Syria

Syria

Every country faces times of great trials and challenges. Syria has done so over the past eight years through a horrendous civil war. The war appears to be over and for the sake of the people of Syria, we hope it is so. Rebuilding will take time. But no nation should be defined by its darkest times or struggles. Syria is a land of tremendous diversity with numerous ethnic and religious groups. As one of 15 states that comprise the Fertile Crescent, a ‘Cradle of Civilization’, Syria has helped shape humankind. 

Syria ~ Videos: Here is a terrific 3-minute video called ‘Beautiful Syria’.  I loved this 3-minute personal travel video, though the final shots of the war-zone is a bit heart-breaking. 

FunFacts about Syria: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Circassians, Mandeans and Turkemens. (Source)
  • Many religious groups reside in Syria. These include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma’ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, Yazidis, and Jews.
  • Sunnis make up the largest religious group in Syria.
  • Damascus is the capital of Syria.
  • Syria has endured 8 years of civil war which hopefully has now drawn to a close.
  • Aleppo and the capital city, Damascus, are among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
  • Dating back to 10,000 BC, Syria was a center of Neolithic (New Stone Age) culture.
  • Geographically, Syria consists mostly of an arid plateau.
  • The Euphrates River crosses Syria in the east.
  • Syria is one of 15 states that comprise the Fertile Crescent Cradle of Civilization.
  • Syria has 4 international airports.
  • The population of Syria is 18.51 million.
  • Most people live in the Euphrates River valley or along the coast.
  • Sunni Muslims make up approximately 70% of the population.
  • Arabic is the official language of the country.
  • Aleppo is the largest city in Syria with over 2 million people.
  • The core of Syrian culture embraces family, religion, education, self-discipline and respect.

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Damascus Syria

Damascus Syria

In the heart of the Middle East, Damascus, Syria has two interesting nicknames: the ‘Jewel of the East’ and the ‘Bride of the Earth’. It’s also believed that Damascus is where Abraham was born, an important figure in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Damascus is also thought to be the place where Cain killed his brother Abel. The Apostle Paul was said to have lived in a house in Damascus on Straight Street. Old Town Damascus was once enclosed by walls with several gates. Most of these are gone today. The Grand Mosque of the Old City took a decade to build and is the first mosque to use domes as part of the support architecture.

Damascus Syria ~ Videos: Here is an excellent 9-minute video detailing some of the history and the sights to be seen in Damascus.

FunFacts about Damascus Syria: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Damascus is the capital of the Syrian Arab Republic; it is also the country’s largest city, following the decline in population of Aleppo due to the battle for the city. It is colloquially known in Syria as aš-Šām and titled the “City of Jasmine”. In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Damascus is a major cultural center of the Levant and the Arab world. (Source)
  • Metro Damascus has a population of over 5 million.
  • Damascus is located in southwest Syria.
  • The Barada River flows through Damascus.
  • Damascus was settled 4000 years ago.
  • Damascus is the seat of the government of Syria as well as all government ministries.
  • Damascus was built on a strategic plateau 680 m (2,230 ft) above sea level.
  • Damascus is beautifully situated along important trade routes, quote: the north-south route connecting Egypt with Asia Minor, and the east-west cross-desert route connecting Lebanon with the Euphrates river valley. (Source)
  • Since ancient times, Damascus was surrounded by what is called the Ghouta. The Ghouta contains farmland where many vegetables, cereals and fruits are grown.
  • The Old City of Damascus, enclosed by the city walls, lies on the south bank of the river Barada.
  • Damascus has a cold desert climate.
  • Archaeological evidence suggests this area has been inhabited for 11,000 years.
  • Because of its ancient roots and a wealth of historical sites, Damascus has tremendous tourism potential. But the current political climate severely limits interest.
  • Though Islam is the dominant religion, Christians make up 15-20% of the population.
  • The Citadel of Damascus is located in the northwest corner of the Old City.

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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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Love In A Mist

Love In A Mist

Nigella Damascena is a beautiful plant that will self-seed and grow in the same spot year after year. The ‘mist’ part of this plant refers to the cloud-like appearance of all the green, thread-like leaves. The leaves together are very soft and give this unique specimen an other-worldly appearance. Once the blooms form their large seed capsules, the plant takes on a new, alien-like appearance. Love in a mist has been grown in English cottage gardens since Elizabethan times. The name, ‘Damascena’, refers to Damascus in Syria.

