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And that, my dear friends, is why my Christmas tree always has bare bottom branches :)
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There is in every American, I think, something of the old Daniel Boone- who, when he could see the smoke from another chimney, felt himself too crowded and moved further out into the wilderness.
~Hubert H. Humphrey~
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The auroras, both surrounding the north magnetic pole (aurora borealis) and south magnetic pole (aurora australis) occur when highly charged electrons from the solar wind interact with elements in the earth’s atmosphere. Solar winds stream away from the sun at speeds of about 1 million miles per hour. When they reach the earth, some 40 hours after leaving the sun, they follow the lines of magnetic force generated by the earth’s core and flow through the magnetosphere, a teardrop-shaped area of highly charged electrical and magnetic fields.
As the electrons enter the earth’s upper atmosphere, they will encounter atoms of oxygen and nitrogen at altitudes from 20 to 200 miles above the earth’s surface. The color of the aurora depends on which atom is struck, and the altitude of the meeting.
All of the magnetic and electrical forces react with one another in constantly shifting combinations. These shifts and flows can be seen as the auroras “dance,” moving along with the atmospheric currents that can reach 20,000,000 amperes at 50,000 volts. (In contrast, the circuit breakers in your home will disengage when current flow exceeds 15-30 amperes at 120 volts.)
~from: Science -how stuff works~
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Water is precious; it is the very source of life and a free gift from the Creator.
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Every morning in Africa an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you are the lion, or the antelope - when the sun comes up, you’d better be running. ~African Proverb~
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Moral of the story: Always carry a book to look busy while you ignore PDF’s (Public Displays of Affection) :)
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I have sat by night beside a cold lake
And touched things smoother than moonlight on still water,
But the moon on this cloud sea is not human,
And here is no shore, no intimacy,
Only the start of space, the road to suns.
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Labour of love: caring for abandoned or injured baby bats.
How could anyone resist those bright eyes and wiggly ears???
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Our past is always following us, but we don’t need to start worrying about it, unless it starts gaining on us…
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Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here….the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you. (Charlie Brown to Snoopy)
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