Friday, December 14, 2012

What can we say?

Dear Friends,
How do we go about the rest of our day? How do we finish up our Christmas trees, pack for trips, bake cookies for children?
Today Jonah had his second grade Christmas program at his school. Karen, Aaron and I say in the front row. He could barely contain his joy at seeing us sitting there smiling, winking, nodding...
The other children were the same practically dancing on stage waving at their families. The songs were wonderful with lots of hand motions and audience participation. We took photos and videos of these beautiful shiny children.
I biked home on this sunny day, opened up the laptop, and read the news. I am stunned and ill at the same time. Children dead. Teachers dead. What has become of us as a nation, as people, as friends and neighbors?
This cannot continue, and we cannot or will not, live our lives in fear.
This nation has gone into deep mourning. I sit here in front of the TV with a cup of tea gone cold.
What more is there to say?
Lou Ann

The Geminid Meteor Showers

Dear Folks,
Here is just a glance into the Geminid Meteor Shower taking place right now. My own naturalist, Fred Wooley, says this is a spectacular sight, one of the best of the year. Even though this video is short, please use the full screen. This video is from SkyWatch!
These showers are visible from late evening until early dawn. I have had lots of sightings from friends on these showers.
One of the reasons they are so beautiful this December is due to the New Moon and the spectacular brilliance of these winter skies.
There is still time to watch, go on outside late tonight or early in the morning. Take out a cup of coffee, lean back on the old truck and enjoy this world we live in.
Lou Ann