I implore people to not let their view of others be so harshly influenced by the actions of a few radicals on either side of the many issues we face in the world; or by the endless stream of twisted or outright fake news from either extreme.

Memes are not the answer to everything. Political memes from either side are most often twisted partial truth or outright lies. They are designed to provoke knee-jerk gut reaction’s and inflame tempers and sadly they work very well. People read them and believe what they read instantly because it resonates with what they want to believe. They pass it on as a fact and it becomes fact in the minds of many people who never bother to check it out.
Whether it be politics, religion, race, or whatever, pause before you post a knee-jerk reaction to someone’s post on Social Media. Think and research instead of spewing hate filled nasty comments that make you sound worse than what you’re complaining about. Sharing facts that are well documented and links that explain the other side of the issue logically are much more effective at getting people to think.
Rather than condemning those around you who have a different mindset on issues, have real conversations with them about the reasons; share your reasons and thoughts with them. Why is that so much to ask?
Both sides of most all spectrums have small factions that act very dishonorably or violently, and both sides have many many good kind people. Do not judge a whole group on the actions of a few.
Personally, I so much enjoy and love my friends and family from all the political parties and walks of life, not because of your politics, race, or religion; but rather because of the goodness in each person.
I just wish that everyone would agree to disagree agreeably. What can I say, I’ve always been a dreamer. So much so that my birthday wish since I was a child blowing out candles was that the world could experience peace and people would get along and be happy.

Heart of Buddha

“He who experiences
The unity of life
Sees himself in all beings, and
All beings in himself.
He looks on everything
with an impartial eye. ”
~from “Heart of a Buddha”

Aurora from my Alaska trip this last Fall.

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Aurora from Lower Kenai Peninsula

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From Sun to Hail in One Hour


This was Saturday afternoon 11/05/16 near Anchor Point, Alaska on the southern Kenai Peninsula, where I nearly got covered with hail at Whiskey Beach. Slideshow with music is posted on the blog post.  I wanted to stay and watch it happen and then I looked at the hill I had to drive up to get out of there. It’s a very very steep windy road already getting white, and I was not at all sure of the van in the icy conditions. Good thing, because by the time I was driving on the highway’s they were solid white and getting slick with about a half inch of hail. Next morning I discovered all the hail balls were perfectly preserved in the freezing temperatures  😀😳

Music is “Soaring” by David Michael of Purnima Productions from the album “Above the Clouds” which can be purchased at this link
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Fossilized Teeth, unknown

I am working at a local museum now, the Gorge Heritage Museum in Bingen, Washington. Today I had a local visitor and his mother who brought 3 fossilized teeth in to show me.  They are hoping to identify what the teeth may be.  I am guessing Bovine style from the looks, but presumably much older than cows.  They are also quite large.  Fascinating!   I really enjoyed looking at them and holding their heavy smooth weight in my hands.  Here are photos in case anyone has a lead for me!

 

I Got Internet!!!

Since February 2016 I have not had internet at home, and therefore have not been as active online with photo sharing and social media, today I celebrate RECONNECTION!  Funny that it means so much, at times I feel like disconnecting was a great thing.  Perhaps I told myself that because “It is what it is” and no point fussing or feeling bad.  However here and now today I feel a thrill to be connected again and want to share some random photos just for fun… hope you enjoy!  I think a Rainbow theme is appropriate for today.