Category Archives: Education

Fun Extras from PBS

PBS Nature makes photos and videos, including additional footage and “making of” clips available on their website. Some are only clickable with membership but the ones that go with the current week are always free.


Link: Behind The Scenes: Making of Snow Monkeys

Doggy Bark 2

Ecco doggy bark. Yes, I know, it’s not particularly appetizing looking, but the dogs love it. I made this batch with sweetened carob chips because I couldn’t find unsweetened. I made sure to check that they didn’t contain xylitol which is ok for humans but toxic for dogs, according to VetMedicine. This is a forgiving recipe, we had some extra peanut butter so I added more than 1/2 cup, it still worked. If the mixture gets difficult to stir, put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Robert and Gracie haven’t had any yet because they have to wait while theirs chill but I have. 🙂

Standing strong

America’s oldest living fruit tree was planted by Pilgrims in 1630. This is one of the original Endicott pears planted by European settlers, she is still bearing fruit at age 383+.

Source: One of the first US fruit trees planted by European settlers is still alive and well at age 383+ : TreeHugger

Pop Quiz: How many National Flags are Red White and Blue?

I was doing some research and noticed how many countries use Red White and Blue for their flags so I just had to google exactly how many there were. Yes, I am easily distracted by bits of trivia like this. It is interesting to see that many countries that were once colonies of these use the Tricolor/Tricolour flag or banner as well. So not counting those like Sri Lanka, Poland or Denmark who use just White and Red we have… Are you ready?

There are 36 in total.

I was way off, were you close?

Source: Red White and Blue – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How did clouds get their names? – Richard Hamblyn – YouTube

I love TedTalks and thought this was an interesting one. I remember memorizing the names and characteristics of clouds but never thought about who named them, I guess I assumed it was someone much more ancient, Archimedes perhaps…

The video mentions John Constable, a British painter of the Romantic Era. He is known for his meticulous paintings of the English countryside which often had the meteorological conditions of the day written on the back of the canvas. Here are two of his paintings:


The Opening of Waterloo Bridge seen from Whitehall Stairs, 18 June 1817

By John Constable, Public Domain


Seascape Study with Rain Cloud(c.1824)

By John Constable, Public Domain