Share Four Somethings – August

Something Loved

We spent a big chunk of the month of August traveling to Colorado, Oregon, and Cape Cod to visit family. I loved spending time with two of our sons and their families who live thousands of miles away from where we live in Pennsylvania. We also had a bonus visit with my sister and her husband when we stopped at their house on the Cape on our way home from a trip to Boston with friends.

We did a lot of hiking, visited many good restaurants, had tons of wonderful home-cooked meals, talked until late at night, and played until we were exhausted.

Meditations in Motion

Now I am ready to go home and see this guy, who misses us terribly when we are gone.

Something Said

“Intentions always look better on paper than in reality.” – Angie Thomas

The end of August is Back-to-School time for my grandsons. Maybe it is because for so many years I also went back to school, this season seems like a time of new beginnings, resolutions, and making plans.

To say that I sometimes bite off more than I can chew is an understatement. I am an inveterate organizer and planner.

When I hear cicadas droning and the days begin to shorten, I tend to sign up for ambitious races, embark on outlandish projects, and peruse travel websites with a passion.

This year, I have vowed (to myself) I will follow the wise advice of Angie Thomas and temper my enthusiasm for overcommitment. I will report on the success (or lack thereof) of adhering to my vow.

Something Learned

Meditations in Motion

Look closely at this photo of the double rainbow I posted here earlier this summer. Something I never noticed (until my niece pointed it out to me) is that the colors are inverted in the two rainbows.

On the inner rainbow, beginning at the inside of the curve, the order of the colors is violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, then red. On the outer rainbow, the order of the colors is reversed. Red is on the inside and violet is on the outside.

After doing a little bit of research, I learned that when sunlight enters a water droplet, the white light from the sun is refracted (broken apart into its component colors), then reflected off the back of the drop, just like light is reflected by a mirror. This causes a normal (primary) rainbow.

When a secondary rainbow forms, the light is reflected on the inside of the droplet twice before leaving it. Just like an image is reversed in a mirror, the order of colors is reversed when the light is reflected a second time. This is what causes the primary and secondary rainbows to have their colors arranged in the opposite order.

Something Read

Meditations in Motion

I was horrified to discover I had run out of books to read after the Colorado leg of our trip. When we arrived in Oregon, one of the first orders of business was to stop at a book store and replenish my supply.

I hit the jackpot; all of the books I selected were ones I enjoyed. Probably my favorite book, however, was not bought at the bookstore, but given to me by my daughter-in-law.

“Barracoon” by Zora Neale Hurston was written over 80 years ago, but never published until last year.

Hurston was an African-American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. “Barracoon” is the life story of the last known survivor of the Middle Passage, Cudjo Lewis, whom Hurston interviewed over a series of months in 1927. Lewis was born and lived his first years in Africa. At age 19, he was captured, illegally transported, and sold into slavery in the United States.

After working as a slave in Alabama for five years, he was freed after the Civil War, married, and fathered six children.

The reason the book languished for years before publication was partly because it was written in the vernacular. Hurston wrote the words spoken by Lewis exactly as they sounded to her. Another reason no publisher would touch the book was because it described the involvement of other Africans in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

The description of Lewis’ life of capture and slavery and his post-Civil War life in the Jim Crow-era South was poignant and heartbreaking. It is a book that I believe is a must-read.

 

I am linking up with Heather Gerwing for her β€œFour Somethings”. Thanks, Heather, for giving the opportunity to think and write about four such compelling topics.

Also linking up with Shank You Very Much for Global Blogging, Random-osity for The Good, The Random, The Fun and Communal Global, Abounding Grace for Gracefull Tuesday, Mary Geisen Tell His Story, Bethere2day for Wordless Wednesday, InstaEncouragements, and Esme Salon for Senior Salon.

 

 

 

80 comments

  1. Laurie, I loved learning about the inverted rainbow, and I really want to read the book you’ve featured here. I can’t believe it took 80 years for it to finally be published!
    And on another note, your grandsons are so cute! Hope they all have a great year at school.
    Blessings!

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  2. Love the rainbow explanation. I’ve seen double rainbows before but never noticed the difference between the two. I’ll have to look closer next time. Great list of 4. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Visiting the family is the most beautiful thing that we can do. I am lucky because both my children, and their families, live 3 minutes walking from my house.
    Glad that the “guy” now can enjoy your company again.
    Also here the beginning of september is a “back to school” for my wife (teacher) and my grandsons.

