Total Solar Eclipse – the moon will make America dark again… momentarily

The countdown has begun. Eleven more days to go to witness the Great American Eclipse.

On Aug 21st I am going to witness my first Total Solar Eclipse here in the US. You are science buff or not so science person, every one of us will witness this unusual event which never happened here in the US in 99 years. This is the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse since 1918. Anyone who is in a 70-mile band that goes from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a complete blotting(for 2min 40 sec) of the sun for a brief period of time.

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Map credit NASA

This will be my second total eclipse. I had a vague memory of my first solar eclipse when I was a child growing up in India. It was a total darkness, birds started to going back to their nests thinking it was evening… and within a few minutes, the sun was back. Everything was normal, but it was one of a kind event.

Today I was looking for eclipse glasses to buy. While shopping, I came to know about many other facts of this solar eclipse. Here are a few things you may want to know.

Total Solar Eclipse – Everything you need to know

How long will the solar eclipse last?

Here’s what you see where you live – interactive map

Eclipse: Who? What? Where? When? and How?

Solar eclipse glasses – don’t get scammed

Watch NASA Eclipse 2017 live – streaming here or here on Aug 21, 2017

 

‘Chocolate’ on the streets of Niagara Falls, Canada

Just delicious. Awesome place for tasty fudge and other sweets.

A wonderful world of chocolate fudge, apple candy, and other sweet treats from the Fantasy Fudge Factory  – Cliffton Hill, Niagara Falls, Canada. Here you can watch fudge making and get freshly made on-site chocolate goodies.

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There are lots of activities to do around Niagara Falls, Continue reading

Life is Cheesy 

I have come to believe that hard work and a good attitude can get you further than you could ever dream, and unfortunately, this is a really basic lesson that doesn’t come up in most career advice. It’s kind of cheesy, but sometimes life is cheesy for a reason. 

– from the book ‘Who Thought This Was Good Idea?’ By Alyssa Mastromonaco

Our Identity and DNA Testing

What’s our Identity? Who are we? From where our ancestors came from? We talk a lot about these things these days. Today I saw Ancestry.com is selling DNA testing kit for $65. The other one 23andMe advertises for $100. I don’t know, to know more about ourselves is a good thing or a bad thing. I am not yet ready. But it will be always there in the back of my mind. Continue reading

Chrysanthemums are blooming!

The chrysanthemums are also called as mums or chrysanths. It’s almost mid-August and fall mums are blooming.

These perennial mums are my favorite ones.  I always had them in my garden for many years. Two years back my lovely mum bushes died. So last year I started again with a couple of other perennial mums. It paid off. Now, these perennial yellow mums have started blooming. Other mums are also having lots of buds and will start to bloom in a week or so.

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When I first started my gardening, Continue reading

A leaf has fallen in Summertime

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Today I saw a couple of fallen leaves on my deck. Just wondered… how long this summer will go on? Though it looks perfect August summer by the lake, slowly the journey towards autumn has started.

When in still air and still in summertime
A leaf has had enough of this, it seems
To make up its mind to go; fine as a sage
Its drifting in detachment down the road.
–  Howard Nemerov, Threshold