Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Another hiking picture

Did I mention the scenery was beautiful?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Science experiments for 10 year-olds

The Professor and I recently started helping with Cub Scouts.  Our first week went pretty well.  We did science experiments.

The fire portion went well.  Somehow, I never learned that when you hold a flame near an index card and blow at the other side of the card the air pressure changes and the flame moves towards the card.  But it does.

The boys really enjoyed the water experiments.  We swung buckets of water around, inverted cups in the water, and poked holes in cups to watch the differences of water pressure at different heights.  Amazingly, science still works.  And the water only got on the table.  Lots of water on the table.

Next came the air pressure experiments.  (Translation, balloons are fun.)

We ended with ice cream bars (left over from the ward campout a week ago.)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Charles and Emma

Charles and Emma, by Deborah Heiligman, is a delightful book.  The author tells the story of Charles Darwin's marriage.  She uses many of their own words to help tell the story.  And what a story it is.

When Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgewood decided to get married, they already knew that his research challenged her faith.  And yet they built a beautiful marriage based on love and respect.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the ups and downs of the rest of their lives as I got to know two thoughtful people who were dedicated to truth.  I loved the glimpse of a love story that lasted their entire lives.

This is not a fast paced book.  It is a nonfiction biography.  Then again, my life isn't fast paced either.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Bells Canyon Reservoir

A couple of weekends ago, we took a hike up Bells Canyon to the reservoir.  It was absolutely breathtaking.