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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Books Currently Available - June 2024


Ratuken Kobo - 

  • Science Fair Projects
  • 200 AI Prompts for Literature Essays
  • 200 AI Prompts for Staging Property To Get It Sold
  • 250 AI Prompts for Song Writers
  • 300 AI Prompts in Various Subjects
  • 635 AI Prompts for Real Estate
  • 80 Email Marketing Templates
  • AI Prompt Mastery: Techniques and Strategies
  • How to Write a Grant Proposal Using AI
  • Real Estate Investing, Volume 1, Books 1-4
  • The Penny Pinching Pantry: How To Save up to 70% off Your Grocery Bill
  • Uncover the Path to Car Ownership Without Spending a Dime
  • Unlocking the Power of AI: Write Your Next Book in Under Six Hours
  • Useful Information: Book of Reports, v1


Barnes & Noble -

  • Independent Contractor or Worker (PB/ebook)
  • Kubla Khan An Imaginary Ending (PB/ebook)

 

Gumroads - 

  • TikTok Viral Marketing 101 (ebook)
  • Mastering AI Prompt Writing (ebook)

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Useful Information: Book of Reports Volume One

 

This is my polydactyl cat, Beary, and he has a book of Useful Information for you read.  He says, "that you can learn all sorts of things and information just from opening the cover and peeking inside." 

He's waiting for you to purchase the eBook version and if you make a purchase, he will be rewarded in cat food and treats.

Useful Information: Book of Reports Vol. 1


Memorial Day - 2024

 


Monday, May 20, 2024

Do you live in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom or Australia?

 

 

The Penny Pinching Pantry: How To Save up to 70% off Your Grocery Bill For the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia by Billy D Manus II


If so, do you know that you can save up to 70% off your grocery bill.  If you follow the plans laid out in the Penny Pinching Pantry, you will be a pro cheap, quality, grocery shopping.

Click here for ebook.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Do This... Instead of Hiring Your Next Grant Writer & Save Thousands of Dollars!

 

Thousands of Dollars!

Staff | May 11, 2024

Hiring a grant writer, you can expect to pay 2-3% of the total grant award.  If you seeking a grant for $100,000, you will pay around $5,000. - GrantWatch

Why People Hire Grant Writers


1. Expertise: Grant writers are often skilled professionals with experience in navigating the complexities of grant applications. They understand what funders are looking for and can tailor proposals accordingly.

2. Time-saving: Writing a grant proposal can be a time-consuming process. Hiring a grant writer allows individuals or organizations to focus on their core activities while the writer handles the intricacies of proposal development.

3. Access to Funding: Many organizations may lack the expertise or resources to identify and secure funding opportunities. Grant writers can help uncover potential sources of funding and craft compelling proposals to maximize the chances of receiving grants.

4. Quality Assurance: Grant applications often have strict guidelines and requirements. Professional grant writers ensure that proposals are well-written, organized, and compliant with all the necessary criteria, which increases the likelihood of success.

5. Strategic Planning: Grant writers can assist in developing a strategic approach to fundraising by identifying the most suitable grants to pursue based on the organization's goals, mission, and capacity.

6. Networking and Relationships: Experienced grant writers often have established relationships with funding agencies or foundations. Leveraging these connections can enhance the credibility of the proposal and increase the likelihood of funding.

7. Specialized Knowledge: Some grant opportunities may require specialized knowledge or technical expertise in certain fields such as science, education, or healthcare. Grant writers with relevant backgrounds can effectively communicate the organization's qualifications and project plans to funders.

8. Increased Funding Success: A well-crafted grant proposal can significantly increase the chances of securing funding. Professional grant writers know how to highlight the strengths of the organization and align them with the priorities of potential funders, ultimately leading to greater success in obtaining grants.

Do You Know That You Can Write A Grant Proposal Yourself with the Assistance of AI


Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) as a grant writer assistant presents a transformative approach to securing funding. By integrating AI tools, grant writers can enhance their efficiency and effectiveness throughout the proposal development process. AI can assist in tasks such as identifying relevant grant opportunities, optimizing proposal language for impact, and ensuring compliance with complex submission guidelines. This symbiotic relationship between human expertise and machine precision allows for the creation of compelling, high-quality grant proposals at a faster pace. Moreover, AI's ability to analyze large datasets enables personalized recommendations for funding sources that align closely with an organization's mission and goals, thereby increasing the likelihood of success in the competitive grant landscape.

