Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

March 31, 2017 — This week’s photo challenge is dense.

Dense clouds at dusk on the beach in Ocean City, N.J.

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The Happiest Place on Earth

March 27, 2017 – If Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, shouldn’t the U.S. rank higher than #14 in the latest survey of the happiest people on earth.

Perhaps more people need to visit Disneyland, or Disney executives have been deceiving us for decades. Either way, the survey suggests Americans aren’t making the grade.

Before we start with the political slant that people were happier under President Obama, we ranked 13th for the past few years, we’ve been unhappy for years.

The survey released last week stated that this year’s happiest place on earth is Norway, leaving me to wonder if Nordic people have a monopoly on happiness. Denmark was last year’s champion, falling to #2 on the list, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland rounding out the top five.

The survey ranked 155 countries based on gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy and a few other necessities. While money did play a role in the survey, it was more about having enough to live a decent life. Having abundance didn’t figure into the results.

Americans may not be the happiest, but we’re far from the saddest. That misfortune belongs to the Central African Republic, followed by Burundi, Tanzania, Syria and Rwanda slightly ahead.

I guess ranking 14th out of 155 isn’t so bad after all.

Welcome Spring

March 20, 2017 – Today we celebrate the arrival of springtime in the western hemisphere.

The first day of spring is also called the vernal equinox, where days are close to 12 hours long, and increase as the season progresses.

Extra daylight is celebration worthy, so in honor of spring’s arrival, take a moment to listen to Vivaldi’s Spring…

… while glancing at a few photos from last week’s Philadelphia Flower Show:

 

Need a Good Laugh? Surf the Web.

March 13, 2017 – The beauty of the Internet is that there is always something new to discover.

I came across a site appropriately named watchitbackwards.com, which is devoted to providing a good laugh to movie and television fans.

The premise is that story lines in reverse create a completely different and humorous outcome. Some plot lines even improve. For example:

“If you watch The Wizard Of Oz backwards, it’s about Dorothy escaping Oz by running away from the Emerald City and getting home to Kansas in a flying house.”

Or, “if you watch Pretty Woman backwards, it’s about Richard Gere transforming Julia Roberts into a hooker.”

And my favorite, “if you watch Scarface backwards, it’s about a man who gives up cocaine and crime to follow his dream of becoming a dishwasher to earn enough money so he can visit Cuba.”

The site is updated frequently, so even the latest Oscar nominations have been added. And if you’re clever enough to come up with your own backwards movie or television show, the site welcomes submissions.