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@gerhardbandiola Good morning from Tagaytay #whatbeach  (at CCT Training & Retreat Center Tagaytay)

@gerhardbandiola Good morning from Tagaytay #whatbeach (at CCT Training & Retreat Center Tagaytay)

laughingsquid:

Horns to Turn a Horse Into a Unicorn
@justice_thedog #selfie

@justice_thedog #selfie

After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately.

Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,
Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly.
Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her
Problem? we told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she
Did this.

I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.
Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick,
Sho bit se-wee?

The minute she heard any words she knew—however poorly used—
She stopped crying.

She thought our flight had been canceled entirely.
She needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the
Following day. I said no, no, we’re fine, you’ll get there, just late,

Who is picking you up? Let’s call him and tell him.
We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
Would ride next to her—Southwest.

She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.

Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
Found out of course they had ten shared friends.

Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian
Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.

She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering
Questions.

She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies—little powdered
Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts—out of her bag—
And was offering them to all the women at the gate.

To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
The lovely woman from Laredo—we were all covered with the same
Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.

And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers—
Non-alcoholic—and the two little girls for our flight, one African
American, one Mexican American—ran around serving us all apple juice
And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.

And I noticed my new best friend—by now we were holding hands—
Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,

With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always
Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.

And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.

Not a single person in this gate—once the crying of confusion stopped
—has seemed apprehensive about any other person.

They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
This can still happen anywhere.

Not everything is lost.

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” I think this poem may be making the rounds, this week, but that’s as it should be.  (via oliviacirce)
funnywildlife:

VISIONS: Seeing the Aurora in a New Light by NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr.This image shows a beautiful auroral display over Bear Lake, Alaska in 2005.
NASA’s VISIONS sounding rocket mission (VISualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral atom imaging during a Substorm) is studying what makes the aurora, and how it affects Earth’s atmosphere. It will launch from Poker Flats, Alaska, on a night with a strong aurora between Feb 2. and Feb 17, 2013.
VISIONS will determine how the aurora heats and “slingshots” oxygen out of the upper atmosphere. We know from other satellite missions that near-Earth space often gets disturbed by the “auroral wind”, which is this flow of oxygen from the upper atmosphere out to and beyond geosynchronous orbit. While this wind is not very dense (only one ten billionth the pressure at Earth’s surface) it has important effects on the space environment. In particular, it is one factor that helps to control the behavior of the Van Allen radiation belts, which can damage satellites.
We know this wind is strongest when the aurora is active, but we don’t yet know how much oxygen gets lifted out of our atmosphere, how long it takes, at what altitude the wind blows strongest, or what parts of the aurora are most efficient at driving it.
VISIONS will fly through and above the aurora, and into the region where this auroral wind is generated, up to 500 miles altitude, in order to explore how the aurora drives this important space weather process.
Credit: Joshua Strang/USAF
To read more about the VISIONS mission go to: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/visions-aurora.html

funnywildlife:

VISIONS: Seeing the Aurora in a New Light by NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr.

This image shows a beautiful auroral display over Bear Lake, Alaska in 2005.

NASA’s VISIONS sounding rocket mission (VISualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral atom imaging during a Substorm) is studying what makes the aurora, and how it affects Earth’s atmosphere. It will launch from Poker Flats, Alaska, on a night with a strong aurora between Feb 2. and Feb 17, 2013.

VISIONS will determine how the aurora heats and “slingshots” oxygen out of the upper atmosphere. We know from other satellite missions that near-Earth space often gets disturbed by the “auroral wind”, which is this flow of oxygen from the upper atmosphere out to and beyond geosynchronous orbit. While this wind is not very dense (only one ten billionth the pressure at Earth’s surface) it has important effects on the space environment. In particular, it is one factor that helps to control the behavior of the Van Allen radiation belts, which can damage satellites.

We know this wind is strongest when the aurora is active, but we don’t yet know how much oxygen gets lifted out of our atmosphere, how long it takes, at what altitude the wind blows strongest, or what parts of the aurora are most efficient at driving it.

VISIONS will fly through and above the aurora, and into the region where this auroral wind is generated, up to 500 miles altitude, in order to explore how the aurora drives this important space weather process.
Credit: Joshua Strang/USAF
To read more about the VISIONS mission go to: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/visions-aurora.html

funnywildlife:

Starting a New Day by Fort Photo on Flickr.This image is dedicated to one of the best human beings I’ve ever known, Mark Hummels. Mark is a wonderful friend going back to high school that was senselessly murdered at the Phoenix, AZ law firm shooting last week. Gun violence has reached epidemic levels in this country, and I know there are divergent opinions among my friends— but we MUST find a way to change this culture of violence. I chose an image of sunrise to symbolize hope for the future, we can do this.
Mark’s funeral is today. Please consider making a gift to the Mark Hummels Memorial Fund: www.azfoundation.org/static/donors/Hummels.shtml
Donations for the welfare, education and care of Mark’s and Dana’s two children can be made to the Hummels Children’s Fund at Alliance Bank of Arizona, 2901 N. Central Ave, Suite 100, Phoenix 85012
Join us in celebrating Mark’s life and if you knew him share your memories here: www.facebook.com/WeAreMarkHummels

funnywildlife:

Starting a New Day by Fort Photo on Flickr.

This image is dedicated to one of the best human beings I’ve ever known, Mark Hummels. Mark is a wonderful friend going back to high school that was senselessly murdered at the Phoenix, AZ law firm shooting last week. Gun violence has reached epidemic levels in this country, and I know there are divergent opinions among my friends— but we MUST find a way to change this culture of violence. I chose an image of sunrise to symbolize hope for the future, we can do this.

Mark’s funeral is today. Please consider making a gift to the Mark Hummels Memorial Fund: www.azfoundation.org/static/donors/Hummels.shtml

Donations for the welfare, education and care of Mark’s and Dana’s two children can be made to the Hummels Children’s Fund at Alliance Bank of Arizona, 2901 N. Central Ave, Suite 100, Phoenix 85012

Join us in celebrating Mark’s life and if you knew him share your memories here: www.facebook.com/WeAreMarkHummels

condenasttraveler:

Where Am I—Beijing, Seoul, or Tokyo? | Street Art Scene
theclearlydope:

Clearly Dope Stall Art: I typically use public bathrooms just to get some culture.

theclearlydope:

Clearly Dope Stall Art: I typically use public bathrooms just to get some culture.

laughingsquid:

Custom Star Wars R2-D2 Android Figures That Project Galactic Images