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Why We Love It: 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser 80-Series

We grew up in this car. I learned to drive in it and I drove it to pass my driver’s license exam. As of writing this, its the only new car our mom has ever bought. We still use this truck as a daily driver and it has never had an engine rebuild. The 80-Series, in my opinion, is the last model in which the … Continue reading Why We Love It: 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser 80-Series

Our Favorite Mt. Shasta Lakes

Mt. Shasta is a peaceful town near the Oregon/California border surrounded by wonderful opportunities for summer adventure and relaxation. My family owned a cabin here for several years and I stayed there twice each year with my parents and siblings. The lakes I describe below are all within a few miles from each other and are only about a 5 mile drive from the grocery … Continue reading Our Favorite Mt. Shasta Lakes

Traditional Wet Shaving

Wet shaving with a straight razor or safety razor was extremely popular until the first Bic disposable razor appeared in the 1970’s. I’ve used all forms of shaving tools from disposable razors, straight razors, safety razors, and electric shavers. Out of all of them, I would have to say that wet shaving with a safety razor is my favorite for the following reasons: Why We … Continue reading Traditional Wet Shaving

Gorillas: In the Midst of Destruction

Gorillas live in one of the most violent places on earth and are essentially sitting ducks. The two gorilla species live within and around the Congo River basin. This is an area roughly half the size of the United States and is largely unexplored due to inaccessibility and hostile groups and poachers. Each species has lowland and upland subspecies. Norwegian Refugee Council’s DR Congo director, … Continue reading Gorillas: In the Midst of Destruction

What to Know Before Starting a Beehive Pt.1

How Bees Make Honey (there’s science to it) Honey begins as nectar, a sugary liquid secreted by flowers. Worker bees use their tongue-like labellum to lap (not suck) up the nectar and then store it in what’s called the honey stomach or crop. This is different from the stomach used for normal digestion, the ventriculus. Bees use the honey stomach as a chamber to break … Continue reading What to Know Before Starting a Beehive Pt.1

Get an Old Typewriter to Work Again

I recently purchased a typewriter for 35$ at a local auction. I knew absolutely nothing about typewriters before this and the only thing I could be sure of is that it was old. The front plate had fading lettering that said “Remington Noiseless” and says “Rebuilt at Remington Noiseless Factory” on the back. Most typewriters can be dated by their serial numbers. As you can … Continue reading Get an Old Typewriter to Work Again

Costa Rica: A Musical Expedition

We spent a total of eight days and traveled over 400 miles along Costa Rica’s west coast with a group of talented highschool choir students. I summarize our trip by describing what we did in each town, what we saw, and the people we met.

“I looked out my window as our behemoth of a bus went over a bridge and realized that we were above a river overpopulated by crocodiles. We traveled along several cliffs allowing us to see many coves that dotted the shoreline. It was easy to imagine a pirate ship anchored in the distant bay.”

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