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September 02, 2008


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Rattling the Kettle

That's very sweet. And emotionally mature. How old is she, 10?


Beautiful on the inside and out, MD. Nicely done.


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Awwwwwwww, how sweet!

But dude -- I can't believe that you guys let flies out when you catch them! I agree w/ you on letting spiders and fish live, but flies are worthless pieces of shit and deserve to die!


What a lovely idea. You brought tears to my eyes with this story. My mom died in June, and this has been a difficult summer to get through. Since when is summer something to be endured? Sigh. Hug your wife one extra squeeze for me, in solidarity for losing a parent.

I hope that fish lives a long, healthy life. If not, maybe this can be a tradition, that every time she comes to visit, she puts a fish in the pond.


Hi MD,

I'm sorry if my last comment was offensive. I certainly didn't intend it to be, and I express my most sincere condolences for your recent loss.



Great post, MD. What a special girl you have there!

midlife mommy

I lost my mother last September, and we are approaching the first anniversary of her death. My daughter had just turned three when she died. We received boatloads of the death and dying questions, and then they just stopped. Now I know why. Sadly, she told me the other day that she doesn't remember my mom at all. I guess the toddler amnesia has fully kicked in.

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That was wonderfully sweet... like many of the other commenters already pointed out, she will treasure reading this post someday.


Awesome idea...that's one smart kid. Although by the looks of the fish in the picture he may not agree.


OMG I just cried because of how heartfelt the comment of your daughters was. I'm 14 weeks pregnant and I'm emotional..and I have tears falling right now...



Your peanut is adorable. I bet she named the fish too. :o) Children help heal when our hearts hurt. They just naturally do.

My boys caught tons of tadpoles one summer and put them in their grandparents' expensive koi pond...and there was an explosion of frogs in the yard that year and years to follow!


Thanks for such a wonderful post. My father just passed away and my Korean mother whose steely composure was forged in a small, dirt poor village outside of Seoul, has revealed the tiny cracks in her armor since his departure. My daughter and my nephew (2 and 1 1/2) are the best medicine - bringing smiles and laughs as they visit their har-muh-nee's home. Without our children to distract us, what would we do?


Peanut is a very smart and sweet girl.


I love that she caught the fish with toy equipment. Beautiful story.


Oh crap, now, I'm crying and my breasts are leaking.

What a great kid.


Was just surfing the web and I came across you site and I have to say that I am greatly impressed. Thank-you!


Loving her.
And you.
I'll be back to read you s'more.



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Certainly I Never Forget My First Fish.There is a little fish in a child hands,When i was child then i also cough fishes like this cute child.I am remembering my childhood.


is fine now.Nitrates are a little high, but I will be doing a water chnage today. So I think everyone will be fine now. I did lose three fish in the end. A guppy, a platy (really old) and a angelfish.


Add a de-icer if necessary: In cooelr climates, leave the netting on until the pond surface starts to freeze over. Then, when you remove the net, you can set in the de-icer. A pond de-icer does not actually heat the pond but instead keeps its immediate area from freezing. This allows for toxic gasses to be released and oxygen to enter the pond. In warmer climates where ponds do not freeze over, the pumps and aerators need to continue running year round. If the water temperature gets into the low 40 s (F) it will be helpful to the fish if these are lifted at least one foot from the bottom of the pond.Fish that are kept over-winter need at least 3 ft of deep, clean water, and a not too over-crowded pond should be OK, even if the pond surface freezes. If the surface should become completely frozen, remember to NOT break up the ice by pounding on it. Shock waves can seriously injure your fish. Set a pot of hot water on the ice to melt a hole in it. Do not dump the hot water on the ice, this will only allow more ice to form.


, how do you determine what your copy geeaternd? Is it a front end campaign designed to get leads or to make a sale? Or is it a back end campaign where the copy has a more immediate and direct revenue attached?Either way, there is a value for each of those situations. If you are writing web copy, how much extra traffic is geeaternd thanks to your SEO skills? How many conversions does your copy create for a landing page, etc, etc So you are right again, as a copywriter, you do need a client that either has a complete game plan and your copy fills the one part of the plan OR You need to develop that plan for them. At the very least, you need to qualify how they measure results.Overall, I'd say you know exactly what you are talking about!


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My aunt was dug a huge 8 x10 pond in her yard with the help of family. Then she ceorevd with a pool liner(can get at walmart, target, on-line) PLaced big stones around the outside to hold the liner and filled with water, she had ducks, fish and other animals. It worked very well for years. You can do this by digging a hole the size and depth you'd like, you also can cut liners that are to big, but having a bigger one is better that way you have some slack in case it slips some while filling. you can do this for the price of a pool liner, stones and water treatment(for fish)


You mean those fish they inject dye into in order to give them diereffnt colors? I doubt there is a book. Personally I think its cruelty to animals. C.


Carl, enjoying your blog. I wrote this a cuople years ago for New Scientist about importance of trophy fish to sustaining populations: Let the big fish go to save the species * 26 June 2005 * Stephen Leahy * Magazine issueTHE trophy fish that anglers dream of landing are crucial for saving fish populations. It means fishery managers should rethink the common policy of chasing the big fish and letting the tiddlers go.That's according to Charles Birkeland at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and Paul Dayton at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, who have reviewed the effects of fishing on populations. Until recently it was thought that all eggs and larvae have the same odds of survival, regardless of their parents' size. Now studies show that the biggest fish are the most valuable for maintaining the population.For a start, a female's fecundity often increases dramatically with size. A 60-centimetre red snapper, for example, produces more than 200 times as many eggs as females that are two-thirds her size.What's more, larvae from older and larger black rockfish are bigger, grow more than three times REPLY: Stephen, it seems we're missing the end of your comment. You're right, except that where the fishing pressure is very high (like where I fish), there has to be a minimum size and take limits to allow some small fish to survive to larger sizes to begin with. In many cases an intermediate slot limit no smaller than x and no bigger than y makes the most sense. Carl Safina


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