Daily Stuff 2-28-21 Rosalind Franklin

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 5:17 PM of -1.0 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Walter Duvall.

 [posting at 7pm] Rain gauge at noon on 2/27 – 1/4 inch, Rainy and blowy, 53F, wind at 2-27mph and gusting into the 30’s! AQI 16-44, UV2. Chance of rain 100% today and tonight. HIGH WIND WARNING to 4pm Mon. GALE WARNING until midnight. Rain and wind today (55/50). Rain Tue. (52/48) Showers Wed/Fri morn (51/41), Sat/Sun (48/39) Partly cloudy. Small chance Showers Mon. 0 firespots.

A salad green, blooming

Saturday night was another of the go-home-fall-into-bed nights. I was back up around midnight and got to filling the two pillows. It was hard enough on my hands that it wasn’t until back and the shop with the kids here that I managed to get the stitching done. It’s actually even hard to type, still. I worked on that, wrapping some of the prezzies and embroidery off and on all night and didn’t get nearly enough sleep.


I went to wake Tempus at 1:30 and it turned out that papers were running late, so he didn’t have to get up, yet. We talked politics until he did… 🙂 He actually got back at a decent hour and said the route went more quickly than usual.


We headed for the shop at about 11:30. Early, but we still had stuff to do and we were ready….mostly… when the kids got there at 1:30 (they had called to say that’s about when they’d get in.) We passed out goodies and had fun watching Sioned unwrap things, and Raven and Arthur liked their goodies, too. As usual with kids, Sioned had more fun with the ball of string than the prezzies, but those went back into the tote box, so she found other things to do, including unrolling my balls of yarn. 🙂 She also played with Tempus’ “Bun-bun”, his cadbury bunny that clucks, and tried emptying the shelves, but her Daddy wouldn’t let her. 🙂 She’s at the age where no hugs, yet. <sigh> Maybe next time… We talked Sioned’s vocabulary, hunting, what all they had fun with on Saturday (Timbers game) which had been Arthur’s birthday. …and then they headed home around 4:30. Sioned was cranky by then, so good timing.


….and wouldn’t you know, I didn’t get a single picture? <sigh> I started in on this and Tempus stood in front of the display case looking out the door, “It’s *ugly* out there…. Yeah, it was. Rain and wind…. We decided what we were making for supper, got things together and we’ll be heading out in a few minutes after he pays some of the utilities….

Today I have to water plants. I *think* Tempus is going to be doing laundry. Well, I hope…. The shop will be open at 1pm and I’ll be going on with books and such, as well.

Photo taken by Walter Duvall at the Agate Beach Recreation Site

plant motif flower snowdrop Galanthus_nivalis

Today’s plant is the snowdrop, Galanthus. It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire, “snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems, also to chase the negative effects of sorrow and grief.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop

DNA feast 0228

On 2/28/53 the final link in how DNA works was found by Francis Crick and Jim Watson. The two men finally figured out how the base pairs linked up. A letter by Crick to his son Michael was found recently and was auctioned by Christie’s, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/science/a-dna-lesson-from-the-pen-of-francis-crick.html?ref=science&_r=1& More on DNA itself here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA


When Watson and Crick were called for failing to properly credit Franklin, they got very nasty and said some very unkind and negatively personal things about her. To me, this severely tarnished their reputations. However, it wasn’t the first time that male scientists had abused female scientists by stealing their work.

A Mighty Girl 

Rosalind Franklin, the British scientist who first discovered the helix shape of DNA, was born on this day in 1920. Franklin, who graduated with a doctorate in physical chemistry from Cambridge University in 1945, used her knowledge of x-ray diffraction techniques to take the first photo of DNA, referred to as Photo 51. Without her permission, fellow researcher Maurice Wilkins later showed her photo to James Watson and Francis Crick, who were also trying to determine the structure of DNA. Franklin’s photo allowed them to deduce the structure and, shortly thereafter, they published a series of articles about the discovery, only mentioning Franklin’s contributions in a footnote. While Watson, Crick and Wilkins received the Nobel Prize in 1962 for their contributions to science, Franklin had passed away due to cancer four years prior and was not eligible for the award.

While Franklin has become increasingly recognized for her immense contributions to molecular biology, even today, students everywhere learn the story of Watson and Crick’s discovery but few are taught about the critical contributions of Rosalind Franklin to understanding the nature of DNA. Franklin’s story remains one of the most famous and egregious examples of a female scientist being denied credit for her work due to sexism.

