Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hello Sandbox, my old friend

Hello Dear Readers!
How are you today? How is your sun shining?  We're having nice, crisp cool weather here.  Oh, by the way-

Happy Sandbox Appreciation Day!  

Remember that one time (at band camp), when I referred to Sand as boring?  Wasn't that ignorant and rude!?  With a spirit of atonement and reconciliation, I declare today Sandbox Appreciation Day (I can do this because, who is stopping me?).

Dear Sandbox,
New sandbox courtesy of the very civic Hubs.

You are a pretty cheap way of introducing science and engineering to youngsters of all kinds and abilities (and their reminiscent parents).  You are super fun.  I remember playing in you for hours and hours under the grateful eye of The Parents (cuz I was quietly and productively occupied without their effort, heh.  Love you!).
Hours add up to days and weeks of scientific inquiry.  Who knows how long I played in there-  my concept of time has evolved.

And now I realize how much I learned from you.  Days spent with you, Sandbox, were my first physics lessons.

What did I learn? How to build, in my minds eye, buildings, mountains, rivers, dams, lakes, canals, pits and moats and other natural and man-made wonders. That you have a sweet spot, a preferred soil moisture for forming stable shapes with molds, and reducing your stickiness to the molding buckets.

You subconsciously led my life interest to the earth sciences.  You may have led others to NASA.  And you are pretty fun.  Thank you Sandbox, and thank you Hubs for making one for The Kiddo.

Dear Sandbox, 
Big Hugs,
The Dirt on soil

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ask an expert that isn't me

Ever want an answer to your question from a person, and not The Google?  You know, cuz books are so passé?  With these links, you can get the personalized soil attention we all crave:
  • Ask a soil expert from the Professional Soil Scientists Society of Texas, or
  • Ask a native plant expert from the Lady Bird JohnsonWildflower Center (University of Texas), or
  • Ask an extension agent, fluent in all types of natural resources from Texas Agrilife Extension (Texas A&M University).
These pages will also find you someone to answer your deep, dark, fertile questions on the world around you.  Yay!