Monday, August 25, 2014

rambling back





Of the many ways, and dates I use to mark the turning of the year, today the 97th anniversary of my Father's birthday is the one I am most grateful for. Not only because I wouldn't be here, but also because of the many things that as I get older I never realized  I learned from his quiet ways. And the ways, knowledge and ideas that are through him a gift from my ancestors...all of whom live on in what they passed  to him,  all the lives  touched by that legacy . 

I can't choose what was the most important part of this legacy, a legacy we all have, and not that we have to follow it perfectly or can't lend our own ideas to it.  Oh! wait, that is the biggest and most important part of it, handed down it becomes ones own. 




Thursday, August 21, 2014

haiku "summer sighed"

 
 
 
 only tracks in white sand
when winds blow, summer sighed
 white sand turned white snow
 
 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Aug 20th National Radio Day

Radio, I can still remember listening to the radio before we got TV. That would have been in the early 50s.  In spite of, or may-be because of, the many advances  we still turn on the radio, for news and music. 

There was not much information on National radio Day, seems it's origins were in the 80s or may-be the 90s.  Radio itself was invented about 100 years earlier.  They were. and still are, a staple in American homes since  the 1920s, there were also a hand crank models for those who did not have electric yet.  The day when radio brought  soap operas, serials like Little Orphan Annie and The Lone Ranger or dramatic programming are gone, though some of the programming is still available, complete with the crackling and static.

We had an old gray Zenith radio on top of the refrigerator, and I had a few transistor radio to see me through my teen years from the British invasion, to the Jefferson Airplane.  TV was not aimed at the young audience in those days, Radio was still the place to get news, and little did I realize I was getting an education from those 5 min news segment every half hour.  The not so accurate weather forecasts fostered an interest in backyard meteorology. Radio was quick to find a new niche when TV came along and people wanted to see and  hear their "stories".   And that of course was music, especially once the very portable transistor radio came along.  My introduction to the transistor radio came during the 1960 World Series, one of the boys in our class started wearing what the teacher thought was a hearing aid, though most of us knew it was the earpiece of a transistor radio.  Radio also began to program with a younger audience in mind. My favorite station went off the air just before 6PM every day, way back then, and I would sit and listen to the "dead air" wondering what the town the station was in was like.    Those little radios accompanied me everywhere, on hikes or fishing, anywhere I might go.  It sang me to sleep at  night, when I was crushed by a heartbreak.  But then in the morning the battery was dead, and I was out of music until I could get another battery. 


 The huge furniture like tube radio sets, remnants of the previous decades  still sat in people parlors. The man who repaired our TV in those days also repaired  the furniture/radios.  It always seemed so very strange to listen to the Rolling Stones on a set meant to play Gabriel Heeter's newscast, or Kate Smith.   Listening to will Rodgers on  YouTube strangely doesn't seem the same way, at least to me. 



 
 ``images fromhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/GOTRA/?fref=ts
 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

black cat appreciation day-August 17th





       





My little friend here is all decked out to celebrate Black Cat Day Appreciation Day, August 17th.  He knows that he is one dapper fellow.  Black cats are more likely to be male than female, the Bombay, is the only all black breed. They are the offspring of a Burmese  and a black American shorthair.   The American Cat Fanciers Association recognizes  black cats in 22 breeds.  Cats with black and some white,  called  "tuxedo "cats, are often credited with be very loyal to, and protective of  their humans.   
 
The adoption of Black Cats from animal shelters, is a part of this holiday.  Unfortunately , black cats are  more difficult to find homes for.  Rumor has it that in the United Kingdom. people are leaving black cats at shelters because the cats don't photograph well....which in the words of Capt.  Peacock "neither rhythms nor scans".
 
Poor little guys and gals, they were once worshipped.  The ancient Egyptians  followed Bast ( also Baast or Bastet) shown as a black cat or a woman with a cats head.
Cats were mummified, and ritually buried.  Killing a cat was punishable by death.  The cat, domesticated in about 1000BC, is one of the more recent domestication.  Cats would tell you that they are not domesticated, unless they want to be.
The industrious nature of rats and mice was revered by the church during the medieval era, and the cat with it's mysterious comings and goings, and moods, was considered to have evil intentions, sadly they were hunted and killed for their alleged connections with witches and devils.  The images of rats who carried the plague  can be found in churches built during this time.

Owners of black cats are warned to keep their cats indoors at Halloween to keep them safe.





 
Blackcat-Lilith




Black domestic cat (Wikipedia)
Black_jaguar
Black jaguar (Wikipedia)
Melanism, the term that describes being  black  is also found in the  wild cat breeds.   It may help in camouflaging the animal making it easier to ambush prey.  there is some evidence that melanism  is linked with increased resistance to pathogens.   Of the 36 species of wild felines, 11 have black or melanistic  color phases.
800px-Black_leopard
Black leopard (Wikipedia)






 It has been a very long time since I had a cat sharing my life, but when the times comes, I hope a black cat picks me.    I have had, black rabbits, black goats,  a black rooster, and a black snake, and if hubby had his way black scorpions....and a very overprotective tuxedo.  Think I'll call him or her "Inky", and may-be buy us both a top hat.
cat....

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

august haiku






~~Artist~Ruth Baily summer-nights-


out under the moon
firefly and fairyfolk
August dreaming bloom

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wordy Sunday with the Farmers Almanac







I hope you all get kissed by the Full Moon August 10th :*
Twice each month, the Sun, Earth and Moon form a straight (or nearly straight) line in space, called a “syzygy.”  At these times, the Moon is either at full or new phase and we can expect tides to run somewhat higher than normal.  Twice each year, once at full and once at new phase, the Moon will also be very near perigee, its closest point to the Earth.  These perigee Moons can produce the highest tides of the year.

On August 10th at 2 p.m. EDT, the Moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2014:  a perigee distance of 221,765 miles away.  Just nine minutes later, the Moon will officially turn full.  Though full Moon theoretically lasts just a moment, the moment is imperceptible to ordinary observation, and for a day or two before and after most will speak of seeing the nearly full Moon as “full” (the shaded strip is so narrow, and changing in apparent width so slowly, that it is hard for the naked eye to tell whether it’s present or on which side it is).

The near coincidence of the August 10th full Moon with perigee will result in a dramatically large range of high and low ocean tides.  Any coastal storm at sea around this time will almost certainly aggravate coastal flooding problems.  Such an extreme tide is known as a perigean spring tide, the word spring being derived from the German springen – to “spring up,” not a reference to the spring season.

Every month, “spring tides” occur when the Moon is full and new.  At these times the Moon and Sun form a line with the Earth, so their tidal effects add together.  (The Sun exerts a little less than half the tidal force of the Moon.) “Neap tides,” on the other hand, occur when the Moon is at first and last quarter and works cross-purposes with the Sun.  At these times tides are weak.

For those who are well versed in mathematics, tidal force varies as the inverse cube of an objects distance. This month the Moon is 12.2 percent closer at perigee than it was at its extreme apogee – its farthest point from Earth in 2014 – on July 27. Therefore, on August 10th, the Moon will exert about 42 percent more tidal force compared to the spring tides just two weeks earlier.

The 2014 Observer’s Handbook of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada refers to the August 10th Moon as the “largest full Moon in 2014,” – in recent years, a popular connotation for a full Moon that coincides with perigee has been “Supermoon” – the variation of the Moon’s distance is not readily apparent to observers viewing the Moon directly.  To those living near the Bay of Fundy in eastern Canada, however, the rapid increase in the vertical tidal range of as much as 20 feet or more makes it quite obvious when the Moon is near perigee, whether the sky is clear or cloudy!~Joe Rao 
http://farmersalmanac.com/blog/2014/08/05/summers-supermoon/
Artist~Nick Fedaeff
I hope you all get kissed by the Full Moon August 10th
Twice each month, the Sun, Earth and Moon form a straight (or nearly straight) line in space, called a “...syzygy.” At these times, the Moon is either at full or new phase and we can expect tides to run somewhat higher than normal. Twice each year, once at full and once at new phase, the Moon will also be very near perigee, its closest point to the Earth. These perigee Moons can produce the highest tides of the year.
On August 10th at 2 p.m. EDT, the Moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2014: a perigee distance of 221,765 miles away. Just nine minutes later, the Moon will officially turn full. Though full Moon theoretically lasts just a moment, the moment is imperceptible to ordinary observation, and for a day or two before and after most will speak of seeing the nearly full Moon as “full” (the shaded strip is so narrow, and changing in apparent width so slowly, that it is hard for the naked eye to tell whether it’s present or on which side it is).
The near coincidence of the August 10th full Moon with perigee will result in a dramatically large range of high and low ocean tides. Any coastal storm at sea around this time will almost certainly aggravate coastal flooding problems. Such an extreme tide is known as a perigean spring tide, the word spring being derived from the German springen – to “spring up,” not a reference to the spring season.
Every month, “spring tides” occur when the Moon is full and new. At these times the Moon and Sun form a line with the Earth, so their tidal effects add together. (The Sun exerts a little less than half the tidal force of the Moon.) “Neap tides,” on the other hand, occur when the Moon is at first and last quarter and works cross-purposes with the Sun. At these times tides are weak.
For those who are well versed in mathematics, tidal force varies as the inverse cube of an objects distance. This month the Moon is 12.2 percent closer at perigee than it was at its extreme apogee – its farthest point from Earth in 2014 – on July 27. Therefore, on August 10th, the Moon will exert about 42 percent more tidal force compared to the spring tides just two weeks earlier.
The 2014 Observer’s Handbook of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada refers to the August 10th Moon as the “largest full Moon in 2014,” – in recent years, a popular connotation for a full Moon that coincides with perigee has been “Supermoon” – the variation of the Moon’s distance is not readily apparent to observers viewing the Moon directly. To those living near the Bay of Fundy in eastern Canada, however, the rapid increase in the vertical tidal range of as much as 20 feet or more makes it quite obvious when the Moon is near perigee, whether the sky is clear or cloudy!~Joe Rao
http://farmersalmanac.com/blog/2014/08/05/summers-supermoon/
Artist~Nick Fedaeff