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Monday, May 6, 2024

Real Estate Investing, Volume 1 Short Sale, Landlord, Bird Dogging and Rehab and Investing - Available Now!

 


Real Estate Investing, Volume 1, Books 1-4

eBook includes education on Short Sale, Landlord, Bird Dogging and Rehab and Investing.  Easy to follow and understand, you will be a real estate investor professional in no time.

Click on the link for complete information.

 

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Learn How To Save Up To 70% off Your Grocery Costs!




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You will learn how to keep the nearly $2,000 your household is throwing away on food per year in your pocket using time tested methods, we will teach you how to better shop for food instead of squandering your money away, how to best prepare meal plans and the best ways to save more money while shopping for food.

Surplus vs. Walmart (Produce) - 39% price difference

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20 Food Waste Facts

  • Roughly one-third of the world's food produced, around 1.3 billion tons, is wasted globally each year [Earth.Org].
  • This food waste is estimated to cost the global economy close to $940 billion annually [OzHarvest Sustainability].
  • Food waste contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for up to 10% of global emissions [OzHarvest Sustainability].
  •  Shockingly, wasting food generates more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire aviation industry combined [Earth.Org].
  • If food waste were a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, following the US and China [OzHarvest Sustainability].
  • Food rotting in landfills releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, further accelerating climate change [OzHarvest Sustainability].
  • Eliminating food waste globally would save an estimated 4.4 million tonnes of CO2 a year, equivalent to taking one in four cars off the road [OzHarvest Sustainability].
  • While millions go hungry, this food waste paradox persists, with 793 million people around the world facing undernourishment [OzHarvest Sustainability].
  • If just one-quarter of the food currently wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people [Earth.Org].
  • Fruit and vegetables are particularly susceptible to waste, with nearly half of all produce grown globally never being eaten [OzHarvest Sustainability].
  • Wasting food also squanders the precious resources used to produce it. Food waste is responsible for using up to 21% of the world's freshwater resources [Earth.Org].
  • Additionally, food waste consumes 19% of global fertilizers, 18% of cropland, and occupies 21% of landfill space [Earth.Org].
  • The environmental impact of food waste extends beyond resource depletion. The water used to produce wasted food could be enough for 9 billion people to drink 200 liters of water daily [The World Counts].
  • Food waste occurs at every stage of the food supply chain, from production and processing to distribution and consumption [The World Counts].
  • In developed countries, food waste at the consumer level is a major concern, with consumers in these regions discarding as much food as the entire sub-Saharan African production [The World Counts].
  • In contrast, food waste in developing countries often happens earlier in the supply chain, during agricultural production and storage due to poor infrastructure and limited resources [The World Counts].
  • Unexpectedly, even slight changes in consumer behavior can significantly impact food waste reduction. For example, proper food storage techniques can drastically extend the shelf life of many products [Earth.Org].
  • Technological advancements offer promising solutions for food waste reduction, such as improved food processing and preservation techniques [Earth.Org].
  • Educating consumers about food waste and promoting sustainable food practices are crucial steps in tackling this global issue [Earth.Org].
  • By working together, individuals, businesses, and governments can create a more sustainable food system that reduces waste and ensures everyone has access to the food they need.

 


 


Saturday, April 27, 2024

Perfect for Mother's Day! Get Your Michaelsoft Binbows Employee of the Year Cerfificate, Only on Etsy!

Michaelsoft Binbows Employee of the Month Certificate

Were you employed by the Michaelsoft Binbows Shop but never received your Employee of the Year Certificate, well now is your chance to go back in time and get what was rightfully yours.

Features:

  • English and Japanese writing
  • Multi-colored
  • Features the Michaelsoft Binbows Shop Sign 
  • A large spot for your own name

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Check Out Our New Channel - The Glorified One


The Glorified One, Online Church provides short and precise weekly church services within 15 minutes. New sermons every Wednesday on YouTube.  Perfect when you need a pick me up, uplifting, or a positive message of hope.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Did the Biden Administration Just Kill The Independent Contractor In the United States?


 

Is the Independent Contractor Dead? Examining the DOL's New Rule on Worker Classification (RIN 1235-AA43)

Staff | April 16, 2024


Rule went into effect on March 11, 2024

The recent ruling by the Department of Labor (DOL) titled "Employee or Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act" (RIN 1235-AA43) has sparked debate about the future of independent work. While some headlines proclaim the "death of the independent contractor," the reality is more nuanced.

