Posted by: Mark | May 2, 2016

Snowball’s Chance

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I must have walked by these thousands of times but never knew the name of them. Their full name is Eastern Snowball Viburnum Opulus which sounds like a horror movie about Easter or a new Transformer.

If only other plants were this easy.

Posted by: Mark | May 1, 2016

Honeysuckle

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I’m terrible at identifying species of plants but I can get a general idea about trees. Not much of a photo but it’s balanced.

Posted by: Mark | April 30, 2016

Resolution Update 18

For the first time since 2013, my resolution update is a bust. I did 12 push ups and nothing else. Life is not good.

Posted by: Mark | April 23, 2016

Resolution Update 17

Has it been a week already? Not good in many ways.

1. Writing (Goal – 120,000 words/finish five stories):  21,563 words and four stories. No change from last week.

2. Publishing (Send out 110 manuscripts): No change.

3. Read Finnegan’s Wake: Finished the fourth chapter, 91 pages out of 540.

4. Read Shakespeare’s sonnets: Complete.

5. Visit five new libraries: Two–Blanchester Public Library and Green Township.

6. 5,000 Push ups/8,000 Leg lifts: 1,453 push ups; 2,255 leg lifts.

7. Running: With my back still hurting and the treadmill broken, I biked on the stationary bike for five miles, bringing me to 334.98 for the year.

8. Lose 26 pounds: Haven’t checked for a while.

9. 100 photos of different species: Added Ichneumon wasp, Dandelion, Grackle, and Spring Beauty for 35 species.

10. Year of Mercy: No change.

Posted by: Mark | April 22, 2016

Dandelion and Grackle

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Can you see the grackle in this picture? Its dark plumage is lost again the backdrop of Coney Island. I missed shot after shot of other grackles so I had to settle for this.

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And for something even less impressive than a grackle–a dandelion.

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If only dandelions had been rarer, they’d be treasured and not considered weeds.

Posted by: Mark | April 21, 2016

Finnegan’s Wake : Chapters 3 and 4

Back on March 25, I finished the third chapter of Finnegan’s Wake but was too lost to post about it. Today I finished chapter 4 and am no less lost.

In grad school we had to read and translate a passage from a work in another language.  Being a dope, I tried to use 100 Years of Solitude. It’s a great book but too elaborate for a weak reader of Spanish. I failed my first attempt and decided to switch to Lorca’s The Blood Wedding. It’s also a strong piece of literature but the style is much simpler, like going from Faulkner to Hemingway. I passed my test on The Blood Wedding although my Spanish was no better.

I can’t imagine a non-English version of Finnegan’s Wake. It doesn’t make sense in English so I don’t know how a translator could manage.

At least I’m up to 93 pages. I don’t claim to have any new insights but I am moving forward.

Posted by: Mark | April 20, 2016

Ichneumon Wasp

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I think this is one of the species of Ichneumon wasps of Ohio. There are many of them and I didn’t want to make this guy mad.

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Whatever he is (I think it’s a he because females usually have visible stinger-like organs for eggs), he’s more colorful than I first thought. You can see the spurs on his joints (I wish I could find more information about that). All the camera work started to bug him so I didn’t get shots I might have from a ladybug.

Posted by: Mark | April 18, 2016

Spring Beauties

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The best I can figure is that this flower is called a Spring Beauty. I apologize for anyone who Googled to this page looking for something less flowery.

Posted by: Mark | April 16, 2016

Resolution Update 16

I threw my back out this week so I did very little. It could always be worse:

1. Writing (Goal – 120,000 words/finish five stories):  21,563 words and four stories.

2. Publishing (Send out 110 manuscripts): No change.

3. Read Finnegan’s Wake: No change, still on the third chapter, page 65 of 540.

4. Read Shakespeare’s sonnets: Complete.

5. Visit five new libraries: Two–Blanchester Public Library and Green Township.

6. 5,000 Push ups/8,000 Leg lifts: 1,414 push ups; 2,185 leg lifts. No change.

7. Running: 2.1 miles on the elliptical for a total of 333.98.

8. Lose 26 pounds: Most likely changed but I haven’t checked.

9. 100 photos of different species: Added Meadow parsnips and wild violets.

10. Year of Mercy: No change.

Posted by: Mark | April 15, 2016

My Name is Inigo Montoya

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This is Heather, a polydactyl cat. She has been vaccinated, spayed, microchipped, and can help count to 14.

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This isn’t a great picture but she has seven toes on her front feet. Now that I think about it, I don’t know how many she has on her back feet. I would assume five but maybe I’m overstepping.

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