Alaska

Alaska

When I think of Alaska, I have three strong impressions. One, it’s going to be cold, really cold, during the winter months. Two, one of the four seasons won’t have sunlight and another will have too much sunlight. And finally, three, this state, also known as the ‘final frontier’, has amazing wildlife. One of its strongest industries is tourism. The others are fishing, natural gas, and oil. Like Hawaii, Alaska is an expensive place to live because of the cost of transporting goods to the state and the cost of keeping warm in the winter.

This 7-minute video features the Top 10 Reasons Not to Move to Alaska. It’s funny and informative, but be warned, a few of the images are a bit unsettling. This 3-minute video is very fun and is called ‘What It’s Like to Live in Alaska’. This 3-minute video is the sequel to the former and is called, ‘What It’s Like to Live in Alaska (Winter Edition)’. Yikes! Here’s a 5-minute video featuring some of the wildlife of Alaska.

FunFacts about Alaska: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Alaska is a U.S. state located in the northwest extremity of North America. The Canadian administrative divisions of British Columbia and Yukon border the state to the east, its most extreme western part is Attu Island, and it has a maritime border with Russia (Chukotka Autonomous Okrug) to the west across the Bering Strait. To the north are the Chukchi and Beaufort seas—the southern parts of the Arctic Ocean. The Pacific Ocean lies to the south and southwest. It is the largest state in the United States by area and the seventh largest subnational division in the world. (Source)
  • Alaska has fish, oil and natural gas in abundance.
  • Tourism is an important part of Alaska’s economy.
  • Alaska became the 49th state of the United States in 1959.
  • The US purchased Alaska from Russia for 7.2 million dollars in 1867.
  • Alaska is the largest US state and is as big as the next three largest US states combined: Montana, California and Texas.
  • Alaska has approximately 2670 islands. For a list of them, go here. Because of these islands, Alaska has 34,000 miles (54,720 km) of tidal coastline.
  • The lowest Alaska temperature was recorded in 1971 and was -80 degrees F or -62 C.
  • Alaska is pretty far north so the climate is on the cold side. But because the state is as big as it is, this climate varies from region to region.
  • A number of indigenous people lived in Alaska for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans. DNA work indicates these people arrived via the Bering land bridge.
  • The first Russian settlement occurred in the 17th Century, quote: Some researchers believe that the first Russian settlement in Alaska was established in the 17th century. According to this hypothesis, in 1648 several koches of Semyon Dezhnyov’s expedition came ashore in Alaska by storm and founded this settlement. (Source)
  • In 1964, the world’s second most powerful earthquake shook Alaska. It had a magnitude of 9.2 and was over 1000 times more powerful than the San Francisco earthquake of 1989.
  • The population of Alaska, from the 2010 census, was 710,231. Anchorage is the most populous city with 40% of Alaska’s total population.
  • The Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race is one of Alaska’s most famous annual events that goes from Anchorage to Nome.
  • Juneau is the capital of Alaska. 
  • The tallest mountain in North America, Mount Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) is in Alaska.

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes

To this day, I can remember the first tomato I ever ate straight off the vine. My mother had a gorgeous vegetable garden, but for some reason she planted her tomatoes near the porch all by themselves. The sun was shining and she asked if I’d like to try one. She even had salt ready, I think because this was her lunch. I said, ‘yes’ though I had no idea what to expect. OMG. The tomato was sun-warmed, the salt the perfect spice, and it was delicious. I only came close to duplicating the experience once, many years ago, when I grew my own tomatoes for the first time in my backyard and they turned out wonderful. Hooray for mothers and the first experiences they often provide our young minds and taste buds.

Here’s a 2-minute video on pruning your tomato bushes or vines to get bigger fruit. Here’s a wonderful, 10-minute video on making tomato soup from scratch. Here’s a 3-minute video featuring Jamie Oliver’s tomato salad.

