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Musings on Manure

The other day I was shoveling manure. Not the kind of figurative shoveling of manure that most people shovel so much of the time. This was the real stuff - literal manure. It was the build up in a pen where I had kept calves for some time. In the winter it is typical to [...]

2017-01-18T20:09:23+00:00May 31st, 2016|Categories: Ruminations|

Seeing Double

GABA stands for Gamma-Aminobutyric acid.  It is an inhibitory neurotransmitter.  It has been studied extensively in animals not least because clinical observations suggest that it may play a role in human disorders as well, though that has been difficult to demonstrate.  Until now that is. The December 17, 2015 issue of Current Biology reported the [...]

2017-01-18T20:09:23+00:00February 26th, 2016|Categories: Ruminations|

Winding the Clock

We have a Regulator D, eight-day clock with Roman numerals that hangs in our dining room. It's from an old school house. It chimes on the hour and keeps rather good time (when I am careful to make the right adjustments, and dutiful in keeping it wound). However, from time to time I forget to wind it, [...]

2017-07-10T15:20:28+00:00December 28th, 2015|Categories: Ruminations|

The Birth of a Calf: A Miracle to be Sure

Chanel (though I didn't name her; that really is her name) had a calf early on Labor Day.  When I checked on her Sunday evening she seemed her usual very pregnant self. She had missed what I thought was her due date by a week. Since she was naturally covered (bred by a bull in [...]

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