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Sun Halo On Ethiopian Election Day Seen By Some As Sign & Links To Ethiopian Bloggers

On a day of local elections in Ethiopia last Sunday, a halo around the sun was seen by some as a sign from God or a miracle of some sort.

( Above is a painting in a church in an Ethiopian town called Bahar Dar.  Here is information about that town. It seems an interesting place to visit.)

Here is information about religion in Ethiopia.  

Some say that an Ethiopian sun halo in 1991 led to a change in government  

Here is a story about this most recent halo. Regretfully, the same corrupt bunch has been returned to office.

If I were running for office, and people believed a cloud formation had spelled out my name and this was a sign to vote for me, I would do all I could to encourage such speculation.

On the other hand, if people saw such a cloud formation as the Devil’s work, I would call for reason to prevail and for a campaign based on the issues.

Please click here for a story about a minister in Houston who says he has a Cheeto that looks like Jesus with his arms out and praying.

And here is a man who says he saw the image of Jesus in a frying pan.

This is all fine by me. It is not hurting anybody. Sometimes I’m a bit envious of people who feel they see these things. I don’t believe in any miracles. Maybe life is easier if you do. In any case, I’m not judgemental about this stuff. People are just trying to get by.

Here is a story about what was stake in Ethiopia in these elections. It seems democracy still has some ground to gain in Ethiopia.

Click here for a BBC overview of the current state of Ethiopia.   

Here is the Ethiopian Reporter newspaper.

Here is the Ethiopia page from the excellent Global Voices

( The bloggers below are not people who saw the sun halo as a sign. I’m taking this post as a chance to link to some of our blogger friends around the world.) 

Here is the Ethiopian blog Addis Journal.

Here is the blog My e-Shoe Box. 

Here is the blog Merkato.

Here is the blog Meskel Square. It is by a journalist who spent time in Ethiopia and is now in Sudan. 

Here is Abesha Bunna Bet. This gentleman is someone now living outside of Ethiopia.

Below is a picture of last Sunday’s sun halo in Ethiopia.

Here are the reasons a sun halo would occur.

 The sun over Addis Ababa on Sunday

 

April 15, 2008 Posted by | Blogging, Houston, Politics | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Three Visits To New Houston Park—Once With Wife & Twice By Myself

(Welcome Lone Star Times readers. Anybody who spells your name right and gives you a link has done you a favor.)

This morning I made my third trip to Downtown Houston’s new Discovery Green park.

The park had its grand opening last Sunday. Above is a picture I took of the park.

Once I went with my wife and twice I’ve gone by myself.

I’ve had errands to run Downtown each of the last two days, and I’ve used being near the park as a chance to go and look around.

With my wife the park was very crowded. The two times I’ve gone by myself, at around 11:30 AM on  weekdays, it’s been less crowded.

The day all the people were around the park was noisy from the crowd.

The last two days it has been noisy from construction across the street.

That’s okay. The construction noise fits in with the idea of an urban park. Soon enough the construction will be finished.

The park takes on one character when it is very busy. It takes on a different feeling when relatively few are around.

In this sense the park is not unlike you and I.

I need the right mix of people and solitude in my life.

Here’s a short poem I wrote about my wish for solitude while still wishing to be part of society. The poem is called Day-To-Day

I want so much to be alone.

Can my thoughts and actions

Remain democratic?    

April 15, 2008 Posted by | Houston, Politics | , , , | 6 Comments