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    • You are lucky to have your children so close! One of my sons lives close, but one lives 2000 miles away and another lives 3000 miles away!

      I used to be a teacher until I retired 2 years ago. Good luck to your wife on her new school year!

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  4. This is a great round-up! I definitely find my intentions look better than the reality often does too! And I didn’t know about secondary rainbows having a reversed order either so that was interesting to learn!

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    • I am the same way, Brooke. I usually use my Kindle when I am traveling, but I had a book club book that I wanted to finish, and I underestimated the time it would take me to read it. I was in panic mode when I thought I didn’t have anything to read! πŸ™‚

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  5. Did you stick out your tongue now that we are nearing Labor Day? I notice the little boy, likely one of your grandsons, sticking out his tongue as he is ready to start pre-K. You have a lot of energy – that is a good thing. Thank you for posting a picture of Benji … I always wondered what he looks like.

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    • Haha! That boy is a corker! He has a lot of energy and will only hold still for pictures for so long before he rebels. Thus the tongue sticking out! πŸ™‚ Poor Benji was not happy when we were gone for almost 3 weeks. He fell and could not get up. My (teenage) dogsitter called me to let me know. I had to call my son and daughter-in-law, who came up and took Benji to the vet. The vet took X-rays, couldn’t find anything wrong, and said he probably just pinched a nerve to his back legs. My son took him home and took good care of him for the rest of our vacation. He is fine now, thank heavens! The vet was right.

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      • I noticed the tongue right away. Poor Benji pines for you. I’m glad your dogsitter let you know and your son took him to the vet. Thank goodness it was only a pinched nerve and it healed on its own and Benji’s fine now. Better stay mum on any future plans around your little guy ’til he has fully adjusted to your return.

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      • I know! This dog is so smart! Bill and I actually have to spell stuff around him and each time we go away we have to stealth pack so he doesn’t get anxious ahead of time.

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      • He is smart like his owners – I can’t say it’s in the genes. πŸ™‚ The dog next door (Bichon Frise) starts to whine and howl as soon as Rita steps out the door at 7:45 a.m. and it continues until she returns around 6:00 p.m. Separation anxiety bigtime.

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  6. Laurie, September has always felt more like the start of a new year to me than January. Loved the info about the rainbow AND the fact that you were horrified to discover you’d run out of books! I’m looking forward to reading Barracoon, which I’d never heard of. #SeniSal

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    • I agree, but maybe that’s because I was a high school teacher for 31 years. It does seem like the beginning of the year to me. I hope you like Barracoon!

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    • We did have a wonderful summer visiting our family all over the country. If only my kids would live closer to me! Oh well, my youngest stayed put. He and his family live close by.

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  7. Okay – that lesson from the rainbow is mind-blowing. And, oh so cool. I never would have even noticed! And…you certainly traveled the country this summer. Oregon to Cape Cod – wow!!

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    • I never noticed the rainbow color inversion either, until my niece pointed it out. We have to travel to visit our family. they are scattered all over the place. Luckily, they all live in appealing destinations! πŸ™‚

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  8. I did not know that about double rainbows β€” and here I thought I paid such rapt attention to them when they show up (rarely in California; more often in Idaho). And thanks for the tip about “Barracoon” β€” sounds like something that needs reading.

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    • I didn’t know about the color inversion either until my niece pointed it out. I am such a science nerd I had to find out WHY. Barracoon was an unexpected very good read. I had read “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Hurston years before. It’s amazing that her final book was published so many years after her death.

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  9. I love these pictures of your grandsons, Laurie. I can’t imagine my little granddaughter being big enough for school, but I know it will happen in the blink of an eye! It’s getting close to the time of her sister’s arrival. Time is flying so quickly now.

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    • Thank you, Lisa. they grow us so fast! I just looked at a photo of me holding the youngest grandson as a newborn. I miss those little baby days! You are so lucky to have another one on the way! πŸ™‚

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  10. So nice that you’ve been able to see your family, but I bet your fur baby will shower you with homecoming kisses! If you’re on Instagram, Lola runs a pet community called #ShankYouPets – we’d love to see him there! #GlobalBlogging

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  11. I can’t believe August has gone already! Hope you are having a restful month with your dog now πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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