Tiny but powerful, wow, those Buffleheads know how to stay under. I need to learn how they do it if I’m going to keep watching such as the MSNBC Democratic Debate. Questions, Insults And Gaffes From Sanders & Clinton

I watch for the Bufflehead (B) to resurface

while I kick a rock in frustration over the Clinton/Sanders debate’s bloviations.

The B stay under for up to 25 seconds.

Its diving tactic COULD provide me a metaphor during debates:

Compress plumage to squeeze out air,

give a slight forward leap & plunge down with zest,

holding wings tight to body & propel with just feet.

Then POP like a cork to the surface

while I watch.

–PATTY

http://www.ibtimes.com/msnbc-democratic-debate-highlights-2016-best-video-clips-questions-insults-gaffes-2294970

 

DID SOMEONE SAY #TBT?

I walk here most days, to this strip of sand settled by the Ais, a tribe of Native Americans.

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It’s easy to imagine them living here, small nomadic bands making camp.

 

So much has changed since then.

Remember when you could just pull off to the side of the road and stroll through dunes to the ocean?  Today, most of the Atlantic Coast is overrun with parking lots, concessions, and billboards.

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But here in the land of the Ais, there are still plenty of pristine beaches with easy and free public access.

 

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Marker at the public access to Fletcher Beach, Hutchinson Island, FL

 

Markers always interest me. (There isn’t one for the Ais. At least, I haven’t seen one yet.)  I’m curious to know more about the honorees, the folks who came before us, the ones who deserve our gratitude.

The marker near the dune is for C. Scott Fletcher, an Australian-born education professional. He spent more than three decades protecting these beaches from development. He pioneered Save Our Beaches.  The Ais would applaud him, I’m sure.

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This part of the shoreline was named in honor of Scott and Billie. It might look much different today if it weren’t for the efforts of this visionary community activist.

C. Scott Fletcher died in 1991. His legacy never will.

Toni 2/4/16

 

The rhetoric of the GOP hopefuls raises basic competency questions.Ponder distinct vs. blurry as the CCDs (climate change deniers) do their winter exercises (see Brian McFadden’s THE STRIP)

Blurry vs distinct.

The last snow storm’s northern boundary was distinct:

1″ vs 28″ just a bit further south.

But snow, at least, is normal for now,

unlike the FACT that 2015 was the HOTTEST,

& December was too.

The next POTUS will have a big say in whether our planet can right itself.

So nix the GOP guys who all question anthropogenic global warming:

Don’t support flat-earthers; that’s a distinct “don’t” not blurry.

–PATTY
from http://greylocksnowday.blogspot.com my absolute favorite weather site