Love In A Mist ~ Videos: Here’s a fun 1-minute time lapse video of love in a mist blooming. Here’s a 4-minute video of love in a mist growing in a garden.

FunFacts about Love In A Mist: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady or devil in the bush) is an annual garden flowering plant, belonging to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. It is native to southern Europe (but adventive in more northern countries of Europe), north Africa and southwest Asia, where it is found on neglected, damp patches of land. The specific epithet damascena relates to Damascus in Syria. The plant’s common name comes from the flower being nestled in a ring of multifid, lacy bracts. (Source)
  • The average height of love in a mist is 20–50 cm (8–20 in).
  • Love in a mist blooms in early summer.
  • Love in a mist comes in different shades of blue, but can be white, pink, or pale purple, with 5 to 25 sepals.
  • The fruit of love in a mist is a large capsule containing lots of seeds. The capsule has an interesting shape and turns brown in late summer.
  • Love in a mist self-seeds and regrows in the same spot year after year.
  • Love in a mist has been a familiar sight in English cottage gardens since the reign of Elizabeth I.
  • Some of the better known cultivars of love in a mist have interesting names: ‘Persian Jewels’, ‘Persian Rose’, ‘Albion’, ‘Blue Midget’, ‘Cambridge Blue’, ‘Mulberry Rose’, ‘Oxford Blue’, ‘Dwarf Moody Blue’, and ‘Miss Jekyll’.

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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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Ohio

Ohio

A Midwestern state with Lake Erie to the north, Ohio is not only known as ‘the Buckeye’ state for its gorgeous Ohio buckeye trees, but it has also been nicknamed ‘the Mother of Presidents’ state since eight US presidents have come from Ohio. With many natural beauties, fascinating Amish country, strong cities with universities, museums and an eye to business, with five international airports, and ranking 8th among all US states in terms of GDP, Ohio is an amazing place. This website lists 12 Ohio attractions you might want to visit.

Ohio Videos: This 2-minute video lists 15 things to see and do in Ohio. I loved this next, very artistic 6-minute video, a compilation of a few of Ohio’s beauties.

FunFacts about Ohio: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Ohio is a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Of the fifty states, it is the 34th largest by area, the seventh most populous, and the tenth most densely populated. The state’s capital and largest city is Columbus. The state takes its name from the Ohio River, whose name in turn originated from the Seneca word ohiːyo’, meaning “good river”, “great river” or “large creek”. (Source)
  • Ohio was the 17th state admitted to the Union on March 1, 1803.
  • Historically, Ohio is known as the “Buckeye State” because of its famous Ohio buckeye trees.
  • Ohioans are also known as “Buckeyes”.
  • Ohio is known for being an industrial state and ranks second behind Michigan in the manufacture of automobiles. Out of all 50 states, Ohio ranks 8th in terms of GDP.
  • In the north, Lake Erie gives Ohio 312 miles of coastline. Ohio’s southern border is the Ohio River. Ohio’s neighbors are, quote: Pennsylvania to the east, Michigan to the northwest, Lake Erie to the north, Indiana to the west, Kentucky on the south, and West Virginia on the southeast. (Source)
  • Throughout most of Ohio, the climate is humid continental.
  • Ohio does have earthquakes.
  • Ohio’s top largest cities are: Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Akron.
  • Ohio has been inhabited for 13,000 years.
  • The population of Ohio is 11.42 million.
  • Ohio was ranked #2 in ‘best business climate’.
  • Ohio has 5 international airports.
  • One of Ohio’s nicknames is ‘the mother of presidents’ since 8 US presidents hailed from Ohio.
  • Ohio has 13 state universities.

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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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Columbus Ohio

Columbus Ohio

As the state capital and the largest city of Ohio, Columbus ranks high in many areas including best-for-relocation. The city has a number of well-defined, unique neighborhoods, including German Town and Olde Towne East. The latter has over 1000 historic homes built by families who shaped Columbus since its founding in 1812. Columbus is also home to Ohio State University which had its beginnings in 1870.

Columbus Ohio Videos: This 3-minute, slide-show video features 10 top things to do in Columbus Ohio. This 3-minute video features downtown Columbus.

