Nancy, have you seen the news reports that people are swimmg in Lake
Superior? It appears that it didn't freeze over last winter.
Re Upper Peninsula. A colleague here, after retring from ISU, took a
position as Dept. Head at Michigan Mining & Technology in Houghton. A
dormitory window sign there, shaped as a road sign, reads
End of World 2 miles
Houghton 4 miles
When I taught at Northern Michigan, it snowed so constantly that by the
end of the winter, just to clear enough driveway to park the car I had
to carry every shovelful about 5 yds to find a place to dump it! Lake
effect snow every day; blizzard every 7 to 10 days.
> Nancy Gish wrote:
> When I was a child in the upper peninsula of Michigan, Northern Lights
> were not uncommon in winter. I have seen them when the entire sky was
> like hanging curtains in all colors that moved and shifted color for
> hours. It was magnificent beyond words.
> I have not seen them since I left there. But even from a tiny city
> like Portland, I cannot see the Milky Way either any longer. I have
> read that a vast percentage (maybe a majority) of young people here
> have never seen the Milky Way, which I grew up with always in the sky
> at night. It is not that the lights are gone but that endless light on
> the ground has blocked the sky. We have long been busy displacing and
> ruining nature.
> >>> Mikemail 08/05/10 5:18 AM >>>
> When I was a child in northern England folk would talk about seeing
> the Northern Lights but I don't really think anyone ever really saw
> them this far south. A newspaper is suggesting that this might be
> possible tonight, but I think one would be fortunate to even see them
> in the north of Scotland. Hope I am proved wrong and may yet scan the
> skies of Northumberland - just in case!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: David Boyd
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2010 11:41 AM
> Subject: Re: OT - Aurora Borealis
> One of my ambitions some day is to get up to the top end of
> Norway to try to see the Northern Lights.
> Many cruise lines do the trip from southern english ports,
> or I think one can use the domestic scheduled mailboat /
> ferryboats to journey north.
> Believe some borealis-hunting aircraft flights are also
> Joanna Lumley in recent years featured in a seach for the
> Northern Lights as a BBC television series, which was
> Dream on, David !!
> On 5 August 2010 04:08, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>
> Reminds me of Keats' realms of gold --
> "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"
> Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
> And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
> Round many western islands have I been
> Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
> Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
> That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne;
> Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
> Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
> Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
> When a new planet swims into his ken;
> Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
> He star'd at the Pacific--and all his men
> Look'd at each other with a wild surmise
> Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
> --- On Wed, 8/4/10, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Aurora Borealis - the Northern Lights
> Poetry of the skies. Lest you miss it..
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