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Fields of Summer Moon

It's so quiet outside tonight, the air is sweet with the smell of fresh cut hay. The full moon and soon the Persiads, it makes for a magical feeling.  Days are noticeably shorter now, and though there are birds everywhere, they are quieter.   Summer is reaching peak even in this cold and rainy year.

Lammas, the start of the harvest festival, sometimes lends it's name to this full moon.  Call it Sturgeon Moon because the huge  fish is so easier to catch at this time of year, or Barley Moon after the once very important grain crop, The Berry Moon for the abundant fruit ripe and ready for picking, the Blueberry Moon, the Blackberry Moon, the Mulberry Moon.  The  backyard gardens are producing beans and cucumbers, unlikely but fun to think about would be  The Zucchini Moon.   The Corn Moon as it is known in England.  The Dry Moon, the Dog Days Moon, by contrast this is more like late September weather, so perhaps the Woodcutter's Moon, or the Wort Moon would be more appropriate.  Lightening moon,  Wheat Moon and Harvest Moon are names also given to this moon.   The elk begin calling later this month and lending the name Elk Moon.  The haze and humidity of the Dogs Days cause the moon to appear reddish or orange, and thus the name Red Moon.

The ripening corn, pumpkin, wheat, soybeans, green beans , cabbage and other crops that line the country roads.     And the lush green fields, that will soon be harvested
remind me of the fields on my grandfather's farm, and so to me this is The Fields of Summer Moon.
 
 
photos from~~https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dark-Woods
This year the moon is closer to earth and appears much larger.  The moon always seems to look larger when it is closer to the horizon, and was truly spectacular tonight.  This year we soon will also be treated to the Persiad meteor showers.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

August....holidays...

When I was a kid I never liked the start of August, in fact even when my little guy was in school, I didn't like it because it meant school was going to start, and  I never really like school very much.  Now I don't like it because it means the chill of winter is not far enough away.  Any way I plan on making the best of it....so
Month:
  • Admit You're Happy Month this should be every month 
  • Family Fun Month, yes because it will soon be back to school days. 
  • National Catfish Month, yummyier than you might think 
  • National Eye Exam Month, no wonder the office was so fulllllll!!!!!!! 
  • National Golf Month no comment 
  • Peach Month,dribbles of your chin deliciousness
  • Romance Awareness Month   ???
  • Water Quality Month alawys
  • National Picnic Month  lets go!!!!I never like the start of Augus     
Weekly Events:
  • Week 1 National Simplify your Life Week
  • Week 2 National Smile Week
  • Week 3 Friendship Week
  • Week 4 Be Kind to Humankind Week
August, 2014 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days: 1 National Raspberry Cream Pie Day 2 Chinese Valentine's Day/Daughter's Day - 7th day of 7th Lunar Month 2 National Ice Cream Sandwich DayNational Mustard Day first Saturday 3 Friendship Day - First Sunday in August 3 International Forgiveness Day - First Sunday in August 3 National Watermelon Day 3 Sisters Day - First Sunday in August 4 U.S. Coast Guard Day 5 Work Like a Dog Day 6 Wiggle Your Toes Day 7 National Lighthouse Day 8 Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day - now that's nasty! 9 Book Lover's Day 10 Lazy Day 10 National S'mores Day 11 Presidential Joke Day 11 Son and Daughter Day 12 Middle Child's Day 13 Left Hander's Day 14 National Creamsicle Day 14/15 V-J Day - which date do you mark the end of WWII? 15 Relaxation Day - now this one's for me! 16 National Tell a Joke Day 17 National Thriftshop Day 18 Bad Poetry Day 19 Aviation Day 20 National Radio Day 21 Senior Citizen's Day 22 Be an Angel Day 22 National Tooth Fairy Day - and/or February 28 23 Ride the Wind Day 24 Vesuvius Day 25 Kiss and Make Up Day 26 National Dog Day 26 Women's Equality Day 27 Global Forgiveness Day 27 Just Because Day 28 Race Your Mouse Day -but we are not sure what kind of "mouse" 29 More Herbs, Less Salt Day 30 Frankenstein Day 30 Toasted Marshmallow Day 31 National Trail Mix Day

~~~~~http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/august.htm

haiku~~~candle choir

hidden in a box for years and years they waited now singing again