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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

This Cold Heaven

I've been thinking about the artic cirlce. It's been settling on the top of my brain, gradually descending into my conscious, with random facts floating like sea ice into my day. Let me show you:

In Nunavut there are no trees. The Inuit ancestors made massive figures from stone called "Inukshuk" which meant "in the image of man" to help travelers find their way.
-- Dave Taylor, father-in-law

In Greenland there are four months of dark, four months of light, and two seasons of twilight, "when the sun hangs at the horizon as though stuck between two thoughts."
--From "This Cold Heaven" by Gretel Ehrlich. This is a good book. Beautiful writing and fascinating content!

The first settler, Erik the Red, named Greenland, "Greenland" to attract other settlers.
--Another tid bit from Ehrlich

Scientists have been tracking the landscape of Siberia for thirty years. Since the 1960's, 250 lakes have disappeared completely and over 1000 have greatly diminished. They say this is proof of global warming. One scientist explains that the permafrost is melting and draining water away from the Earth.
-- NPR News

Bjork was persuaded to release an album of cover songs when she was eleven. This made her a child star in Iceland, but she found her artist's heart young, and vowed never to preform another piece that was not her own.
-- Bjork

We're so warm down here in LA, close to the equator, next to the middle of the earth.:-)


Blogger Amanda said...

The Arctic Circle is sounding wonderful right now...

I sold my air conditioner (thinking I'd be in my new Central Air apartment by now). Unforeseen delays have meant that John and I are packing up our apartment in 95 degree weather (the second longest and hottest heat wave in Jersey).

There's my ragged comment to your very poetic post. :)

11:06 AM  
Blogger pk said...

The beauty of blogging, the compilation of jagged thoughts into a seamless mosaic.

And a sweet picture as well!

11:17 PM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

Makes me glad I live in NJ. Can they even get a good cheesesteak or hoagie in ice land?

11:58 AM  
Blogger Christin said...

But can you get a good cheesesteak and hoagie anywhere OTHER than Jersey?;-)
I had a cuban hoagie the other day here in LA and I doubt it was anything like the NJ original.

12:17 AM  

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