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October 11, 2006

Phenomena of Electrical Storms

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Phenomenon is all around us and it was difficult to decide which one to choose. However, several weeks ago I was awaken by flashes of lighting at about 10pm and looked outside there were high winds but the air was dry. I watched an electrical storm for about half an hour. The flurry of activity created by the storm was like watching fireworks on the 4th of July. Remembering this experience when trying to thinks of something creative for the blog prompt motivated my further inquire. A Google search yielded this brief explanation off the website:

The same way you get static electricity on you from rubbing
carpet etc. on a dry day - the friction of processes
in the atmosphere and between the air and the ground results
in charge being separated and a lot of energy building
up, which eventually gets released in a storm.
Author-Arthur Smith
http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/phy99/phy99138.htm

This phenomenon covers most of the topics covered in lecture of Frameworks and Clockworks. The electrical storm was framed within the realm of my experience.

October 4, 2006

The Cabin

The Family Cabin

Over 17 years ago my husband took me to the family cabin near Park Rapids Minnesota and it was love at first sight. The cabin is located on a small spring feed lake, so small in fact that on the Minnesota map it is labeled “pond�, but it is very picturesque. I just like to sit and read a book, watching the birds at the feeders or go for long walks along the shore. I would have to say that my “Genius Loci� has more to do with how I feel when I am at the cabin because the cabin calms me and lifts my sprits at the same time. The cabin is not a very big or glamorous place by most cabin standards now a day. The small cabin did not even have indoor plumbing until 1988 which was very strange for a person born and raised in a large city and don’t get me started on the bugs. However, I have been able to get use to the bugs and the cabin has been since remodeled. Now we are able to take our kids to a place were we all can have a wonderful time. My children are able to swim and fish off the dock; we go canoeing, boating and biking on the Heartland trail through northern Minnesota. The cabin has been in my husband’s family for over 40 years and most of the residents are pastors and minister. Not a party lake just a great get away.