Archive for August, 2010

“Provocative in the Very Best Way”

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

For a grand review of Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth, go to Planet Esme (http://planetesme NULL.blogspot NULL.com/2010/08/me-and-rolly-maloo-fiction-and-10 NULL.html).

“Readers of all faith backgrounds and educational backgrounds will sympathize with and like Mary Mae, and find plenty to discuss.  Provocative in the very best way, this is a brave and timely book that leaves you the better for having read it.”

Skulls–Draw Your Own Conclusion

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Orlando Science Center

Lately I’ve been corresponding with Valerie First, whom I met on Facebook through a mutual friend.  Valerie is a volunteer for the Orlando Science Center (http://www NULL.osc NULL.org/) and the Central Florida Zoo (http://www NULL.centralfloridazoo NULL.org/).   But instead of walking around with a live animal and discussing it she prefers to discuss her own collection of cast skulls.   She points out the similarities among the chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan, gibbon, and homo sapiens skulls—two bony eye sockets, a nose, and 32 teeth; and differences, such as tail or no tail, ability to walk upright, ability to use tools, make a fire, etc.   But she lets her listeners—a wide variety of ages and backgrounds—draw their own conclusions. Often, she says, when seeing a progression from one animal to the next, someone will exclaim, “Why, that’s evolution.  I didn’t realize that.” 

I think Valerie’s method of “showing” is one of the best ways to teach, to lay things out so that students discover for themselves.        

Orlando Science Center

Valerie also belongs to the Tampa Fossil Club (http://www NULL.tampabayfossilclub NULL.com/), the Florida Paleontological Society (http://www NULL.flmnh NULL.ufl NULL.edu/fps/) and the FloridaFossilHunters (http://floridafossilhunters NULL.com/) and is running their Fossil Fair in Orlando, scheduled for Oct. 9 & 10, 2010.

Central Florida Zoo