Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1,576,800 minutes

It's been a few days more than one year (525,600 minutes according to the lyrics from Rent) since I last blogged, and three times that since I blogged consistently. In that time, Google Reader disappeared and blogs were declared dead.

Wrenaissance Reflections may have been quiet, but it's not dead. I've missed blogging and missed being part of the nature blogger community. I am ready to resume but doing so will require some changes, such as moving from hosted WordPress to Blogger, allowing me to focus on content rather than technology.

It will be slow at first. In addition to new posts, I will be moving older ones here bit by bit. In some ways, it's same old, same old. In others, it's a new adventure. I look forward to moving forward, and hope to see many friends old and new around cyberspace.

Here's a little nature to start:

A U-M squirrel:
gray on the outside,  maize and blue on the inside. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014


When Blogging Becomes a Slog -

A few case studies on blogger burnout. Blogging is demanding if you do it right. If you don't, why bother? The article comments only in passing on community, however. For me, it's one of the most important parts of doing this. I've met many good friends and colleagues through blogging, and it's taken me places I wouldn't have gone otherwise.

It's the community I miss, and which draws me back each time I stop. I've decided to start blogging again, and as much as I've loved playing with technology by having my own hosted WordPress site, I'm going to concentrate on content rather than container or platform. It's back to Blogger I go, and too bad if I can't have everything look exactly as I want it to. 

I'm going to move the older posts to Blogspot one by one as time permits. Eventually, though I don't know how eventually, the entire blog history will move there here.

This will be my last post on WordPress. Come to for the rest of the story.

Wrenaissance Reflections will continue, and eventually will point here. Until then, you can find us by using

-- Wren

Monday, September 9, 2013


Original Story: No bugs about it: New website helps users identify Michigan insects.

For Dr. Leslie Mertz, the crawlers and flyers of the insect world are a source of fascination...

To share her passion for nature's smaller creatures, Mertz, a lecturer in the biology department at Eastern Michigan University, helped launch an interactive website,, to help Michiganders identify the orders and suborders of insects in the state.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Glossy Ibises Are Like 21st-Century Pterodactyls -

"Ibises’ charms are never wasted on children, though, who are generally more familiar with dinosaur books than field guides, and frequently make comments like: “Look, Mommy, a pterodactyl!”

Glossy Ibises Are Like 21st-Century Pterodactyls