Archive for January, 2010

Puppet Shows

Monday, January 18th, 2010

"Noah's Ark," the third of three puppet plays

Yesterday I uploaded the puppet show Mary Mae and her friends put on in “Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth.” It’s under “Pages.” Except for “Noah’s Ark,” most of it is not in the book, but I thought it might be fun to read or act out.  Orlin, the preacher’s son, plays God in “Creation.”  He’s a little full of himself and likes booming out “GOOD.  VERY VERY GOOD.”  He’s also fond of Bible words like “firmament” and “without form and void.”

 In the third play, Mary Mae plays Mrs. Noah.  She surprises everyone with her understanding of the problems Noah’s Ark would have had, and wonders where they’re going to keep the insects and how they’re going to keep such a huge boat clean.

Sandra Dutton inside puppet theatre

I’ve always loved puppet shows.  Recently I visited the Richmond Children’s Museum.  They weren’t doing any shows that day but I stepped inside their puppet theatre. 

Falls of the Ohio November 2007

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I looked in my files and found these photos of November 2007 when the Ohio River was low.   Compare this to my entry of January 9, 2010, when the river was higher.   Below are the fossil beds you can walk out on.

Ohio River low, revealing fossil beds

Coral (fan shape) and shells

The Cincinnati Museum Center

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Sea life during the Ordovician Age as depicted by artists. Note trilobites swimming around (oval shaped with copper colored shells; they're distant relatives of the crab).

Walking through a glacier

One of my favorite parts of the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is the Ice Age you can walk through.  Sloping pathways lead you into a glacier where you can hear dripping water and see the animals that lived at that time.

 They also have a nice collection of trilobites.

Some of the trilobites at the Cincinnati Museum Center. See trilobites rolled up like pill bugs in lower right.



Fossils and Driftwood at Falls of the Ohio

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Yesterday I went down to the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana, across from Louisville, Kentucky (They also have a museum–the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center)You can see the dam in the distance under the railroad bridge. 

When the river is low, you can walk far out into the riverbed and see fossils from the Devonian Age.  I have some pictures of the fossil bed I took several years ago when the river was low but they’re at home in Maine.  When I get back, I’ll add them to this blog.

Driftwood beside Ohio River, dam and railroad bridge in the background

History, With or Without Dates

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

The ranger at Caesar Creek State Park in Ohio had told me that at least 17,000 children came through their museum per year for guided tours.  I asked her if any were Fundamentalist and might have a problem with the information.  “Oh yes, we get lots of home schoolers and we’ve become quite sensitive to that sort of thing,” she said.  “So now we ask, ‘Would you like your tour with or without dates?’  If they don’t want dates, we put away the charts.    Sometimes a group may bring their own interpreter.  You’ll overhear someone say, ‘Now this happened on Day Three.’”

Soupy Stones

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010


Limestone filled with sea shells and other sea life

At a rest stop yesterday on I-71 South, about 30 miles from Louisville, I happened to see the kind of stones I’d noticed as a kid—the ones that were filled with shells and sea-life (see photo).  They were used to build retaining walls such as this one or as stepping stones across a yard.  They’re the same kind of stones used to build Mary Mae’s fish pond in Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth.  Actually the ones I remember were even more dense with shells.  Maybe I’ll find some on this trip.