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From AlJazeera In PIctures: "Photos: Kashmir resort sees tourists after back-to-back shutdowns"*

When I saw this today I found it to be a pleasant diversion from all things tRUMP. The photos are from
the Gulmarg resort area in Indian-administered Kashmir. I remembered that I had read about this
some time ago and yes, Gulmarg is on the list I found of the 6 world ski areas with the greatest vertical
drop**. Gulmarg is also the area located at the highest elevation. I found that the term "on-piste" is a French
term that identifies a groomed/maintained ski trail. Enjoy!

* https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2021/1/19/in-pictures-snow-fills-kashmir-resort-with-tourists

** https://snowcomparison.com/magazine/top-6-ski-runs-vertical-drop/

From The BBC Travel: "Stromatolites: The Earths oldest living lifeforms" (...)

I'm always on the lookout for information that provides perspective and this is good!

From Article: snip

"Stromatolites are living fossils and the oldest living lifeforms on our planet. The name derives from the Greek, stroma, meaning “mattress”, and lithos, meaning “rock”. Stromatolite literally means “layered rock”. The existence of these ancient rocks extends three-quarters of the way back to the origins of the Solar System.

With a citizen scientist’s understanding, stromatolites are stony structures built by colonies of microscopic photosynthesising organisms called cyanobacteria. As sediment layered in shallow water, bacteria grew over it, binding the sedimentary particles and building layer upon millimetre layer until the layers became mounds. Their empire-building brought with it their most important role in Earth’s history. They breathed. Using the sun to harness energy, they produced and built up the oxygen content of the Earth’s atmosphere to about 20%, giving the kiss of life to all that was to evolve.

Living stromatolites are found in only a few salty lagoons or bays on Earth. Western Australia is internationally significant for its variety of stromatolite sites, both living and fossilised. Fossils of the earliest known stromatolites, about 3.5 billion years old, are found about 1,000km north, near Marble Bar in the Pilbara region. With Earth an estimated 4.5 billion years old, it’s staggering to realise we can witness how the world looked at the dawn of time when the continents were forming. Before plants. Before dinosaurs. Before humans."

much more at link http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210117-stromatolites-the-earths-oldest-living-lifeforms?referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fworld

How to Speed up Windows 10 [Effective Methods]

So yesterday I took a break from loathing all things tRUMP and searched for ways to speed up my WIN 10.
I did a quick search** and chose one website* and followed the directions. I'm very pleased to be able to
say that I've seen immediate positive results! And these days we can all use whatever makes us very
pleased!

* https://beebom.com/speed-up-windows-10-2/

** https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffnt&q=optimize+win+10+speed+and+reliability&ia=web

From The BBC In Pictures: Your pictures of Scotland 1 - 8 January

Usually I don't load up on photo posts but I really feel that we need pleasant distractions to aid us in
healing at this time. Besides that, the first photo of this series shows an ice cream truck doing business
in the snow and it reminded me that when I lived in Upper Michigan every ice cream shop closed up for
the winter. I'm glad to find out that the Scots are more sensible! Enjoy!

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-55546350

From BBC In PIctures: "Building frozen castles at China's Harbin Ice Festival

The 37th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China has opened to visitors, featuring frozen towers, palaces and castles."

This article combines text and photos to inform us of the ability of The Chinese people to create
beauty and wonder. For me it is a pleasant way to spend some time enjoying the healing process
we all need right now.

link: https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-55529089

From Al Jazeera: How Europe's far right responded to pro-Trump Capitol riots (...)

I think this article provides some additional useful perspective on these events.

From article: "Violence in Washington, DC, draws condemnation from some hard-right politicians in Europe, but others remain notably silent.

snip

European far-right leaders, who once threw their unwavering support behind US President Donald Trump, have condemned pro-Trump protesters who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday as Congress gathered to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s presidential win.

snip

Right-wing politicians, including Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the far-right Dutch opposition leader Geert Wilders, Trump’s longtime British ally Nigel Farage and Italy’s far-right League party leader Matteo Salvini, denounced the protesters’ actions.

Unlike German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, however, they stopped short of pinning some blame on Trump."

more text plus link to pics at: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/7/far-right-capitol-riots

I've read a lot here about flat-earthers, but there are also people who believe the earth is hollow!

When I was around 6 years old I saw a large poster illustrating the hollow-earth belief in a barber shop,
probably somewhere in South Dakota where we lived for awhile. See search link below*

But then if you can believe in Gawd(s) or Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy you can believe in anything!

* https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffnt&q=do+people+believe+the+earth+is+hollow&ia=web

From The Guardian Gallery: How To Draw Anything, a children's book by Moose Allain

(But adults can enjoy it too. I have) While this is from 2015 it's the first time I've seen it. So much to learn
and so little time.

https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2015/jan/17/how-to-draw-anything-moose-allain

Waking up today from my morning nap the song "Save The Last Dance For Me" was running

through my mind. I first enjoyed this song as a piece of music when I was a youngster listening to
the radio in the early 60s. The original recording was by The Drifters in 1960. Later I appreciated the masterful use of internal rhymes by the writers, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. The song could
easily be used both at the sock hop or in the classroom. Enjoy.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Save_the_Last_Dance_for_Me

Lyrics: http://www.songlyrics.com/the-drifters/save-the-last-dance-for-me-lyrics/

Performance:




From The Guardian/Environment/Gallery: "Butterflies, bushfires and bears:

Age of Extinction's year in photography"

These refreshing and soothing photos are just what I need to start the New Year. I hope you
enjoy them too.

One photo is captioned as being the Sluch river so being curious I set out to find out where it is.
(I often do this.) I found out Sluch is the English for the name of the Sluc in the local language. The Sluch/Sluc is a tributary of the Pripyat/Pripiat River (I've seen both spellings) that flows through
Ukraine and Belarus. I didn't find a map location for the Sluch/Sluc but did find the location of the
Pripyat/Pripiat. It's a very healing process for me to do these things and if we all need one thing
these days it's healing!

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/dec/31/butterflies-bushfires-and-bears-age-of-extinction-year-in-photography-2020-aoe
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