Stephenson Family Ties The Barn Burnt Down
And Now I See The Moon


The naturalist E.O. Wilson gave a name to the warm, fuzzy feeling
one gets 'in nature'- biophilia.  He defined it as "the innately emotional
affiliation of human beings to other living living organisms."  Wilson
argued that our connection to nature is deeply ingrained in our
evolutionary past.  That connection isnt always positive.  Take snakes,
for instance.  The chances of encountering a snake, let alone dying from
a snake bite, are extraordinarily remote.  Yet modern humans continue
to fear snakes even more, studies have found, than car accidents or
homicide or any of the dozens of other plausible ways we might meet 
our demise.  The fear of snakes resides deep in our primitive brain. The
fear of the Long Island Expressway, while not insignificant, was added much more recently.
from: The Geography of Bliss
by: Eric Weiner

Have you ever wondered about that cute cranium of a grandbaby being the perfect conduit for illness?
If you happen to be a germophobe....I implore you to stop reading NOW!
But just think of it...on any given day (and I'll use sweet Benjamin here as an example) Benjamin's neck, head and even his fingers and toes are doused with kisses.  Kisses from daddy and mommy. Kisses slathered on by Mimi and Popa.  Kisses from the little old lady next door and from the Relief Society President. And...on an eventful weekend...kisses from teenage cousins and loving aunts and even though it may be on rare occasion, a kiss from a random uncle will be snuck in.  And what about the cat and dog!!!??
If a curious scientist came along with a handy-dandy cotton swab and swiped that dear bald head, what do you think might grow in his petri-dish after 24 hours??!!  Do you shudder to think of it? Or would you rather not?
(You remember that river they call denial?)

Pass the baby with a chaser of vitiam C please!!! For I shall not be deterred from kissing!!

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