  • In 2022 there were 31.9 million independent contractors in the United States.
  • Independent contractors earned 40% more income than working at the same comparable job as an employee.
  • Employers saved 30% of costs by hiring an independent contractor.
  • The highest paid independent contractors can earn 6 figures or more.

What Is an Independent Contractor?


The equipment and tools required to do the task are often owned by independent contractors. In addition, they bear the expense of insurance, maintenance, and repairs. It is also common for independent contractors to have contractual authority over and accountability for an asset under a rental or lease arrangement.

The Shift and Recession


In 2021, the DOL issued a rule that established a new test for classifying workers, placing more emphasis on a worker's control over their work and opportunity for profit or loss. This rule, seen as favoring businesses, was met with criticism from worker advocates. Legal challenges ensued, and the DOL ultimately rescinded the 2021 rule in January 2024.
 

The New Rule: A Return to Tradition


The new rule reinstates the "economic reality test" used for decades. This test considers a broader range of factors, including:

  • Control: The level of control the employer exerts over the worker's work schedule, tools, and methods.Investment: Whether the worker invests significant funds in their own equipment or business.
  • Permanency:  If the work is a permanent or integral part of the employer's business.
  • Skill and Initiative:  The level of skill required and the worker's independent initiative.
  • Opportunity for Profit or Loss: Whether the worker has the potential to make a profit or suffer a loss based on their own efforts.

Impact on Independent Work


The new rule doesn't eliminate independent contracting entirely. However, it makes it more challenging for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors if they don't meet the multi-factor test. This could lead to:

  • Increased Costs for Businesses: Businesses that previously classified workers as independent contractors may now need to reclassify them as employees, incurring costs associated with minimum wage, overtime pay, and benefits.
  • Reduced Flexibility for Some Workers: Workers who enjoyed the flexibility of independent contracting may find fewer opportunities or stricter controls if they are classified as employees.

The Future of Independent Work


While the new rule tightens the reins on independent contractor classification, it doesn't necessarily spell its doom. Here are some possibilities:

  • Focus on Genuine Independence: Businesses may need to structure work arrangements to ensure workers have a greater degree of control, investment, and opportunity for profit or loss.
  • Rise of Hybrid Models:  New models that combine elements of employee and independent contractor status might emerge to cater to worker preferences for flexibility while ensuring appropriate protections.
  • Legislative Changes: Further legislation could be introduced to create clearer categories for different types of work arrangements.  

The Roll of Labor Unions

There is strong evidence to suggest that labor unions played a role in influencing the DOL's new rule on worker classification, though the exact extent is difficult to pinpoint. Here's how:

  • Alignment of Interests: Labor unions have long advocated for stricter worker classification rules. They argue that many workers are misclassified as independent contractors, denying them benefits and protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new rule, with its multi-factor test, aligns with this goal.
  • Public Advocacy: Labor unions have been vocal critics of the 2021 rule and expressed support for a return to the pre-2021 "economic reality test." They likely lobbied the DOL and Congress to push for this change.
  • Shifting Political Landscape: The current administration is generally considered more receptive to labor union concerns compared to the previous one. This shift in political priorities likely created a more favorable environment for the new rule.

However, it's important to consider these nuances:

Broader Worker Advocacy: While labor unions were likely a significant voice, the movement for stricter classification wasn't limited to them. Worker advocacy groups and individual workers also expressed concerns about misclassification.

Focus on Legal Precedent: The DOL frames the new rule as a return to a well-established legal standard based on judicial precedent. This justification downplays the influence of any specific group, including labor unions.

Independent Contractors This Rule Will Effect


The impact of the DOL's new rule on worker classification will likely be felt most acutely in industries that rely heavily on independent contractors, particularly those where the level of control exerted by the company and the worker's independence can be blurry. Here are some examples of independent contractor roles that could be affected:

  • Gig Economy Workers:  Delivery drivers, rideshare drivers, and freelance service providers on platforms like Upwork and Fiverr may face increased scrutiny. Businesses may need to reclassify them as employees if they don't have enough control over their work schedules, tools, and methods.
  • Construction Trades:  Independent contractors in construction, like electricians, plumbers, or carpenters, could be impacted. If a company exerts significant control over their work on specific projects, they might be classified as employees.
  • Creative Industries:  Freelance writers, editors, graphic designers, and photographers may be affected. The line between independent contractor and employee can be blurry in these fields. The new rule will likely encourage clearer contractual agreements that define control, investment, and opportunity for profit or loss.
  • Sales Professionals:  Independent salespeople who work on commission might be reviewed. If the company dictates their sales territory, quotas, and customer interactions to a high degree, they could be classified as employees.

