27 Sep

How the Icelandic Volcano Grímsvötn Helped Spur the French Revolution

The old road across the Laki lava field
Photo by Matt

I saw this article on the web about these gorgeous lava fields that are covered with moss, and ended up learning about how the same volcano also caused a change weather across parts of Europe.

The eruption of Grímsvötn between 1783 and 1784 was one of the most devastating eruptions in recorded history. It devastated the people and wildlife of Iceland — as well as countries Europe — for years. According to the article, “in France, a series of crop failures and the resulting poverty and famine eventually triggered the French Revolution of 1789-1799.”

The photos of the resulting landscape are stunning, and makes me want to go to Iceland even more than I already did.

17 Sep

Always great to catch up with your neighbors at the Tunbridge Fair

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I was hanging out at the Fiber Nook outside the sheep barn, when I noticed our good Senator behind me. I instinctively grabbed my camera (aka, iPhone) and handed it to Sarah. Sarah didn’t see Bernie, and thought some commotion or trouble was happening, and that I was “springing to action” (her words).

I watched while Bernie spoke with a little girl and her parents, and posed with the girl and her cow. I extended my hand, and introduced myself. (We’ve met, but I didn’t want to put him on the spot.) I said I was a big supporter, he thanked me, and I asked if he minded if my wife took our picture together. He said “sure!,” and suggested she get in the picture as well. He pointing to a man he was with and suggested he take the shot. We thanked him and he went on his way. He never turned anyone away who wanted a word or a picture. I saw so many photos of Fair-goers and Bernie on Instagram and Facebook. What a guy. Thanks for stopping by the sheep barn, Bernie!

17 Sep

Annual Ferris wheel selfie with my beautiful wife, Sarah (2017)

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As is our tradition, Sarah and I made the last day of the Fair our date night. We took a stroll, had lunch together, visited with friends and neighbors on Antique Hill, rode the Ferris wheel — smooched when it stopped, enjoyed maple creemees, and checked out all the cool entries in Floral Hall and Dodge Gilman. This is my favorite thing about the Fair… Sunday with my sweetheart.