Eastern Eyed Click Beetle

I had a little visitor when I was out back hand washing the hummingbird feeders today. The Eastern Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus) is the largest of the 965 species of click beetles of North America. As you can probably guess, this one gets its common name from the pair of false eyes on its …

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The Little Pollinator that Could

Today's image is a bee from the genus Agapostemon, a striped sweat bee gathering pollen from some Echinacea flowers next to our mailbox. It might be difficult to see, but you might notice the yellow "saddlebags" that the little bee is sporting. I'd seen that before but never gave it much thought, but it seems …

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KonMari-ing Facebook

Unless you've been blissfully un-involved with Facebook over the past few years, you're probably aware of the love-hate relationship most of us have developed for the platform.  In my case, it's more of a (grudgingly) tolerate-hate relationship.  There are, of course, many reasons for this - data privacy issues, the addictive nature of its design, …

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Reflections on the Enneagram, Part 2: On Getting in Touch with Emotions

As usual, I'm not really keeping up with the pace I had hoped.  In some ways that reflects quite well the issue I wrote about in the first installment, i.e., facing unpleasant and difficult things.  While I don't find writing unpleasant, I do find it difficult, in that I so often lack confidence that what …

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Reflections on the Enneagram, Part 1: On Difficult Things

At the risk of sounding a bit new-agey, I must admit that I've long studied the Enneagram and have gained a lot of insight into myself and my relationships through that study.  Of course, personal development comes in fits and starts (at least for me), so I have not always fully heeded the sage advice …

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