FunFacts about Tomatoes: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The tomato is the edible, often red, berry of the nightshade Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant. The species originated in western South America. The Nahuatl (Aztec language) word tomatl gave rise to the Spanish word tomate, from which the English word tomato derived. Its use as a cultivated food may have originated with the indigenous peoples of Mexico. The Spanish discovered the tomato from their contact with the Aztec during the Spanish colonization of the Americas and brought it to Europe. (Source)
  • The tomato is a fruit botanically but a vegetable in the kitchen.
  • Tomato vines will grow in size anywhere from 1–3 meters (3–10 ft).
  • Tomato vines have weak stems and need support.
  • The vines are usually covered with small hairs. The hairs can become roots when they come into contact with the soil.
  • Tomato fruit is classified as a berry.
  • Interesting factoid about lack of taste in commercial tomatoes, quote: The poor taste and lack of sugar in modern garden and commercial tomato varieties resulted from breeding tomatoes to ripen uniformly red. (Source)
  • In 2014, world production was 171 million tons with China leading the way at 31% of the total tomatoes produced.
  • There are 7500 tomato varieties.
  • Heirloom tomatoes have become increasingly popular for their distinctive flavors.
  • The heaviest tomato ever harvested occurred in 2008. It weighed 3.51 kg (7 lb 12 oz).
  • It is best to keep tomatoes at room temperature rather than to refrigerate them. The colder temp can diminish the flavor of the tomato.
  • Unripe tomatoes can be kept in a paper bag to encourage ripening.
  • The leaves and stems of tomato plants are toxic.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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Ferns

Ferns

In past years, I have successfully grown ferns, in the ground, here in the desert. I had a lovely patch on the well-shaded, north side of my house and cut them on a regular basis for flower arrangements. I love the way ferns look from the exotic fiddlehead to the unfurling of a lacy leaf. But what I love even more about ferns is that some species have the ability to remove heavy metals and arsenic from contaminated areas. As humanity has progressed, we’ve also done damage. Partnering with nature, like ferns and mushrooms, will be one avenue for saving and restoring the planet.

Here’s a 5-minute video featuring a recipe for sauteing fiddleheads. Here’s a 2-minute video with beautiful footage of ferns and several basic facts. Here’s a 4-minute video about several evergreen ferns that do well in shade and the occasional period of drought.

FunFacts about Ferns: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: A fern is a member of a group of vascular plants (plants with xylem and phloem) that reproduce via spores and have neither seeds nor flowers. They differ from mosses by being vascular, i.e., having specialized tissues that conduct water and nutrients, in having branched stems and in having life cycles in which the sporophyte is the dominant phase. Like other vascular plants, ferns have complex leaves called megaphylls, that are more complex than the microphylls of clubmosses. (Source)
  • There are 10,560 known species of ferns.
  • Ferns appear in the fossil record 360 million years ago.
  • The fern Osmunda claytoniana has remained unchanged for 180 million years.
  • Ferns reproduce by means of spores.
  • Ferns do not produce flowers or seeds.
  • Some ferns can be used to restore contaminated areas, especially for the removal of heavy metals and arsenic from the soil.
  • Some ferns can be used for food, medicine, ornamental plants or biofertilizer.
  • A few ferns can reach 20 meters or 66 feet in height.
  • The leaves of ferns are often referred to as fronds.
  • New leaves typically unfurl from a tight spiral called a crozier or fiddlehead. The scientific term for this uncurling is ‘circinate vernation’.
  • A quarter to a third of all ferns are epiphytes which means they live on the surface of another organism and gain their nutrients and water from the surrounding environment.
  • Occasionally a fern species takes on weed-like qualities in which they colonize a specific area. Two examples are the bracken fern of the Scottish Highlands and the mosquito fern that grows in tropical lakes.
  • The usual places ferns grow are forests, wetlands or as epiphytes on tropical trees. But some species can grow on desert rock faces, in remote mountainous areas and around ponds or lakes in open fields.
  • Fern spores are nutritious so many vertebrates eat them.
  • Fiddleheads can be used as food but should be washed thoroughly then cooked well. Also, you have to use the right fiddleheads because some ferns are toxic.
  • 30,000 years ago, fern tubers were used for food in Europe.
  • The word for the study of ferns is pteridology.
  • Pteridomania, or fern-fever, is the term used to describe the Victorian craze for using ferns and the images of ferns in their surroundings.
  • Asparagus fern is not a fern.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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Paris

Paris

It’s tough to try to do justice to an entire city in a single blog. Paris, like other great cities of the world ~ London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York and Rio de Janeiro to name a few ~ are such big places with lots of interesting history, monuments and atmosphere that it’s impossible to cover even a fraction of the important points. So, since this is my blog and the only place I could get away with this, I’ll be sharing those things that I find intriguing.