It's important to remember that the new rule applies a multi-factor test. Not all independent contractors in these fields will automatically be reclassified. However, businesses that rely heavily on independent contractors with minimal control and investment on the worker's side should be prepared to potentially reclassify them as employees. This could lead to increased costs and administrative burdens.

President Biden's Role in Changing This Rule


Proposed changes to this rule began under the Biden Administration in 2021.  President Trump had made changes to the rule during 2020 that would have lowered the standard of classifying whether a worker was an independent contractor but they never got the chance to go into effect in March of 2021 when Biden delayed the ruling and withdrew the rules.

"Judge Marcia Crone of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas reinstated the Trump administration's rule in a March 14, 2022 order, finding that the Biden administration's actions violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA)." Shrm.org


Here are some resources for businesses to stay informed


The Department of Labor's website on worker classification:
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/misclassification/rulemaking
 

Contact Legal counsel specializing in employment law 


Federal Register:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/01/10/2024-00067/employee-or-independent-contractor-classification-under-the-fair-labor-standards-act

 

Conclusion


The DOL's new rule on worker classification is a significant development with potential consequences for both businesses and workers. While it may make independent contracting more challenging in some cases, it is unlikely to completely eradicate this form of work. The future of independent work will likely involve adaptation and innovation to comply with the new legal landscape.

Labor unions undoubtedly played a role in advocating for the new DOL rule. Their interests aligned with the goal of ensuring workers receive proper protections. However, it's likely a combination of factors, including broader worker advocacy and adherence to legal precedent, that shaped the final rule.

Sources:

The US Department of Labor
Deel
Google (searches)
Zip Recruiter
Statista
SHRM.org (https://www.shrm.org/topics-tools/employment-law-compliance/federal-judge-reinstates-trump-era-independent-contractor-rule)



 

Friday, March 29, 2024

The Origin Story of April Fool's & Jokes

The History of April Fool's Day

Staff |  March 29, 2024


Origin, Historical Theories

One of the most popular theories dates back to 16th-century France. In 1582, France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar (as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563). This change moved the start of the new year from the end of March (around the time of the vernal equinox) to January 1. According to the story, people who failed to realize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1st or who continued to celebrate it during the end of March through April 1st were mocked as fools.

Other theories suggest that April Fools' Day was tied to ancient festivals such as Hilaria, celebrated in Rome at the end of March, which involved people dressing up in disguises. There's also a reference to a kind of April Fools' Day in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" (1392), which some interpret as a story involving a trick played on a cocky rooster (though this interpretation is debated).

Purpose

The primary purpose of April Fools' Day has always been to entertain and to play harmless pranks on others. It's a day characterized by humor and lightheartedness, where people can engage in jests and jokes without being taken too seriously.

Evolution Over Time 

In its early days, April Fools' Day involved pranks played among individuals and sometimes elaborate schemes among groups. It was largely an informal day of jesting without any significant social or political implications.

In the modern era, April Fools' Day has taken on a new dimension with the involvement of media outlets, corporations, and even governments participating in the tradition. Newspapers, TV stations, and websites have been known to publish fake stories to trick their audiences. Corporations sometimes announce bogus products or services to amuse their customers. The rise of the internet and social media has only amplified the reach and creativity of April Fools' jokes, allowing for more elaborate pranks that can quickly go viral.

Conclusion

While the exact origins of April Fools' Day may remain a subject of speculation, the day has undoubtedly found a place in various cultures as a time for humor and jest. Its evolution from potentially celebrating the new year at a different time to a day for pranks and jokes reflects a fascinating journey. As society and technology have evolved, so too have the ways in which people participate in April Fools' Day, showcasing human creativity and the universal love for a good laugh.

 

April Fool's Day Jokes 

1. Why did the picture go to jail? Because it was framed!

2. What's the best day to go to the beach? April Pool's Day!

3. Why did the student eat his homework? Because the teacher said it was a piece of cake!

4. What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping? A dino-snore!

5. Why couldn't the bicycle stand up by itself? Because it was two-tired!

6. How do you catch a squirrel? Climb a tree and act like a nut!

7. What do you call fake spaghetti? An impasta!

8. Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field!

