Wednesday 15 March 2023

Alligator Plants Grow Well in Louisiana – Science 34

There are several names for a plant with bell shape flowers, one of them is Alligator Plants, and the plant recent scientific name is Kalanchoe daigremontiana.

Image 1- Blooming of Alligator Plant flowers.

The plant is native to the island of Madagascar, Africa. Then it separates to other tropical regions.

Alligator Plants have been transported to America, moreover, the plants have adapted easily to several states.

We may find the plants in the states such as:

- Florida
- Hawaii
- Louisiana and other warmer states.

Image 2- Two alligator plants at the yard

Even thought some of our neighbors said that the plant is rare, but we have seen Alligator Plants are sold in some markets.

We bought it from a nearby farmer market with reasonable price about a couple years ago.

I think this bell shape flowers plant is easy to grow and maintain. Like other succulents, the plants no need much water, and may live for years.

Image 3- Bell shape flowers

Have you seen the Alligator plants?

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Sunday 12 March 2023

Joker, PBA, and Alzheimer's Disease – Part 3 - Alzheimer's 12

You may read previous posts (Part 1 and Part 2):

Image 1- Joker (credit to Board Vitals)

PBA is caused by a result of injury or trauma or disease that disrupts pathways in expression of emotion, which are the corticobulbar tracts and basal ganglia.

Symptoms of PBA commonly occur in people diagnosed with Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer disease, traumatic brain injury, and stroke.

PBA is often unrecognized at the beginning, however, the study from PRISM obtained data about PBA: approximately 2 million Americans are diagnosed with PBA, and over 7 million people are thought to have symptoms of PBA.

Image 2- Colorful of Azalea

From their trial result, it was about 30% of patient with Alzheimer's Disease also have symptoms of PBA.

One thing I have learned from the buzzing of Joker movie today.

Image 3- Magnolia flowers, illustration

Alzheimer's Disease is not only about forgetfulness but also about displacement in the expression of their emotions.

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Friday 10 March 2023

The American Robin in the Yard – Nature 55

Even though birds' population and species are decreasing since several years ago, our backyard is still visited by some important birds.

Image 1- An American Robin on the ground

American Robin with scientific name Turdus migratorious is one of birds comes frequently to our backyard at early Spring to Summer every year.

We have noticed the presence of the birds by their sounds in the morning until before noon. The sound of American Robins is quite familiar in our yards during Spring and Summer.

The American Robin is a common bird in our areas. As suggested by Melissa Witte Berninger (2021: The most abundant bird in America may surprise you!) that American Robin is abundant bird in North America.

Image 2- The bird looks curious at me

The bird population is about 37 million individuals. The number of American Robin is much more compared to house finches, mourning doves and red winged blackbirds.

Image 3- The bird starts to run away.

What do you think about American Robin in your areas?

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Wednesday 8 March 2023

Traditional books versus electronic books for children – Part 1 - Reading 13

Last weekend, just stopped by for a cup of cold latte at Starbucks coffee shop inside the Barnes and Noble bookstore.

Image 1- Noah’s ark story

The books in the cart are getting lower price day by day, and there are many novels and children's books. One of the books took my attention is the Noah Ark! That my favorite story.

I took this book and will give it to Cassie, a three year old granddaughter of Ms L. a member of group in our community.

This traditional book brought many thought about reading for the


She told me that

Image 2- Wild fruit, illustration only

Lately many people suggest to use e-book and interactive e-book for children, especially children in 0 to 5 years old. In this age, it is critical for book reading.

Reading to support kids healthy development brain and important for development of vocabulary, literacy, language skill and better academic ability. 

Image 3 – Books on the shelf, illustration

# To be continued to Part 2

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Tuesday 7 March 2023

A Duck Lays Eggs in the Pot – Nature 54

We have an empty (no plants) pot on the patio, and planned to sow flower’s seed by next summer.

Image 1- Three eggs in the pot.

A couple day ago, we saw 3 eggs in the pot. Since the eggs bigger than chicken’s eggs size, then we guessed the eggs belong to a duck.

What species of a duck is?

One of neighbors suggested that the duck should be a Mallard, it is because one of eggs with “light blue” color. We don’t know whether true or not, we have no idea at all.

Anas platyrhynchos is a scientific name for the Mallard, and common duck species in the USA.

Image 2- A Mallard in the city park

We think it is better to wait “mother duck” to come to see her eggs, then we know the species of duck.

Meanwhile, we keep watching the eggs from the raccoons. A lot of raccoon in our areas, they love eggs like crazy.

Image 3- Is green one belongs to Mallard?

What do you think?

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Saturday 4 March 2023

The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss – Part 1 – Reading 12

Tara Moss launched the second thrilling tale of Billie Walker series, The Ghosts of Paris.

Image 1- Cover book, The Ghosts of Paris

Billie Walker is a survivor and widow from war in Europe, then she returned to Sidney, Australia, and reopened her father office that served as a private investigator

The Ghost of Paris is about Billie Walker’s job in helping her client, Vera Montgomery, to investigate her of husband. Mrs. Montgomery.

Vera needs proof either her husband dead or deserted her, so she can decide her own future life. She hired Billie Walker to discover any proof about her husband with fantastic pay.

Image 2- Illustration only

Vera had never heard from her husband for 2 years. After months of Victory in Europe Day, he disappeared in Paris, the last letter from him when he was in Ritz Paris, then she has never gotten the second letter.

Image 3- The back cover of book

She contacts the Bureau of Information Australia, there is zero clue about him.

# To be continued to Part 2

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Thursday 2 March 2023

Owls Population at our Neighborhood – Nature 53

About 5 to 10 years ago, we normally heard owls sound in great numbers after midnight. It seems that owls population was “quite a lot” in that time.

Image 1- The owl observes small critters.

Based on Google ID, the image of owl (Image 1) is identified as a Barred Owl with scientific name is Strix varia.

Even though the owls population is decreasing in our neighborhood recently, the barred owl is very common raptor in our city, Baton Rouge as of reported by LSU media (2021: LSU Researchers Study Baton Rouge Barred Owls).

They may live or be found in the nearby forest, city parks, big trees and even on the electric poles around our city.

Image 2- Pine trees, just illustration

In the nature, the owls may eat snakes, rabbits and creatures which are living in water such as craw-fish.

We know at our neighborhood that the owls consume rats, squirrels, mice and even pets like smaller dogs and cats.

Image 3- Owls sitting on the electric pole

Do you see owls at your neighborhood? How abundance?

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The Squirrel with two-toned fur - Nature 132

We have two previous postings about squirrels:  a little squirrel in her nest and four weeks old baby squirrel.  Image 01 - A squirrel with ...