Vide-Ohs: Amazing Hummingbirds

I feel fortunate to live in an area that attracts quite a few hummingbirds and some are year-round residents. The beautiful video below has some magnificent footage of these aerial acrobats.

Just as fascinating are all the facts about hummingbirds. Did you know they have the largest heart per animal size?

From the video’s website:

Over 20 amazing Facts about Hummingbirds. Slow motion footage of the hummingbird in Full HD. Great for school nature projects. Watch hummingbirds fly in ULTRA slow motion. Watch the humming bird (the hummer) hover and fly backwards in slow motion. Videos of hummingbird babies (chicks) being fed. Learn about the hummingbird tongue and it’s eating habits. Discover how fast it’s heart beats and how fast it’s wings beat.

The white hummingbird can be leucistic or albino. The leucistic hummingbird has partial loss of pigmentation so it’s not totally white and can be a little patchy in places. The very rare albino hummingbird is totally white with pink eyes, beak and feet.

The colibri (hummingbird) is a sacred bird for the Taino Indians because it is a pollinator and as such, brings life.

 

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Pumpkin Carver Extraordinaire – Ray Villafane

Ray Villafane, internationally acclaimed sculptor, pumpkin carver and magic maker, shares tips and tricks to take your Jack-o-Lantern to the next level.

NOTE – I have attended two Pumpkin Carving Celebrations at Cave Creek’s Sundial Garden and Ray Villafane was the main sculptor/teacher each time. His work is beyond excellent. He carves more than pumpkins. His sand carvings are outrageously detailed!

Here are a few of my blog posts with some of his amazing pumpkin creations:

Part I

Part 2

You can see some of Ray’s sand sculptures HERE:

There is no pumpkin carving festival at Cave Creek this year due to the pandemic!

 

 

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Vide-Ohs: The Human Condition…

and it’s Annoyances!

 

While we appreciate the modern conveniences, I think everyone will admit that perhaps there was less daily frustrations in the good old days!

We have boxed ourselves in so that we rely on certain routines, items and customs and when they don’t go exactly as planed, we suffer mental, emotional or physical pain!

Here are some examples (overlook the visual hyperboles; they are just trying to make a point!)!

 

And yet more…

 

 

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Vide-Oh: Extreme Amusements (Fun?)

While the pandemic is raging across the world, amusement parks have been mostly closed. The video below depicts some of the more extreme “amusements” around the world.

I have to admit that most of them don’t seem too much like fun to me and I am sure they are a bit pricey as well; given the cost of insurance, etc. Do you think these are fun and enjoyable?

 

 

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Vide-Oh: Fish Works Hard For Romance, But…

The BBC presents an interesting study of a Puffer Fish that constructs an amazing lair to entice an impressed female to be his mate. How this small fish can construct such a massive, finely detailed creation under water is hard to fathom (pun intended of course).

I am sure you will agree!

 

 

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Vide-Ohs: Are We Puppets of Social Media?

“The Social Dilemma may finally convince you that we’re being watched, manipulated, and misled by unscrupulous platforms and attention-harvesting algorithms.”

Read more about the documentary HERE

 

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Vide-Oh: Golden Retriever Pups Gather for Story Time

These Golden Retriever babes are mesmerized by a toy dragon that reads to them. They seem to be transfixed by the sound and light!

 

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Pickleball News – 20200609– – Archived Version


Pickleball News – 20200609 – Archived Version

Archived Version of a Previous Newsletter
OLD NEWS

 

This is an archived version of a previously issued pickleball newsletter. The most current N. Phoenix Newsletter is available by clicking HERE!

Latest N. Phoenix Pickleball News – June 9, 2020

Hello North Phoenix Pickleball Players:

I can’t send out a newsletter without mentioning the Coronavirus in Phoenix and it’s impact on our sport. My main concern is the health and well-being of all pickleball players and especially my colleague-players who share the game with me on a regular basis at Paradise Valley Community Center, Beuf Community Center and the FLC. Any information contained in this newsletter is not meant to scare or steer anyone in a certain direction regarding the continuation or resumption of play. I simply want to raise awareness so when the crisis has subsided, ALL of us can once again share the joy of our sport with each other.


********** THE CORONAVIRUS IN THE PHOENIX AREA **********

I am sure most of you are following the COVID-19 situation as it pertains to Maricopa County and especially Phoenix. In case you didn’t hear or understand all the recent facts…

This is what the news has reported as of 6/8/2020

1 – State Hospitals have been told to “fully activate” emergency plans

2 – Banner Health said it had reached capacity for its nine ECMO machines (machines that take over the breathing function for those who can’t breath even with a respirator)

3 – Maricopa County has the 26th highest number of confirmed cases of any county in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University.

