Mayan medicine

To celebrate my finally registering the domain name, something I am still proud of naming, I will write about something simple yet complicated, how people devised to use plants as medicine has always fascinated me. While no doubt Ayurvedic medicine is perhaps the most detailed form of natural medicine (in so far that it is…

Monkey business

These are some of the monkeys I have seen in south and Central America . A little  factoid I learned in Belize was that to record what would pass for  dinosaurs calls in the Jurassic park, the… whoever is responsible for making such recordings, went to Belize to record the howler monkey calls..like the Yucatán  ones…

On creating and destroying impressions

This post should have been called why am I so dumb..But I decided against it. As you may understand later, I am trying to avoid using that word, the d*** word in writing. Let me start at the very beginning: when I was really little, I was told many times that I was intelligent (that’s…

When I caught their eyes: in situ portraits

Here are some of my old favorite shots of portraits ‘in situ’. A term I only learned today was actually official even in photography. We used to talk about in situ protein immunohistochemistry used to look at proteins as they occur in tissues (or as close as possible). The similarity is: as we try to…

Why people like Trump

So why is it, people support and follow other people.  Some patterns are emerging, even if I am very far from an answer. As a intrepid self-deprecating  and self-doubting individual that science and my parents have forced me to develop into, these are only patterns I can affirm to be important in the absolute current…

On the failures of 2016

More than half the year is gone as I write this, I am trying to remember the last time I felt a year suck years off me. It’s not like that hasn’t ever happened before after all. It is just that it has been a while and the last time I was young… But let…

Ruins of a sugar mill in Lamanai, Belize

  Amidst a rain forest we expect to find a lot of things, but it is rare to find a dilipidated sugar mill. I would think that was interesting enough, however, how the rain forest is taking back its land is a sight in itself, even if the sugar mill had not had an interesting…

The waltz of tulips

This weeks photo challenge is about motion and dance and I have to tell ya, when tulips dance to the Oklahoma winds, it is one of the nicest dances to see. ( but not so nice to photograph with a macro lens). However,  the petals and the pistil and the anthers seem to have their…