9. What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire? Frostbite!

10. Why did the golfer bring two pairs of pants? In case he got a hole in one!

Enjoy sharing these jokes and have a fun April Fools' Day!


Sources:

Wikipedia & Google, Image by Canva

Thursday, March 28, 2024

NASA Will Shoot Three Rocket At This Years Solar Eclipse, Buy Why?

NASA to Launch Rockets During Solar Eclipse to Study Upper Atmosphere

Staff | March 28, 2024

 

Objective:  This report details NASA's plan to launch three rockets during the total solar eclipse occurring on April 8, 2024.

Mission Name:  Atmospheric Perturbations around Eclipse Path (APEP)

Launch Site:  Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Target: The eclipse path's (115 miles wide) impact on Earth's upper atmosphere (ionosphere).

Why Rockets? Unlike satellites, rockets can be precisely timed to launch into the eclipse path, allowing for measurements at specific moments. This is crucial because the eclipse causes a swift drop in sunlight, creating a unique opportunity to study the ionosphere's response.

The Science: The sudden darkness triggers large-scale atmospheric waves and smaller disturbances within the ionosphere. These changes impact radio communication frequencies. By launching rockets at key points during the eclipse (before, during, and after peak), NASA aims to gather data on:

  • Changes in electric and magnetic fields
  • Ionospheric density variations
  • Temperature fluctuations



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Solar Flare

 

Benefits: Understanding these perturbations will improve our knowledge of how the ionosphere reacts to space weather events like solar flares and coronal mass ejections. This knowledge can enhance:

Radio communication reliability:
Mitigate disruptions to GPS, radio navigation, and other communication systems influenced by the ionosphere.

Space weather forecasting:  Develop more accurate models to predict solar storms and their impact on Earth's atmosphere.

The APEP mission offers a valuable chance to study the ionosphere's response to a total solar eclipse. The data collected will contribute to a better understanding of space weather and its effects on Earth's technological infrastructure.

 

Sources: Forbes, Nasa



Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Chasing Totality - The Ultimate Guide to Viewing the 2024 Solar Eclipse in the USA

Chasing Totality - The Ultimate Guide to Viewing the 2024 Solar Eclipse in the USA

Staff | March 28, 2024 
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This celestial spectacle is fast approaching, and for sky enthusiasts, the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse is a must-see event.  This blog will be your one-stop guide for travelers seeking the perfect spot to witness totality within the United States.

Prime Locations for Totality

Are you in the Path of the Solar Eclipse? Click Here to Find Out! 

 

  • Texas: The Lone Star State takes the crown for best weather prospects. Cities like Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin offer clear sky possibilities and a longer duration of totality.

  • Arkansas: Hot Springs National Park is a unique location, being one of only two National Parks in the path. With its natural beauty and "Eclipse Fest" events, it's a popular choice. 

  • Ohio: Home to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, another park on the totality path. This location boasts scenic landscapes and historical significance near Neil Armstrong's hometown.

  • Niagara Falls (New York): Imagine the iconic falls shrouded in twilight during totality!  Terrapin Point offers a breathtaking perspective for photography enthusiasts.

     

    Best Times to View the Solar Eclipse:

 



Traveler Considerations

  • Accommodation: Totality zones will be bustling, so booking hotels or campsites well in advance is crucial.  
  • Weather: While Texas has the best forecast, be prepared for anything. Pack for changeable weather conditions.  Click here for your weather forecast.
  • Transportation: Traffic congestion is expected. Consider carpooling or using public transportation near viewing areas.  Click here to get live traffic updates!
 

Seeing Safely: Solar Eclipse Eye and Skin Protection for You and Your Furry Friends


The total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024, promises to be a spectacular event. But before you step outside to witness the celestial dance, make sure you prioritize safety for yourself, your family, and even your pets! Here's what you need to know:

Eye Safety


  • The No-No: Looking directly at the sun, even for a moment, can cause permanent eye damage, including solar retinopathy (sunburn on the retina). This can lead to blurry vision, blind spots, or even complete vision loss.
  • Safe Viewing: Certified eclipse glasses are your best bet. Check out these Solar Eclipse Glasses that adhere to the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. These filter out harmful solar radiation while allowing a safe view of the eclipse
  • Not Sunglasses: Regular sunglasses, even very dark ones, do not provide enough protection.  Homemade filters are also unsafe.
  • Approved AAS.org solar eclipse eye glass makers list.

