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Archive for December, 2008

Talking Trash

Posted by grahamfirchlis on December 14, 2008

The other morning, walking trash cans down to the curb, what with one ache and another I had reason to physically pause and actually pay attention to what I was doing instead of going mindlessly through the motions. No better place to contemplate mortality and the meaning of life than bent over a garbage can. Read the rest of this entry »

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Going hungry in the land of plenty

Posted by grahamfirchlis on December 14, 2008

The Central Valley of California is the most productive agricultural land in the entire world. You would think that living in the middle of all that abundance would guarantee that families would have access to all the food they need – but you’d be wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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Names

Posted by grahamfirchlis on December 11, 2008

In Scottish Gaelic, na fir chlis (also na chlisneach) is the aurora borealis, the Northern Lights. Scientists, in their unimaginative way, explain the magnificent phenomenon as being the result of an interaction between electrons and protons of the solar wind colliding with various gaseous elements in the Earth’s ionosphere. The energy absorbed from those collisions is reportedly released as visible light, of differing colors depending on the elements involved.

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