Monday, June 19, 2017

Book idea - The story of quinoa

I have been debating what I want to do with this blog.  I have not been very dedicated to posting, as the few of you that check have noticed.  I had an epiphany that I would update from my phone instead of logging in to the computer and writing, but blogger I do not think is Google's top priority. They cut the iphone app and even cut sharing links from youtube and google+.  I have thought about cutting over to a different provider or paying to get a dedicated website, but for now I will leave it as it is, because that is the lazy way?

Meanwhile, I have thought about what things I would be more dedicated about writing about and what people may be interested in reading.  I wondered this morning if it would be worth trying to get the framework of a book about quinoa written here.  I studied the genetics of quinoa for my masters degree in 2000-2002 at BYU.  Quinoa was not a superfood then.  You couldn't buy it at the supermarket or eat it on a salad at Panera.  It was an orphan crop of interest to the Benson Institute at BYU and to indigenous farmers in Bolivia, Peru and Chile.

But, the foundation was there for it to become a food fad.  Production was increasing thanks to the almost solitary efforts of  Alejandro Bonifacio and a few others in Bolivia that had rescued the germplasm collection from destruction and developed improved varieties with decreased saponins - bitter soapy chemicals on the outside of the seeds, and increased yields.  PROIMPA was starting to promote it and other "superfoods" were talked up on Oprah and other talk shows.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Luna Moth!!!!

I found this Luna moth in the parking garage yesterday morning as I was biking in to work.  I was worried that someone had hit it with their car and it was injured, but it was just hunkered down for the day.  This is one of the prettiest moths.  I would have assumed they are pretty rare since I have never seen one before, but Wikipedia says they are common but are rarely seen because as an adult they only live a few days and are mostly out at night.  Based on the pictures there I think this is a female.  

Can you imagine all of the effort it takes to make the biological conversion to this, only to wear the wings and color for a few days? Or that the adult form moth doesn't have a mouth and so doesn't eat anything, just existing to mate, avoid predators and then die of starvation?

Art Show Highlights


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Being 4 is hard

Becca has been frustrated with life lately.  I keep thinking as a parent that I would have figured out how to parent around temper-tantrums by now, but this kid is stretching my patience.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

40. . .

Thoughts on turning 

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Curse of the Missing Glove

Somehow I have a pile of gloves, yet not one pair. Either I have been gardening as Michael Jackson or there is a nefarious glove stealing gnome.