Happy World Penguin Day! On a day dedicated to these permanently tuxedoed (but always grounded) birds, I can’t help but wonder, what is it that makes penguins so darn popular?

These waddling wonders have long had a special place in the heart of many an animal loving human. From starring in many an animated film to causing trouble for Mr. Popper, these beloved birds have a long history of capturing our hearts.

So what is it about them that we humans just can’t seem to get enough of?

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…reach for the stars

This Monday, we find ourselves once again on the edge of a whole week of possibility, crusaders.

And today, fresh off a weekend full of Earth Day and marches for science, I can think of no great inspiration than astronaut Peggy Whitson who today set a new record for cumulative time in space by a U.S. astronaut with 534 days (and counting). #CongratsPeggy Read the rest of this entry

…Play Many Parts

This sunny, spring Sunday we celebrate the 453rd birthday of the Bard. While the exact date of William Shakespeare’s entrance into the world is not known, the mark that he made on it is immeasurable.

To say that William Shakespeare’s plays and other works have stood the test of time seems like a gross understatement. They have thrived. They started as a product of the time in which they were created and turned into works that have shaped the world for centuries. Read the rest of this entry

…be blinded by science

bg1This Earth Day, across the country and around the world, we march for science.

We march for those who live by its laws, those who fear it, those who distrust it, and even those aim to discredit it.

We march because ignoring scientific facts for the sake of short-term gains, does not make those facts go away, but it does set us on a track for some long-term, devastating consequences. Read the rest of this entry

…Take Root

Happy Earth Day Eve! Seeing as it’s also Flick Friday, it seems like the perfect excuse to show some respect to a few of the silver screen’s finest trees and tree-like characters.

More than just scenery, these beloved characters prove that, at least in the film world, trees can do a whole lot more than provide shade and convert CO2 into oxygen. They can also help drive the plot, and if necessary, save the day. Read the rest of this entry