Rosalind Franklin’s story has been told in the first-ever picture book for kids, ages 5 to 8, at https://www.amightygirl.com/rosalind-franklin-little-people

For adults who would like to learn more about this pioneering scientist’s life and work, we highly recommend the excellent biography “Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA” at https://www.amightygirl.com/rosalind-franklin-dark-lady

There is also a powerful new historical fiction novel telling her story, “Her Hidden Genius,” at https://www.amightygirl.com/her-hidden-genius

Rosalind Franklin is one of 20 trailblazing women of science and math featured in the captivating illustrated biography “Born Curious” for ages 6 to 10 at https://www.amightygirl.com/born-curious

She is also one of four inspiring women of science featured on the ‘Famous Women in Science Socks’ for teens and adults at https://www.amightygirl.com/famous-women-in-science-socks

To inspire your Mighty Girl with stories starring girls who love science and technology, check out our blog post, “60 Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls,” at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=13914

And, if you’d like to encourage your Mighty Girl’s interest in science, you can find many girl-empowering science toys and kits in our blog post, “Top Science Toys for Mighty Girls” at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10528

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Aquarius

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 3/2 at 9:35am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/28 at 9:35pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the New on 3/2 at 9:35am.

It’s not spring for another three weeks. But the Spring Star, Arcturus, seems eager to jump into view. It rises above the east-northeast horizon only about an hour after full dark now, depending on your latitude. To see where to watch for this, find the Big Dipper as soon as the stars come out; it’s high in the northeast. Follow the curve of its handle down and around to the lower right by a little more than a Dipper-length. That’s the spot on the horizon to watch. By 10 or 11 p.m. Arcturus dominates the eastern sky.

By now the waning Moon has made its way around the sky to Venus and Mars, low at dawn.

Mercury reaches aphelion today, less than two weeks after its greatest western elongation. The solar system’s smallest planet is now 75 percent lit and rises around 5:40 A.M. local time. Through a telescope, you’ll see it spans 6″. If you got a look at the eastern sky yesterday, you may notice today that Mercury and Saturn are now closer together as well — they’ve moved from 4° apart on the 27th to less than 3° apart today. The pair is headed for a close conjunction in just a few days, so stay tuned. The Moon has also moved, continuing its trek eastward along the ecliptic. Our satellite is now just 7 percent lit. Look for earthshine — reflected sunlight bouncing off Earth — lighting up the portion of the Moon’s face otherwise in shadow. The Moon passes 4° south of Mercury at 3 P.M. EST today, then passes 4° south of Saturn at 7 P.M. EST.

Jupiter has sunk out of sight in the sunset.

Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.

Sun in Aquarius

Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of
Nuin/Nion  Ash  Feb 18Mar 17
Color – Ivory
Harvest 2/28&3/1
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
M   28      Low   4:23 AM     3.1   6:55 AM    Rise  6:19 AM      11
~    28     High  10:13 AM     8.5   6:03 PM     Set  3:41 PM
~    28      Low   5:17 PM    -1.0
~    28     High  11:48 PM     7.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Count your age with friends, not with years.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – An old nursery rhyme begins, “Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep, and can’t tell where to find them;” Write about something that you once lost and explain how you found it.



~   Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. – Benjamin Franklin
~   If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~   People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people’s minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues. – Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
~   … they insist on being mugs, Mr Speaker, absolute mugs. – Paul Keating

When February sun shines cold,
There comes a day when in the air
The wings of winter
Slow unfold,
And show the golden summer there. – Philip Savage (1868–99)


Ostara Magick – Recipes

Fried Bread and Eggs from http://recipes.swankivy.com/fridbrid.html


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 7 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/4 cup minced anchovies (OPTIONAL!)
  • 6 pieces of fried or toasted bread


Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Beat in cream, egg yolks, anchovies. Stir until mix thickens and is creamy. Pour over toast. Serve hot.

Yield: 2 helpings
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook
Use for: Ostara

Fresh Asparagus Omelet – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

  •  1 TB butter
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 8 stalks asparagus, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ¼ onion, chopped
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup shredded swiss cheese

In a non-stick skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat.  Add asparagus and onion; cook for 5 mins, or until tender.  In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper.  Beat egg mixture with a fork just until bubbles begin to appear; pour over asparagus mixture.  Cook until eggs set on top; lift edges with a spatula to allow uncooked eggs to run under cooked eggs.  When eggs are set, top with cheese.  Cut into wedges.  Serves 2 – 4.

*Why not go a step further and just set up an omelet bar.  Just have lots of fixings and make them to order!  What a fun thing to do!  However, I love Spring asparagus and think this recipe sounds fantastic!

Deviled Eggs

6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
¼ cup Mayonnaise (use the good stuff, tastes better!)
½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
½ teaspoon white vinegar
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (or horseradish, if I’m eating them)
A dash of salt
Paprika for garnish

  1. Remove the egg yolks to a small bowl and mash with a fork.
  2. Add mayonnaise, mustard powder, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
  3. Fill the empty egg whites with the mixture and sprinkle lightly with paprika. Adding a pinch of paprika into the mixture gives it a little extra something.
  4. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to one day before serving.

Note – I like to add a bit of pickle relish and a dab of horseradish and leave out the pepper & paprika and sprinkle with chopped parsley or sprigs.


Silliness –

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