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Friday Musings

Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think,

not wonder, not imagine, not obsess.  Just breathe,

and have faith that everything will work out for the best.

– Unknown

Delaware-morning

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Scary new life-threatening fungal infections could soon menace mankind, thanks to climate change, a new report argues.In general, humans are incredibly resistant to fungal infections because these organisms don’t thrive in warmth, said lead author Dr. Arturo Casadevall, chair of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.But climate change could be increasing the tolerance of fungi to warmer temperatures, making them more likely to infect humans, Casadevall and his colleagues claim.

Source: Could Climate Change Help Spread Dangerous Fungal Infection?

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Winter Solstice

All is calm, all is bright….

Winter solstice 2018

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Did you ever begin Ulysses? Did you ever finish it? Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926–August 5, 1962) did both. She took great pains to be photographed reading or holding a book — insistence born not out of vain affectation but of a genuine love of literature. Her personal library contained four hundred books, including classics like Dostoyevsky and Milton, and modern staples like Hemingway and Kerouac. While she wasn’t shooting, she was taking literature and history night classes at UCLA. And yet, the public image of a breezy, bubbly blonde endures as a caricature of Monroe’s character, standing in stark contrast with whatever deep-seated demons led her to take her own life.

Source: Marilyn Monroe’s Unpublished Poems: The Complex Private Person Behind the Public Persona – Brain Pickings

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I’ll be honest with you, I’m not a fan of summer. Sure I love being outside again after a long winter and I love planting flowers and watching them grow. I like going to the beach occasionally – but even that in small amounts. Sitting under an umbrella lathered up in sunscreen, who wants to sit outside in 90° weather with a lot of other people doing the same thing? Not to mention the sand is so hot you can’t walk 5 feet without sandals or flip flops. 

I’m a Northern girl, grew up in Ohio, also lived in Upstate New York in the early 80’s in a house that didn’t even need air conditioning. Then Michigan for 16 years before moving to where I am now, which is Delaware. I miss Michigan and its weather. Yes, the winters could be long with the snow, but they were sunny and cold. Winters in Delaware are gray and wet. Summers could be hot in MI., but not prolonged heat waves like we have in DE., and don’t even ask about the humidity! Holy mother of god the humidity here is stifling and the mosquitoes! I can unequivocally say Delaware is as far south that I ever want to live. Retirement home/condo in Florida?  Hell no! More like a summer home in Maine.

It’s only July and already I’m counting down to autumn. You’ve heard of the book, ‘The Winter of Our Discontent’ by John Steinbeck, well this is the summer of my discontent. I’ve not been a very happy person the last two months, I feel more cooped up in the summer than I do in winter. At least in winter you can put on more layers and still take a walk or hike. In summer that is not the case. You go from an air conditioned house, to an air conditioned car, to an air conditioned location and repeat. We normally  take a fall vacation, since moving to DE., we’ve headed to New England. I fell in love with Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park. The summer tourists are gone and the crowds have thinned out. You can hike for hours with only seeing a few people. I’m not sure where we’re headed this fall but it will be somewhere with warm days, cool nights, hiking and mountains.

Until then…..one more hot wretched month to get through. Maybe Mother Nature will surprise us with a cooler than average August? I’m not counting on it.

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The “dog days of summer” take place between July 3 and August 11th. They are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation. The ancient Greeks blamed Sirius for the hot temperatures, drought, and sickness that occurred during the summer.

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Words of Wisdom

"Societies and cultures are really complicated. . . . This is not mathematics; this is biology and chemistry. These are living organisms, and it’s messy.

And your job as a citizen and as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness and respect and understanding.

And you should anticipate that at any given moment there’s going to be flare-ups of bigotry that you may have to confront, or may be inside you and you have to vanquish.

And it doesn’t stop. . . . You don’t get into a fetal position about it. You don’t start worrying about apocalypse. You say, O.K., where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward.”
-President Barack Obama

Respect

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