Around the World Without Leaving My Blog – 2019

My year in blogging – in color.   

The following is a cloud I created containing all the names of countries from which someone viewed my blog during the last year. Larger fonts represent nations with more numerous visits, smaller fonts represent those with less. Outside of the expected visits from my own U.S.A, the bulk of visits originated from Northern Europe and Southern Asia. And a happy hello to the three newcomers that arrived – Nepal, Japan and the Dominican Republic.

As always, my thanks to every visitor, near and far.

 

                                                                                                 Philippines  Norway

                            Australia   United Kingdom

                                                                                                              Turkey Argentina

                                      Finland  Hong Kong  Romania

                                                    Russia  Croatia  France  South Korea

                              United States

                                   Bulgaria  Greece  Cambodia  Germany

                                                                                                  Sweden Mexico

                                           India   Canada

                                     Portugal    Dominican Republic     

                                                                                        Thailand  Czech Republic  Nepal

                                                                Japan Pakistan Ukraine

Around the World Without Leaving My Blog – 2017

My year in blogging – in color.   

The following is a cloud I created containing all of the countries from which someone viewed my blog during the last year. Larger fonts represent nations with more numerous visits, smaller fonts represent those with less. Outside of the expected visits from my own U.S.A, totals leaned toward Northern Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. Many newcomers arrived, including Norway and the tiny island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

As always, my thanks to every visitor, near and far.

 

                                                     Myanmar  St. Kitts & Nevis  Madagascar

                                         United Kingdom

     Finland   Turkey   Argentina  Russia  Reunion

                                    Australia  Norway  Hong Kong   Germany  Brazil Japan

                                                    Indonesia Malaysia Canada

                 United States

                       Sweden  Greece  Bermuda  Cambodia  Pakistan Chile

       Romania Spain South Korea Slovakia

                                           India

                                  Malta  Mexico

                   France  South Africa  Hungary

                                                                           Poland   Ukraine

The Rabbit and the Owl.

A Menominee legend echoes my parent’s way.

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In the Menominee legend explaining the origin of night and day, Owl and Rabbit have a contest to decide whether it will be perpetually dark or light. Owl repeats “night” and Rabbit repeats “light” until finally, Owl accidentally says “light” and Rabbit wins the contest. He has the right to make it only light, but for the sake of everyone, he allows some dark as well.

In my opinion, Owl messed up on purpose, to allow Rabbit to have his way.

I can picture my mom and dad having this contest. My father rarely lost a battle of wits. My mother, highly intelligent as well, might have given in a time or two, for the good of all. And she was known to read until one or two in the morning. A true night owl.

After my father’s memorial, we spotted a rabbit in the grass near my parents’ house. This was not unusual. Rabbits abound in the area. But two nights before my mother passed, we had an owl land in a tree behind our house. We had never spotted an owl in our backyard before.

What does this mean? Perhaps nothing, perhaps everything. But to blindly disregard such coincidence would be a mistake. The hardest lessons to learn in life are the ones we choose to ignore.

Learn more about Menominee legends.

Around the World Without Leaving My Blog – 2016

My year in blogging – in color.   

The following is a cloud I created containing all of the countries from which someone viewed my blog during the last year. Larger fonts represent nations with more numerous visits, smaller fonts represent those with less. Outside of the expected visits from my own U.S.A, totals leaned toward Northern Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. Many newcomers arrived, including Lithuania, Guyana and Morocco.

As always, my thanks to every visitor, near and far.

 

                                                     Morocco

                                         United Kingdom

     Finland  Romania  Japan  Turkey

                                    Australia   Philippines   Germany   Netherlands    Vietnam        Japan

                                                            Canada

                 United States

                       South Korea  Poland  Nepal  Spain

       Russia   New Zealand

                                           India

                                Sweden   Guyana   Singapore   Lithuania   Ukraine

                   France  Czech Republic  South Africa  Italy

     Slovakia  Thailand  Austria  Ireland

                                                                           Croatia   Kenya

Happy Lille Julaften

The Perseids Gave Their All

The annual August meteor shower provided quite a show. And it’s not too late to join the fun.

Every August, in the wee early hours of the twelfth morning, the Perseid meteor shower delights. We went out last night around 2am, when the Earth was turning directly into the trail of comet exhaust that creates the shower.

The moon was a non-factor, setting before 1am. The weather was clear and with only two fires in the region, smoke was minimal.

The following was our list of essential meteor gazing gear:

Lawn chairs.

Blankets.

Pillows.

Munchies.

Ipod.

Our final count was 72 per hour.

Although the shower peaked last night, it continues on tonight. This year’s ideal conditions mean that a second evening of viewing is worthwhile, even if the rate drops off.

Note: Meteor showers are often referred to with an hourly rate. This gives the false impression that there is a steady pace to the streaking stars. But, in reality, they come in bunches, with lulls between which can be disheartening. Give yourself enough time to see the best the show has to offer.