Most of the reason for this post is to get a small post in front of that monstrosity, Tunnels 1, 2, & 3 so that I can get to the post archives on my Kindle. The Kindle format places the archives at the end of the post, which is hundreds of pages for Tunnels on the Kindle.
Now for a few thoughts.
The final count of my brother-in-laws California trip was 335 new species. Unfortunately, I lost the breakdown and do not want to trouble him for it again.
I read some quotes by St. Teresa of Avila. She writes in a remarkably modern conversational style for someone who died in 1588. I suspect the translations are somewhat inaccurate.
Old Baguette, having been born in the middle of August, you are as much a daughter of the Perseid Meteor Showers as you are a Leo. Perhaps my mother saw a falling star during your birth.