Astronomy Picture of the Day

Saturday, June 24, 2017

David's Starry Night

Courtesy of a friend, David Punia

A perfect capture of Fireflies or Lightning Bugs as I call them

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Night Musik

Friday Night Musik 

The ever amazing Beth Hart

Link from YouTube 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Travelogue for the Universe: Themes of Pain

Thought I'd repost some of my Pain writings.
This as the Vermont legislature ponders with deep thought
Incremental legalization of #cannabis
Or Legalization Lite.
Painful Progress 

Travelogue for the Universe: Themes of Pain: themes of pain there is the pain corporeal, our aches, our pains significant. some block the pain, ignore the theme, the pattern of pains,...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Friday Night Musik ...Early Edition Richard Barone

Today the Travelogue received a fine vinyl album 
Richard Barone.
The postal lady liked the looks of it.
I was thrilled.
Here are a few favorite YouTube links...
Buy his album
And be teleported 
To 1960's Greenwich Village 
Crank it up 😎



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Morning Star ⭐️

The Morning Star ⭐️ 
After posting last night for today,
I sent a message to the Twitterverse 
 Venus or Mercury?
I inquired.
Mercury it is,
Messenger of the Morn.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Gaz Update #fracking

From our loyal citizen reporter, Henry 

Front page, albeit below the fold, valley news and nice picture on back
Hi Pipefighters - 

Here's our press release about the court proceedings in Chelsea yesterday, from the "PDEJ, the ad hoc group that organized the original action at Recchia's house. Hope you are all well and looking forward to spending more time with you soon.

People's Department of Environmental Justice
June 5, 2017 -- Chelsea, VT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Court Blockade Ends in Climate Case Mistrial

In a legal plot twist in Orange County Court today, protesters from Bread and Puppet Theater and the People’s Department of Environmental Justice turned the tables on the State Department of Public Service and the State Attorney's office in an alleged trespassing case. In May of 2016, protesters visited former State Dept. of Public Service Commissioner Christopher Recchia at his home. About a dozen protesters, dressed in hardhats and high res vests, came to reenact landowner accounts of Vermont Gas contractors violating written no-trespass orders at their homes. Today, protesters at the courthouse actually halted the resulting trespassing trial of Plainfield resident Henry Harris. Wearing prison stripes in the courtroom, they held up banners that read, “The State of Fossil Fuels vs. The People” and “Sentenced to Climate Change”. Judge Timothy Tomasi quickly stopped the proceedings and left the courtroom after the protest, returning minutes later to approve the State’s motion to declare a mistrial. Tomasi said part of the reason for the mistrial was that he failed to instruct the jurors to leave the courtroom when he left, exposing them to the influence of the assembled protesters. It is not clear whether the court will assume responsibility for this, but Tomasi also mentioned the possibility that Harris would serve jail time for contempt of court.

Last May protesters pantomimed surveying Mr. Recchia’s land, pretended to cut down lilac bushes with chain-less chainsaws, marked and staked out the property, and raised a 26-foot tall mock-oil derrick. The protest dramatized serving an Eminent Domain Foreclosure notice against Recchia, who had been authorizing the seizure of Addison county landowner's property through eminent domain processes for the controversial VT Fracked Gas Pipeline. These seizures of private land and new studies about the extreme impacts of methane “natural gas” on the warming climate have caused public outcry against the Addison-Rutland fracked gas pipeline and the Department of Public Service. Needless to say, Shumlin’s Commissioner Recchia didn’t like the eminent domain theater at his own home last May. To top off the irony, Mr. Recchia offered conciliatory remarks to Mary Martin, an Addison county resident in attendance, who has stood against the Department of Public Service’s eminent domain activities for the past half-decade.

Instead of focusing on his charges, Defendant Henry Harris claimed that “We are all sentenced to climate change”, stating that the government is the one on trial for pushing through the Addison/Rutland Fracked Gas pipeline and stealing people’s homes to do it. “We’re not here to talk about whether anyone stood in this guy’s yard or not” said Harris “We’re here, again, to exercise our first amendment rights and demand effective action to address the social and economic threats of climate change before it’s too late.” As far as the trespassing charge, the State’s witnesses were unable to produce any hard evidence that Mr. Harris remained on Recchia’s land once he was asked to leave, a key element of a trespassing convition. Harris said in court that he assumes this lack of any solid evidence is why the State’s attorney was so eager to move for a mistrial.

Protesters say that their exercise of free speech in the courthouse was a success, and are working on a new campaign to stop the next phase of the pipeline construction between Middlebury and Rutland.

For more info, contact Henry Harris
917 922 5430

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Route 66

About πŸ’― years ago,
Route 66 changed,
Well, everything.

Route 66

Route 66 went through the town I grew up in.
When we were there for a visit,
We found this car Barn.
And I had to make a movie of it.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Gaz Trans Vermont Pipeline Update #fracking


Trying to insert letters here....bear with me 😎

Update... I couldn't post letters here. I give up πŸ˜•Meg

Public Voice silenced....Rachel comments ignored by Vermont psb 

If Rachel was in Charge,
The world 🌎 would be a better place...

