Gift


A remarkable gift from Dad rests quietly on my desk. I didn’t tell him how much it meant, and doubt words could have formed a fitting sentence. Unwrapping it two days ago still feels like a dream, placing it gently on my desk provided a whispering pinch,  I was awake.

There I am on the upper left surrounded by my siblings. My beautiful older sister tilts her head cheekily, below her a brother whose faded image still shines with a “head up shoulders straight”  no nonsense approach in life. Below me little sister exudes mischievous joy as baby brother looks faintly down from above.

Dad’s gift took me home. Home isn’t where we live, it’s where we came from. A vine, twisted and permanent without demands of explanation or regret. Sometimes the greatest gift is a reminder of sinuous tendrils that bind us.

My gift rests where it belongs; a enchanted corner of my world that beckons without remorse. This is my family, thank you Dad.

 

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Road Notes


A spur of the moment decision to see my Dad altered intentions to work on Monday. Faster than saying “change of plans”, we found ourselves on a 3 day road trip to the Okanagan. Below, a smattering of photos – tomorrow, a detailed travelogue.

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Merrit B.C.

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Okanagan Lake at Peachland

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Okanagan Lake as seen from the homestead.

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Forest fire at Osoyoos.

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Fire above Oliver B.C.

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Couldn’t resist stopping at the pet cemetery on White Lake Road near Okanagan Falls.

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Hwy. 8 between Merritt and Spences Bridge

 

Two Weeks to Alpha Centauri


Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to our sun. Officially third brightest star in the night sky after Sirius and Canopus, Alpha Centauri is actually a star cluster known as a binary system, consisting of Alpha Centauri A, Alpha Centauri B and Proxima Centauri. Proxima is closest at 4.22 light years, Alpha Centauri’s A & B roughly 4.35 light years or 39,900,000,000,000 km. from Earth.

This video speaks for itself – watch and ponder NASA’s warp drive vision of Alpha Centauri in two weeks.

http://earthsky.org/brightest-stars/alpha-centauri-is-the-nearest-bright-star

What To Do With Trump


U.S. Republicans have a problem – what to do with Donald Trump.  Do they let him in the clubhouse or cross fingers hoping he’ll go away? By now the RNC must know he isn’t going away, not only is Trump basking in early poll glory, he has Republicans by the balls.

Not that early polls amount to anything, look at Michele Bachmann’s 2012 presidential dream imploding with a sixth place showing in the Iowa caucuses. Bachmann dropped out – first place polls throughout 2011 meant nothing when push came to shove. Problem is, Trump is no Bachmann.

Trump isn’t a politician, has no time for political propriety or inclination to play by old boy rules. A man utterly void of filters, eclipsed by dismissive refusal to apologize, steadfast assertions and image of self importance greater than that of a Roman emperor. Hail Trump, or risk his wrath.

Much as I dislike Republican politics, I almost feel sorry for them. Trump’s response in a recent interview with The Hill when asked about possibly running as an Independent –

“I’ll have to see how I’m being treated by the Republicans,” Trump was quoted as saying. “Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.”

Trump said the RNC was “always supportive” when he donated to the conservative party, the newspaper reported.

But now, “the RNC has not been supportive,” he said in the interview on Wednesday. “The RNC has been, I think, very foolish.”

The RNC had issued a statement saying remarks by Trump, who on Saturday disputed the heroism of McCain, who was held prisoner for five years during the Vietnam War, had “no place in our party or our country.”

Not so fast Republicans, you be nice to Mr. Trump or he’ll run off simply because he can. A rogue Trump will split your votes, guaranteeing a win for Clinton. I’m placing my bet on Clinton for the win despite your Trump shenanigans, but you have other plans. So what to do with Donald Trump?

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-just-surged-biggest-205900662.html#

http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/politics/3803338-trump-threatens-run-independent-if-gop-not-fair

Zoom To The Milky Way


Ever wanted a closer look at our Milky Way? Nick Risinger of ESO (Emerson Digitized Sky Observatory) zooms beyond Earth in the direction of Sagittarius. Beyond Sagittarius the camera switches to infrared, allowing us to see through and beyond cosmic dust clouds to objects orbiting the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy.

This is the perfect week to lay naked eyes on the Milky Way. August 14 heralds a new moon, for the next week a waxing crescent moon sets just after sunset. From a rural location moonless night delivers Milky Ways iconic smudge across our sky. (The same Milky Way thousands of panicked callers reported as a UFO when California lights went out after the Northridge earthquake)

http://earthsky.org/tonight/time-to-see-the-starlit-milky-way

Wyatt Scott – Independent


Elections Canada stipulates anyone can run for office as “Independent” candidates provided they meet the following criteria (abbreviated, with full link below bullet points)

  • At least 18 years of age at time of nomination
  • Names, addresses, and signatures of at least 100 eligible voters in the riding you wish to run.
  • A $1,000 deposit received with duly witnessed nomination form, no later than 2 PM, 21 days prior to election.

http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=pol&dir=can/bck&document=index&lang=e

Say hello to Wyatt Scott, running as Independent in the B.C. riding of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon.