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Ghost Tale From The Charleston Jail October 17, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Writing & Writers.
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IMGP4171Just in time for All Hallow’s Eve, Andra Watkins, The Accidental Cootchie Mama,  has transformed her tale of torture set in the Old Charleston Jail for submission to America’s Next Author competition.

To read, review, and rate Andra’s haunting tale, visit:  The Chair.

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Andra is putting some airline miles on the line for the person who tweets, shares and otherwise talks up this story the most.

She and MTM are hosting a party for Lou Mello on January 11, 2013.

Andra plans to redeem some airline miles to bring a reader to Charleston for the party.

Just think . . .

Cats-eyesIf you win, you’ll have a chance to visit the Old Charleston Jail in person.

Tell the ghosts that Andra sent ya!

For details, click:  A Vote You Won’t Regret.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Eye in the Sky October 17, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Music & Dance, Nature.
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Excerpt from  NASA ~ Helix Nebula Unraveling At The Seams:

A dying star is throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), which NASA has lent to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. In death, the star’s dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense ultraviolet radiation being pumped out by the hot stellar core.

This object, called the Helix nebula, lies 650 light-years away, in the constellation of Aquarius. Also known by the catalog number NGC 7293, it is a typical example of a class of objects called planetary nebulae. Discovered in the 18th century, these cosmic works of art were erroneously named for their resemblance to gas-giant planets.

Planetary nebulae are actually the remains of stars that once looked a lot like our sun. These stars spend most of their lives turning hydrogen into helium in massive runaway nuclear fusion reactions in their cores. In fact, this process of fusion provides all the light and heat that we get from our sun. Our sun will blossom into a planetary nebula when it dies in about five billion years.

To read more:  NASA ~ Helix Nebula Unraveling At The Seams

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Aah . . . that’s better!