My first thought was to write about "amnesia," because the Republicans seem to have conveniently forgotten just how we got ourselves in this financial mess in the first place, more recently starting with Reaganomics, when our debt tripled, and drifting down to "the decider," George W. Bush, who ran the national debt up to $10.62 trillion "all by his lonesome" with his tax-cuts and two wars in the middle east. Of course, he was helped along by the stock market and the housing crisis. Even a 5th grader knows that if one cuts the amount of money coming into one's checking account, and increases the amount that one spends every month, one will end up in deep doo-doo when it comes time to pay the bills. The Republicans' answer to this dilemma is to cut programs that the older, less affluent taxpayers depend upon, while leaving alone or adding to the absurd programs that are of no benefit to the majority of American citizens, and line the pockets of the wealthy 1%.
But enough of this depressing political garbage! It's Alphabe-Thursday!!!
I need something serene and calm in my life right now. I need ALPENGLOW! By strict definition, alpenglow is not direct sunlight, and can really only be seen after sunset and before sunrise. But in the mountains, alpenglow can be seen when the mountains are lit by the fading sunlight. When there is a threat of rain, the sunrise has a red or rosy glow because of water or ice particles hanging low in the atmosphere, while those luscious sunsets are due to dust particles in the air. Here are a few examples of both--scenes I have captured where I live, in Tucson.
When the mountains turn pink, it's time for a drink!
(Old Tucson saying! No, really!!)
Ah, that rosy glow!!
Winter sunrise, rain to follow!
Since we are leaving for Jekyll Island in a little over a week, I thought I would add some of my coastal photos, as well.
Jekyll Island Sunrise,
fourth place, Arizona Daily Star
vacation photo contest
Shrimp boats at Latitude 31,
I hope you feel more calm and peaceful now! Alphabe-Thursday is always such fun, and our teacher, Miss Jenny Matlock, is so kind and generous when she grades our assignments!! If you aren't a student in our class, you really should join. I'll be looking for you!!!