2015 Decatur Celebration Looks To Be Awesome

I am looking forward to this year's Decatur Celebration.  It is the 30th, yes 30th anniversary of the street festival that has had its ups and downs throughout the years but has been getting better and better and this year looks to blow the doors off. The weather is supposed to be in the 70s, yes 70s!  We've had Celebrations in the triple digits, so anything below 90 seems absolutely wonderful.  Nobody feels like eating much when they're having a heat stroke.  Shouldn't have that problem this year.  The only problems I'll probably have is...

Computer Backup Rewinds Time

This summer has been not without its panicked moments.  I have to laugh when I think about how I thought I'd be taking a light load of classes this summer to relax.  Ha!  I've been going nuts trying to get stuff done, with just two classes.   My field sampling class is a chore and a half but at least it gets me outdoors and away from the computer. And speaking of computers....The hard drive in my MacBook died on Monday.  I didn't freak out until I remembered I had my field data stored on...

Watching Them Fly

It's usually this part of summer where I'm ready for fall.  And even though this summer has been much cooler and tolerable than most, the thought of a changing season is also refreshing.  I don't know how people who live without all four seasons can stand it.  Well, if it was sunny, 72 degrees all the time and within walking distance to a beach, I guess I could give up seasons but here in the Midwest, it's the seasons that give us hope.  It's kinda like tick marks on the wall of a jail cell. ...

4th of July 2015 at Lake Decatur

I know this is a little late but here are some photos of the fireworks display at Nelson Park. This was the first time I had gone to see the fireworks at the lake in close to 30 years! Yes, I was 4 years old the last time, give our take a decade. We lucked out by having the best view on the lake. My oldest brother and his family had been invited by a couple who happens to rent a slot at the dock in front of the beach house, and we were invited...

This Time And I Mean It: Goodbye Facebook

I've probably deactivated my Facebook account at least a dozen times, usually with the intention of going back, but this time I don't want to.  I don't want to be sucked into that awful, narcissistic pit, of clinical depression in the making. There are many, many studies linking Facebook usage and mental illness.  There's not much about it that doesn't feed off of our innate needs of acceptance, approval, and love.  Unfortunately, it rarely delivers on any of those things. Social media itself isn't bad.  Twitter doesn't drive me crazy.  I don't care if anyone...