FunFacts about Columbus Ohio: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Columbus is the state capital and the largest city of and the most populous city in the U.S. State of Ohio. With a population of 892,533 as of 2018 estimates, it is the 14th-most populous city in the United States and one of the fastest growing large cities in the nation. This makes Columbus the third-most populous state capital in the US (after Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas) and the second-most populous city in the Midwest (after Chicago, Illinois). (Source)
  • The Columbus Metro area has a population of over 2 million.
  • Origins of Columbus, quote: Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812, at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816. (Source)
  • Columbus has a strong, diverse economy.
  • Columbus hits many ‘best of’ lists including cities for relocation, for businesses, for a highly educated workforce, and excellent wage growth.
  • Columbus, at the confluence of two rivers, has a relatively flat terrain.
  • Columbus has 22 unique neighborhoods including German Village, Olde Towne East, University District and Downtown.
  • The climate of Columbus, quote: The city’s climate is humid continental transitional with the humid subtropical climate to the south characterized by warm, muggy summers and cold, dry winters. (Source)
  • Some of the landmarks of Columbus are the Ohio Statehouse, Franklin Park Conservatory, LeVeque Tower, and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
  • COSI, (Center of Science and Industry) is a major attraction in Columbus.
  • Ohio State University is located in Columbus and was established in 1870.
  • Columbus has many beautiful parks, a zoo and an aquarium.
  • Columbus hosts one of the nation’s largest annual fairs, the Ohio State Fair.
  • In 1992, the city of Columbus built the Santa Maria Ship Museum in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the city’s namesake. This ship is a museum-quality representation of Christopher Columbus’s flagship.

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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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Tree Swallows

Tree Swallows

There are birds that serve humans well and one of those species is the tree swallow. As an aerial insectivore, these small, five-inch birds help to eliminate mosquitoes as well as insects that do extensive crop damage. Tree swallows are very pretty blue birds that breed mostly in North America but which migrate during the winter as far south as the northern part of South America.  

Tree Swallows ~ Videos: Here is a fascinating 8-minute video featuring a man who protects his tree swallows’ home from an aggressive sparrow. Warning: the sparrow dies, but the man presents his arguments for this decision very well. Here’s a fun 3-minute video of tree swallows gathering at the top of a tree then, dispersing in a sudden movement. 

FunFacts about Tree Swallows: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) is a migratory bird of the family Hirundinidae. Found in the Americas, the tree swallow was first described in 1807 by French ornithologist Louis Vieillot as Hirundo bicolor. It has since been moved to its current genus, Tachycineta, within which its phylogenetic placement is debated. The tree swallow has glossy blue-green upperparts, with the exception of the blackish wings and tail, and white underparts. The bill is black, the eyes dark brown, and the legs and feet pale brown. (Source)
  • The female tree swallow is usually duller than the male. A young female tends to have brown upper parts with some blue feathers.
  • Tree swallows breed in the U.S. and Canada.
  • As migratory birds, tree swallows winter along southern US coasts, in the West Indies, along the Gulf Coast to Panama and the northwestern coast of South America.
  • Tree swallows will nest as isolated pairs or in loose groups.
  • Tree swallows will nest in both artificial and natural cavities.
  • Tree swallow pairs tend to be monogamous.
  • A typical clutch is four to seven eggs but can be anywhere from two to eight.
  • Incubation of eggs is from 14 to 15 days.
  • Chicks fledge 18 to 22 days after hatching.
  • Though tree swallows mostly eat insects and are considered an ‘aerial insectivore’, they also feed on molluscs, spiders and fruit.
  • Tree swallows are usually between about 12 and 14 cm long (4.7 and 5.5 in).
  • The tree swallow’s song is three long and descending notes ending with a warble.
  • Tree swallows are considered ‘model organisms’.

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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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Venezuela

Venezuela

A ‘megadiverse‘ country, Venezuela is ranked 7th in the world in terms of the number of species this country holds. But it’s no wonder given Venezuela’s extreme diversity in geography: from Caribbean coastal waters and islands, to intriguing deserts, to the majesty of the Andes Mountains, to arable plains and finally the beauty of the jungles of the Amazon basin. Venezuela has it all. The videos below showcase these beauties. If only life were simple, but today Venezuela has challenges on a political and economic level that are best explained in this video. Here’s hoping to a wonderful resolution for these troubles in the coming decade. 

Venezuela Videos: Here’s an excellent 6-minute video featuring the beauties of Venezuela. Here’s a 4-minute video featuring 10 travel destinations in Venezuela.

