My 2017.

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

January. Wind farm along Interstate 35, northern Iowa. Great goals and plans take great energy.

February. Hoover Dam Bridge, Clark County, Nevada. Bridges get us where we need to be.

March. In line to see Elton John in Spokane. Celebrating with the best team.

Also March. Ames. Solitary tree after spring storm. Stand tall.

April. Mini-Me and her best friend before senior prom. Taking on the world.

May. Mini-Me’s high school graduation. Accomplishments.

June. Road trip with my best guys for Hot Rod Power Tour. No a/c.

Power Tour continued. My guys at Iowa Speedway.

Also, June. McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Pretty little violets all in a row.

July. Ames. They are weird, but they are mine.

August. Plymouth State University, New Hampshire. Best job visiting amazing friends, colleagues, students, and Robert Frost.

September. Madrid, Iowa. Labor Day. Love old trucks. Character.

October. Chicago. Council Meeting. Taking care of business.

October. North Shore, Oahu. Funky chicken. Err, rooster. Be bold.

October. Hilo, Hawaii. Welcome committee at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.

November. Halifax, Nova Scotia. Shine brightly.

December. So much good this year. Excited for what is ahead.

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Let It Snow

Photo: Ken Libbrecht

Photo: Ken Libbrecht

Juno. Linus. Marcus. Our friends at The Weather Channel began naming winter storms in 2012 to aid communication during complex storm systems. And although I am not a fan of winter’s shorter days and wind chill, I appreciate the beauty and peacefulness of a snowfall despite the chaos major storms can wreak with travel, school, and safety.
Understanding the conditions and temperature that will produce certain snowflakes allows scientists to assist in the prediction of snowfall. Check out the latest snow science at SnowCrystals.com including beautiful photography and a primer on snowflake physics.  And yes, they can verify that no two snowflakes are alike.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. ~Margaret Mead