Beautiful Cleveland Weather…..Sunrise or Sunset?

July 24, 2014 @ 6:04am, sunrise over Garfield Heights, Ohio

by Carlita Miller

I arose the morning of July 24th to get my daughters and myself packed to head to Detroit, Michigan for a 3 day spiritual journey.  This beautiful sunrise is what I awoke to!

I know many people believe that God does not exist and that we came into existence by chance or just evolved into a higher intelligent life form.  But have you ever wondered why the sunrise and sunset are in color? Why color, and not hues of gray?  Why are our eyes made to see color?  When you look upon this photo think about the emotions that it evokes within you….what do you feel?  Joy…..peace…..a deep sense of appreciation for having the privilege to take in such beauty?

Do you think that those emotions are evoked just by chance? It seems not….it seems to me that when our eyes rest upon such beauty the outcome for each of us is very similar and very……… intentional.

HAPPY FRRREEEE HUNTING!

Stargazing ….Cherry Springs, Pennsylvania @ Carly’z Corner….

Watch this video from The Weather Channel…#ItsAmazingOutThere...stargazing Cherry Springs, PA

While on my spiritual trek this past  June, we stopped at a rest stop in Pennsylvania.  More specifically, the rest stop placed us in the town called Coudersport.

This was not just some random rest stop that we happened upon.  Oh no!  While being my normal inquisitive (aka nosy) self, I explored the area and saw this:  

Amazing….right! Cherry Springs State Park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago!  Named for the large stands of black cherry trees in the park, the 82-acre state park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehanna Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.

However, as I continued to explore and read more about this town I learned that Cherry Springs is one of the best places on the eastern seaboard for stargazing due to its exceptionally dark skies.

Today the power of stargazing, an ancient activity, has been veiled by light pollution and lost in the luminosity of offices, traffic jams, and arenas. A hundred years ago, a perpetual orange haze did not obscure the Milky Way; light pollution did not exist then. Vincent Van Gogh’s 1889 masterpiece, Starry Night, depicts a sky few Americans have seen naturally—bright and mystical. Fortunately, today Van Gogh’s art-inspiring view is not extinct everywhere. At Cherry Springs State Park, anyone who leans back and looks up is sure to experience all the wonderment and awe that coincides with gazing at one of the last, true starry nights.

Since 2000, Astronomers and amateur star-gazers have flocked to remote Cherry Springs from around the country, just to stand and tilt their heads towards the cosmos. After visiting the park in 2007, New York Times writer Dave Caldwell wrote, “On a perfect night, particularly during a new moon, the Milky Way is so bright it casts shadows. Star-gazers hold out their hands and look at the shadows on the ground in awe.” While city and suburban star-gazers may only see thirty to a thousand stars speckled across the sky, visitors to Cherry Springs are treated to a brilliant splattering of about 10,000 stars. “You get kind of overwhelmed at how many stars are actually visible,” astronomer Stanley Nawrocki told Caldwell.’ (taken from article written By Erin L. Gavlock, Summer 2009)

Every year, Cherry Springs State Park hosts the “STAR PARTY”!  This event is sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg. This is a pre-registered event. It is held on the Astronomy Field of the park and you must be registered to attend for all activities except the public viewing night. There will be no public programming by park staff during this event.

I found the Facebook page for Cherry Park Star Party 2013 and it has a host of information on it.  Much more than the website.  There are food vendors and other vendors on site all three days.  So purchasing meals on site is an option.  There are many raffle prizes and door prizes.  Not clear on all the activities but 2 out of the 3 days there are talks given on topics by NASA about Solar telescope viewing to “The Origin of Everything: How Things Got to Be the Way They Are Right Now”.

There is a fee to attend and registration is required. For a single student the cost is $30, single adult is $40, and a single family $55. Now as far as I understand these costs are for the entire 3 day event!  (Psst!…..if you are planning on attending the event with friends, I would recommend you get together and purchase the single family package.  Put it this way….$40 for 3 adults=$120 vs. $55 for a family of three.  I am not promoting dishonesty…but that day!…we will all be Millers!)

Reminder these are the prices for the last star party.  Keep checking their website or their Facebook page for up to date changes in pricing.

If you are interested in attending, I strongly recommend pre-registration as only 500 guests are accepted!

For more information and to register please go to the following website. http://www.astrohbg.org

Although we missed the 2013 STAR PARTY…as it was held on  June 6-9.  We can prepare to attend the 2014 STAR PARTY which will be held June 26-June 29!!!!!