Source: AZ CENTRAL

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I am not a health expert and none of what I am about to say is definitive regarding COVID-19 safety and pickleball so use your own best judgment. These are just a few things I have considered regarding pickleball play in our current environment.

    According to most medical experts, masks do not protect you. They protect those around you from you! [I don’t know if people are wearing masks during play, but certainly after play while waiting that might be a solid choice.]

    If you bring a towel to the playing field/court, be sure to use only one side to wipe your face and do not touch that side with your hands.

    Make sure only you touch your water bottle and other belongings.

    If possible wash your hands frequently or use sanitizer especially after a game. Once your hands are sanitized, don’t pick up the paddle until you get your next turn to play.

    Socially distance while sitting and waiting for the next game.

    Try not to touch your face and/or eyes.

    The kitchen line (NVZ) is seven feet from the net. If all players stay behind the kitchen line at the end of the game, they are a minimum of 14 feet apart. This exceeds the space suggested by many health officials. You can stand there and have a virtual paddle tap and say “good game!”


AND NOW FOR SOME LIGHTER NEWS
AND INFORMATION


DON’T BE NONCHALANT WHEN SERVING OR
********** RETURNING THE SERVE *********

Sarah Ansboury points to the best practices for serving and returning the serve. As she suggests: “It is one of the times during a match when you have 100% control of the outcome. Take time to think about what you want to do. Being focused at the beginning of the point is a great start to being purposeful throughout the point.”

Read the rest of the post HERE


GETTING OUT OF TROUBLE
********** BY RESETTING THE POINT *********

Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports explains the importance of getting out of “trouble” by resetting the point.

If you are more or less sheltering in place and you don’t get the Third Shot Sports Newsletter with much information, videos, podcasts about pickleball, perhaps you should subscribe or take a look at the Third Shot Sports website!



******************** THE FLC ********************

In a recent communication, the Family Life Center (FLC) shared plans for resuming the summer pickleball schedule. As far as I understand it, these are the most current plans.**

“You will have to reserve court time in two hour increments. This is the only way we can keep you from coming to the FLC only to find out that we are at max occupancy and you are not able to play. We will have a sign up system on line. We will give you instructions on how to sing up to play soon. We will reopen Pickleball with a max occupancy of 32 people in a two hour time slot. This will make it so you rarely have to wait to play and we have a safe amount of people in one place. If the next time slot is not full when you finish you can sign up at the desk and keep playing. You will still sign on the white board to play games during your two hour time frame. There will be a sanitation procedures in place. As always we will be looking to you to lead in keeping everyone safe so we can allow the Pickleball program to run. This will include spreading out in the bleachers when you are not playing, wearing a mask when you are not playing, and following the basic Covid prevention procedures.”

** Please understand that because of the specific situation in our area, plans may change with very short notice.


DID YOU SEE THE NYT ARTICLE
***** ABOUT PICKLEBALL? *****

Is Pickleball the Perfect Pandemic Pastime?

“Ellen DeGeneres recently declared herself among the intergenerational sport’s ardent enthusiasts.”

NOTE – The NYT allows a limited number of “free” views a month and then users need to subscribe to see more. If your allotment has been used, you will not be able to read the entire article, although ou will get to see the picture and headline briefly before the nag screen shows!



USA PICKLEBALL STATEMENT ON THE CORONAVIRUS
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It is my understanding that this information will be updated as new pertinent information for the Pickleball community becomes available.


********** Archived Versions of Previous Newsletters **********

 

Previous newsletters that may have pickleball hints, videos, rules changes, etc. are now archived at the following link. You can check out previous newsletters there.

Archived N. Phoenix PB Previous Newsletters


********** Support your Sport – Join the USAPA $20 for 1 Year **********

 

 
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Picture Courtesy of Pickleball Magazine and the USAPA

 


********** That’s All for Now **********

 

Stay Well and Play Safely!


Regards,

Jeff Ross



Dogs that Are Scaredy Cats

Almost everyone knows the phrase – “The bigger they come, the harder they fall.” Watching this video you can witness this platitude in action.

Cats and dogs are filmed in confrontations where size doesn’t always dictate which way the encounter goes. I think you will get a few laughs from watching these animal antics and if you watch to the end, you may see a few surprises!

 



 

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Video: Harmonica Music – Be Careful of Your Assumptions

I am sure there are many who will read the title of this blog and skip right over it, but they would be missing something really special. This video proves that the harmonica is a real musical instrument.

Buddy Greene plays a harmonica medley of classical proportions at Carnegie Hall

 

Can’t get enough? Buddy explains the versatility of the harmonica and the history of harmonica music in this video:

Want to learn how to play the Harmonica? Check this Pinterest page!

 

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