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Daily Bread for 1.6.24: A Capybara Spa Day

 Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will see flurries in the morning then cloudy skies with a high of 34. Sunrise is 7:25 and sunset 4:36 for 9h 11m 21s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 27.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt delivers his Four Freedoms speech in his State of the Union address.

Capybara Spa Day:

The largest rodent in the world is a Capybara—and they are VERY cute. Native to South America, these semi-aquatic gentle giants are known for their peaceful, sociable personalities. But there’s something special about the Capybaras in Japan’s Izu Shaboten Zoo – here they live a pampered life, drawing crowds of people to see them.

Spending winter days relaxing in their personal onsen (hot bath), eating fruit they relish their time in the warm waters—an activity that has become a tradition in about 20 zoos across Japan since its accidental discovery in 1982. The Izu Shaboten Zoo, where we find ourselves in today’s Great Big Story, is particularly famous for this practice – sit back, relax and get cosy with these cute Capybaras.

Stunning auroras seen during Hurtigruten Coastal Express astronomy voyage:

Friday Catblogging: Doctor Prescribes a Cat

Embed from Getty Images Cathy Free reports A Virginia woman was feeling sad. Her doctor prescribed her a cat (‘Her doctor, Earl D. King, said he wrote it down ‘because people sometimes don’t follow your instructions’): Robin Sipe’s eyes filled with tears as soon as her doctor entered the examining room. “My cat had recently…

Daily Bread for 7.7.23: Prioritization in a Small Town

Good morning. Friday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 78. Sunrise is 5:24 AM and sunset 8:35 PM for 15h 11m 03s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 76.2% of its visible disk illuminated. On this day in 1832, during the Black Hawk War, General Atkinson leads his…

Daily Bread for 7.5.23: Bad River Tribe Provides Free Opioid Reversal Drugs Through Mail

Good morning. Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy, with scattered afternoon thundershowers, and a high of 88. Sunrise is 5:23 AM and sunset 8:36 PM for 15h 13m 06s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 94.2% of its visible disk illuminated. On this day in 1832, General Atkinson and his troops…

The Power and Value of Open Enrollment

It’s beneficial in-and-of-itself that people should read, reflect, and commit themselves to ‘lifelong learning.’ Some years ago, the Whitewater Unified School District had a fine goal of inspiring students to become “engaged lifelong learners.” Yet in smaller communities, without the money or numbers for plentiful schooling alternatives, government taxes for a school system, establishes rules…