The 2013 International Word of the Year from the Oxford Dictionary is… selfie.  It is defined as “a photograph of yourself that you take, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social networking website.”  Selfie won out over some tough competition, with twerk, showrooming, bitcoin, and binge-watch in the running. The earliest… Continue reading

Lightning Bugs and Bullfrogs

Summer has arrived in Atlanta. If high temperature, sweltering humidity, the Peachtree Road Race, and mosquitos were not enough, bullfrogs and fireflies treat us to a visual and auditory display on a summer evening. We have all heard bullfrogs (Lithobates catesbeianus) and seen the blinking of fireflies (Photuris lucicrescens) on a summer evening. Besides being… Continue reading