Rachel's comments:

Attached is a VGS filing just received, requesting "non substantial change" determination for failure to bury the pipe deep as required by CPG and by agreement with VELCO (last May!). Also attached is a letter from VELCO saying it is all OK with them (Gaz Metro owns both).  

Some of you will recall that Cisco had taken photos of a section of pipe in New Haven wetland area that was buried very shallow (and in standing water). Those photos were delivered to the federal regulatory agency (PHMSA) along with our complaints last October, and again in April. The issue was raised and photo was also presented to GC Morris, the DPS inspector, at the forum held with DPS/ June Tierney. Cisco thereafter visited the site with GC Morris. That is the area referred to here in VGS request.  

The depth requirement was part of the CPG - and part of VGS agreement with VELCO - to bury the pipe 4 feet when inside the VELCO right of way. They are also to have buried the pipe 5 feet in agricultural lands - so farm tools do not contact the pipe - And some landowners also had various stipulations re depth associated w easements.  

No doubt, everywhere else along the route - where nobody happened to be watching and taking pics - is buried just right…?


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summer? What Summer?

I'm not complaining...

Weather cool and dry, then rainy.
Warm, then cold, or cool 😎 
Today is June First 

Summer is missing 

Friday Night Musik ...a little early 😎

Like a Bird

On a Wire,
I am Free.

Theme for June 2017 a.d.

Thanks Darrell the City Farmer,
For caring for the little bird...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Music Link

From YouTube
A Favorite video link
Sean Costello et al ...
Love is Amazing 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

#TBT ThrowBack Thursday

ThrowBack Thursday 

Shard Villa...circa 2009


Shard Villa Update, My version

By Mary E Gerdt
all rights reserved 2009

Shard Villa update
I won’t go into the specific facts because I don’t know all the minutiae but I know when a case settles only moments before trial, that somebody’s scared, somebody’s giving in, somebody doesn’t want something to come out, somebody was strutting and now they are groveling, somebody’s sad.
Usually both sides lose something but they will tell you they gave up everything.
The bottom line is somebody will be able to breathe again like the residents who gained what amounts to a welcome reprieve. The relatives who sat on pins and needles knowing legal remedy is an oxymoron. The staff who were checking the paper for jobs and smiling to their beloved residents. People like me who feel that the Villa is a magical place for people who have to live away from their original home. People like the spirit of Columbus Smith who knew how the last minute dealings in conference rooms outside of court can be where the rubber meets the road, before rubber was on roads.
If you don’t understand what I am saying, you have never had to be in one of those little conference rooms listening to someone threaten your existence to get you to sign the paper giving it all away. The alternative route is they will take it all away from you.
I told you it is a snarly place.
The details are expensive but not really important. The details are washed away by the signing of a stipulation agreement. The ABA’s preferred method for settling cases.
It saves the lawyer’s the embarrassing surprises when their clients get on the stand.
It save’s the lawyers participating in their client’s lies their clients believe in.
It produces the illusion that the courtroom just wasn’t necessary. “Settled out of court” sounds so tidy. Don’t be fooled. It is as bloody as it gets.
Congratulations to Shard Villa for maintaining the 100 year plus promise to care for elders and disabled in a castle with amenities and fabulous caring staff.
Wish them luck with me in being successful at fund raising and gaining new residents to carry on Columbus Smith’s mission.
The last day in court I felt he hovered over us, watching these lawyers perform, and all he could think of was, "let me speak…my mission…my place…it is in memory of my children, myself, my wife. Don’t let us go. Watch out for our wishes. We are history. We are the Villa. We will haunt every mother’s sons of the dissenters."
At least I had hopes that was what he was thinking as I zoned out on the boring testimony of lawyers who didn’t want to discuss the one pertinent fact. Columbus Smith was a lawyer and if they undo his wishes, they go against their own and that is truly haunting. They would be inviting everyone in the future to contest 100 year old legacies. Their nightmares are that they appear in court and their opponent cites The board vs. Columbus Smith…
Lawyering. What a bizarre profession.
No longer a mystery to me and probably never was to Mr. Smith.
Mrs. Smith looked out the window alone when her husband was in England lawyering and she wondered if this was worth it all. What a hard life for a woman alone in the wilderness of Vermont as it was in the 1800’s. Yes this couple paid their price.
Wish them the best going forward.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Nurses take D.C.!

#NursesTakeDC Rally
May 5, 2017
relive the event,
see it for the first time if you missed it.

Videos online:
Thx Andrew Lopez, RN!

Thanks to all the hard working Nurses 

Please support them in their fight for
Safe Staffing 

Daily Bread 🍞

Daily Bread 🍞 

Yes, it is My Need to Document that brings me to my blog 
at least once a day to set down my troubles, triumphs and my history.
Today, while exploring my media editor, I made a little movie πŸŽ₯ 
It's more of a collage of images I like.
2 minutes.
I named it 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Apple 🍎 tree Blossoms

Yes, it's that time...
From the archives...
Other current photos eluding me,
Stuck in my other device.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hey, a Another Saturday Night

Something's special about Saturday Night 

From YouTube...


