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It’s my favorite Thanksgiving clip : The Addams Family Thanksgiving Song

 

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Survivor Day 2017

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The American Society for Suicide Prevention is holding their annual Survivor’s Day on November 18th. Most of us have been affected by the suicide of a friend or family member and like me, may still be processing this loss differently than other losses. AFSP is the largest suicide prevention organization in the USA and they are holding events around the world and online, 350 last year. If you would like to learn more or to participate, click the link below and enter your state or country to locate one near you.

Survivor Day: https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/

Cat Lovers Calendar 2018

 

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This is the 34th issue of the venerable and fun Cat Lovers Against the Bomb wall calendar. We usually have one of these on display and I am always surprised by the number of people who recognize it and know of CLAB. Cute pictures, good cause.

Click the link to get your own: http://nebraskansforpeace.org/clab

or now in stock here: https://www.changingworld.com

Wishing you the very best Autumn!

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Today, September 22nd, is the day the Sun enters Libra and the beginning of Autumn. In the same way that the Solstice marks the days of longest and shortest “light,” the Equinoxes mark the day of equal light. Nox is the Roman goddess of night so equinox literally means “equal night.” The glyph for Libra represents the setting sun expressing the balance between night and day. In traditional Astrology, the Sun is “exalted” in Aries while halfway through its circuit along the ecliptic, it is in “fall” in Libra, Aries’ opposite sign.

The rising of the constellation Libra marked the beginning of the New Year in ancient Egypt. Equinoxes are the two points in the year (March 19-21 and September 21-23) when the Sun crosses the celestial equator. At these times, day and night in Northern and Southern hemispheres are of equal length. The Spring (vernal) Equinox occurs midway between the Winter and Summer solstices; the Autumnal Equinox occurs midway between the Summer and Winter solstices. The Autumn equinoctial festival of Mabon mirrors the spring equinoctial festival of Oestara with the Light and Dark forces of the Universe switching ascendancy.

In myth, the goddess Persephone departs the earth to join her husband in the underworld. It is time to give thanks for the summer and to welcome the impending dark. Traditionally, this was when some of the heaviest work of the agricultural year began, the final harvest was still to be stored away and the fields readied for the coming Winter. This is why so much feasting goes on now. Fresh meat and fruit only last so long.

Symbols of Autumn:

Blackberries, cranberries, wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, nuts, corn, apples, pomegranates, ivy

Foods of Autumn:

Breads, nuts, apples, squash, pomegranates, and pumpkin pie.

Colors of Autumn:

The colors of the sunset: violet, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.

Stones of Autumn:

Libra is pink tourmaline, opal and rhodochrosite. Scorpio is topaz, bloodstone, and yellow agate. Sagittarius is turquoise and jasper.

Activities of Autumn:

Making cider and wine, gathering seeds and seedpods, walking in the woods, Halloween, and Thanksgiving celebrations, Christmas shopping.

 

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Who turned on the rain?

 

Photo: KOMO News Website

 

Most of us around Seattle have had a gloriously, long Summer, marred only by the smoke and ash of the recent wildfires that the rest of the NorthWest have suffered. But Sunday, like turning on a faucet, the rain started and we have overcast skies and rain forecast for the rest of the week. Crystal Mountain went from Wildfire to their first snow in two weeks. How quickly the Fall weather begins…

First Rainy day in 3 Months: Komo News Link

Crystal Mountain Blog Link

 

Kangaroo Rats are Desert Ninjas

I saw this on Instagram today and couldn’t believe how fast these rats are. I always saw them hopping around when we lived in Arizona and felt sorry for them having to contend with the rattlers but now, after watching this a few times, I can’t imagine how the snakes ever get a meal at all. What you see the first time through honestly won’t make sense until they show you the slow-motion capture. Prepare to be impressed.

Desert Rat link: https://instagram.com/p/BX1RGc8ABvY/

Happy Summer!

Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21 this year. The word Solstice is Latin in origin and translates as, Sol =the Sun, + stitere =standing still.

On that day, the North Pole tilts most directly Sunward. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience this as the longest day and shortest night of the year. Around December 21, the Winter Solstice, the North Pole points away from the Sun giving us in the Northern Hemisphere, our shortest day, and longest night. This tilting of the Earth’s rotational axis gives us our seasons. During each Solstice, the Sun appears to both rise and set at the exactly opposite spot on the horizon. The Solar Calendars like Stonehenge and the Sun Dagger in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico operate by indicating this point.

Symbols of Summer:

The rose, bees, the fast-growing vine and the bright sun. Modern symbols include flip-flops, Outdoor weddings, icy pitchers of lemonade, beach umbrellas and baseball games!

Foods of Summer:

Fruits, fresh picked vegetables, pickled salads, cold soups, tomatoes, and iced tea.

Colors of Summer:

Brights: lime green, lemon yellow, sunny orange, sky blue.

The Zodiacal Signs of Summer:

The solstice is the first day of Cancer – July 22, Leo from July 23 – August 22, and Virgo from August 23 – September 8 this  year.

The Stones of Summer:

Cancer resonates with white stones like shell and pearl. Leo with gold stones like citrine and tiger-eye. Virgo with blue stones like sodalite and sapphire.

Activities of Summer:

picnics, gardening, parades and festivals, fireworks, weeding, swimming outside, long walks in the sunshine.

Links:

The Farmer’s Almanac’s Solstice Page

The Empire of the Sun a Museum exhibit from Denmark, roughly translated into English

Lose weight by walking: an article and tips from the Health Ambition Community

The Chaco Canyon Sun Dagger petroglyphs

The Solstice Project: A Research Project about Fajada Butte

An interactive model of the Sun Dagger

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