Celebrating International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day (March 8, 2011) is an annual global celebration of the the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.International Womens Day 2011; Carla Franklin;

Suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote. The word ‘Suffragette’ is derived from the word “suffrage” meaning the right to vote. International Women’s Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed.2011 year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The day was commemorated for the first time on 19 March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, following its establishment during the Socialist International meeting the prior year. More than one million women and men attended rallies on that first commemoration.

In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women’s Day. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.

The United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day 2011:
Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.International Womens Day 2011; Carla Franklin;

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String Theory

String Theory described by Carla FranklinI’m a science-buff at heart.  In college, I took 2 semesters of calculus, physics, and organic chemistry each.  Admittedly, I skipped out on P-Chem (Physical Chemistry) after starting down the computer science path (and eventually becoming a Java programmer for IBM), but I still love and miss studying natural science.  I find myself most fascinated by String Theory…and in particular “M-Theory”.  It attempts to explain the essence of all time and matter, and defines our existence over 11 dimensions.

String theory is a developing theory in particle physics that attempts to concile quantum mechanics and general relativity. It is a contender for the theory of everything (TOE), a manner of describing the known fundamental forces and matter in a mathematically complete system. The theory has yet to make testable experimental predictions, which a theory must do in order to be considered a part of science.

Back to living…

Lonely Tree Harbour Island Bahamas; Carla Franklin“There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, (you never know when they’ll be gone). Forget about the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy… Falling down is part of life. Getting back up is living….”

 

Photo by Glyn John Willett

Its Groundhog Day!!!!

Today we celebrate Groundhog Day….a special holiday of Pagan origins wherein a large, rotund rodent, native to the U.S. mid-Atlantic and mid-West regions, provides Americans with a mystical divination regarding the oncoming Spring Season.  The prophecy holds that a Groundhog who sees his shadow, will run back to his burrow, alluding to six more weeks of winter.  Otherwise, we in for an early spring.   I just heard that the most famous (and supposedly most accurate) Groundhog of them all didn’t see his shadow, so perhaps we are in for an early Spring?  One can only hope 🙂

Happy Groundhog Day everyone.