FunFacts about Venezuela: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America, consisting of a continental landmass and a large number of small islands and islets in the Caribbean Sea. The capital and largest urban agglomeration is the city of Caracas. It has a territorial extension of 916,445 km2 (353,841 sq mi). The continental territory is bordered on the north by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Colombia, Brazil on the south, Trinidad and Tobago to the north-east and on the east by Guyana. (Source)
  • Venezuela is a megadiverse country in terms of plant and animal species and is ranked seventh in the world’s list of nations with the most number of species.
  • Some of the habitats Venezuela enjoys are the Andes Mountains in the west, the Amazon basin rain-forest in the south, the extensive llanos plains, the Caribbean coast and the Orinoco River Delta in the east.
  • Venezuela has 23 states.
  • The majority of the citizens live in the north especially in and around the capital city of Caracas.
  • In 1522, the area of South America now known as Venezuela was colonized by Spain.
  • Oil was discovered in the 20th century and today, Venezuela possesses the world’s largest oil reserves.
  • In recent years, the economy of Venezuela collapsed and the country has struggled to recover. This video from 2018 helps to explain how and why this happened.
  • Venezuela has been inhabited for 15,000 years.
  • Colonized by Spain, Venezuela eventually sought its independence aided by the leadership of Francisco de Miranda. He was a Venezuelan marshal who had fought in the American Revolution and the French Revolution. Venezuela declared independence as the First Republic of Venezuela on 5 July 1811.
  • In the north, Venezuela has a 2,800 km (1,700 mi) coastline.
  • Venezuela borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south.
  • Venezuela’s most important natural resources are petroleum and natural gas, iron ore, gold, and other minerals.
  • Venezuela is entirely located in the tropics and over the equator to 12 degrees north. The climate varies with elevation since the Andes Mountains take up a portion of the country. The highest peak is over 16,000 feet.
  • Venezuela suffers from continued deforestation.
  • Though Spanish is the main language of Venezuela, the constitution recognizes more than 30 indigenous languages. Many people of Venezuela are of mixed heritage, a combination of Spanish, indigenous peoples, and those of African descent. In addition, Venezuela has a number of Chinese, Italian and Portuguese citizens.
  • The population of Venezuela is 28 million

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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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Caracas Venezuela

Caracas Venezuela

Located in a beautiful valley just a few miles from the Caribbean Sea, Caracas is a city of possibilities. Unfortunately, the city of Caracas, like the country of Venezuela, is suffering under economic difficulties that have led in recent months to street protests and violence. With one of the world’s worst monetary inflations, massive debt, and dependence on imports, the city and country are struggling. Under the leadership of Hugo Chavez, who passed away in 2013, the country’s tremendous oil production had been leveraged to pay for social programs. But once the price of oil plummeted, the nation no longer had a cash cow to pay for its programs and imports, including food. This excellent Al Jazeera 10-minute video from February of 2018 explains the situation. Here’s hoping that the city of Caracas and the country of Venezuela will soon find its way out of a very difficult situation. 

Caracas Venezuela Videos: this 5-minute video from 2017 is a walk along a main street in Caracas. Despite the current turmoil, Caracas has many beauties and this 2-minute video showcases 10 things to do in Caracas.

FunFacts about Caracas Venezuela: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Caracas, officially Santiago de León de Caracas, is the capital and largest city of Venezuela, and centre of the Greater Caracas Area. Caracas is located along the Guaire River in the northern part of the country, following the contours of the narrow Caracas Valley on the Venezuelan coastal mountain range (Cordillera de la Costa). (Source)
  • The Caracas Metro area has a population just under 5 million.
  • Caracas has a tropical savanna climate.
  • The valley in which Caracas lies is separated from the Caribbean Sea by a steep 2,200-metre-high (7,200 ft) mountain range called Cerro El Ávila.
  • Though the Plaza Venezuela, located in the Los Caobos neighborhood is often considered the center of Caracas, the traditional center is called “Catedral” and is located near Bolívar Square.
  • Caracas was founded as “Santiago de León de Caracas” in 1567.
  • Some of the tallest skyscrapers in Latin America are located in Caracas.
  • Caracas is Venezuela’s cultural capital, with many restaurants, theaters, museums, and shopping centers.
  • Caracas has a large, service-based economy.
  • Tourism is low for Caracas for many reasons. One of them is a lack of transport. Another seems to be an indifference to attracting foreign visitors.
  • Caracas is the birthplace of Simon Bolivar, one of the liberators of several South American countries from Spain.
  • Venezuela and its capital city, Caracas, has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world.

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New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019! On Thursday, July 18th Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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