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Unhurried summer mornings

Abel, host of the next edition of Scientiae, has asked us how we balance our summer “musts” and “needs” (work and play). I think I’ve come up with a personally satisfactory answer to that question: lazy summer mornings. During the academic year, mornings are a blur of getting everyone breakfast, dressed, and out the door.…

One my friends lives outside of Anchorage, Alaska and recently had a black bear pay a visit to her backyard. Now her preschoolers are obsessed with bears. Minnow too has a bit of a bear obsession at the moment, though she hasn’t seen any bears in their natural habitat. At school, she’s been reading “We’re…

From the mouths of babes

Yesterday afternoon, Minnow and I were driving home from daycare and Minnow was repeatedly requesting “the baby song” (Hush, little baby) from the car stereo. After about the sixth playing of the song, we had the following conversation. SciWo: “Are you a baby?” Minnow: No. I’m not a baby. SciWo: “Are you a grown-up?” Minnow:…

Minnow helps me revise a paper

Minnow discovered Elmo.

For several months, Minnow has thought that Mommy’s computer exists mainly to let her look at pictures and videos of herself. But now she knows it can also access Elmo at any time of day. It was rainy here this weekend, and we must have watched this clip at least 37 times.

To Minnow on her birthday

Dearest Minnow, Happy Birthday! I am so proud of my “big girl” who knows her colors, can count to three, has seven word sentences, loves books to the point of memorization, solves puzzles repeatedly, pees on the potty regularly, cares for and cuddles her “baby” and stuffed puppy, sings songs spontaneously, worries about how “Nanna…

A Day in the Life: Year 2, Part 3

Where we left our heroine at the end of the last episode, she was on her way to pick Minnow up from daycare. Work day’s over right? Should be smooth sailing from here to midnight. Maybe, maybe not. (Note to Lab Lemming: Don’t worry about the time to type up these posts. They were compiled…

Science bloggers at the Zoo

About 20 Science bloggers and readers met at the North Carolina Zoo yesterday for a day of animals and fun. Minnow was the youngest, but not the only, child in attendance. And I think she was quite happy to meet some other children-of-bloggers, particularly the 22-month-old son of James Hrynyshyn. They can have their own…

Nature or nurture?

I see so much in Minnow that reminds me of myself as a child. She’s enthralled by books and loves to put things into containers in a very particular (mysterious) order often stopping to take things out and then put them back in until things are just right. I loved to read and organize things…

Minnow does physics.

Minnow discovers sand and explores gravitational versus turbulent effects upon releasing a handful into the wind. When we got home, we read Bagnold’s “The Physics of Blown Sand and Desert Dunes.” No, not really…we saved it for bedtime! Below the fold, Minnow demonstrates some classical mechanics principles at the playground.