THE GARDEN IS OUR FRIEND
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, after reading about a president whose staff is researching whether he can pardon himself or not, the last thing in the world I want to talk about this week is front page news. Besides, it’s summer in Seattle.
And contrary to popular myth, we do have one here. I’m not going to bore you with weather statistics. I’ve lived here for 26 years and while it has warmed some and the winters tend to be wetter, this sprawling megalopolis of 700,000 in a county the size of the American states of Rhode Island and Delaware, despite its eight microclimes, always has had a summer.
Hitchin’ up my overalls and scratchin’ my head for a second. I can recall the one of two thousand and ought six. By golly, there was one to remember. It got up to 106F / 41C. The mayor declared a Sun Day so we all knocked off and went swimming. A great time was had by all but the City spent a week and a couple million dollars scrubbing the ring off the Puget Sound nka the Salish Sea.
So far, we’ve been 33 days or so without rain. But that’s good for the garden. It just means trucking water down in plastic watering “cans” instead of using the rain buckets. It’s good exercise though and a reminder not to take what rain does fall for granted. It’s also a measure of the dedication of those involved. The secret is that it really doesn’t take that much.
This land, despite its soggy reputation, will grow anything including pod people. (Walmart’s Greeter Division has a big greenhouse over in Magnolia where they grow them organically. Turns out, they’re almost as polite as Canadians.) Like the rest of the planet, our three acres is a living organism in its own right.
Like most other life forms on the planet, it responds to recognition, acknowledgement, respect and nurturing. You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat their land.
And on that note, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.
IN UKRAINE, BITCOIN IS FREEDOM
For the last few days, the news and social media has been full of speculation about the so-called “Bitcoin’s Existential Crisis”. Bitcoin swings as civil war looms over problems that faced miners and actual owners of this cryptocurrency
Based on built-in constrains, the ledger of past transactions, known as the blockchain, can have only 1MB of data added to it every 10 minutes. But luckily in the virtual world, people are more sensible than sometimes in real life so no “civil war” is going to happen.
Already miners and owners have reached an agreement led by Bitcoin on markets. So Bitcoin won’t lose its leading ranking on CryptoCurrency Market Capitalizations
I can understand people fearing on something new and not feasible like electronic equivalent of money, but progress couldn’t be stopped and there will be no surprise if in few years crypto currencies whether it be Bitcoin lightcoin or any other will be in common use.
As for myself, I cannot make investments in popular cryptocoins as they already are a bit expensive. But I enjoy the possibility of earning by my writing. That is a win- win situation, having of hobby and being paid for it, as provided by the SteemIt community.
I also enjoy its network of open minded people. From all social networks at the moment, my first ranking is for SteemIt that gives opportunity to be paid with Steem crypto currency. So yes I will agree with the words on mural in general that crypto is freedom for future generations.
Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
From birth, we all want to live a happy life and that is our right. However, many share the view that our existing education systems are inadequate when it comes to preparing people to be more compassionate—one of the conditions for being happy. As a human brother I’m committed to letting people know that we all possess the seeds of love and compassion. Having a smart brain is not enough; we also need a warm heart.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This sort of puts a whole new spin on “Oh give me a home, where the buffalo…and stuff”… When Dinosaurs Roamed North Dakota
I wonder how long it will be before real estate prices go up there. Island Rises Up Off Cape Hatteras
This, I thought, was a little creepy. But then again, I am an optimist. Arks Of The Apocalypse
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This will absolutely move you. A Tiger’s Return to the Wild
I’m almost tempted to say, “Only in Canada,” except I know better. Hatching Peacocks Halts Construction At Victoria Condo Site
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s July newsletter is now online. And it is a beaut. Check it out here.
Their NestWatch July newsletter is also now online. They’re a bird lover’s matched bookends. Check this one out here.
This is turning out to be a very good week for bird lovers. The Audubon Society announced their annual photo contest winners in their July newsletter. Check them out here.
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