Brain bubble cycles a.k.a "It's been over a month!? @#$%!"

The art of making daily entries isn't dialed into my habits yet. I've managed to start doing other things daily, including brushing my teeth, of which I'm pretty proud (all of my annual medical appointments are being delayed till things calm down or ghost_light manages to punch every idiot in town who's not helping curb the spread ;) so I figured I better start taking care of myself with the tools of modernity available). I admire and love the community to be found here. This space will buzz more soon. Thanks for helping to keep me buzzed (Speaking of which, I may or may not be having a black cherry Bud Light seltzer with lunch today. . . .)

The natural ebb and flow of the bubbles of subjects that I love and that live in my brain have been the focus of recent self-awareness studies for me and it is remarkable how many there are and how infrequently some get the focus and care they deserve (one is called LiveJournal). The most precious and sacred (some would even say "useless") leisure activities are not done enough. So as I approach the age of 36, I'm finally beginning to understand the word "priorities" and to fully appreciate we come with an expiration date, no matter how flexible and that choices must be made (which inevitably makes me think of the play "Mistakes were Made," but that's just negative thinking, right?). I hope you're having a good day. The sun has come out to play and it should be a good next 3 days!

Dust and us and things

"A Dust Plume to Remember" says Nasa's Earth Observatory about the Saharan dust cloud that left West Africa in June. How awesome is it that a dust storm like the ones described by Lawrence of Arabia (TE Lawrence) or from a Mission Impossible film can sail the wind across the Atlantic Ocean, as an identifiable cloud, for at least 6,475 miles (10,420.5 kilometers) to darken the sky and reduce air quality in the Carribean islands and other places even further west. (You can see why anyone who enjoys spending time studying global systems would be slightly irked that the phrase "we're all in this together" wasn't adopted by the human race before now.)

Speaking of TE Lawrence, his journal recorded weather events for posterity to learn from over 100 years later. It is a fun citizen science activity to help review historical documents and "mine" them (a rather ugly word to apply to historical research but so be it) for useful or interesting data for models etc.

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Don't despair. Dissent.

I like High Country News. "High Country" means land above the foothills but below the timberline. "Mountainous areas" and "elevated expanses." Kind of a great title for a magazine. When I opened the latest edition, there in large, bold typeface was the phrase "Don't despair, Dissent." "...even in the toughest moments, we can look to the people doing good, hard work, and be inspired by them." I hope you find some time to simmer in solidarity and that hope, love, and strength come to you especially before the next weekday plunge. To honor my creative self the definition is not limited to activism outside of my home place. It includes reading. Hoping for a good read today. Thanks ghost_light for the persistent prodding and inspiration and love.