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Ming Thing

Ming Thing is a very unusual monstrose cactus that has won our hearts!

Three New Succulents

On a tip from Dad, we went to Home Depot to find a whole rack of new succulents!

Chocolate Soldier

It’s not a cactus, but this unusual succulent captured our attention and affection.

Gymno Blooms

Gymnocalycium damsii: always reliable for early and persistent Barbie-pink flowers!

Two New Cuties

Today’s trip to Walmart resulted in the rescue of an Eriosyce and a Stenocereus.

Mammillaria Madness!

Today’s visit to the Home Despot yielded two new plants for the collection—both Mammillaria.

New Tephrocactus Segment!

Like other Opuntioideae, Tephrocactus root quickly … but I never expected it to be this fast!

St. Patrick’s Day Cactus?

No, this is not the red-headed Irishman again. It’s our Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) blooming again in March.

Izzy Flowers Again

Izzy, our first Parodia magnifica (and one of our first cacti!) blooms again!

Cubical Cactus

Astrophytum myriostigma var. quadricostatum: This cube-shaped cactus has been on my wishlist for years!

First-time Bloomer

This unassuming little cactus has grown slowly and consistently and has worked his way into my heart over the years.

A Latecomer

Last week’s "heat wave" produced a whole new flush of buds on our outdoor cacti.


Replacing Google Maps with Leaflet

Google’s massive changes to their pricing structure for use of the Google Maps API has sent many people (myself included) looking for alternatives. I’ve been...

Trying the WordPress REST API

Over the past few weeks, Rich and I have been adding to our WordPress photo gallery from this year’s trip to Maine. After most of the photos were added, Rich...

Working With Sierra Load Profiles

I work with an ILS, Sierra, that brings new and changed records into the database via “load profiles.” In the two years since I took the load profile trainin...

Journal Search Pages Update

The library’s Journal Search pages (and the related Citation Linker) were badly in need of an update. From their appearance, I’d estimate that they were desi...

Adding a Virtual Host for Local Development

I’ve been using XAMPP for local development on a Windows machine, but I wanted to store some projects in folders other than the default htdocs folder. After ...


Clarks Summit’s Forgotten Village

As I do every morning, today I glanced at the local newspaper’s website. Cool, the Sunday local history piece was about ghost towns. It begins: Old-tim...