Today, Monday 21st August 2017 a total eclipse of the Sun will appear. Much excitement and anticipation!
On August 21, 2017, tens of millions of people in the United States will have an opportunity to view a total eclipse of the Sun. A total solar eclipse was last seen on the U.S. mainland in 1979, but only in the Northwest. The eclipse this summer will sweep a narrow path across the entire country—the first time this has happened since 1918.
The U.S. Postal Service® anticipates this rare event with a stamp celebrating the majesty of solar eclipses. The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is the first U.S. stamp to use thermochromic ink, which reacts to the heat of your touch. Placing your finger over the black disc on the stamp causes the ink to change from black to clear to reveal an underlying image of the moon. The image reverts back to the black disc once it cools. The back of the stamp pane shows a map of the eclipse path.
The stamp uses a photograph taken by astrophysicist Fred Espenak of a total solar eclipse that was seen over Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006. Mr. Espenak also took the photograph of the full moon that is revealed by pressing upon the stamp image. The reverse side of the stamp pane shows the path across the United States of the total solar eclipse and gives the times that it will appear in some locations.
A total eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Moon completely blocks the visible solar disk from view, casting a shadow on Earth. The 70-mile-wide shadow path of the eclipse, known as the “path of totality,” will traverse the country diagonally, appearing first in Oregon (mid-morning local time) and exiting some 90 minutes later off the coast of South Carolina (mid-afternoon local time). A total solar eclipse provides us with the only chance to see the Sun’s corona—its extended outer atmosphere—without specialized instruments. The corona during an eclipse looks like a gossamer white halo around a black disk, or like the petals of a flower reaching out into space.
Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp. The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever® stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price. For more information about the Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever® stamp, visit: USPS.com
Monday 22nd May 2017 at 5:30 Eastern time in New York and 10:30pm in Manchester England, another Islamic terrorist took it upon himself to massacre innocent young lives.
The news break in uncertain terms. Vague snippets of information trickles into the news media outlets.
Then suddenly it is confirmed: “A suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester England has detonated himself and killed an unknown number of young innocent girls attending their favorite singer’s concert”.
I watched in horror as the details unfold and the chaos that ensued. Watching the sorrow and anguish of parents waiting for children that never emerged was excruciatingly painful.
The Manchester attack is a sickening new low, even by the depraved standards of terrorists. This was an act of pure, unadulterated evil. To target children and teenagers with a nail bomb is utterly loathsome. It was done with the intention of causing maximum carnage and terrible pain to those who survived the explosion.
The anger is monumental. FOR WHAT REASON WILL THIS EVER STOP???
Almost immediately little hastags appears on social media. #ManchesterStrong. #ManchesterKeepCalm. And so on.
Within hours of the attack the politicians and the British media were urging Britons to carry on as if nothing had happened.
Theresa May says such attacks “will not break us”, but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people in the Manchester morgues. Also, “will not break us” means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies.
The young people of Manchester are already broken. Sadig Khan say “London is united with Manchester”, but yet he does not condemn Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the bomb attack and who have been celebrating on social media.
The mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an “extremist”. An extreme WHAT? An extreme RABBIT? An extreme DOG? An extreme PIG?
Everyone seems scared to say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid. Yes of course they are unafraid, they are never the victims. WE, THE PEOPLE ARE THE VICTIMS!
NO! The time for prayers, hashtag campaigns and lightshows is over.
How about responding by targeting those responsible as well as the ideology behind the attacks?
But ‘carrying on exactly as before’ is not an option.
Except for the Queen, who was praised for her “strong words” against the attack, but yet, she did not cancel the garden party that took place at Buckingham Palace.
However in all fairness, the Queen and her thousands of garden party guests stood silently for one minute to remember the victims of the Manchester massacre.
Seems it is all just words, words, words, yada, yada, yada until the next terrorist attack on WE THE PEOPLE who are collateral damage in a fight that nobody is willing to tackle.
So now we just sit back and wait. Not for the next “IF”, but instead – for the absolute certainty and definite “WHEN”.
And while we wait, don’t forget to be strong. And keep calm.
Cartoonist Adam Zyglis perhaps illustrated the dire situation best.
With high expectations, and a spring in our step, we started out early on Easter Sunday morning to participate in the very fashionable New York’s Easter Bonnet Parade on 5th Avenue. Such a fun and joyous occasion. Everybody is there to enjoy the glorious weather and to watch the passing parade of hats and more hats in all shapes, sizes and colors. A beautiful spectacle of flowers and feathers, from classic to the outrageous and everything in between. Channeling each individual’s inner artistry, creativity had no bounds.Rockefeller Center with its beautiful flowers and rotating Easter bunny balancing an Easter egg. (Above) The famous Saks Fifth Avenue store in the background.(Below)The ever-ready bunny turning, turning, turning……to the delight of spectators.
And yes, she did balance it on her head. But just for a little while.And then it started….with a purposeful stride to the action……Elegant in their Gatsby style.
New York’s finest in full force to keep everybody safe.
Waiting in great anticipation for the Cardinal to emerge from St. Patricks CathedralHOPE our little miracle of Hope was sharing in our joy!In spirit and in our hearts he was with usHello!!! Is anybody home???
Channeling Artist René Magritte painted in 1964 – The Son of Man
THE END OF A MOST ENJOYABLE EASTER SUNDAY! INSPIRED AND DREAMING OF NEW HAT DESIGNS FOR NEXT YEAR! I AM THINKING CATS. WHAT ABOUT JUST WHITE FEATHERS? OR PERHAPS “IT TAKES A VILLAGE” OR JUST MORE CATS WITH FEATHERS, IN A VILLAGE…..WITH A CHICKEN……OR A PIGGY……WITH DIAMANTES….AND PEARLS…..WITH BABY’S BREATH….OH! WE ARE DROWNING IN POSSIBILITIES!
AND WE ALWAYS SPARE A THOUGHT FOR HOPE – FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS