Saturday Snippets…23rd July 2022…Today’s one word prompt is “Miracle”

Welcome to Saturday Snippets this is one of my favourite posts of the week I learn much from my research and your comments so please keep them coming…

Today’s word prompt is “Miracle”…my muse certainly picks some one-word prompts for me…where did this one come from I wonder…my first thoughts were the definition of a miracle …an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency…over the centuries there have been many of those unexplained happenings.

In today’s world of scientific technology, the word “miracle” might sound bizarre, yet there are instances that are inexplainable, occurrences that even science cannot explain. One might find it astounding or shrug with disbelief but the light of a ” miracle” shines bright when they are least expected.

I  remember as a child marvelling over the “miracle fortune teller fish”...but I now know it’s down to just science…The Fortune Teller Fish is made of a unique hygroscopic polymer, which is a material that readily takes up and retains water. When the fish absorbs moisture from your palm or another object that contains water, it responds by moving, curling, or even flipping over

A handsome bird the Pacific Golden Plover that doesn’t appear to be anything out of the ordinary…

It nests in Alaska and then flies to Hawaii where it is known as “kolea”  for the winter sometimes it flies even further to winter in New Zealand or Australia… I hear you thinking but that’s what birds do…it is indeed… however for a bird that doesn’t soar or swim the Golden Plovers migration is nothing short of miraculous…It migrates across more than 2,400 miles of open ocean where there are no islands for landmarks or for rest stops…that equates to approx 88 hours of flying and continuously flapping its wings as it doesn’t soar…with its precise navigation it is indeed miraculous…it doesn’t stop there though this bird overeats before its migration and gains some 70 gms of fat…plus by flying in a “V” formation that causes air movements which decrease the amount of energy (fuel) needed. The birds also take turns leading, since the leader receives no such advantage…

The Pacific Golden Plover is certainly a marvellous example…I am slightly stuck for words here… how can this be explained?… Evolution is basically an attempt to explain the origin of living things by natural processes without God. But we never see physical processes produce high states of organization skills such as is present in the brain of the Pacific golden plover…Indeed a miracle of the power and mystery of nature!

The Miracle Berry Plant…

The FDA banned miracle fruit in the ’60s under pressure from the sugar industry (no surprise there then), which didn’t care to contemplate an alternative sweetener with so much marketable potential.

An attractive and easy-to-grow plant, the miracle plant produces a very interesting berry that upon eating makes things taste sweeter…originating from West Africa the miracle berry fruit has the ability to change the way your taste buds perceive sweet and sour…

The new miracle berry species was discovered in the rainforests of the Chimanimani Mountains, on the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border. The fruits of these species contain a compound called miraculin that blocks tastebuds so that sour foods, such as limes, taste sweet.

It always amazes me how the world is 4.543 billion years old and we are still making discoveries … How awesome is that?

The Miracle on 34th Street is one of my favourite Christmas movies…Miracle on 34th Street (originally titled Christmas Miracle on 34th Street and was initially released as The Big Heart in the United Kingdom) is a 1947 film starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn. Notably, the first Christmas movie released by 20th Century Fox, it is a story set in New York City following Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, in which people find themselves wondering whether or not a department store Santa might be the real thing. Because of its Christmas theme, the film has become a perennial Christmas favourite…

Mao Tse-Tung.

“Some people think great miracles no longer happen, they no longer believe, but if they believed, their eyes would be open to them as they happen every day.”

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments…it is now only one week until I return home from my extended trip…today or tomorrow I will start packing my case and weighing it as I will be returning with far more than I arrived with…I’m sure many of you ladies can relate to this…but it could mean I can do more shopping and there is always the hand luggage(isn’t) there Debby?…xx

21 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…23rd July 2022…Today’s one word prompt is “Miracle”

  1. dgkaye

    Lol that’s my girl, Carol! You go girl. Do let us know how you make out with your new stuff lol. And loved the many miraculous things in this post – especially Leonard Cohen. Safe travels girl! ❤ xx

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  2. Darlene

    A great word! I wrote a short story about miracles once. Good luck with the packing. I always say I won’t buy much when I go home but I always have trouble squeezing it all in.


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Good luck didn’t work…lol…I have swapped cases with my son and am taking what he had already bought home with me as he is going back Nov to Thailand…my case is a little girlie but he can live with that…lol…Yes, I thought miracle was a great word…I could have written a lot more but I just didn’t have time I had scheduled posts for a month, not two months but I have managed to keep the posts coming…


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  4. petespringerauthor

    Some of the most beautiful aspects of life are the unpredictable miracles that happen.

    My dad worked on the recovery of an endangered species known as the Aleutian Canada Goose (now known as the Aleutian Cackling Goose). They are a subspecies of the much more familiar Canada Goose. I bring that up because they are also known for their long travels migrating from the Aleutian Islands (Alaska) to Mexico.

    I’ve noticed that we like many of the same musicians, Carol. Bon Jovi and Adam Lambert are a couple of my favorites too.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Very true, Pete if we look around us and really see there are many…I remember you writing about your father’s work with the Aleutian Canada Geese you have some wonderful memories, Pete and like the Plover they don’t soar either…Yes we do seem to have similar tastes in music, Pete,,,I hope you are feeling much better now 🙂

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  6. Clive

    The Pacific Golden Plover is amazing! I don’t think we quite realise how much goes into migrations for birds. Hopefully your forthcoming migration will go smoothly, and you won’t even need to gain weight (for yourself or your luggage) before you take flight.

    Just one comment on the music: wot, no Simple Minds? 🤣 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I think birds/animals really are amazing how they navigate and travel.. I think I need a bigger case.. Lol.. No Clive no simple minds… I’m not a music blog like you.. I’m sure you could make a post for the next year out of all my one word prompts.. 🤔🤣x

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