Friday, May 19, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Monkton Chronicles Aquarium Edition

Monkton Chronicles 

Aquarium Edition 
Yes, it has been awhile since I wrote in the Chronicles.

First, I thought we were moving,
Well, we are, eventually,
When the stars and planets are in
I am healing,
Bearing pain, insomnia, boredom, tiredness

That's not the story.

The story is simple.
Match 3 or more,
As I gained gold coins,
I bought fish,plants, decorations.
See snapshot below...
The castle felt more like home.

FYI...I refused to use power ups 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Blogging Forward...πŸ”. Nurse Nacole | Nursing School Resources: #1 Tip For All New Nurses | Task Versus Process Nu...

****Nurse Nacole is a regular contributor to the world 🌎 of Nursing.
Posting this article of hers on task vs. process nursing...πŸ‘πŸΌ Meg

Nurse Nacole | Nursing School Resources: #1 Tip For All New Nurses | Task Versus Process Nu...: I've been training a graduate nurse for the past few months. If there is one tip I could give any new nurse, it would be to find a ...

Monday, May 15, 2017

What if there was a plant that could save your life...

Well, what if?

I was expanding my thinking about the effects of #cannabis #MedicalCannabis
When the discovery was made recently about
Lymphatic system in the brain. 
My awkwardly worded discussion with my neurologist,
What if the CBD-THC having greater Osmolality,
Draws Lymphatic Fluids away from inflamed nerve tissue,
Brain or elsewhere..?
He nodded,
Makes sense,
What if the lymphatic fluids are sent by and intended by the body to protect the raw nerves?
An unintended consequence is lymphatic fluid increasing pressure in a fixed space, accumulation of metabolites, cellular waste, irritating nerves further.
Had to write this down while fresh in my head.
More later.meg

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spring was Starting

Spring was Starting,

Or so it Seemed.
In between the cold and wind,
The bright spring sunshine appears.

The angle of the Sun's ☀️  position in our sky 🌌
Rises steeper now,
Making it all seem silly,
Of course we are still and the Sun goes around us,
Or at least that is per my perception.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Spirits in the #Fracking Fight

Kindred spirits 
Remind me of Why
We Fight.

Our fellow #fracking fighters,
Forge the Trail
For our Earth 🌏 
To maintain its fragile 

I can't offer much,
But drawings
Poems that don't rhyme.

Our Kin, however,
Know our limits and
Our Perfection was never a Prerequisite 
For our Earth Family.

Are in alignment.

The Fight isn't over.

Happy Nurse's Week!

For the Nurses...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Flying Notes about Fighting #Fracking and Phipelines, Err, Pipelines

Condensed Version 
I wanted to post this here,
For the Record 

It's not about blocking a pipeline. It's about Property rights,  Right to Due Process, Right to Donate Land for a Park without having a Canadian Gas ⛽️ company just bore right under it, Right for Ratepayers to object, many rights trampled by the PSB lawyer den.

Mary E. Gerdt 

Zentangle revisited

Monday, May 1, 2017

Rerun: Travelogue for the Universe: MS and the Moons

Travelogue for the Universe: MS and the Moons: MS and the Moons I look at the Hubble/astronomy link every day (below). I really liked seeing the Martian moon (above), imagining the ...

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Connection to Healing Knowledge #MS #MultipleSclerosis #Seizures #Pain

Our Bodies are Self-Healing 

Within Limits,

Breaking down 
Just when you thought you had it licked.

For Help understanding how your body handles pain,
Turn to this reference,

More later...

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Breaking #fracking

Updates to supersede all others...

I just deleted a bunch of info from group we get in emails 
This one is the Biggest of all!

I'll blog this one.
How ballsy that VGS  is offering liquid gas by highway for businesses off the pipeline route (huh?)
Now the power company putting extension cord in Lake (dredging!)

GMP raising rates

All consequences of Canadian power mogul
Allowed to create greedy power monopoly 
Retaining separate power vendors with original Vermont names
As the prior Governor skates away
Having achieved objectives 
Vermont Yankee Nuclear plant closed ✔️
Solar panels, Windmills subsidies,Higher power charges for 🌏 Long term effects ignored✔️
Allowed Gaz Metro to acquire multiple Vermont companies like Green Mountain Power, retain name✔️
Cram pipeline through expendable Addison County,Taking land from farmers✔️
Maintain Public Service Board That is neither Public Nor A Service✔️
Board code word for Omnipresent Omniscient Omnibus's✔️
"Easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission

They're Back

The Swallows, that is.

It was Thursday 4/27/2017
The weather finally warm enough to sit outside 
The spring birds 🐦 chirping, hopefully.
The tired Swallows showed up,
I didn't hear them at first,
Then I heard them before I saw them,
They cheeped at me, then went off to prepare for summer residency.
Oh, and then I saw a young black fly...🀦‍♀️