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The Great American Eclipse from 40 Degrees North

The sun 19 minutes into the eclipse, Note the sun spots (blips) at the center of the big bite.   Although we, in Bellingham WA, were not within the total eclipse range, we were close enough to get some feel for this exciting celestial event. Being just 20 miles from the Canadian border and about 300 miles north of the band of totality we were able to experience 90% of the eclipse. ×CloseYou need to login in order to like this post: click here

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It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: In Their Own Words 8/22/17

Made possible by Europe’s advantages in military and social technology, the slavery started by Europeans in the fifteenth century was different, because it became the enslavement of one race by another. (Excerpt from Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen) White supremacy and racism were…

Fighting Back: “We will not let anyone take us back to the days of hatred and bigotry”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia. (Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner gave the weekly Democratic address. They…

Fighting Back: Rep. Cedric Richmond “You deserve a Better Deal”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Congressman Richmond: “My fellow Democrats and I are painfully aware…

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Family, Immigration, and History 8/8/17

The comments of Stephen Miller and the restrictive immigration standards of the proposed RAISE Act have caused me to think a lot about immigration lately. I’m in the privileged position as a white woman to have been able to trace my family tree back many generations; in some cases, that translates to many centuries too.…

Motley Megaphone

Call the Whaaambulance!

Call the Whaaambulance! Harvard Republicans refuse to endorse Trump.

Here, I will save you having to click on that link:

“What happened to our beautiful party … the one built on the Southern Strategy, whistled to in Philadelphia MS, powered by the hateful racist rhetoric of Lee Atwater, and dedicated to crushing the poor, women, people of color, and the elderly??? We must reclaim it from the racist misogynist so that we can get back to the noble task of granny-killing, poor-starving, and sick-kicking Ryanism!”

Our World in Images

The Birth of a Harbor Seal Pup

Mamma harbor Seal and minutes-old pup In our part of the Salish Sea, late June is the beginning of harbor seal birthing (pupping) season that runs through August. On July 2nd, I was fortunate to observe one of these births on the shore of Bellingham Bay. On an early Sunday morning walk, I saw this…

A Hike Through our 100 Aker Wood*

Hoag’s Pond, – a place of reflection adjacent to the 100 acre Woods. *With apologies to A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin.   June, 2017, Bellingham WA, Pacific Northwest   This is a short story with a bunch of photos about our 100 Acre Wood that, like Milne’s is loaded with critters scurrying about and singing. This wood is…

Just Grazin'

Summer Sunning!

Today marks the Summer Solstice. Astronomically, it looks like this: The Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. The seasonal significance of the Summer Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days. That will…

April Showers are Bringing May Flowers!

At Winter Solstice, the light begins to return – gradually, the memory of the long nights fades until the light and dark are equal on Spring Equinox. From that point on,  the light returns more rapidly and on May 1st we arrive at the midpoint between equinox and Summer Solstice. Today, my sunrise was at…

Fiction

Breathing Deeply at Beltane

Celibate since Yule, red-haired Passionata breaks out on May Eve!     Oh, do not tell the priests of our art For they would call it sin But we shall be in the woods all night A-conjuring summer in. Gerald Gardner’s version of a Rudyard Kipling poem. Emerging from the shower with the towel wrapped…

Jolyon–Part II

Flung back in time to the Minoan Crete of 1450 BC, can Fiona adjust to such a different world? “Put your arms around me and hold on as tightly as you can,” Jolyon said. He stepped closer until just a breath separated us. I did as he instructed. A vast shudder rippled through us, after…

Jolyon

After graduation a visit to Knossos beckoned Fiona—but little did she guess where it would lead!   I noticed him because he was always alone. And in a country where most people are dark-haired and dark-eyed, he stood out because of his blond ponytail and gray eyes. Only the shape of his eyes belonged to…

Recent Posts

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Omens

The Village News & Views August 23, 2017 Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 216 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. Banner photo courtesy NASA, though I don’t think it is from this week’s eclipse. But you get the…

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: In Their Own Words 8/22/17

Made possible by Europe’s advantages in military and social technology, the slavery started by Europeans in the fifteenth century was different, because it became the enslavement of one race by another. (Excerpt from Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen) White supremacy and racism were…

Fighting Back: “We will not let anyone take us back to the days of hatred and bigotry”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia. (Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner gave the weekly Democratic address. They…

British Breakfast and Euro-selections

The events in Charlottesville and POUTS’s piss-poor reaction to them have already been extensively covered, and it won’t surprise you to learn that European reactions to what POUTS said range between horrified and disgusted. I don’t propose to regale you with much of that since it’s already getting pretty monotonous and you’ve read it all…

TGIF

  “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis”   Outcome of Trump presidency that will surprise some people: Many NeverTrump Repubs have already or intend to switch party ID. /1 — Stewie Brown (@TheAdmiralBoat) August 17, 2017 Read this thread and have to agree…

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Oh the Humanity

The Village News & Views August 16, 2017 Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 209 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. The banner picture is a crowd shot from the original (my favorite) 1967 movie The Producers. This is…

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: The ReSisterhood (Happy Birthday, Auntie Maxine!) 8/15/17

Inspired by a comment made by bfitzinAR and the encouragement of WYGalinCA, today’s post is all about Maxine Waters (CA-43), one of the leaders of the ReSisterhood. She’s 79 today, and as a self-described “strong black woman,” she’s been controversial, contentious, courageous, and a clarion of truth. This article, How Maxine Waters became ‘Auntie Maxine’…

British Breakfast and Euro-comment

European covfefe of POUTS this week has been dominated by the North Korea situation. Articles generally fall into one of two categories: first, assessments which say that events demonstrate that orange shitgibbons aren’t well-suited to the job of being President and second, those which wonder what is going to happen given that an orange shitgibbon…

Fighting Back: Rep. Cedric Richmond “You deserve a Better Deal”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Feel free to share other news stories in the comments. Found on the Internets … The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Congressman Richmond: “My fellow Democrats and I are painfully aware…

TGIF!

Morning meese…another day, much more assholery we’ve had to pushback against. Having to sift through and take offense with Trump and his colony of racist, misogynistic bigots every single day is bad enough and something that could have been avoided if people had actually read and or listened to Hillary. It’s when we have to…

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Mixtape

The Village News & Views August 9, 2017 Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 202 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. Today the subject is music as political activism. Music is ephemeral. For many of us, it expresses emotions…

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Family, Immigration, and History 8/8/17

The comments of Stephen Miller and the restrictive immigration standards of the proposed RAISE Act have caused me to think a lot about immigration lately. I’m in the privileged position as a white woman to have been able to trace my family tree back many generations; in some cases, that translates to many centuries too.…