A bit of data: Paris has a metropolitan population of over 10 million, and is renowned as a center of art, culture and fine food.  The city has two international airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly. Opened in 1900, the Paris Métro, serves 5.23 million passengers daily. Paris’ Gare du Nord is one of the ten busiest railway stations in the world, and serviced 262 million passengers in 2015. 

Paris’s best-known nickname is “The City of Lights”. (Source)

FunFact: The strangest factoid I unearthed had to do with Japanese tourists. Apparently, on average, 12 of the 1 million Japanese visitors to Paris each year have to be sent home after suffering severe culture shock. Many movies, like Amelie, present a romantic view of Paris. When these romantic views collide with a rude French waiter who yells at his customers for not speaking fluent French, a psychological break can occur. It was a Japanese doctor, living in Paris, who first diagnosed the condition. This break is called ‘Paris Syndrome’.  (Source)

FunFact: The famous author Guy de Maupassant, routinely ate his lunch at the base of the Eiffel Tower, but not in reverence. Instead, it was because he hated the tower so much and it was the only place in Paris where he could sit outside and not have to see it. (Source)

Historically, long before Paris became Paris, the Celtic tribe, the Parisii lived in this area and it is said the name ultimately came from this tribe. However, the first name recorded under Roman rule was Lutetia Parisorium. The word ‘Lutetia’ is believed to come from the Latin root ‘lutum’, meaning mud. So Paris’s first name possibly meant ‘the little mud town of the Parisii’. (Source)

FunFact: There are two islands in Paris located in the Seine: Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis

FunFact: During WWII, the French Resistance cut the elevator cables to the top of the Eiffel Tower to keep Hitler from taking the tour. Apparently, the plan worked because he opted out of climbing the 1500 stairs. (Source)

Another intriguing Factoid about Paris during WWII is that the Great Mosque of Paris sheltered Jews and provided them with Muslim identity certificates. (Source)

So that’s it for today. And yes, I know I didn’t even scratch the surface. But I hope you enjoyed this oddball collection of information and trivia about one of the world’s best-loved cities. 

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Regensburg Bavaria

Regensburg Bavaria, Germany

I’m a fan of stone bridges as many of you know. Like the wooden doors we looked at in the previous blog, stone bridges always share a wealth of history because of the boots, the wheels, the armies, the families, the animals, the laborers, the politicians, and the merchants who once-upon-a-time crossed the bridge. Stone also suggests permanence and that’s exactly what we have in Regensburg.

Between 1135 and 1146, Regensburg built a stone bridge across the Danube that altered its fortunes forever. Once opened for traffic, this bridge became a major international artery that connected northern Europe with Venice. Wealth arrived and Regensburg became a cultural center celebrated for its gold-work and fabrics. You can read more of its history here.

There were Stone Age settlements in this area and the Celts called it Radisbona. The Romans built a fort here in 179 A.D. called Castra Regina, which means ‘fortress by the River Regen’ and there are Roman structures to be see today in this city. Regensburg is situated at the confluence of the River Danube and the River Regen. To read more about the latter, go here

Despite bombing in WWII, most of the medieval part of the city survived the war and is now a UNESCO World Heritage SiteHere’s a quote from Wiki-travel: The main attraction of Regensburg is its excellently preserved medieval city centre with the cathedral and the stone bridge being the highlights. As one of the few cities in Germany largely undamaged during the Second World War, Regensburg boasts the largest preserved medieval city centre in Germany. It is sometimes called “the northernmost city of Italy” due to the lively places and streets with lovely outdoor cafes during summer, as well as the large number of Italian-style medieval merchant houses and towers. The historic centre lies next to the river Danube (Donau), and crossing the medieval stone bridge into the town provides a perfect entrance to the city.

Anyone ready to do some traveling?

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Deer and Antlers

Deer and Antlers

I had such a narrow understanding of deer before doing this bit of research. I thought deer had a certain kind of antler and the rest were ‘something other than deer’. I think it goes back to my dad hunting deer and coming back with the familiar antlers with a certain number of points.

It’s funny how we create our mental maps and are surprised when reality proves to be something different. Here’s the biggest surprise for me: Did you know that a moose is a deer? He’s just bigger and heavier with massive antlers, but he belongs to the same family. I honestly thought they were different families! Elk, too! All ‘deer’! I’m wondering how many of you knew this already. 

