Gardening, Mexico, Spanish Culture and Language

The Great Butterfly Migration

While I sat on our back steps shucking corn, I watched butterflies, bees, and moths feed on the nectar of our purple asters yesterday afternoon. On one cluster of Aster Amellus I spotted six Monarchs, 5 American Lady Butterflies, 4 Bumble Bees, 3 Honey Bees, 2 White Cabbage Moths and one Hoverfly (camouflaged to look […]

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Music, The Americas

World Music in Madison

Madison has incredible free festivals all summer long. We enjoy free live music to celebrate our brief warm months. I’d like to show you a sample from last weekend’s entertainment, the World Music Festival and Willy St. Fair. The festival begins on the outdoor patio of the UW Wisconsin Union. We sit on the signature […]

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food, Spanish Culture and Language

How Do You Say Waffle in Spanish?

Hmm, it didn’t sound right to say, el wafle, as several books and translation sites suggested. When dictionaries came up empty on this breakfast essential, we invented a name. Once the term stuck, I learned that Spaniards use the word el gofre. En nuestra casa es pan cuadrado – In our home it’s bread of […]

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Gardening, The Americas

Can We Bee Friends?

The Wisconsin weather is sunny and warm, perfect for gardening. Yesterday I saw and heard many bees in our wildflower patch. Green-headed coneflower is the bees’ knees. The buzz is, “Hey, move over. This is my flower!” My favorite dual pink phlox variety; bold white hosta flowers; champion reblooming purple campanula Single blooms; pink, yellow, […]

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blogging, Humor, writing

3 Ways to Detect and Deflect Hackers

Is your website safe from evil hackers? If you’re wonderblogger, you’ve a secure password and the double authentication feature that sends a magic passcode to your phone. Great! Is it enough to protect your cybercastle? I’d say no. With both those moats in place, sneaky invaders have attacked my castle and attempted to ransack my […]

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archeology, Spanish Culture and Language

Dr. Martinez Strikes Gold

Martínez knew that no Latin American team had ever been granted an excavation permit in Egypt. No Egyptian she met had ever heard of the Dominican Republic. Did she have a chance to lead a project in that arid land? In order to seek permission to excavate in Egypt, groups are herded into Dr. Hawass’ […]

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