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Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Earth Breathes

Sometimes we refer to our planet as Mother Earth, but we certainly didn’t expect to see her breathing.
Brian Nuttall was out on a walk in Nova Scotia when he captured the ground rising and falling, similar to the rise and fall of a person’s chest as they breathe.

Nuttall said that the wind was blowing hard after the remnants of Hurricane Patricia passed through the province. As he walked through some downed trees in a forest, he noticed the ground moving.
Of course the ground wasn’t breathing. Instead what likely happened is that the roots of some of the trees had loosened during the hurricane  and the fierce wind was blowing the trees so hard, the loose roots were shifting. At least that's what we are telling ourselves.
It's better than some of the alternatives: a giant creature from the core of the earth laying in wait, just beneath the surface, for unwary hikers..... a space ship from a far away galaxy tunneled under the ground, mining minerals and rich soil to take back to their barren enormous sink hole waiting to happen just as you walk by.

But that experience has left Mr Nuttall with a new appreciation for his province.
“I realize, from comments on my facebook timeline, that I take beautiful Nova Scotia and the area I live in for granted,” Nuttall posted. “Whether it be miles of coastline, endless acres of forest, lakes, rivers, dozens of small costal or inland water falls, wildlife walking across my property; I view these locations and nature without much regard to how lucky I am.”


  1. Howdy PIC , I heard this happening after a major storm and fallen trees .
    What a wonderful way of looking at things . Good Post .
    Love you .

    Go to WAG .
    See ya later gator Hahahaha!

  2. Thanks PIC
    Didn't have a lot of time to write posts today. Just read your note. I will get back to you. I hope you are holding up okay and everyone is still behaving. Please tell Dad there is a note on Wag for him
    Lotsa love...Put away that wand...You can't turn the fools into frogs...Hahaha!

    1. Hi Nee
      Thank you to the Whittins. I hope they are enjoying a great holiday weekend. I hope you and your family are enjoying time together also.
      Keep an eye on your Aunty. She may be trying so hard to hold her tongue that the top of her head will blow off....Hahahaha! Seriously, everything will be fine. Everyone is putting in a joint effort for Uncle Sal. This reunion may be good for all the Caranos.
      If ever you want to tell me some scandalous family adventures....I am all ears. Don't worry, it all goes into the vault that Nee and I made for all our confidences.
      Happy Thanksgiving
      Your friendly neighborhood Genie

  3. Aunty and Genie ,
    The Whittin's wish both of you a nice Thanksgiving weekend .
    Genie , things are calm here , we are keeping our fingers crossed for Uncle Sal's sake . There are things I could tell you , boy what things . Stay warm .

    Dear Maxy ,
    My 12-year-old daughter confessed to me this evening that she believes she is bisexual . She was quite upset about a comment made by another girl today . I immediately comforted her , no holds barred . She will always be my baby .
    I know your column has recommended some websites for parents and personal support , but I am unable to call them . I want to become more educated in order to guide my child on how to be happy with who she is .
    This information will also help when she decides to tell her father and stepmother . Thank You
    Love My Child

    Dear Maxy ,
    My friends told me about you and I hope you can help / My husband and I have been married for two years , after living together for five years . We have four beautiful children . Things was going well until we moved into our new home . It's as if we suddenly became strangers . We barely speck to each other . He kept a lot of secrets and lied about everything .
    I started snooping around and found out he was having two online affairs . I confronted him and he became angry as if it was my fault . He made me feel terrible , so I let him walk all over me and was miserable . He claims these "affairs" were the same as looking at pornography , but he's wrong . I know one of these women , and they were about sending him text messages and racy photos . Last month , he cleared out half of our bank account and won't tell me where the money went .
    After that , I told him he had to stop or the marriage was over , so he trashed his phone and now he rarely goes online . But I can't help thinking , given the chance , he would do it all again . I love him and our family and believe in keeping our marriage intact , but I just don't trust him anymore . Should I leave him or give him another chance ?
    Confused and Worried Wife

    Dear Maxy ,
    An acquaintance recently lost his job , we invited him and his wife to move into our home on a temporary basis . We all agreed they would live with us until one of them found another professional position .
    It's been only three months , but it's already uncomfortable . "Sue" and "Bob" do small household chores and pay a minimal amount in rent , but that doesn't counteract the interruption they have added to our daily lives .
    They have taken over the Fridge , the cabinets , the laundry room , the living space and the kitchen . We have no private time anymore and cannot trust them to lock the doors or turn off the dryer or coffeemaker when they leave the house . They parade around the house semi-nude , make a lot of noise when we are sleeping and talk while we are reading or watching TV .
    We have discuss these issues and others as they have come up , but it hasn't help . We've asked them to keep out of our bedroom and home office , but the other day I found both of them coming out of the office .
    We do not want to put locks all over . We want to trust them , but it seems unlikely . They have made comments about our bills , which indicates they have looked at our private mail .
    They are supposedly applying for jobs , but so far haven't found anything that pays what they deserve . We worry we'll be stuck with them forever . They have severance pay , unemployment and money from family members . They spend it on manicures , personal trainers and new electronics . Here's the kicker : They are actively seeking a divorce .
    How do we tell they have overstayed their welcome ?
    Bad Roomies

  4. Aunty and Genie
    three more from Kathy .
    Your sweet Niece

    Dear Maxy ,
    My husband and son have chronic lung problems . Our son has asthma and my husband's lung health has gotten worse over the years . We have never been smokers , but we have tolerated our relatives who are . Lately , however , family gatherings are proving difficult . Exposure to cigarette smoke can cause my husband to have a setback and my son's asthma to flare up .
    I mentioned that their smoking causes problems , but they don't seem to pay attention . I don't want to hurt anyone's feeling . If I were a smoker , I would feel terrible if I thought I caused someone else to have health problems , but they don't seem to feel the same way . Yet they would be upset if we didn't attend these functions . Any suggestions ?
    Smoked Out

    Dear Maxy ,
    My budget is a little tight this year , and I can't provide the extravagant birthday presents I've been able to afford in years prior . Upon opening my gift , one of my friends looked at me and said , "What would I use this for?" I had gotten her a plant in a color-coordinated pot to match her living room as well as an amusing coaster set and a card . I felt incredibly put on the spot and said she could use it for everyday life . She looked unimpressed . This happened in front of a small group and I couldn't believe her bad manners . I couldn't afford anything grandiose , but I thought my presents was alright --- I wouldn't mind receiving them ! I am wondering if I shouldn't have skipped presents this year and said I was broke . Another friend's birthday is in a little over a month , and I'm debating between giving a less expensive gift or admitting my financial hardships . Are presents the way to celebrate a birthday , even if they're unappreciated ?
    Presently Baffled

    Dear Maxy ,
    I visited my daughter at her university this past weekend and realized she had gained the dreaded freshman 15 . I didn't say anything to my daughter , but my girlfriend and I agreed that she gained weight in the 6 weeks she's been gone . My daughter call me after a doctor's visit during the week and was shocked to learn she had gained 13 pounds . Her pants was too tight on her and she said that she needs new clothing , but I think she should lose the weight she gained from late-night snacking on pizza so she can fir into the clothes she owns . My girlfriend told me to be more sympathetic . I think if my daughter can gain the weight , she can lose it too . Am I being unreasonable ?
    Disapproving Dad


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