Thoughts for Today

A while back a friend mentioned not being able to locate the “Big Dipper.”  Since I know next to nothing about constellations and where to find them in the sky, I was not help.  I have had the two dippers pointed out to me in the past but I soon forget.  I checked it out on line and decided the next morning I would check.  Do you know the sky has been covered in clouds every morning since.  About the time the sun comes up, the clouds go away.

I did learn an interesting tidbit.  The handle of the “Big Dipper” points to the North Star.  In the days of slavery, the escaped slaves had a song they sang to guide them to freedom called “Follow the Drinking Gourd.”  The drinking gourd was the “Big Dipper” and it pointed to the  North Star which was the way to freedom.  I remember hearing that song in my youth sung by a popular group at the time.  I had no idea the significance of it.

We are due for a freeze in my part of the world tomorrow.  I just brought in the remaining bell peppers and tomatoes from my little garden.  There are still some green ones out there but I doubt they will grow or ripen.

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts for Today

  1. I played my guitar and sang, “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” but never knew the significance. Thanks for the good information!

  2. As a child, I always called it The Bell. I still think of it that way now.

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