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December 2018 Sky On Fire

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Dear Henry,

In the depths of Winter. it is difficult to find a bit of color. 

Occasionally though, when the clouds are right, Winter skies can become so dramatic and colorful.

Sometimes it pays to get up early.

xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Fine Print

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Dear Henry,
There is a new "Tide Pod Challenge" in town.  Only this time, it isn't American teenagers participating.
The latest teenager antics appear to be coming from an unusual source - the Hawaiian Monk Seal.  Somehow (scientists aren't sure how the seals are managing to do this, as they are sans hands) the seals are sticking eels up their noses.
Why?  Again, no one knows for sure, but scientists suspect it to be teenage antics of the animal kingdom.
And while this particular trick can be dangerous to the seals (scientists have been having to remove the dead eels) the pictures on CNN are quite comical.
Apparently, teenagers are the same everywhere.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: - The Black Dahlia

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Dear Henry,
Have you ever looked at your horoscope and thought Really?  This is truly all you have for me?
Today I was told to slow down and reminded me that not everything needs to be done now, which is a fine piece of advice, we all do too much and need to practice mindfulness and then went on with a small lecture regarding the need to practice delayed gratification.
While the advice is not entire inapplicable (patience is certainly not one of my virtues), I have come to expect a little positivity from both horoscopes and fortune cookies.  I want to hear about the good things coming my way, not about the need to be patient.
Sigh.
Who actually believes their horoscope anyway.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Full Bloom Rose - Monochrome

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Dear Henry,
This was an unusual photograph for me, I don't normally create black and white photographs.
In this case, however, the color of the flower did not translate into a photograph at all, but the structure of the flower itself was worth being seen.
Despite this case, where the monochromatic look worked, I still prefer brilliant color.  I think this is why I am not a huge fan of Winter.  The entire world turns "monochrome".
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road - Snow on a Pine Needle

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Dear Henry,
I grew up around people who religiously read the newspaper and watched the local news at six and ten.  I familiar with what was going on around me in the world,  but almost every conversation with an adult began "In the news today...
I swore that wouldn't be me.  I would find different things to converse about then the "News"
Lately, I have realized that many of my conversations begin with "in the news today...."
I have become the adults who raised me, despite all of my rebellion.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road: Ice on Branch 2018

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Dear Henry, Of all the Founding Fathers, George Washington is perhaps the easiest to like. 
When reading about the Revolutionary War during school, I think we all got a picture of a rather civilized bit of fighting between the U.S. and Great Britain.  
The movie, The Patriot, while showing a bit more of the blood and gore, still managed to make the war look relatively benign, outside of a few battles.
The reality was much different, and the entire conflict (8 years!) was plagued with loss, illness, and starvation.  There was no money and oftentimes, American colonists didn't care who was in charge, they just wanted to farm and prosper.  Throughout the entire war, U.S. troops were unpaid, unclothed, and unfed.  I am always amazed that American independence was achieved, as revolutions generally fail, even if they well supplied, and the American Revolution was far from well supplied.
What largely held the Continental Army together was the charisma of George Washington. Although his…

A Note From the Road: The Flow

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Dear Henry,
Today is "National Roof Over Your Head Day".  It is a day to feel gratitude for having a place to live.
It isn't a bad day to be grateful for having a home.  The temperature has dropped and it has turned quite chilly, so I for one am very grateful for my home.
xoxo a.d.

A Note From the Road:Bridal Veil Falls at Seven Falls

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Dear Henry,
I love stories where etiquette foils the enemy.  Like the Angels of Bataan and Corregidor, who forced the enemy guards to spend their entire inspection times bobbing up and down because they would stand just far enough apart that etiquette demanded a re-bow.
In these stories, I have found many heroes. And after reading about the WWII occupation of the British Isle of Sark, I have found a new hero in Dame Sibyl Hathaway.
The Isle of Sark is one of the channel islands, and therefore one of the first grabs of Nazi occupation.  Dame Sibyl Hathway did an admirable job of taking care of her subjects during the occupation of the island from 1941 to 1945. 

Almost all of the protection she offered was done by behaving like an aristocrat, demanding the occupying soldiers treat her like an aristocrat and adhere to that etiquette and style.
Dame Sibyl Hathaway, my new hero.
xoxo a.d.


A Note From the Road: Coneflowers 2018

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Dear Henry,
This morning in the New York Times there was an article related to the ongoing  "Sixth Extinction", this time related to the world of insects. 
The article discusses an almost 80% decrease in insect populations worldwide, and while most of us recognize the well-publicized decline in the honey bee population, I don't think all of us realized that this population decline was occurring to all insects (at least I didn't). Bees, as pollinators also get most of the public's attention because their decline will impact our food growth and production, but the often ignored earthworm, ant, and beetle populations are also declining, and without these insects, we will end up wallowing in our own decay.  Insects are also an important source of food for birds and fish, so a decline in the insect populations will begin to cascade up the food chain.
The article taught me a new term, "functional extinction".  This term is being used to describe the ecologic…