Tuesday, November 26, 2013


This week we focus on holiday adventures, finding peace in troubled times, Comet ISON, and whatever dramas surface in our reality. My family and I really look forward to the holidays. I have been busy buying gifts and making plans. There are always the little things in life to be grateful for. I'll be with my family in New Jersey - traveling on Thursday after an impending storm that has caused so much destruction across the country. Safe journey to all.

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards

and leads us from this world to another.

Urbain Le Verrier

Cap Cloud over the Sierra Nevadas   NASA - November 26, 2013

Lenticular Clouds   Crystalinks

Wednesday at Sundown
November 27 - December 5, 2013

Chanukah Festival of Lights

Latkes and Turkey this year

What are Latkes? Potato Pancakes

Latkes are traditionally eaten by Jews during the Hanukkah festival. The oil for cooking the latkes is symbolic of the oil from the Hanukkah story that kept the Second Temple of ancient Israel lit with a long-lasting flame that is celebrated as a miracle. Prior to the introduction of the potato to the Old World, latkes were, and in some places still are, made from a variety of other vegetables, cheeses, legumes, or starches, depending on the available local ingredients and foods of the various places where Jews lived.[citation needed] Despite the popularity of latkes and tradition of eating them during Hanukkah, they are hard to come by in stores or restaurants in Israel, having been largely replaced by the Hanukkah doughnut due to local economic factors, convenience and the influence of trade unions.