Of Mice and Sand

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The Negev is a desert covering over half of Israel’s total land area. Rocky mountain ranges are broken by wadis (dry riverbeds that fill after a rain), and three enormous, craterlike makhteshim (box canyons). It is an inverted triangle, bordered on the west by the desert of the Sinai Peninsula, and on the east by the Arabah valley. The word negev comes from the Hebrew root denoting “dry.” In the Bible, the …

Do You Remember the Cookie Monster?

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With all due respect to the cookie monster, C is not for cookie. I do love a good cookie, but C is for chocolate. Chocolate is the food of the gods—literally. Theobroma cacao, the scientific name for the cocoa bean, translates as “food of the gods.” The ancient Incas, Mayans, and Aztecs believed it was a source of power, and …

When God Paints the Sky

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is for bed. I love my bed. It’s soft and comfortable and warm. I hate to admit that I am getting to that age where I don’t sleep well if I am not in my own bed. Or maybe that’s just me, no matter my age. I usually sleep cold, and even most hotel beds are not warm enough for …

A is for Apple

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Like a lot of people, I love fall. New school year, new things to study, new things to write about. Thanksgiving—that’s always been one of my favorite days of the year. So this year I’m going to go through the alphabet and think of things I am grateful for. And while I am obviously most thankful for my family and …

Five Fascinating Women of Heart

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My fellow Trekker Sharon Srock is part of a wonderful anthology that releases this month. I’m delighted to have her as my guest today to tell us about the book and her part in it. Tell me about the story of Women of Heart. This is a collection of five full-length stories that feature women in all walks of life, meeting …

The Face of True Courage

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know all about Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner. You probably know Wednesday night she received ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Caitlyn spent some of her considerable fame and fortune to make an admittedly substantial change in her life. But she did not swim against the tide of public opinion by any stretch of the …

Daniel’s Design: Horse Capital of the World

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Daniel Knight, Mercy’s last hero, lives in Boulder but is currently working in Lexington, Kentucky as an architectural designer. In 1775, William McConnell and a group of frontier explorers were camped at a natural spring when word came that the first battle of the American Revolution had been fought in Lexington, Massachusetts. In honor of the battle, the group named …

Gabe’s Home: Space City, USA

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Swampy lakes abutting hi-tech buildings. Alligators sunning themselves in the shadow of rockets reading for the sky. Such is the contradiction of Titusville, Florida, home to Gabriel “Gabe” Mann. Situated across Indian River from the Kennedy Space Center, the city is nicknamed Space City, USA. As a bedroom community for the many nearby space and aeronautics companies, it is home to some 43,000 residents and claims the title “Gateway …