Thoughts for today, #447 …. “Candy Canes …. Shepherd’s Staff …. “!!


~~December 19, 2016~~ 


According to folklore, in 1670, in Cologne, Germany, the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral, wishing to remedy the noise caused by children in his church during the Living Crèche tradition of Christmas Eve, asked a local candy maker for some sweet sticks for them.

In order to justify the practice of giving candy to children during worship services, he asked the candy maker to add a crook to the top of each stick, which would help children remember the shepherds who visited the infant Jesus.

In addition, he used the white color of the converted sticks to teach children about the Christian belief in the sinless life of Jesus. From Germany, candy canes spread to other parts of Europe, where they were handed out during plays reenacting the Nativity.

As such, according to this legend, the candy cane became associated with Christmastide.

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To start the day …. “El Condor Pasa”!!


~~April 20, 2015~~ 

I always remember this song associated to Simon and Garfunkle. However, there’s a deeper, historical and cultural meaning to this song.

It’s an anthem for an old country. It’s a legacy of a culture.

It’s a beautiful song. This is a beautiful rendition. HortyRex©


The Song “El Condor Pasa” Celebrated 100 Years in 2013

More than one hundred years ago, the well-known song “El Condor Pasa” was first played in public, according to an article in the prestigious El Comercio newspaper of Lima. This song which is performed daily in almost every tourist restaurant in Cusco that provides shows, as well as in thousands of versions around the world and which is claimed by the other Andean countries as part of their folklore, was composed by Daniel Almía Robles as part of a larger theatrical presentation.

Originally performed by a classical ensemble made up of a cello, bass, flute, trombone, trumpet, clarinet, and percussion, the melody has become a standard of the repertoire for quena, the indigenous notched flute of the Andes.

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El Condor Flies in San Sebastian, Cuzco


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Pan flutist Leo Rojas (full name: Juan Leonardo Santillia Rojas) was born in Ecuador in 1984 and is best known for winning the 2011 season of the German casting show Das Supertalent. Rojas moved to Spain in 2000 and then to Germany, living in Berlin with his Polish wife.

He often performed as a street musician until a passer-by informed him about the casting show. He became a contestant in the show’s fifth season, succeeding to the semi-finals with his rendition of “El Condór Pasa” (best known in a 1970 version by Simon & Garfunkel) and then winning the show with a cover of “Einsamer Hirte,” a hit song written by James Last and performed by Gheorghe Zamfir in 1977.

Rojas’ version of “Einsamer Hirte” was released as a single shortly after the show’s finale (reaching number 48 on the singles charts), followed by his first full-length album, Spirit of the Hawk. The album, which was produced by Dieter Bohlen and reached number two on the German album charts, featured the two above mentioned songs as well as cover versions of compositions such as John Barry’s theme from “Dances with Wolves” and Martin Böttcher’s “Winnetou.”

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~~El Condor Pasa~~

~~Published on Jul 17, 2013~~

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Groundhog day 2015 …. Only in America indeed!!


~~February 2, 2015~~ 

Groundhog’s Day (Canadian French: Jour de la Marmotte; Pennsylvania German: Grundsaudaag, Murmeltiertag) is a day celebrated on February 2.

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks.


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Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades to millions of years). Climate change may refer to a change in average weather conditions, or in the time variation of weather around longer-term average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is caused by factors such as biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions. Certain human activities have also been identified as significant causes of recent climate change, often referred to as “global warming“.

Scientists actively work to understand past and future climate by using observations and theoretical models. A climate record — extending deep into the Earth’s past — has been assembled, and continues to be built up, based on geological evidence from borehole temperature profiles, cores removed from deep accumulations of ice, floral and faunal records, glacial and peri-glacial processes, stable-isotope and other analyses of sediment layers, and records of past sea levels.

More recent data are provided by the instrumental record. General circulation models, based on the physical sciences, are often used in theoretical approaches to match past climate data, make future projections, and link causes and effects in climate change.

