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Name: Peggy
Gender: Female
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Home country: USA
Current location: At home
Member since: Thu Feb 3, 2005, 02:41 PM
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Fun with Photoshop!

This is a heavily photoshopped "diamond ring" photo that I took at the end of totality, that I felt like making into something else.

Hope you enjoy!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sun Aug 27, 2017, 05:44 PM (4 replies)

First Contact

The moon has just taken the first little bite out of the sun. Slightly to the left and below that bite, you can see a vertical row of sunspots. We had a light cloud cover plus some ash in the air from the Vancouver fires, so those sunspots aren't as clear as they could have been.

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Aug 25, 2017, 05:28 PM (11 replies)

Are orange peels newsworthy? Read this and decide for yourself!

A juice company dumped orange peels in a national park. Here's what it looks like now.

The rest at the link:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Aug 24, 2017, 07:48 PM (40 replies)

My best eclipse photo:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Aug 23, 2017, 01:16 AM (64 replies)

And now for something very different.......something beautiful...

A song by Isaac Albéniz:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Aug 16, 2017, 06:35 PM (4 replies)

How Heather Heyer died........a post from ItsGoingDown.


I was horrified and sickened and angered to read this compelling post.

As a queer, non-binary, anarchist, critical care RN/street medic who was the first responder for Heather Heyer, initiating CPR and, with a team of amazing bystanders, facilitating resuscitation until EMS arrived, I feel a compelling need to tell our story.

When we heard the car crash into our march, I was about 20 feet away from Heather, and I responded immediately to the screams for medics. I arrived to find bystanders holding c-spine traction on Heather’s neck and putting pressure on a deep leg wound to stop the bleeding, and I stopped to assist in controlling the bleed. Within a minute or two, Heather’s respirations slowed and stopped, she lost her pulse, we rolled her onto her back, and I began chest compressions. An EMT street medic provided respiratory supplies, and a bystander with medic training began respirations.

One of the critical aspects of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), which is the advanced form of CPR that trained medics provide, is maintaining chest compressions at an effective depth and speed, with no breaks in compressions. Providing effective chest compressions is exhausting, and to maintain effective compressions, we ideally provide compressions for only two minutes, and take turns with other medics.

In 90 degree heat, this is even more essential. I was horrified to discover, after two minutes of intense, exhausting chest compressions, that a state trooper had forcibly removed the EMT assisting me in resuscitation, as well as other bystanders ready in line for the next round of compressions. The EMT told the state trooper that we were actively resuscitating a patient, but the state trooper physically removed him from the scene anyway.

The rest at the link.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Aug 16, 2017, 02:16 PM (69 replies)

I saw this video on Facebook and thought it very appropriate for our time...


Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Mon Aug 14, 2017, 03:03 AM (0 replies)

I just found this post on Facebook, and it is really good:


How long has it been? When is he going to get over that grief and move on already?”

I get it.

I know you might be thinking that about me or about someone else these days.

I know you may look at someone you know in mourning and wonder when they’ll snap out of it.

I understand because I use to think that way too.

Okay, maybe at the time I was self-aware enough or guilty enough not to think it quite that explicitly, even in my own head. It might have come in the form of a growing impatience toward someone in mourning or a gradual dismissing of their sadness over time or maybe in my intentionally avoiding them as the days passed. It was subtle to be sure, but I can distinctly remember reaching the place where my compassion for grieving friends had reached its capacity—and it was long before they stopped hurting.

Back then like most people, my mind was operating under the faulty assumption that grief had some predictable expiration date; a reasonable period of time after which recovery and normalcy would come and the person would return to life as it was before, albeit with some minor adjustments.

I thought all these things, until I grieved.

I never think these things anymore.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Thu Aug 3, 2017, 02:00 PM (6 replies)
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