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On Hold

I’m going to be on a brief hiatus as I panic about   desperately try to finish collecting data   spend every waking hour poring over beetles and drinking too much coffee prepare for the Entomological Society of Canada annual meeting, where I will be delivering my first academic talk as a PhD student and presenting (very) preliminary data from one of my Arctic projects.

(Knowing me, though, procrastination will get the best of me and I’ll be crawling back here before the work is actually finished.)

See you in a few weeks (perhaps with something SHINY?)


Six-spotted tiger beetle (Cicindela sexguttata)

I finally “spotted” a tiger beetle in my yard (yay!) I ran inside, grabbed my camera, ran back out, and sneakily snuck up on it…at which point it turned and faced the camera lens resting a mere 3 cm from its face.

It flipped its elytra at me in a, “You wanna piece of me?” kind of way. Were I a much smaller creature, I would certainly NOT want a piece of those impressive jaws.

For my friend…

PSA – It Gets Better

I don’t often do this kind of thing (in fact I’m quite certain I never have), but this is an incredibly important initiative.

Young lives are too often lost to despair, isolation, hopelessness.  Let’s give them a reason to hope…tell them that is DOES get better.

If you have a story to share, submit your message.  I did.   If you are a young GLBTQ person and struggling, listen to these stories and find hope.

The “It Gets Better Project“.  Check it out at:


Finished. Completed. Ended. Fulfilled. Paid the Piper. Executed. Crowned my Edifice. Departed. Coup de Grace. Jogged my last mile.  Fait accompli. Achieved. Brought to pass. Discharged. Stepped out. Brought to a close. Ripened. Pulled the curtain. Exhausted my stay. Brought in the Harvest. Run my course. Given the final touch. Payed the bill. Reached the goal. Crossed the finish. Fixed, Clinched, Stamped, Set, and Sealed. Went the limit. Driven Home. Seen the fire and the rain. Carried Through. Played Out. Set to Rest. Polished off.  Knocked off. Disposed of. Made good. Scored the tie-breaker. Persevered. Put to practice. Terminated. Wound up. Closed. Released. Culminated. Performed. Accomplished. Fought the last Fight. Resolved. Concluded. Nailed the coffin. Put my heart to rest. Gone the whole hog. Braved the Storm. Proved my Worth. Persisted. Died in the last ditch. Kept my Course. Plodded. Went through fire and water. Through Evil report and Good report. per fas et nefas. Waxed off. Swam Unsunken. Veni, vidi, vici.

NaBloPoM0 = Done.

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