Thursday, May 14, 2009

Exercising My Brain's Executive Network

While you may have thought my last post was about daydreaming, I was only giving my lateral medial prefrontal cortex and dorsal anterior cingulate cortex a heavy work-out.

Here's the basis for my claim.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Garden Plans

It's a rainy dreamy day and I'm dreaming of my veggie garden.

Steve tilled the fenced garden this week and I wanted to plant today since I'm off work. I can just see the sweet corn, green beans, Roma tomatoes, red peppers, and cucumbers (for bread and butter pickles). The heirloom tomatoes and basil will go in the raised bed once I harvest the spinach and lettuce. The new compost bed has potatoes coming up and I think I will put some squash on the end.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Aliens Attack Earth Girl's Home

Several alien invaders have insidiously established strongholds around our home, but Steve and I have been attacking them on several fronts. Here's a report from the fighting front.

Bush Honeysuckle
Twenty years ago when I noticed how much the birds like the red berries on the pretty bush by the bridge, I should have been suspicious. Now we are surrounded by bushes, blocking our view of the woods. This spring we launched a full scale attack. While there have been skirmishes elsewhere, the main battles have been along the stream bed and the meadow edges.

Autumn Olive
Oh, your heavenly scent seduced me into leaving just one or two bushes. Then you show your true colors. If you cut the thorny bush down, it sends out suckers. Off with its head with a few drops of pure glyphosate on its neck. It likes to hang out with the honeysuckle, but our brush pile is now about 20 feet tall as we attack both invasive shrubs.

Multiflora Roses
Sure, you call yourself a rose, but I call you dead. Once upon a time, I had a pretty native pink rose growing here; what did you do with her?

Garlic Mustard
Just search my blog with this term to find out how long I've been battling this alien. Every time I think I have won, I find you hiding among the canes of the multiflora roses, or under a large mayapple. And you are mutating into ever shorter plants all the better to hide from me. But I have trained my eyes to find you, even to the point of missing the morels.

Potential Threats
I won't even mention the English ivy that is trying to creep into the woods, or the ajuga romping along the stream edge, or the dandelions, or the red osier or poison ivy. And how did lily of the valley get in the woods?

Please send care packages!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


This article captures what I think is one of the secrets to a successful and happy personal life, and it makes the case that it is effective for other systems also. Resilience is a skill that we have worked hard to teach one of our sons, battered through his experiences before we adopted him at almost six years old. It is not his natural state, but he has made great strides.