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autumnal equinox

I have written and published on this topic before. It is good to remember our connections with Mother Earth, our solar system and the cosmos. I know your calendar calls it something else, as if it is a meaningless Hallmark holiday, but mankind has paid attention to these things throughout our history. They are significant in the real world. So I repost most of what I put up last year at this time. It is not a Hallmark Holiday or made-up event. In cultures past, who paid attention to natural rhythms, the autumn equinox was a big deal. Today, day and night are of equal length. Harvest festivals and putting produce up for the winter are major parts of this […]

creek maintenance

I took a break from metaspace and spent the week in meat space. Among other things, a major shelving project delivered a two car garage instead of a 400-square-foot waist-deep pile of crap that had no good home yet. Before that was an electrical wiring project to put our irrigation pump on an actual switch instead of plugging and unplugging a heavy-duty 50-foot extension cord. Side effects included a couple of useful outlets. About a week ago I came outside in the morning to immediately notice an abnormal quiet. Really quiet. Huh? Where is the sound of the creek? So I walked down to it and WHOA! It was a trickle. Oh crap. Some telephone calls later, I ended up […]

population pyramid

This is snapshot of a really clever animation comprised of population demographics from 1950 to 2050. The top bar is a graphical representation of the population 95 years old or older. The next band is 90 through 94 and on down band-by-band to newborns. The snapshot to the right is from the early years in the chart. Very tiny, narrow top bands swell to a wide, solid base of youth and young adults. This is the picture of a stable society both long and short term. In the animation, each decade’s demographics are replaced with subsequent years in order. You can graphically see the shift from a wide-based, narrow-topped pyramid to a shape more cylindrical … and obviously less […]

today is the summer solstice

We are in it, but few know, having been disconnected from nature and the real world. For most of human existence, people knew seasonal cycles from direct experience. They paid attention because summer, winter, spring and fall mattered. Today experts tell them what they need to know, there’s an app for that covers much of their research, and food comes from grocery stores completely disconnected in their minds from farmers, agriculture, seasons and shipping technologies. In our location, today is the longest day of the year. Tonight is the shortest night of the year. The sun will not set over The North Pole at all today. The sun will not rise over The South Pole today. Sunrise and sunset will […]

understanding the immune system

I grew up playing in the dirt, ditches, the woods and sundry awful, dirty, dangerous uncontrolled places. I raised three daughters the same way. Mud pies, heck yeah. Our marvelous immune systems thrive on such stuff. Big Pharma wants to kill it off – and far too often, is successful.   Children raised in rural environments and surrounded by animals develop stronger immune systems Thursday, June 07, 2018 by: Carol Anderson Tags: animals, bacteria, city life, exposure, goodhealth, hormones, immune response, immune system, mental health, microorganisms, mind body science, nature, outdoors, Pets, rural life, stress, urban life           3,260Views   (Natural News) It’s said that being in rural areas has enormous benefits to our physical health. […]

inventing a calendar

Who came up with this stuff? * A calendar based on a 365-day common year divided into 12 months of irregular lengths. 11 of the months have either 30 or 31 days, while the second month, February, has only 28 days during the common year. However, nearly every four years is a leap year, when one extra – or intercalary – day, is added on 29 February, making the leap year in the Gregorian calendar 366 days long. The days of the year in the Gregorian calendar are divided into 7-day weeks, and the weeks are numbered 1 to 52 or 53. Even that isn’t good enough. Check out this formula for calculating leap years: Those evenly divisible by 4 […]

Cascadia subduction

Risk management utilizes a probability/severity assessment guiding rational response. If the probability of something happening is high, but the severity of it very low, not a lot of preparing is rational. A low probability, high severity event is worth a bunch more attention. Such is a Painted Rocks dam failure, Yellowstone Caldera blowup or, today’s example, a Cascadia subduction movement. Wassat, you ask? Ah, let’s have Katherine Schultz writing for The New Yorker magazine tell you about it. I encourage you to click the headline links and read these articles. I merely tease with excerpts. The picture she paints is hugely impressive, to say the least.   ……………………………….. The Really Big One An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of […]

minus 18

It is probably my fault. Yesterday some great friends helped me blow insulation into our attic. I still have not personally visited the attic, but it doesn’t take a certified HVAC engineer to ascertain the need. I observe the snow melting off our roof, the prodigious icicles hanging from the eves and the 90%-efficient gas central heater’s inability to heat this house without the woodstove’s help and know our ceiling insulation is way below adequate. While a licensed HVAC contractor could double the price, they could not significantly improve the result. Tiny-town supplier Darby Distribution includes free rental of the chopper-blower with purchase of insulation – two pallets worth in this case. Their price beats Home Depot while delivering […]