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Dustin Boston is a developer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and lives in Pasadena, CA. Read more

September 23, 2018

Millard Canyon Falls

One of my favorite parts about Millard Canyon Falls is the drive to get there, with the road curving up the San Gabriel Mountains, then making a hard left to bend and slope back down into the canyon where it ends at a plentiful parking lot and the Chaney Trailhead. The hike up is short and easy. Both of the boys had no trouble going up and back down with plenty of energy to spare. The trail is fun and shady, heading through a small campground (with bathrooms), scaling a wall, skipping over a stream several times, dodging overhead trees, and ascending natural staircases. The waterfall itself, while meager, is pretty, and fellow hikers were kind and chatty. This is the second time I’ve been on this hike, and it has now become a family favorite.

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September 11, 2018

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Seriously, Juice Is Not Healthy:

More than half of children ages two to five drink on average 10 ounces of fruit juice per day, which is more than double the amount recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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September 6, 2018

Read “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett

I would have never guessed how much I could like a book about building a cathedral in the 12th century, but here I am, having so thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is filled with action, sex, drama, scheming, you name it—oh and cathedrals. I now have such respect for these beautiful buildings. At nearly a thousand pages, it looks a little daunting, but don’t let its size turn you off. While it is a bit of a commitment, it is such an easy and fun read that you’ll hardly notice.

★★★★★

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Today several buildings at my workplace were evacuated due to a hazmat concern: 10-20 lbs. of aluminum powder reacted to exposure with water, becoming potentially volatile.

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September 3, 2018

Temescal Canyon Trail

Temescal Canyon trail is an easy, family-friendly hike through pretty trees with plenty of shade. There was no waterfall or even water at this time of year, but the bridge where the falls would be makes a great place to stop for a snack before heading back down. We have it on good authority that the Temescal Canyon Ridge trail, which connects to the Temescal Canyon trail near the bridge, is much more exposed and thus warmer, so if you decide to walk the whole loop, start on the ridge in the morning and head back down in the shade of the Temescal Canyon trail later in the day.

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August 31, 2018

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Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth:

“Steven, be temperate, please,” he said. “We must fight against this awful appointment, of course. But we will do it carefully and cleverly, always avoiding open confrontation”

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Kyle Benson, The Gottman Institute:

…partners are like separate islands with murky water separating them. Instead of trying to fix each other, partners should focus on cleaning that murky water… The moral of the story is to acknowledge that your partner’s perspective is just as valid as yours. You don’t have to agree, but, to work through a regrettable incident, you need to show respect for their opinions.

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August 19, 2018

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Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth:

…when you’re about to be turned down, go for a postponement.

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August 18, 2018

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Took a day trip to Long Beach to visit Aquarium of the Pacific, eat lunch at Seabirds, and stare at the ocean. Fed a homeless guy a burrito. Learned that the resort islands off just off of the coast are man made, and the resort is a facade for an oil drilling operation.

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August 9, 2018

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University of Toledo:

“It’s toxic. If you shine blue light on retinal, the retinal kills photoreceptor cells as the signaling molecule on the membrane dissolves,” Kasun Ratnayake, a Ph.D. student researcher working in Karunarathne’s cellular photo chemistry group, said. “Photoreceptor cells do not regenerate in the eye. When they’re dead, they’re dead for good.”

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