A spider web is a complex and beautiful thing. It is also functional. Spider webs have evolved through natural selection. That means that random changes in genes have been passed on to later generations. Spiders, like all animals and adaptations, have evolved over millions of years and spider webs have existed for at least 100 million years (based on examples found in amber specimens).
“The reality of what we really are is often times found in the small snips, way down at the bottom of things.”—
Storyteller Jean Shepherd (born July 26, 1921) was a fixture on American radio from the 1950s to the 1970s. He is best remembered as the voice of the narrator in A Christmas Story, a classic holiday film based on his semi-autobiographical tale.
For centuries, the full moon has been associated with madness. The term “lunatic” was once used to refer to people who are considered mentally ill. It also was a label put on someone who was dangerous, foolish or unpredictable. “Lunacy” is now considered insulting and not used as a medical or legal term – though it is still used in jest.
The words are from lunaticusmeaning “of the moon” or…
Today is the 115th birthday of writer Ernest Hemingway, born in Oak Park, Illinois (1899).
On his 26th birthday, he began his first novel. He said, “Everybody my age had written a novel and I was still having a difficult time writing a paragraph.” He wrote in hotels and bars in Madrid and the French town of Hendaye, and in an apartment in Paris. He finished the first draft just two months after he had begun writing. He told a friend years later: “Toward the last it was like a fever. Toward the last I was sprinting, like in a bicycle race, and I did not want to lose my speed making love or anything else.”
This novel, titled Fiesta, then revised to The Lost Generation, and finally to The Sun Also Rises
was published in 1926.
His mother wrote to him: “It is a doubtful honor to produce one of the filthiest books of the year. […] Every page fills me with a sick loathing — if I should pick up a book by any other writer with such words in it, I should read no more — but pitch it in the fire.”
“Best of all he loved the fall
The leaves yellow on the cottonwoods
Leaves floating on the trout streams
And above the hills
The high blue windless skies
Now he will be a part of them forever”—
Ernest Hemingway - born July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, IL
Ernest Hemingway is buried in Ketchum, Idaho, but on a memorial outside town overlooking Trail Creek is this eulogy that he wrote in 1939 for a friend (Gene Van Guilder) - but it applies pretty well to his own life.