Monday, September 1, 2014

Collage...for September 2014

From Planet Earth Calendar
Sands of Time:  As one gazes upon the great rocks on the oceans' shores, it is difficult to imagine the tiny grains of sand on the beach are one and the same.  Much as sand flows through an hourglass to measure the passage of time, so the shifting sands on a beach change with time.  Tides and waves slowly break down rocks and seabed, producing sand over countless years.  Beach sand is comprised of many minerals, depending on the surrounding rocks and currents.  A major component of sand is silica (unrefined).  
 To produce silicon, silica sand must be reduced in a furnace over 2732 F degrees...(1500 degrees C).  Silicon is used in wide range of electrons from televisions to cell phones and will be used for many years. A mineral that has come from so far in the taking mankind into the future!

Did You Know?
(From the Canadian Wildlife Federation 2014 Calendar)

The Green Heron is a relatively small heron, measuring only about 40 centimetres in length.  Their diet consists of small fish, frogs and aquatic insects.

The Canadian Wildlife Federation published its first issue of Canadian Wildlife magazine in was geared to teens and adults; it is full of leading-edge stories.  Canadian Wildlife boasts some of the best nature photography in the world.

Message from the Canadian Red Cross
When a disaster strikes at home or abroad, more than 6,000 volunteers across Canada are prepared to respond.  One rapid respond reduces suffering and paves the way for people to recover with comfort.

A recent study found that 1 in 4 teens say they don't use a seat belt on every ride.  The top reasons teens gave for not buckling up were that:  they forgot was not their habit to do so...they were not going far...the seat belt was not comfortable...they were going to a party!

Now for some startling statistics:
39% of teens said they have ridden with teen drivers who were texting.
95%  said they think other teens have ridden with drivers who are texting.
43% of teens reported riding as passengers with a teen driver talking on a phone.
More than half  the teens have seen a parent talking on the phone when driving.
28% have been riding in a car with a parent who was texting.
49% of teens felt concerned for their safety when riding with a teen driver.

Three Tips for Parents of Teens to Remember While Riding in a Car:
Buckle up on EVERY Ride, EVERY Time...important for both Driver and Passengers!
Be a Good ROLE MODEL in all your driving habits!
TALK to TEENS about ways to speak up if a driver OF ANY AGE isn't driving safely!
Teens Model Their Behaviour From Their Parents!

Niagara Falls and Great Gorge
(From Niagara Falls Canada Calendar 2014)
A colour photo, taken from a low-flying-helicopter,
illustrates the magnificent beauty of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls
as it thunders into the rapidly flowing Niagara River.
Autumn-hued tree foliage covers a nearby island.
Water rushing north from the Falls is forced through a narrow Great Gorge, churning into some of the wildest white water rapids in the world. Down-river is The Whirlpool where the River sharply bends.

Special Event Days
September 1 (Monday) ~ Labour Day
September 7 (Sunday) ~ National Grandparents' Day*
September 13 (Saturday) ~ World First Aid Day
September 16 ~ International Day for Preservation of  the Ozone Layer
September 21 (Sunday) ~ International Day of Peace
September 23 (Tuesday) ~ Autumnal Equinox
September 24 (Wednesday) ~ National Tree Day

*Celebrated also in United States since 1918,
it is symbolized by “forget-me-not-flowers”.

Flower and Garden Philosophy
An old friend can be a garden of true delight.
(Nick Bellenson)

September Musings

My favourite quote is because it actually tells you something.
It states...Thirty days hath September, April, June and November.
All of the rest have 30 days except February alone
and that has 28 days clear and 29 in each leap year.
(Groucho Marx)

Released September 1997 in his album, “Destination Anywhere”,
Jon Bon Jovi wrote a song called...August 7
in memory of Katherine (his personal manager's daughter)
who was killed when she went to the community mailbox
1/8 mile from her home and never seen again.
(Her lifeless body was found one mile from her family home.)

Lyrics of many other songs: “September Girls”..."September”...“September Already”..."September Baby” ..."September of  My Years”...“It's September/Just One Moment"...etcetera.

If the events of September 11, 2001 have proven anything,
it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away
what makes us Americans ~
our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights.
(Jon Stewart)

Merle Baird-Kerr...compiled August 2014
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  1. SHERRIE WRITES: "I love September ~ back to school and return to a beautiful season of colours. What a lovely blog about September. I do believe that Neil Diamond wrote a song called 'September Morn'. I'll send you a copy now to play."

  2. Thanks Sherrie for your comments. The lyrics to "September Morn" are beautifully sad...full of memories as was, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore," in the movie "The Way we Were." I also loved "Autumn Leaves" which is probably more adaptable to October.

  3. DAVID RESPONDS: "Morning Merle. I read your Collage for September and enjoyed. Just for your information (re: the Sands of Time), there are 10 times the number of stars in the Universe than all the sand on Earth! Amazing when you think about it. Makes one feel rather insignificant."
    Many thanks for your insight and continuing interest.

  4. The Universe is really beyond our comprehension...and to consider that all the sand particles on Earth (each a small microscopic gem) is far surpassed by all the stars in the sky!
    In comparison, Mankind is minute!