Muskoxen have it rough! Life is hard for the males, for the females and for the calves. Musk-ox live in the Arctic and have been introduced to a few other locations. Photos used with permission.
I chased the dog away and cried my way across the lawn to the fragile, feathery body. She was so still. But wait! Had I possibly seen a slight movement? Could the duck be playing dead?
For many of us, nutritious smoothies are an essential part of our daily diet. Are we limiting the amount we have and are we aware of the damage too many carbs wreak upon our liver and blood system?
I wonder why many men and women enjoy creating model railways. Is it because it's a way to use one's imagination just like in childhood? We writers do it, too, so I am not surprised if it is so.
There was a sharp decline in the number of Canada Geese from 1900 - 1966. Researchers set up programs which increased the number of Canada Geese. Problems now abound. Many geese no longer migrate.
Green, huge caterpillars in Arizona gardens have many enemies not the least of whom are the gardeners. If these hornworm caterpillars survive and pupate, they become moths with hummingbird skills.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale, AZ is a great place to visit. If you are a model railroader, you will especially enjoy the Model Railroad Building. It's air-conditioned; no worries.
Adopting a dog or cat is a lifelong commitment, the animal rescue groups tell us. The first couple weeks can be very trying and you may want to give up. Keep going. Love is the key.
As a native species of Australia, Red Caps are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act, 1950, but under the DEC Act, they can be shot during open season. Their crime? Trying to obtain food.
Turn up the volume and enjoy this happy and fun music video by young musical artist, Clay Williams, who usually writes Rock and Alternative Rock. This song is Pop Rock. I'm glad he ventured over.
Impressions of my 2012 visit to Saskatchewan to live near my parents and again for five months in 2013. Beautiful in summer, unforgiving in winter. Hardy people thrive there, less hardy -- leave.
Magpies in their colorful navy blue and white splendor are entertaining and resourceful. Also they are fierce protectors of their babies and will raid other birds' nests to provide for their young.
Who wrote this beautiful poem which nudges all parents to realize the priorities of their days? Alice E. Chase did. She was also the author of 'Who Will Take Grandma?' read by Walter Brennan.
Trish Burr is the epitome of the well-known phrase, 'Practice Makes Perfect'. Her delicately embroidered birds, flowers and portraits are in a class all their own. Have a look at some of these gorgeous...
Consider the many lonely horses in the summer breezy acreages, each one standing alone, their owner coming to see them infrequently. Consider one of those lonely horses in a freezing wind, in a snowstorm in the night...
I read Fastfreta's hub today -- which she wrote many months ago -- naming her favorite things. It was so fun. I've now written a list of my favorite things. You might enjoy making one, too.
When you hear flocks of geese flying overhead and you look skyward to see them in all of their magnificence -- do you feel utter awe, so much so that tears well up in your eyes?
There is the old way of building an H.O. model railroad and now -- there is the new, easy way. The realistic landscaping, however, cannot be purchased in a box. Learning H.O. landscaping is fun.
Gouldians are smart little creatures and inquisitive, but they are not the kind of bird that will sit on your shoulder and put their head down for you to scratch them on the neck -- like a parrot might do. However, if...
Our Kinneards or Kinnairds of County Antrim, Ireland were descendants of the Kinnairds of Scotland who descended from Radulphus de Kinnaird, a Norman. Our James S. Kinneard sailed to Canada in 1881.
Gwana was big -- at least four feet long from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail -- the last time I lifted him from the closet shelf to place him in his bed. He never once hurt me with that tail of his.
Owls are actually my least favorite bird because they eat little mammals, but this little screech owl we encountered many nights in Southern Arizona was such a strange little character, he earned my attention and...
Applying false eyelashes is easy when you know the pitfalls to avoid and the safeguards to take. Learn the easy application process from a former College of Esthetics and Fashion Merchandising owner. Success comes...
There are hundreds of caretakers of feral cats on the isle of Maui. There are hundreds of thousands of feral cats there. This is a tribute to just one of the feral cats I have loved. Named him Red.
Writing and being a good mother is a balancing act. I shed a tear but enjoyed writing this. Spoiler: In case you miss it, there is a miscommunication between a mom and her young daughter in this tale.
When we treat others with respect, when we are comfortable, making others comfortable and when we lead by example, our world and the world around our little sphere of influence is a better place.
Dr. Garcia pioneered this method in 1930. It is being implemented around the world. Already 110 doctors are trained in this alternative method.
How do you train a parrot to talk? The method to teach or at least encourage a parrot to mimic what you say is easy and repetitious. Parrots are thinkers. But more than this....
Who started the rumor that there is a generation gap? There is no such thing. Just like an old house, the appearance belies the fun, experiences and wisdom the house knew. Love your age and wisdom.
Colored pencils have come a long way. High-quality, pure color products now enable dedicated colored pencil artists to create fine art. It's a whole new medium.