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“Love Bugs” …. A Florida pest!!

~~May 16, 2014~~ 



The lovebugPlecia nearctica, is a member of the family of march flies. It is also known as the honeymoon flykissingbug, or double-headed bug. The adult is a small, flying insect common to parts of Central America and the southeastern United States, especially along the Gulf Coast. During and after mating, adult pairs remain coupled, even in flight, for up to several days.

The lovebug was first described in 1940 by D. E. Hardy from GalvestonTexas. At that time, he reported the incidence of lovebugs to be widespread, but most common in Texas, Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana. However, by the end of the 20th century the species had spread heavily to all areas bordering the Gulf of Mexico, as well as Georgia, and South CarolinaL. A. Hetrick, writing in 1970, found it very widespread in central and northern Florida and described its flights as reaching altitudes of 300 to 450 metres (980 to 1,480 ft) and extending several kilometers over the Gulf. In 2006, it was reported as far north as WilmingtonNorth Carolina.

Immature lovebugs larvae feed on partially decayed vegetation in the landscape and, in this respect, are beneficial. Adults primarily feed on nectar from various plants, particularly sweet clover, goldenrod, and Brazilian pepper.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Bibionidae
Genus: Plecia
Species: P. nearctica
Binomial name
Plecia nearctica
Hardy, 1940[1]

~~Semi-annual pest status~~

Localized lovebug flights can number in the hundreds of thousands. The slow, drifting movement of the insects is almost reminiscent of snow fall except that the flies also rise in the air. Two major flights occur each year, first in late spring, then again in late summer. In south Florida, a third (but smaller) flight can occur in December. The spring flight occurs during late April and May, and in the summer during late August and September. Flights extend over periods of four to five weeks. Mating takes place almost immediately after emergence of the females. Adult females live only three to four days, while males live a little longer.

This species’ reputation as a public nuisance is due not to any bite or sting (it is incapable of either), but to its slightly acidic body chemistry. Because airborne lovebugs can exist in enormous numbers near highways, they die in large numbers on automobile windshields, hoods, and radiator grills when the vehicles travel at high speeds. If left for more than an hour or two, the remains become extremely difficult to remove. Their body chemistry has a nearly neutral 6.5 pH but may become acidic at 4.25 pH if left on the car for a day. 

In the past, the acidity of the dead adult body, especially the female’s egg masses, often resulted in pits and etches in automotive paint and chrome if not quickly removed. However, advances in automotive paints and protective coatings have reduced this threat significantly. Now the greatest concern is excessive clogging of vehicle radiator air passages with the bodies of the adults, with the reduction of the cooling effect on engines, and the obstruction of windshields when the remains of the adults and egg masses are smeared on the glass.

Lovebug adults are attracted to light-colored surfaces, especially if they are freshly painted, but adults congregate almost anywhere apparently reacting to the effects of sunlight on automobile fumes, asphalt, and other products affected by environmental factors still not completely understood.

Lovebug adults are attracted to light-colored surfaces, especially if they are freshly painted, but adults congregate almost anywhere apparently reacting to the effects of sunlight on automobile fumes, asphalt, and other products affected by environmental factors still not completely understood.


Urban legend holds that lovebugs are synthetic—the result of a University of Florida genetics experiment gone wrong.

Much speculation about the lovebug still thrives. This is partly because the larval form of this insect is seldom seen, as it lives and feeds in the thatch of grasses for most of the year. While various fungi are suspected of being natural controls for this species, biological control of these non-pest flies is not a priority for funding.

Research by L.L. Buschman showed that migration explained the introduction of the lovebug into Florida and other southeastern states, contrary to the urban myth that the University of Florida created them by manipulating DNA to control mosquito populations.


~~Love Bug Season Returns To Florida~~

~~Published on May 11, 2012~~

Love bugs emerge into the air twice a year.

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