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                                        “Hang on, hang on, I got it!” 

          Breaking from his arm to trot through high grass, Jane tosses her hair behind her and bends; scooping Barkley’s leash off the dirt in a clean sweep and looping her wrist through the leash once more. He hasn’t gotten far, just a few extra feet ahead when a rabbit caught his eye. The pull was about as sudden as her quiet gasp, though now that order has been restored she returns to Will’s side. Their height difference is comical to say the least, though to her credit, knee-high rain boots add an extra inch and a half. 

       “Thought you were slick, didn’t you…?” She teases the dog, crinkling her nose and nestling the side of her face against Will’s arm. The material of his vest provides enough cushioning to take the slight wind-triggered rosiness from her cheeks. Barkley gives her a rather sheepish look, yet wags his tail so it whips against her legs. “Ow! Dude!” Laughing, she taps Will’s forearm that she’s coiled hers around and ‘pleads’, “Tell him to save it for the water or I’m slapping a saddle on for the next critter he wants to chase.” 

        As if he’s comprehended, Barkley heels and slips his wet nose into the palm of her hand that holds the leash. The air is crisp, enough to tint their noses and cheeks, yet her teeth chatter from a cold she can’t necessarily detect.  


Tribeca Film posts their 22 Favourite Films Directed By Women Currently Streaming on Netflix. 

Paris is Burning (Jenny Livingston) - Wayne’s World (Penelope Spheeris) - Sleepless in Seattle (Norah Ephron) - Clueless (Amy Heckerling) - Walking and Talking (Nicole Holofcener) - Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons) - Holy Smoke (Jane Campion) - American Psycho (Mary Harron) - Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt) - Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold) - The Kids are All Right (Lisa Chodolenko) - Night Catches Us (Tanya Hamilton) - Somewhere (Sofia Coppola) - Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay) - Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley) - Your Sister’s Sister (Lynn Shelton) - In a World… (Lake Bell) - It Felt Like Love (Eliza Hittman) - The Babadook (Jennifer Kent) - Beyond the Lights (Gina Prince-Bythewood) - A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour) - Girlhood (Céline Sciamma)

How many have you seen? 20/22 for me!


Keeping fish and reptiles in small tanks will not keep them small

Keeping fish and reptiles in small tanks will not keep them small

Keeping fish and reptiles in small tanks will not keep them small

Keeping fish and reptiles in small tanks will not keep them small!!!!!!

Actual Conversation with My Kids: What's In a Name?

After a game of Magic earlier today, my seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son were looking closely at the card protectors and play mat.

Daughter: “Why does it say ‘Ultra-Pro’ on the mat? It’s not like using it actually makes you a pro.”
Me: “That’s just the name of the company that makes them.”
Daughter: “But why would they name the company that?”
Me: “Probably because the company started by making card protectors and accessories for professional athlete cards. Like baseball cards.”
Daughter: “What’re baseball cards?”
Me: “Well, they’re for people who really like professional baseball. The cards have pictures of famous baseball players and information about them.”
Me: “Uh, well no…”

After years and years of searching for the name of this disease, I have finally figured it out.

It was about 3 or 4 years ago when I went to Vietnam. I do not know if I posted about this, but there was this 9 year old girl who I have met. She wasnt “normal looking” like the rest of us, but rather unique. They called her “Dragon Girl”, and I will explain to you why.

From head to toe, her skin was just like a reptile–green, scaly, and would sometimes shed. her eyes were pulled back upwards, and her flesh from beneath her lids stood out. What struck me was that it’s not because she looks different, but because of how normal she is,
Iola the rest of us. Honestly, she is the most adorable girl ever.

When my family and i visited her, she took a mask in order to cover her face because she didn’t want us to be frightened. Anyway, that was just a little side note because ever since I came back to Canada, iv been searching and trying to figure out what this disease was called and how to treat it.

Today in class, there was a presentation about journalism and yaddiyaddiyada and it was pretty dreadful until it hit the last presenter. It was about diseases I mexico and the first thing that caught my attention were the words: scale-like skin. It was called something weird in mexican but to translate it,it meant “fish kid”. So I found it. A clue.

Hearing about kids full of diseases just makes me want to try even harder, because when I get somewhere in life, i promise to you, that I will help somehow and do something about it.

You’re Invited! Celebrate 75 Years of Fish, Community at Leavenworth Fisheries Complex

Blogger’s note: What are you doing on the third weekend in September? Well mark your calendars because Leavenworth Fisheries Complex is turning the big 7-5 and it wouldn’t be a party without you there! For seventy five years this unique facility has produced future generations of fish for future generations of people. This milestone is being celebrated in conjunction with the 25th annual Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, a fun-filled educational extravaganza centered around the Northwest’s most iconic species of fish. Twenty five years of Salmon Fest and 75 years of salmon production? Now that is something to celebrate! Take a few minutes to journey back through time to learn more about how Leavenworth has sustained the Pacific Northwest way of life for all these years. 

Photo: The Leavenworth site was chosen in 1936 “because of the natural S-curve meander necessary for spawning ponds and the large terrace that would easily accommodate the large rearing ponds and hatchery buildings needed for the extensive fish-culture operation,” according to Hanford Thayer, who was on the survey team. A team of engineers and biologists designed the facility, surveying and planning from 1936-1938.

The hatchery was authorized in 1937 and built by the Bureau of Reclamation from 1939-1940. It was at that time the largest salmon hatchery in the world! Entiat and Winthrop National Fish Hatcheries opened in 1941 and 1942, creating a complex of hatcheries working together. The purpose of the hatcheries was to keep salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River system after dams like the Grand Coulee were built. Leavenworth NFH currently raises 1.2 million juvenile spring Chinook salmon every year, releasing them into Icicle Creek. In 1998, Leavenworth NFH was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Visitors today can see the nursery, adult holding ponds, fish ladder, raceways, rearing ponds, and other features of an active hatchery, still operating from the original buildings.

Photo:  Staff in 1949 in front of main hatchery building.

Leavenworth NFH was the administrative headquarters and laboratory for a multi-hatchery plan that included hatcheries at Entiat, Winthrop, and the Okanagan. Entiat and Winthrop NFHs were built in 1941 and 1942, but the fourth hatchery was not. The main building at Leavenworth, housing the nursery and offices, was meant to be impressive, befitting the world’s largest hatchery, with a row of six square columns at the front.

Photo: Loft walled in, trough supports and pipes in progress. March 12, 1940.

The 90 x 225 foot building cost $159,999 when it was finished in April 1940 ($2,683,183 dollars in 2015). The original plan called for an even larger building, 162 x 308 feet. The central main section of the building is an open, unheated, single room, originally filled with 228 concrete hatchery rearing troughs. These have been replaced now with fiberglass troughs. Tall windows provide natural light. A 28 foot wide loft runs the full length of the building, and has side walls but no ceiling. The loft was intended to fill always-critical needs for storage space, but has seen limited use.

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