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Nature’s vibrant fireworks display might explode over New England

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If we’re lucky, we may be in store for one of nature’s most spectacular light shows. No fireworks required. Also known as the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis is one of Earth’s most vibrant and beautiful natural displays: A breathtaking explosion of reds, greens, blues and various shades, caused by electrically charted particles from the sun slamming into Earth’s atmosphere. The only problem is that most of us don’t live far enough north to see them. And you know, speaking as someone who tries to appreciate the beauty of nature on a daily basis, that’s just plain disappointing. I too want to look up and see nature’s fireworks. Well, tonight, maybe I can. The Northern Lights almost never come to…

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Summer solstice is the longest day for those with Alzheimer’s

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As a child, I started counting daylight minutes beginning with the winter solstice. Today, at age 64, I stand still in the sun on the longest day, but for a different reason. The longest day has new meaning for me as I battle Alzheimer’s disease. For those afflicted, and for their caregivers, each day brings new trials from sunrise to sunset; every day is the Longest Day. As one of 10 kids in an Irish Catholic family, I learned early on that you never get mad; you get even. I seek now to get even with Alzheimer’s, as teams around the world come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing the disease on this day of…

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