What I saw from Dad, and a message from God.
From our leaf tours:
It is the Solstice, Blessed Be. As they days grow slowly longer, may we also grow to love one another and to learn to live in peace. Holi...
Images of my container garden.
Belated Happy St. Patrick's Day. I have been too sick to enjoy one of my favorite holidays. I didn't even get corned beef, or to w...
Happy Halloween; it is my favorite night of the year! We were low key this year, but we did get out our graveyards and pumpkins. A scarecr...
Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Solstice, also for Dr. E's Greening Tips for the C... : It is the Solstice; Blessed Be! I look forwar...
Look closely at how delicate I am. I am probably a may fly, but I am as detailed as the scarabs from an Egyptian royal tomb. No one a...
Proclamation of Thanksgiving Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863 This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national...
Fresh Greek Peasant Salad This is the salad I grew up with; it was our late night snack and early lunch. This one has home grown t...
At this time of almost New Year, I would like to comment on the new family kindle, nothing personal, it's a fun little gadget, but rathe...
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Monday, October 23, 2017
Autumn comes in the time of
When Winter's Snows
Quite, quite near!
Ellen Tsagaris, Age 10
Autumn has finally come; it is cold, and crisp, and the nights dark and early. Finally, the leaves have changed, the apples taste crisper. Coffee not only warms; it insulates
The colors are glowing, vibrant as the leaves die their slow, beautiful death. My hand clutches, feeling the paint brush that isn't there, but once was. I painted and photographed autumn frantically when I was young. Here are some public domain and clip art images for your to enjoy; be sure to breathe deeply when the air is cool, and the sun is bright.
Remember collecting leaves - pressing them in books. I have leaves that are older than I am, or at least, as old. They live in my big, leather bound book of animals, itself a collectible. Maybe it was gathering leaves and ironing them between sheets of wax paper that lead me to collecting dolls-- who knows!!
"Nothing Gold can Stay!"
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Award Winning Dolls from the Texas State Fair: Sent by my friend and colleague, Jeff G., a Renaissance Man
Sunday, October 15, 2017
By Ellen Tsagaris
Popular Astronomy Club
Appeared in The Moline Dispatch
Appeared in The Moline Dispatch
|2017 Eclipse Public Domain|
On March 20, 2015, the next solar eclipse will be visible. NASA’s Solar Eclipse Page provides tables of past and future solar eclipses, along with graphics and other pertinent information.
A solar eclipse takes place, of course, when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. Once this occurs, the moon partially or totally hides the sun. Then, the moon casts a shadow on the earth.
For a solar eclipse to occur there must be a new moon because the eclipse can only take place during the phase of the new moon, which makes it possible for the moon to cast its shadow on the earth.
Such an event has been billions of years in the making, truly awesome when one considers that since its formation almost 4.5 billion years ago, the moon has been steadily pulling away from the earth. According to Space.com, the moon has been moving away from the earth by about 1.6 inches each year. Furthermore, the writers at Space.com point out that “right now the moon is at the perfect distance to appear in our sky exactly the same size as the sun, and therefore block it out. “
The Bible mentions a solar eclipse in Amos 8: 9, “I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the Earth in the clear day.” Other references from Ancient China and
have also been documented. Nineveh
Most solar eclipses are very short, with some of the longest recorded at 7 minutes 31 seconds. During this time, the corona, the outer atmosphere of the sun, is visible.
The March eclipse will not be visible in the
area, unfortunately. A total solar eclipse will be visible in Quad City Svalbard, Norway and the Faroe Islands, while a partial
solar eclipse will be visible in Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern
and western Africa
|Maria Mitchell, Public Domain|
The last solar eclipse was only a partial eclipse and occurred on October 23, 2014.
Celebrated astronomer Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) made the study of solar eclipses her specialty. Mitchell was born to Quaker parents who believed in educating equally their sons and daughters. She learned to love astronomy through helping her father, and one evening, she helped him calculate their home’s position by observing a solar eclipse. Mitchell became famous after she discovered a comet in 1847. The King of Denmark awarded her a gold medal for her discovery of the comet. In 1856, Mitchell became a professor of astronomy at
Maria Mitchell was an admired and beloved teacher who inspired her students and believed woman could achieve the same accomplishments that men did, if they could only be given a chance. She believed creativity and science worked well together, and one quote attributed to her reads: “We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.”