Cherry Springs State Park is located at:

  • 4639 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport, PA 16915
    Phone:(814) 435-5010

Cherry Springs Star Party – 2014!

Our 2013 Star Party was a great success and featured talented speakers and opportunities for observing. The Registration Desk will open at approximately 12 PM on Thursday and will be open at various times throughout the weekend. We hope to see YOU at the Star Party!

Happy  Frrreeeee Hunting!

Just Putting It Out There……Kidz Day 2014 @ Carly’z Corner

I had never heard of this “kidz” fun day festival before.  I was listening to one of my favorite radio stations, 98.1 WKDD, (an Akron Ohio radio station)  and partially heard the ad about 100 activities for kids for $3.  You know when I heard “$3” my ears perked up! Right!

The event takes place, this Saturday, July 19th from 11am – 5pm at Boettler Park in Green Ohio.  (I will try to link to this post a map giving some general directions).

Just to give you an idea of how much there is to do at this Kidz Day….there is a petting zoo, inflatable land, there is a crafting area, a kids golf course, rock wall climbing, a mobile video game theater, a kids railway and bungy bouncing!  There are all day character meet and greets and there will be special events….like a helicopter landing and visits from the Cleveland Cavaliers.  

     courtesy of the kidz day webpage

The event costs $5 per child at the door, $3 for adults and kids under 3 are free!  But if you purchase advance tickets at any one of the locations listed below your child tickets are just $3!!!

Levin Furniture – Akron 3742 Brookwall Drive • Akron(330) 668-6622

Levin Furniture – North Canton 6229 Promler Ave. • North Canton 330-498-4000

Lucky Shoes 2685 West Market Street • Fairlawn 330-836-5577

Camp Bow-Wow 1403 Main St  • Cuyahoga Falls 330-923-9663



Boettler Park 5300 Massillon Road

So get out and enjoy!

HAPPY FRREEEE  HUNTING!

Free Music Concerts for July-Part Deux @ Carly’z Corner

So for this week there is quite a bit of free music for you and I to take advantage of:

Garfield Park Nature Center – July 16, from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Olu Manns Of HeartBeat Africa(Drum Circle)

picture courtesy of rythemkonnections.com

WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays – July 16, from 6pm-9pm Cleveland

Afterthought & The Nusoul Band(Dance Party Music)

Stinchcomb Concert Series – July 17, from 6pm – 8pm   Rocky River Reservation

Outlaws I & I (Reggae)

Look About Lodge – July 20, from 6pm – 8pm           Bentleyville

Rio Neon(folk jazz)

InternationalGuitarWeekend.CIM

 

 

Just a few free music events that you, your family and friends can take advantage of.  So get out and enjoy!

 

 

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HAPPY FRRREEEE HUNTING!

Attention, Writers: The Next Blogging U. Challenge Is Here

This is awesome. I need to take my blog to the next level and I don’t know how. I am excited about this course and using the tools given to better my writing.

The WordPress.com Blog

Last month, more than 4,000 bloggers joined us for Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, where they challenged themselves to carve out time to write regularly, and to experiment with new forms and styles. The result? Thousands of posts, comments, and follows, and countless new friendships.

We’re excited to announce Blogging U.’s next offering, which begins next Monday, July 21st. Writing 201: Finding Your Story will invite participants to take their craft to the next level by focusing on more advanced storytelling and self-editing tools, from finding the right angle from which to narrate your story, to coming up with strong opening sentences.

Good writing is essentially rewriting.

— Roald Dahl

Writing 201 is a self-directed course on the art of revision: four weeks dedicated to self-editing and rewriting, looking at our work with a magnifying glass, and improving it. If you have existing posts that you’d like to work on, expand, or refocus, whether as a…

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Single Parent, Date the kid

I think that this is the greatest idea! I spent quality time with my girls all the time, but I never thought of it as “dating”. How cute! And necessary!

Q Loves Detroit

Speaking from experience, I’ve learned that dating as a single parent can be frustrating, empty and weird. You’re not just meeting someone to benefit you but there’s a child involved which takes your standards to a whole other level. But while you’re out there looking for someone to add to your family don’t forget to date the kid. Taking your child/children out for the one on one fun dates not only brings you closer together but let’s your child/children know they’re still important in your life.

The kid and I love hanging out ever since he was a baby, I’ve made sure to take him somewhere or do something with him. It allows me to teach him more about the world and being social and it allows him to spend time with mom and break the bank. Not all of our dates require money and those are the times that…

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