Put on a wristband

A cool post from a friend. We don’t have to watch or go to a TED event, we can create our own experiences and learnings.


Last week on a warm, sunny morning, I rode my bike into downtown GR.  My house is just a few miles from downtown, so the commute was short & easy.   After securing my bike to a rack outside of a landmark bar, I  put on one of those paper wristbands that allowed me to attend the TEDxGrandRapids event.  Then, it was onto a day full of listening to talks from a diverse set of speakers from around the country.  It was stimulating, provoking & motivating.  And, I felt beat by the end of day.  Overall, that’s what any TED event should be like!


However, when I think back on the day, there was a lot more going on than just listening.  My wristband was busy note-taking & applauding.  My wristband was propped under my chin as I listened closely to some unexpected messages. The wristband shook some new hands, ate…

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I’m Moving

I am moving my blog to google.
Find it here:

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What Kind of Poser are You?

What kind of poser are you? Or if you don’t like your photo taken, you are a no poser. An absent poser. An invisible poser.

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Trumpeter Swan vs. Mute Swan

We have a small lake in our backyard and I love how spring brings new ducks to visit. We always have a pair of mute swans that come each year and they usually have a batch of babies too. This year, we have the same pair of mute swans, but a rare trumpeter swan has decided he wants to live here too. He’s been here two weeks, all alone, but the mute swans keep chasing him!

After seeing it, I had to get up to speed on my swan identification. This was helpful:

In our area, the DNR is killing off the aggressive mute swans so that the native trumpeter species can thrive. It’s created quite a bit of controversy.

If only they could all get along!

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How to Make Lemonade that Won’t Kill Your Children

A strong headline – a simple result.

Why I don't Blog

Diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Increased effects of aging, weight gain and lowered IQ.

Loss of sleep, diminished digestive function and liver damage.

These are just some of the effects sugar can have on your body. Study after study has shown that overconsumption of sugar is detrimental to your health and well being.

Lemonade has a ton of sugar.  Consider that one teaspoon of sugar weighs 4 grams.  Now go look at that jar of lemonade and check the nutrition facts.  Sugar is listed in grams, so to convert the sugar content of your juice to teaspoons just divide the number by 4.  For example if there are 32 grams of sugar, 32/4 = 8 teaspoons of sugar in one 8 oz. cup of lemonade!

Worldwide consumption of sugar has increased dramatically in the last 50 years. The fact that sugar is addictive is used by food manufacturers to make…

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10 foods to eat

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Why Don’t Mosquitoes Spread Ebola?

Mosquitoes are just flying syringes aren’t they?

Mosquito Research and Management

13717624625_cd5f3df570_zAuthorities are quick to remind the community that Ebola virus is spread by blood and bodily fluids so it is hardly surprising that many are asking, “can mosquitoes spread Ebola”?

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest in history. As of mid-October, there have been approximately 9,000 cases and 4,500 deaths. The World Health Organisation warned that the infection rate could reach 5000 to 10000 new cases a week by the end of the year.

The virus is primarily transmitted from sick to healthy people by blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen). In addition, objects contaminated with the virus (including needles and syringes) and direct contact with infected animals also play a role. Given this knowledge, it is not an unreasonable question to ask if blood feeding mosquitoes could spread the virus from infected…

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15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes That Will Kill Your Children

My husband is in the safety field, so it’s something we talk about frequently at home; and I have friends that love modern design. here’s a funny pairing of the two.


The clean lines, the geometric decorative elements, the seamless blending of indoor and outdoor space… I sure do love mid-century modern architecture.

Do you know what I love more? My children. And that is why I will never live in my MCM dream home. Because mid-century modern architecture is designed to KILL YOUR CHILDREN. (Also, moderately clumsy or drunk adults).

im_certain_none_of_these_children_reached_adulthood We can be reasonably certain that none of these children reached adulthood.

As a public service, Projectophile is alerting its readers to the dangers posed by key elements of mid-century modern residential design.


I love open, flowing space as much as the next modern girl. But I know it would only be a matter of minutes before my kid flings himself off one of these deadly ledges…

ledge5redarrow Red arrows show the direction of travel of children’s bodies

ledge2 What four-year-old can resist that hidden nook?

ledge4-read arrow That’s going to…

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Why every kid should collect stamps

I have a stamp collection…. although I haven’t dug it out in awhile. There is beauty in the colors, the places, the people. Check it out.


I admit it: I feel a bit nerdy confessing I collect stamps.

I’m not sure how it all started, but I think it’s my father’s fault. He used to travel a lot for work, so he had friends all over the planet. And occasionally these friends would send us a letter, like this one:

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Within a few years I’d amassed maybe a dozen such first-day covers, and I’d saved several hundred stamps from my father’s correspondence. (I especially looked forward to Christmas each year.)

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Before long I was saving my allowance for the local stamp-swaps and mail-order offers. I’m sure I got swindled a few times (I was only eight or nine). But still, it was fun.

Then my collection sat idle for a few years, largely forgotten while I attended college and married and started a career. It wasn’t until last year, in the aftermath of The Great Flood

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Measles Is Serious (A History Lesson from My Grandmother)

I had the measles as a child, despite being vaccinated. This blog posting tells of the recent uptick in cases – and the complications that can result. A good read.

The Science of Mom

Measles is back. The outbreak of this highly contagious viral illness that started at Disneyland in December has spread across the country and shows no signs of slowing. As of February 6, the CDC reported 121 cases in 17 states in this year alone, most linked to Disneyland. In 2014, we had 644 cases of measles in the U.S. This is a striking increase compared to the last 15 years, when we usually saw less than 100 cases in an entire year.

measles 2015 CDCI’m sorry that so many people have been sickened in this outbreak and hope that it is reined in soon. This is no easy task given our mobile society and the fact that we like to congregate in places like Disneyland, schools, doctors’ offices, hospitals, airplanes, and shopping malls. Add to that the pockets of unvaccinated people where measles can easily spread, and we have a recipe…

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Why Have Hobbies?

Aunt Beulah

In a recent Peanuts cartoon, when Lucy told Charlie Brown she was thinking of starting some new hobbies, Charlie said, “That’s a good idea, Lucy. The people who get most out of life are those who really try to accomplish something.”

Looking appalled, Lucy replied: “ACCOMPLISH something? I thought we were just supposed to keep busy.”

In the past, I thought like Lucy. Viewing hobbies as busy work to fill my idle moments, I pursued decoupage, macramé, origami, tatting, and yodeling. Each endeavor enjoyed the same success as my wish to be 5’6”.Wreath

My search for a busy-work hobby peaked when I scoured fields and ponds for nuts, pinecones, grasses, and twigs, which I used to make Christmas wreaths. I gave these creations to loved ones, who exclaimed happily and hung them in their snug homes.

I had used liberal amounts of a smelly liquid adhesive to attach my found…

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a beautiful day

It’s a beautiful day in Michigan. I let the chickens out of their coop and they are sunning themselves and stretching their legs. Later this evening I’ll let them free range for a little bit.

Unfortunately, I have class today. So I’ll enjoy my coffee and catch up on some reading.

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