One of the most dramatic differences in our planet in the last hundred years is the way it appears after dark.
A space probe orbiting earth 100 years ago would have spotted a few lights in major metropolitan centers in the US and Europe. Other than that, it would have been dark.
Contrast that with today’s FamilyFirst pick: Earthlights.
It’s a panoramic photo of the earth. It’s a composite of the nighttime planet with every square foot visible without cloud cover.
It’s an eye-opener, too.

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10 Most Magnificent Trees in the World

I love trees. That is, I love MOST trees. I’m not a fan of trees that grow too fast and spend most of the year shedding leaves and/or fruit (read: the three massive sycamores I had in my back yard that I paid nearly $1,000 to have removed) or trees that rapidly spread by sending up shoots (read: the river birch I had in a former back yard of mine).
However, I don’t demand perfection from my trees. I love my two 35-year old sweetgums that make thousands of spike balls, despite their nearly indestructible (and painful to a bare foot) offspring. I’ve owned a house with small trees in the yard. IMHO, a yard needs BIG trees to be right.

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A Victorian Christmas Website

Yesterday, the Family First site looked at how the Internet is changing the way we celebrate Christmas, and how we relax during this hectic time. Today’s FamSite uses that same technology and explores what it was like to celebrate this most joyous holiday in years gone by.

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Ships of Discovery

One of the more interesting sites to see on the Oregon coast (if you ever get a chance to visit) is a shipwreck near Astoria. It is the remnants of a ship that have been there for almost 100 years. What is so neat about it is that one can walk right down to it and among it during low tide. There isn’t much left, thanks to Mother Nature, but it is still a cool place to visit. Shipwrecks and how they happen, and what they leave have always held an interest to many people. Today’s Family First site is a great place to find out about some of them.

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Wendy’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz

There is no place like home. That has been an overriding feeling that we have all had at one time or another in our life. So did a young Kansas girl named Dorothy after she traveled over the rainbow to a land that was as mysterious as it was beautiful. Today’s Family First site looks … Read more…