From The Desk Of Bill Varga

Bright light, then boom! My dad would assure me as a young boy, “The angels are bowling in the Heaven’s again!”  Thunder and lightning can be both terrifying and beneficial. We dread a lightning strike fire, and yet it may bring rain and with just the right amount of rain, a shot of nitrogen to green up the plants which surround us.    For sure the grass looked greener after an all-night of an off and on thunderstorm event. Lightning provides a natural way for nitrogen in our atmosphere to be transformed into plant food.  It’s called nitrogen fixation by lightning.    A flash of lightning is so hot it breaks the strongly bonding atmospheric molecules apart.  This free nitrogen quickly bonds with oxygen.  The new now nitrogen dioxide dissolves and falls to the ground with rain. Actually a bonus the Governor failed to include in his plea for rain! The nitrogen dioxide in water becomes nitric acid, and finally nitrates which fall to the ground to seep into the soil for plant absorption.    So, if your grass looks greener lately, thank Mother Nature! Oh well, some moisture can be said to be truly ‘Heaven Sent’. Thank you angels and you too Governor!

You know you are living in 2021 when…

  1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave
  2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years
  3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three
  4. You don’t know how to write out a check
  5. Your kids ask if paper money is real
  6. You text the person who works at the desk next to you
  7. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries
  8. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen
  9. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t even have the first 20 or 30 years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it
  10. You get up in the morning and go to social media sites before getting your coffee
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