Posted: December 24, 2016 Filed under: Calendar, News | Tags: Christmas, norad, Santa Claus, santa tracker
Are you watching for Santa?
You and the kids can track Santa’s progress all day and night on Norad’s Official Santa Tracker right here: http://www.noradsanta.org/ He and the reindeer and heading toward Drammen Norway right now…
Posted: December 21, 2016 Filed under: Calendar, News | Tags: aquarius, Capricorn, Christmas, elf, grinch, solstice
The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21st this year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. At the Winter Solstice, the Sun enters the part of the space-time continuum belonging to Capricorn. This is the official first day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The word Solstice is derived from the Latin sol, or “Sun,” and stitium, or “stoppage.” At the Solstice, the Sun appears to both rise and set at the same spot on the horizon.
On or around June 21, the Summer Solstice, the North Pole is tilted most directly Sunward. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience this as the longest day and shortest night of the year. On or around December 21, the Winter Solstice, the North Pole is pointed away from the Sun giving us in the Northern Hemisphere, our shortest day and longest night. It is this tilting of the Earth’s rotational axis that gives us our seasons. If you want more information on how this works, just ask and I can recommend some articles and books that explain it really well. I don’t know about you, but to me, the important part of this is that from here on out, we get a few minutes more of daylight each day, until the Summer Solstice, that is.
Symbols of Winter:
Snow, bare-branched trees, icicles, yule log, Santa Claus with his elves and reindeer, a crèche with Magi and star, etc.
Foods of Winter:
Mulled cider, brandy, eggnog, Julekake, fruitcake, pumpkin, nuts, yams, satsumas, candy canes and fudge, spices.
Colors of Winter:
Blue and white, silver and gold, red and green.
Stones of Winter:
Capricorn is represented by onyx, hematite and garnet.
Aquarius is represented by pietersite, malachite and amethyst.
Pisces is represented by aquamarine, and turquoise and jade.
Activities of Winter:
Skiing and snowshoeing, hanging up lights and decorations, Holiday celebrations, shoveling snow and watching movies like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, Christmas in Connecticut, White Christmas, Die Hard, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation…
Posted: September 19, 2016 Filed under: Books, News | Tags: Agatha Christie, Best Selling, Witches
© Hulton Archive/Getty Images, And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
Posted: September 17, 2016 Filed under: Calendar, Lunar, News | Tags: harvest moon
I found it interesting that there is still so much confusion about what Harvest Moon means. Many sites including NASA seem to think it is just the full Moon in September but it isn’t quite that simple. In a terribly oversimplified explanation what you are seeing is the solar calendar (the months) and the lunar calendar not lining up very well. The following text is from the Farmer’s Almanac:
The Harvest Moon is the one that occurs the closest to the Autumnal Equinox so this year it occurs in September, although occasionally this title can be bestowed upon the October full Moon. From 1970 to 2020 this happens twelve times and, in fact, will happen in 2017. The 2016 version of the Harvest Moon comes six days prior to the Autumnal Equinox, although it can occur as early as September 8 (as in 2014) or as late as October 7 (as in 1987).
Source article: http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2016/09/12/harvest-moon-2016/
Posted: September 10, 2016 Filed under: Spinning and weaving | Tags: LOL memory, Moon, nasa, Science
Learn about core rope memory and how it’s a part of both weaving history and scientific history. Without weavers, we couldn’t have gotten to the moon!
Read more at the Source: Weaving History: How Weaving Took Us to the Moon | Weaving Today
Posted: August 5, 2016 Filed under: Dogstuff, News | Tags: dog, gobi, runner
An extreme marathon runner met a stray dog with whom he formed an “unbreakable bond” during a 250-kilometre (155 mile) race in the Gobi desert in China. Dion Leonard, 41, said he hoped to raise the funds that will allow him to be reunited with the dog, named Gobi, who joined him during the annual 4 Deserts Race Series in March.
Mr Leonard, from Edinburgh, developed a particularly close bond with Gobi. He told The Independent: “At the start of Day two, Gobi was on the start line next to me looking up at me.
“This was the first contact I had with her and as I ran off the line I noticed her by my side.
“I didn’t speak much to her that day thinking she wouldn’t stay with me, but at the finish line she followed me into the tent and we slept next to each other. That was it then.”
Read more at the Source: Man who befriended stray dog during extreme desert marathon launches reunion appeal | Home News | News | The Independent
See some very cute pictures or donate at Dion’s CrowdFunder Page
Posted: July 27, 2016 Filed under: Movies, News | Tags: aliens, Cameron, Weaver
Aliens celebrated its 30th Anniversary at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 and Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Director James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn and others were on hand to discuss the film and to reflect on how the film industry has changed from the 80’s to today. I’m not sure I could count how many times we’ve bought this film let alone watched it. I mean with any Cameron you have the original release in the theater, then VHS, then DVD, then the boxed set, then the Director’s Cut with additional scenes, now BluRay, and I’m sure there will an anniversary set with interviews and commentary coming soon. If they print it, we’ll buy it! 😉
Here is the complete collection of Alien’s 30th Anniversary Interviews:
Hurd & Cameron
Weaver & Paxton
Henrickson & Reiser
Biehn & Henn
I love this anecdote, Henn, who left acting and is now a fourth grade teacher, mentioned that a lot of her student’s parents show up to parent/teacher conferences with DVD’s for her to sign.*
*Link: spinoff comicbook resources