Bob has always scratch-built his layouts in the meticulous spike by spike method. This time Bob is building a 4' x 8' H.O. train layout with all the newest and easiest techniques including E-Z Track by Bachman and a...
When this sweet little Pomeranian glided into my life like a summer's dream, I knew she was not mine to keep. But she was mine to love.
Have you ever traveled by air with your cat in cabin with you? If not, here's my tale. I hope it helps you.
I missed a photograph of a lifetime. There were a thousand romping poodles in the sky over Honolulu in October, 2010. They were in the clouds and I was in a jet coming in for a landing.
Majestic, intelligent, magnificent and competitive race horses -- inspire awe even in those of us who have never been to a race track. They put up with us mere mortals so that they can do what they are born to do: RUN.
Now that we are empty nesters, we like to eat our dessert first and the main meal second. When I bake a cake, I always mix plenty of icing. Who really needs the cake, anyway? Isn't it the icing we're after? You have...
I enjoyed creating these seahorses. Seahorses are one of the most unique characters on earth. The male seahorse carries the offspring to full term and delivers it. Very chivalrous of him!
familysearch.org is a unique genealogical research tool. It is the largest repository of genealogical data in the world and it is entirely free to use.
Do you fresh-squeeze your oranges? Do you only choose organically grown oranges or are you a risk-taker and choose any old kind that is on sale? I do a bit of both.
No one knows how Hansen survived alone in the desert heat. He is gentle. Perhaps he fed on an occasional dead carcass of starved cattle. Priscilla found him, sick and scared with valley fever.
Cattle egrets are everywhere on the Hawaiian Islands. Other birds to see on the islands are Japanese White-Eyes, Mynahs, Herons, Peacocks and the beautiful common Junglefowl.
A lighthearted critique of how English-speakers on the Hawaiian Islands pronounce the lovely Bougainvillea flower's name.
Are you a H.O. running layout kind of person or a diorama lover? Do you like to make your model train layouts look absolutely realistic or do you add a touch of whimsy? Whatever your railroading pleasure, this hobby...
Prayer, teamwork and effort helped get more cats trapped, neutered (or spayed) and returned to their dusty habitation. I love 'em all. The feral cat problem on Maui is barely diminished for Leona's and my efforts but...
Book Review, "The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and Control of our Food Supply."
Genetically modified food is in our daily life whether we know about it or not. It is better to know what's going on than not to know. I highly recommend the 2010 thoroughly researched book, "The World According to...
Tropical marine life at the Maui Ocean Center is colorful, exciting and watching you as you watch them. It's a great place to spend a morning or an afternoon.
Did you know a package of processed food can have very misleading words such as "natural flavor" or "seasoning" -- so you won't suspect you're about to eat aspartame or MSG?
The trap, neuter, return (TNR) program is alive and well on Maui but feral cats of Maui are innumerable and in need of care. I try to remind myself -- You haven't failed unless you give up.
By getting to know our kindred and ancestors, we get to know ourselves a little better, too. I have included two humorous poems from the early 1900's in this hub. Great Aunt Edith had a sense of humor, so she left...
The Maui Humane Society does its best with the resources it has. There are simply too many people on Maui not neutering or spaying their animals. Can you or your family foster some animals from the Maui Humane Society?
Seashells of Hawaii can be beautiful. Most are harmless, but the cone shell which comes in many varieties is not harmless. Cone shells can be very dangerous to your health -- even fatal. Get to know some of the shapes...
The life story of my mother, the life story of my father and the life stories of my two sets of grandparents are all precious possessions of mine. Their life experiences resonate in the day-to-day experiences I have. ...
Is it fair to love your first grandchild most? I think not. It's not fair to the other grandchildren that Grandchild Number One got a headstart on your heart.
Centipedes almost an inch wide and eleven or twelve inches long? Commonplace in Hawaii. It's very diffiult to kill them because they have a strong skeletal frame and an even stronger will.
Helen M. Stevens is a well-known United Kingdom embroidery artist. Her books are beautifully illustrated and plainly instructive. Links are provided in this article so you can visit her site. Helen M. Stevens also...
Peacocks on Maui are a common sight. Yee's Mango Orchard in South Maui is the home of dozens of these regal birds. There was a Peacock Crossing sign on the road to protect them. Someone stole it.
Feral chickens and their turquoise counterparts, the male junglefowl, of the Hawaiian Islands live and die daily in our little corner of the world on Maui, but one little lady does her best to keep her feathery friends...
Cattle Egrets are a common sight on the islands of Hawaii. They have a sense of humor, I think, and they say a pleasant 'Howzit?' from the floral medians while we humans are stuck in traffic.
Homelessness is on the rise across the nation. The State of Hawaii is no exception. Stereotyping the homeless has always been an ignorant and insensitive thing to do. Solutions to the problem exist but take a concerted...