Deer border on mythic. They are profound symbols in religion, heraldry, literature and mythology. They’ve appeared in paleolithic paintings and art forms throughout the millennia. Their antlers make them unique, often majestic in appearance. 

On a more basic level, deer are ruminants. Like cattle, goats, giraffes, yaks and antelopes, deer acquire nutrients from the plant-based foods they consume through a fermentation process in a stomach prior to digestion. Remember the expression ‘chewing the cud’? The deer’s cud is regurgitated and chewed again to further break down the plant matter. The process is known as rumination.

I had to laugh, because ‘ruminating’ is one of my favorite writer words, you know, to really mull something over. I will hereafter and forever be reminded of the ruminant digestive process when I use this word. I think it will make me smile every time.

FunFacts About Deer and Antlers (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Deer are part of the Cervidae family that include moose, reindeer, elk and other species.
  • Deer are found on all the continents except Australia and Antarctica.
  • Antlers aren’t a true bone structure and usually grow in pairs.
  • Antlers vary from species to species.
  • Deer grow new antlers each year.
  • Antlers only grow on males, with the exception of caribou (reindeer).
  • Antlers serve to attract females and are used as weapons for fighting.
  • Deer jump high and swim well.
  • Designations:
    • A male deer: buck
    • A large male deer: stag
    • A female deer: doe
    • A young deer: fawn
    • A group of deer: herd
  • Most deer are born with white spots but lose them within a year.
  • Within half an hour of their birth, fawns take their first steps.
  • A fawn stays with its mother for about a year.

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Clock Towers

Clock Towers

Time. Deep breath or big sigh. Take your pick. Time governs us all. 

Over the last few months, I’ve started using a simple timer while I work. It tells me when to stop and it tells me to hurry up because I’m running out of time for whatever task I’m performing. 

TimeThe reason? I’ve taken on several big projects over the past year-and-a-half. My newsletter is one of them, this blog is another and my giveaway endeavor with Felicity Heaton and Best Romance Author Giveaways is a third. Add to that my continual need to stay connected to my latest book and we’re talking t-i-m-e. So, a timer it is. To be honest, it works very well for me and helps me move from one project to the next with a fair amount of ease.

Clock towers have helped entire communities stay on task. Or at the very least provided a means of bringing villages, towns and cities together in times of need. 

Here are a few FunFacts about Clock Towers (source):

  • One of the earliest known clock tower is the Tower of the Winds in Athens. It has 8 sundials and one water clock. (See the public domain photo on Wikipedia.)
  • Before the 1950’s, most people didn’t have watches. Before the 1700’s most people didn’t have clocks in their homes.
  • Clock towers started as striking clocks that sounded the hours with a bell or a gong. The hours were struck with their number: one for one o’clock, two strikes for two o’clock, etc.
  • Clock towers were placed in or near the center of a community and were frequently the tallest structures around.
  • Eventually, dials were placed on the outside, often on all four faces of a square tower, to allow the townspeople to read the time at will.
  • The tallest free-standing clock tower in the world is the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham, UK.

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Rice Terraces

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Humans are amazing. Taking a step back, I marvel at so much of what we, as people, are able to create. Sometimes, it’s through necessity and sometimes through the sheer love of creation. Rice terraces were definitely out of necessity and they are a marvel.

As I began exploring the beauty of rice terraces, I discovered that this method of planting is ancient as in thousands of years old. Even more amazing, the earliest creators of these hillside wonders used crude tools and their bare hands. They didn’t have the shovels we have today, for instance.

LandscapesAs a hobby-gardener, I can relate…sort of. I’m not exactly carving out hillsides and shoring up what will be very wet rice paddies. I’m not worried about my Mesquite and Lantana providing food throughout an entire year for my family. But in terms of shaping the land, yes, that I can relate to.

One of the most famous rice terraces is located in the Philippines. These terraces are called the Banaue Rice Terraces and they have been referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. At some point, between two and three thousand years ago, the tribes people shaped the hills into steps that could be flooded then planted with rice. These terraces are still used today. They cover 4000 square miles of land and some of them are as as high up as 5000 feet. If you’d like to see some photos of these terraces go here.

A lot goes into the site selection and the construction of rice terraces. To see an excellent diagram of the layers of construction go here.

*** Note: None of the photos I’ve included on this page listed Banaue as the location.

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