Category Archives: Literature

Living With Dialects

Speakers of a language from different geographical areas sometimes use different words or different pronunciations to refer to the same object. These variations define a dialect. The Harvard Dialect Survey was developed by Bert Vaux and Scott Golder in 2003. … Continue reading

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Living With Insect Horror

Insect life history can be fascinating when told as a compelling story. Insect photos or videos can help convey a story, especially to readers unfamiliar with an insect. However, the scenes and photos needed to illustrate a story can be … Continue reading

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The Cockroach Invasion

In a third grade classroom at a Long Beach school, cockroaches suddenly swarmed out of the faucet in the back of the room. After catching and killing the cockroaches, the teacher, Sherry Meinberg, used the incident as a teachable moment. … Continue reading

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Lice and the Typhus Vaccine

Typhus epidemics were common in the first half of the 20th century. The most effective means of managing epidemics was vaccination. Dr Rudolf Weigl developed the first truly effective vaccine against typhus. Dr Weigl produced live Rickettsiae bacteria in lice … Continue reading

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Communing With Insects

Jeff D’Alessio of the News-Gazette writes a Sunday feature column. His May 4, 2014 column includes humorous anecdotes from local clerics. Unsurprisingly, a couple involve insects. Insects do not practice religious discrimination. They make no distinction between the sacred and … Continue reading

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The Flea: An Unconvincing Argument

John Donne, an English Poet, wrote “The Flea” in the late 1500s. Like many young men, Donne was interested in love and lust. He writes of the flea as symbol of intimacy. For sure, a flea sucking your blood is … Continue reading

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Living With Insect Music

Musician and author, David Rothenberg, like many musicians is in tune to the sounds of nature. His album, Bug Music, uses recordings of insect sounds to set the rhythm, then overlays them with more traditional musical instrumentation. Among the insect … Continue reading

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