Girl Takes Sticks From Yosemite National Park, Returns Them With a Cute Note

Via: SF Gate

When a little girl named Evie visited Yosemite National Park, she accidentally went home with two sticks in her pockets.

Evie was dismayed by her discovery. During her visit, she went through the Junior Park Ranger Program and learned that visitors shouldn’t take pieces of nature home with them.

Evie decided the twigs must return to their birthplace so she put them in an envelope along with the adorable note below and sent the package off to Yosemite National Park.

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Carrots, Eggs, Or Coffee?

Via: Backwoods Survivalblog

A young woman went to her Grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her.  She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.  She was tired of fighting and struggling.

Her Grandmother took her to the kitchen.  She filled three pots with water.  In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil without saying a word.  In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners.  She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.  She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.  Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her Granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?” 

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.  She did and noted that they were soft and mushy.  She then asked her to take an egg and break it.  After pulling off the shell, she observed the hardened egg.  Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee.

The daughter smiled as she tasted its deep flavor and inhaled its rich aroma.  The daughter then asked, “What’s the point, Grandma?”

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All The Constants

Via: Cry It Out

Posted February 5th, 2013

“Emme up,” she grumbles and sighs, “Emme up, Emme up.”

She grunts and rolls her face against the tiny mattress until finally she reveals a crumpled nose. She smashes the back of her hand against it.

“Emme up,” she grumbles again.

She stretches out her wrinkled, chubby arms, and I lift her from the crib. Her hands crawl behind my neck and squeeze. Her cheeks, as hot as stars, burn against my neck.

It’s late afternoon and we sit in her darkened room, the rest of the world blocked out by heavy window shades. I watch for a moment as she rubs her nose and then her eyes and yawns so wide it’s as if she is inhaling the universe.

We read for a bit, flipping through some now-forgotten text about hippos who enjoy raves and mathematics.

“Another?” I ask.

She yawns again. Rubs the back of her hand against her mouth.

“Emme knew daddy would be back.”

She smiles.


She nods.

“I’ll always come back.”

She nods.


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Much Ado About Bees

Via: Cry It Out

Posted October 29th, 2009

I don’t know how it worked in your house but here, during the run up to Halloween, we discussed something in the neighborhood of one million costumes.

In the early weeks, it started with things like, “I want to be a griffon.”

OK, fine. I’m pretty sure either Dana or I can make that, we decided.

Then a few hours later Emmeline switched to a dragon.

The next morning, it was robot. Then mermaid. Then hamburger.

“Do you mean like Mayor McCheese?” I asked, but the child only cocked her head quizzically to the side.

“Who’s Mayor McCheese?”

Though exasperating, I took pity on her indecision, having grown up wearing so many masks myself that I could have staged my very own version of Much Ado About Nothing. But isn’t that the magic of Halloween? People think they’re costumes, but I’m pretty sure any psychology 101 student would consider them portals, outward manifestations of both the freakishness and possibility within.

One of my favorite dress up games as a child involved little in the way of costumes but relied heavily on props.

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A Rainbow of Giants

Via: Cry It Out
Posted January 12th, 2010

For Christmas, Emmeline received a scooter and has apparently made a secret pledge to stop using her feet, preferring the ease and laziness of wheeled transport. One time she hopped out of bed, landing on the thin pink scooter platform, and somehow made her way to the kitchen without touching the floor at all. If I tried that, I’d probably need a new hip.

In the afternoon, she will sometimes snap awake from a nap, grab her helmet and head to the door, despite the appearance of scattered stars.

“There’s still time,” she tells me, “But we have to hurry. Before it gets dark.”

I see her amble down the front stairs, her red helmet bobbing atop her head and her eyes working across the gloaming, contemplating the sky, watching as fog curls over the western hills and the vault above her turns the color of a bruise.

“There’s still time,” she whispers, almost to herself, “There’s still time.”

She hits the sidewalk determined, gripping the handlebars and scoots maybe five feet before the front wheels buckle against a raised sidewalk crack and she goes flying.

“I’m OK, I’m OK,” she tells me, brushing herself off, “But I think it’s too dark.”

“You didn’t see the crack?”

“I think it’s too dark.”

She reaches up and grabs my hand, and because we’re already outside, we take a slow walk around the block, watching as the sky dissolves into purple with slashes of crimson and ocher on the horizon. There’s a twinkle hiding behind the fog and she squints. She takes a few steps, her head turned upward. She squeezes my hand.

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Intuit’s fiscal Q2 Earnings Look Good Heading Into Tax Season

Via: ZD Net

By Rachel King | February 21, 2013

With tax season well underway, Intuit published its earnings report for the second fiscal quarter after the bell on Thursday.

The small business and accounting software provider reported fourth quarter earnings of $71 million, or 23 cents a share (statement). Non-GAAP earnings were 33 a share on a revenue of $968 million.

Intuit added the caveat that revenue was adjusted — and would have been 10 percent higher — due to an estimated shift in tax revenue from the second to the third fiscal quarter due to late legislation and Internal Revenue Service delays.

Wall Street was expecting Intuit to report fiscal second quarter earnings of 30 cents a share on revenue of $963.2 billion.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company also released its first of three season-to-date updates for its fiscal year 2013 consumer tax offerings.

While TurboTax Online sales jumped by 32 percent annually in early February, total TurboTax federal units have been down 7 percent as of February 16 compared to the same period last year.

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Study: Dolphins Call Each Other by Name

Via: Globalpost

What’s in a name? A lot of squeaks and whistles if you’re a dolphin.

A study published in the latest edition of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B finds that bottlenose dolphins use sounds like squeaks, whistles and clicks to call out to loved ones by “name” when they become separated.

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