigan

Last November, Marty and I made a trip from Austin, TX up north to Michigan. After attending a wedding in Kalamazoo, we made our way over to South Haven, on the shores of Lake Michigan, to catch up with a close friend who moved from Austin up to that area.

Sweet Face

In the protective arms of her daddy, Frida stares out with complete confidence that all is right with the world. A friend that saw this pic commented, “Give that girl whatever she wants.”

Marcia Silverberg

Tikkun Olam means to repair the world. Marcia shares this beautiful expression as well as other tenets of her Jewish faith that she holds dear.

Judy Knotts

Judy’s life story is a testament to thinking outside the box! Her unique upbringing instilled a desire to work hard and always be willing to take on new adventures. Giving back is what she stands for.

Dan Selak

Not everyone strikes gold with their first job….. or even their second! Dan’s journey to finding his life’s calling is inspiring and a testament to his hard work.

Melissa Ladd

Thank you for sharing your journey, Melissa! What a great reminder to take a leap and try something new.

Lone Star Beekeeper

Bees are such an important part of our ecosystem; there are so many plants and food we wouldn’t have without them! Mahmoud from Lone Star Beekeepers ensures that hives stay healthy and happy.

Forever Bicycles

This art installation by artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been compared to a massive jungle gym, and is composed of over 1200 bicycles!

Pease Park

Pease Park in Austin, TX is more than a space to go for fun and gatherings. It is currently home to an art installation maze by artist Patrick Dougherty!

Kukulcan Pyramid

Did you know that Kukulcan Pyramid is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World? The pyramid is actually a calendar and is a technological marvel built by the Mayans.

Shahriar Rokhasz

Life has taken Shahriar Rokhasz all over the world, from starting his life in Tehran and ending up here in Austin. His intelligence and his drive for life helped him create a successful company. Check him out!

Doha Fountains

The fountains in Doha are the perfect place for all ages to enjoy! You can splish-splash in the cool water, or just enjoy the lovely scenery!

Sunrise Meditation

Meditation comes in many forms and functions. We love to meditate on the beauty of nature! What’s your favorite way/place to meditate?

Enchanted Rock

The next time you visit Central Texas, be sure to check out Enchanted Rock. The hike up to the top is definitely worth it for the beautiful views!

Views Of The Hudson

The mighty Hudson River offers so many amazing sights and views to New Yorkers and tourists alike! What is your favorite spot to view it from?

Texas Wildflowers

Former First Lady Mrs. Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson made it her priority to beautify Texas while her husband was in office. Her work is fondly remembered every spring when our beautiful wildflowers bloom!

Beautiful Oregon

There’s nothing like the Pacific Northwest! Oregon has a little of everything for those that love nature – beautiful coastline, awe-inspiring forests, and majestic views.

Bill’s Birthday

Everyone deserves to be celebrated on their birthday, even our best furry friends. Happiest of birthdays to this goodest boy!

Farm Life In Missouri

Farm life looks awfully different from city life! Check out these sweet animals living their best lives with each other and with their humans.

Jill Griffin

We’re so grateful to have Jill share her story with us! She shows how important it is to believe in yourself and never be afraid to ask for what you want.

Joy Selak

Joy’s story is a beautiful example of celebrating the journey, not just the destination. Life may take us to some crazy places, but that winding road makes us who we are!

Diana Cantu-Guerrero and son Nick

Diana confronted challenges for her son, Nick, who at an early age was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through Nick’s educational process, Diana provided support, encouragement and love. Ultimately, he graduated with honors from his hometown’s community college.

Senior Access

One of the best things we can give our senior citizens is the gift of our time! Senior Access provides a valuable service to ensure that seniors have the ability to get around and keep loneliness at bay.

Palestinian Festival

What a beautiful celebration! Every year, the Palestinian community shares its culture with the city of Houston, fostering new experiences and a deeper understanding of their traditions.

Mobile Loaves and Fishes

This organization in Austin, Texas serves the homeless citizens in their city by not just providing food, clothing, and supplies, but by offering love, respect, and dignity to those in need.

The Importance of Giving Back

When life gives you support and puts people in your life that help you, the best thing you can do is give back to others that are in need of help and support. No one is an island; we all need each other.

Wild Cars

What would you do if you saw one of these wild cars on the road? Better yet, would you ever drive a totally wild and unique car?

Snowball Fight!

What is it about snow that brings out the kid in all of us? No one is immune to a good old-fashioned snowball fight when the first snow of the season hits!

SM Farmers Market

Have you visited your local Farmer’s Market? Not only will you find fresh food from your area, but you’ll see a huge variety of local vendors selling baked goods, handmade wares, and all kinds of artisanal goodies.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Abu Dhabi is home to one of the largest and most ornate mosques in the world! Whether you are there to worship or to visit, you’ll be awed by the sheer scale and majesty of the mosque and its grounds.

Scenes From Dubai

No expense has been spared in the building of Dubai, and it shows! From the amazing architecture to the beautiful coastline and man-made islands, there is no shortage of scenery to see.

Lost Chambers Aquarium

The crown jewel of The Palm in Dubai is the Atlantis resort, which houses the magnificent Lost Chambers Aquarium. Take a trip through this exotic and unique underwater world!

Dubai Creek Water Taxi

Dubai is known for many amazing sights; the world’s tallest building, man-made islands, and over-the-top luxury resorts. But these stunning views from a water taxi are simply breathtaking!

Gateway Arch Tour

Did you know that the Saint Louis Arch is a monument to US Expansion, and has its own museum underneath it? If you can’t make it to Saint Louis to see it in person, you’ll love our bird’s eye tour!

Skate Ace

Whether you are a seasoned skater or just starting out, a skate park is fun for all ages and levels. What’s your favorite place to skate?

Nature’s Beauty

We can often overlook the small things in life that make the world so beautiful. Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of mother nature.