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Before The Knowing Time November 25, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

Wikipedia ~ Salem Witch Trials (in Public Domain)

If you’d been in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, you might have met Susannah North Martin, one of 19 accused witches hung during those troubled times.

Susannah, a feisty widow with a sharp wit, is my great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother on my father’s side.

In the 19th century, poet John Greenleaf Whittier composed “The Witch’s Daughter” about her:

Let Goody Martin rest in peace, I never knew her harm a fly,
And witch or not – God knows – not I?
I know who swore her life away;
And as God lives, I’d not condemn
An Indian dog on word of them

Like many of the alleged witches in Salem, Susannah happened to be a female landowner with no male heirs. Once accused of witchcraft, she lost her land, but not her sense of self, or her sense of humor.  

I’ve read Susannah’s trial testimony. It’s testament to her acerbic wit and “devil may care” attitude.  When asked what she thought of her accusers, she laughed. When asked why she laughed, she replied, “Well, I may laugh at such folly!” 

BEFORE I knew that I had descended from Goody Martin . . .
BEFORE dad had done genealogy research tracing our roots back to her . . .
BEFORE I knew of any ties to the Salem Witch Trials . . .

I wrote a story about going back in time to Salem in 1692.   The story is raw (as most are when written by 13-year-olds), but I love that I wrote it BEFORE the knowing time.

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Wikipedia ~ Salem Witch Trials (in Public Domain)

Aah . . . that’s better!

Written for PTC’s Weekend Theme ~ Genealogy.  PTC’s Filling In For Sidey.

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Bottlenose Dolphins ~ Bubble Ring Play November 25, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Nature.

This video of dolphins at play is apt to amaze and delight you.

As if by magic, the dolphin does a quick flip of its head and a silver ring appears in front of its pointed beak.  Instead of rising to the surface, the bubble ring stands upright in the water.

After a few moments the dolphin creates another ring to play with.

These silver rings are “air-core vortex rings.”  Invisible, spinning vortices in the water are generated from the tip of a dolphin’s dorsal fin when it is moving rapidly and turning.

When dolphins break the line, the ends are drawn together into a closed ring.  The higher velocity fluid around the core of the vortex is at a lower pressure than the fluid circulating farther away. Air is injected into the rings via bubbles released from the dolphin’s blowhole. 
The energy of the water vortex is enough to keep the bubbles from rising for a reasonably few seconds of play time.

It isn’t known whether creating bubble rings is learned behavior for dolphins or an inbred ability.

Source: e-mail from an unknown author (sent by Granny1947)

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Knowing how easily digital images can be manipulated, I checked the claims on Snopes. com.  Snopes confirmed the phenomenon, citing an article published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology ~ Bubble Ring Play of Bottlenose Dolphins (copyright 2000).

To see what Snopes had to say, CLICK HERE.

Want to make your own bubbles?  Watch this and pick up some pointers:

Aah . . . that’s better!