Mercifully, it’s warmed up a wee bit — if only for the weekend — and life is good.

My daffodils are just about to burst forth in all of their buttery, golden glory. But, alas, they are still teasing me as tightly-shut buds.

Thus, the photo at left.  Voila!  Instant spring.

I don’t have a particular topic for today, but I do have some links to share:

— Honeybee populations are in long-decline. Still. A fairly comprehensive first pass study on Colony Collapse disorder has been completed — makes for an interesting read.

— The Obama administration reversed the Bushie "don’t talk with actual experts" policy on endangered species act decisions.

— Have you noticed that a lot of magazines seem to be featuring "eat well for less" articles or "how to weather the economic storms" articles? Marketing strategery or giving the public what they really want?

Uh. Mah. Gawd. My eyes. My eyes.

So, what are you reading this morning?  Baked anything new lately?  Have some gardening plans you’d like to share?  Let’s catch up.  We bought The Peanut’s fish tank yesterday — she’s getting fish for her birthday — and now I’m elbows deep in rinsing hot pink fish gravel.  So, what’s up with you these days?  Do tell.  Pull up a chair… 

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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