the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

clamming for pearls

“I’ve had a jar of natural pearls for 64 years.”

(clamming on crow river)

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when brooding remember this:

there are several possible explanations for the disappearance of the babies:

One of the causes is NOT cannibalism because adults don’t eat the young.
The most critical factor is the availability of food…

(on raising baby sea monkeys: here)