Skin Safety


The sun's intensity won't be significantly reduced during the eclipse. Standard sun protection measures are still recommended:

  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin with Coppertone Sport, a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to exposed skin.
  • Clothing: Wear protective clothing that covers your arms and legs. Look at this Columbia Unisex Bora Bora Wide Brim Hat, get one for the entire family!
  • Seek Shade: Especially for extended viewing periods, find areas with shade, especially for children and people with sensitive skin.

Pet Protection


Our furry friends are just as curious as us!  Here's how to keep them safe:

  • Keep them Indoors: If possible, keep pets indoors during the peak viewing times.
  • Supervised Viewing: If you must take your pet outside, keep them leashed and supervised. Don't let them look directly at the sun.
  • Provide Shade and Water: Ensure your pet has access to cool shade and plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Viewing Devices

  • A Solar Eclipse will damage your phone's camera and prevent you from taking nice pictures if you aim your camera directly toward the sun and hold it there for an extended period of time.  Solar Eclipse Smartphone Filter, don't ruin your phone!
  • Eclipse Glasses: These specially filtered glasses come in various styles and are readily available for purchase from reputable retailers. Solar Eclipse Glasses
  • Pinhole Projectors: This is a fun and safe DIY option.  Create a small hole in a cardboard box and project the sunlight onto a white surface for an indirect view of the eclipse. A kitchen colander also works to this effect.
  • Trees: Standing under a tree that is fully leafed out will protect you from the harmful effect of the eclipse while allowing you to safety viewing it on the ground.  The leaves will cast a shadow of what is happening in the sky.
Remember: Safety first! With proper precautions, the 2024 solar eclipse can be a memorable and educational experience for everyone.

Click Here to Learn More About Solar Eclipse Safety!


Enhancing Your Eclipse Experience

  • Local Events: Many towns along the path host festivals and gatherings. Research events that pique your interest.
  • Expert Talks: Attending talks by astronomers or eclipse chasers can deepen your understanding of the event.
  • Photography Tips:  Research proper techniques for capturing the eclipse with your camera.


Remember:
This is a shared experience. Be courteous to fellow viewers, arrive early to secure your spot, and most importantly, soak in the awe-inspiring wonder of a total solar eclipse!

Source: NASA, Google


Monday, March 11, 2024

New Paperback: Natural Phenomena in the Sky: Arcs, Halos, Rainbows, Sun Dogs & More

 

Natural Phenomena in the Sky: Arcs, Halos, Rainbows, Sun Dogs & More

 

Get answers to your most pressing questions of why natural phenomena in the sky exists, what features to look for and when and where to look.  Natural Phenomena includes photographs of each event this book covers and describes in detail the conditions required to form each phenomena.  

You will be amazed about all of the glorious things that the sky has to offer if you simply look up and look!

This book features:

  • Vadersolstavian (art work)
  • 22-Degree Halo
  • 46-Degree Halo
  • 120 – Degree Arcs
  • The Rare 9 & 18-degree Halos
  • Sun Dogs (Parhelia)
  • Parry Arcs
  • Parhelic Circle
  • Anthelion and Wegener Arcs
  • False Sunrise and Light Pillars
  • Circular Halos and Bottinger's Ring
  • Upper and Lower Tangent Arcs
  • Infralateral, Supralateral and Circumzenthia Arcs
  • Rainbows and Alexander's Band
  • 22-Degree Lunar Halo
  • Lunar Corona
  • Moon Dogs (Paraselene)



Color Photos 


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Introducing the Great Black Inventor Series of Books - Celebrate the Achievements of Blacks from the Past


 

Introducing the Great Black Inventor Series

  • For people ages 8 - 18+
  • Color & Black and White
  • Paperback & eBook

Black inventors from the past often don't receive the credit they are due for their contributions to society as a whole. You will learn about the successes and failures, the good and the bad, those who rose from poverty to the wealthy class and people who were not successful even though their inventions did have a positive effect on society.

People in this Series:

  • Granville Tailer Woods
  • Frederick McKinley Jones
  • Marie Van Brittan Brown
  • Sarah E Goode
  • Henry Blair
  • Judy W Reed
  • Carter G Woodson (coming soon)
  • Thomas L Jennings
  • George Washington Carver

For more information, visit: https://greatblackinventorseries.blogspot.com/