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This year, Theo and Henry Peirson completely took over the presentation of the Dr. Glenn Peirson Initiative Award:
A number of the young teenagers I’ve talked to lately have raised their deep concerns about climate change. I feel they must be thinking and talking about it a lot. About the same amount as those of us older than they are NOT talking about it. And one bright 14 year old girl said to me, “I think you’re all leaving it up to us.” And then she smiled, “And we can do it!”
So I think it’s time for MORE TALK..
RECOMMENDATION: a Natural History Museum – the website of which is an incredible time traveller:
Excerpt: First Britons
By Lisa Hendry
First published 15 December 2017
Britain, with its rich history of monarchies, industry and culture, holds a lesser-known story in its past.
It’s the story of how people came to be here at all and their struggle for survival in a dramatically changing environment. It begins nearly one million years ago.
Britain’s unique location – between the Atlantic and continental Europe – means that it has experienced the fullest extremes of climate.
Over the past million years, its climate has fluctuated from balmy Mediterranean-like conditions to long stages of cold with large ice sheets covering much of the land.
Landscapes changed accordingly, with coastlines and rivers shaped by water and ice. Britain’s inhabitants had to adapt too, although sometimes they vanished altogether.
Humans in ancient Britain
Investigations such as the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB) project have provided new insights.
This 13-year multidisciplinary collaboration between the Museum and other research institutions has transformed what we know about the earliest Britons and the world they lived in.
Prof Chris Stringer, Museum human origins expert and Director of AHOB, says:
‘Traces left behind by Britain’s earliest inhabitants are scattered across the landscape.
‘By combining evidence from animal and plant fossils, tools and other artefacts, we have been able to build quite a detailed picture of the lives of these early Britons and the conditions they faced.
‘Our research has revealed that there were at least 10 separate waves of occupation, as people were repeatedly driven out by extreme changes in the environment.’
This is so worth exploring!
And might I also recommend a book I’m reading at the moment for a fascinating look at the evolution of church out of clan life in later Britain:
Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Penguin Classics)
Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/014044565X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ne6VCb8Y8K3E5
Long before we were starting to gather together some kind of DNA, some of the animal kingdom became more and more powerful in a ‘survival of the fittest’ kind of way. Read here about the exciting find of the giant lion:
ha! thirteen billion year old lightbulb,
microwave background of the
universe, harvesting and brewing
bluegreen primordial soup and throwing in
our galaxy’s cosmic curds – why do they
who is the master chef at the ‘antediluvian light’?
who the sous chef?
who manages, listens, watches, stirs, directs?
temperature, stages, benign neglect, love applied and
withheld – all brought together in
precision to encourage the curdy bluegreen muck
to gain mass and volume and shoot off clusters of
newborn irradiated galaxies stewed by
hallelujah! shout the archangels while
the heavenly host fly and sing to the
music of the spheres!
all, not merely a few, must see this and
abandon fear and whatifs – what if
the planet dies?
drop fear and soar – there are so many
places to visit when
“Black holes are where God divided by zero.” Albert Einstein (1879–1955)
I am so happy about yesterday that I am declaring April 10 – BLACK HOLE DAY! I’m going to talk politicians into having schools, businesses, government agencies, etc., devote the annual holiday to learning more about black holes. That will give everyone something to do on April 10 for eternity.
THANK YOU, ALBERT EINSTEIN, for your humility, your brain, your quirkiness and your manifold gifts to science and us. And thanks to everyone involved into giving birth to yesterday!
Let’s get on this transporter, folks, and off what we’re fed about our planet – and we’ll SAVE EARTH… with a nod and thanks to the younger generation’s exciting advancements!
Some words are not for poetry – III
(September 19, 2009)
Onomatopoetically sung song
spun beauty as gossamer thread glistening
I slide down dew-laced air always listening
to words tinged with heaven’s grace, but strung strong
Love does come to me, spinning and bathing
clothing and cradling my soul in its care
Beauty arises with silk gauze my wear
dressing, caressing, nudged gently wading
Into deep pondering life-weaving in awe
of wonder, surrender to beauty’s great
latticework frame, which cloaks and sustains us
translucent, hushed humbly, naked and raw
Into this beauty we spin without weight
hosanna-hymn laced with wild gentleness
[from I am Keats as you are by Glenn Peirson]