Creature (Dis)Comforts, Part II: Coral Snakes
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Creature (Dis)Comforts, Part II: Coral Snakes

In the last post, we took a look at that bizarre creepy crawler, the scorpion. I’ve always thought I should like them more than I do; I’m a Scorpio by birth, after all. In fact, based on birth place and time, I’m actually a triple Scorpio. So don’t mess with me. Anyway, we’re taking a … Continue reading

Rebooting the BSP (and Me)!
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Rebooting the BSP (and Me)!

Summer vacation is over, kids & the BSP is back! In addition to rebooting my body this year, I’ve rebooted the look and feel of this blog, and I hope you like it. There’s more emphasis on photos, to be sure, and navigation is a bit more inspired, too! Everything needs a makeover once in … Continue reading

Make Your Own Box Oven for Camping
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Make Your Own Box Oven for Camping

Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, I’m reposting some popular camping-related posts from last year. Today, learn how to make a box oven — great for baking outdoors. I still have the one I made in the video below, and I expect it’ll get tucked into the car for this week’s camping adventure! Continue reading

Ladies & Gentlemen, Start Your Fires (Safely)!
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Ladies & Gentlemen, Start Your Fires (Safely)!

We’re days away from Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer and camping season, so I thought I’d spend the week reposting a few popular posts on the subject from last year. I’ll be making the pilgrimage to the Kerrville Folk Festival myself, and am happy to see that last year’s drought is over … Continue reading

The Gift of a Good Night’s Sleep, Part 1
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The Gift of a Good Night’s Sleep, Part 1

It’s 4:00 a.m. — Have You Seen My Sheep Anywhere?   We all love ourselves a good night’s sleep, and they’re mighty important to our health. It’s been awhile since I had one, though. Only hours ago I was staring at a clock reading 3:21 in the frigging morning, so I’m feeling mighty qualified to … Continue reading

Lady Bird Johnson and Her Wildflower Center
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Lady Bird Johnson and Her Wildflower Center

Walking as much as I have this year has reminded me just how beautiful this part of the world is. It’s spring, of course, and most everywhere is lovely in spring. But this winter’s rain brought us a vivid wildflower season, made more precious by last year’s drought. BADGE WORK UPDATE: EARTH CONNECTIONS, ECO-ACTION, OUTDOOR … Continue reading

Mid-Life Cancer: The Ultimate Catalyst
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Mid-Life Cancer: The Ultimate Catalyst

Ten years ago this week, I was deconstructed and reconstructed by two surgeons methodically bent on ridding me of cancer.  I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I remember saying to myself, with great regularity in the days leading up to surgery, “I just need 10 more years. Just 10 more years…” At 41, … Continue reading