06
Aug
16

7.8.16 Namaste

“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.” ― Pablo Picasso Even though it was more than a year ago when my wife and I visited Southeast Alaska, the journey has stayed with me, I find myself reflecting back on the memories frequently. I find experiences a better investment than things, more and more these days. If you’ve read my vow for this year, you know I am trying to “not purchase anything I don’t truly need” However, when I met a gifted painter with the rare talent for capturing an experience and bringing it to life, I began to think about one possession I might just want after all. Artist Dottie Leatherwood Dottie Leatherwood was working in her studio the day I visited Paul Hastings to talk about a story I wanted to write on The Dilworth Artisan Station. Dottie is a rising star in the art world and will have one of her works in the American Impressionist Society 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition, so I was happy to meet her. As I looked around her studio, I was impressed with her work. It was like I could step into any one of her paintings and feel right at home. 

Source: Namasté In Alaska: the Painting | Choices Do Matter

06
Aug
16

8.6.16 … a nice August walk … “We have this possibility of doing a pilgrimage every single day” – Paulo Coelho …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 labyrinth walks, The Oratory – Rock Hill SC:

It’s 88° at 10:30 AM in the morning. It is muggy. 

As I walk into the garden, I realize that it is a very tired garden. I wonder who the tired person is that takes care of the garden. I pray for him or her. 

As I walk, I noticed the backside of Mary, figs on the fig tree, the white stones that make up the path, a large oak tree … I hear birds chirping, 11 AM bell and then cascading music; Is the music part of the bells? I do not know the answer. But it must be. I feel the sting of several mosquitoes. And then I hear the traffic. Recently I told someone who has a private labyrinth not to replace the mulch with small pebbles because of the noise they make. This one has really pretty white pebbles, large white pebbles, but again, the noise conflicts with the spiritual walk/meditation. I find myself walking on the boundaries for a reprieve from the noise. But when I walk on the boundaries, I realize that I can now hear the traffic. It’s a conflict.


A nice August walk …

and this from Krista Tippett and Paulo Cuelho:

onbeing“We have this possibility of doing a pilgrimage every single day. Because a pilgrimage implies in meeting different people, in talking to strangers, in paying attention to the omens, and basically being open to life. And, we leave our home to go to work, to go to school, and we have every single day this possibility, this chance of discovering something new. So, the pilgrimage is not for the privileged one who can go to Spain and to France, and walk this 500 miles, but to people who are open to life. A pilgrimage, at the end of the day, is basically get rid of things that you are using, and try something new.” — Paulo Coelho
In this week’s episode, Krista is in conversation with Brazilian lyricist @PauloCoelho. Listen at onbeing.org.

#pilgrimage #openness #PauloCoelho

09
Jul
16

The Weird Week in Review | Mental Floss

A group of Kansas City, Missouri, police officers found themselves stuck in an elevator that stalled because it was over its weight limit. That in itself is embarrassing. We can only speculate how long they sat there discussing their situation before they broke down and called emergency services. The Kansas City Fire Department responded, and couldn’t resist snapping a picture of the rescue. This picture will no doubt be on the wall of every firehouse in the Midwest. If Kansas City puts out a fireman’s c

Source: The Weird Week in Review | Mental Floss

09
Jul
16

The House At Riverton (The Shifting Fog) – Kate Morton

The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog) Summer 1924: On the night of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand 
English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters 
Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, onetime housemaid 
of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making 
a film about the poet’s suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace’s mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could. Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent twenties, The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog) is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story. INSPIRATION SNEAK PEEK BOOK CLUBS VIDEO Kate talks about writing The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog) including the first image she had for the book, and the unexpected influence of her grandmother. CRITICAL PRAISE

Source: The House At Riverton (The Shifting Fog) – Kate Morton

07
Jul
16

7.7.16 … XX/XY … New Venture/New Vocation …

Edward Lindsey, Dentons,  Dentons’ Georgia Lobbying Team, kith/kin, passion, vocation, public policy: Congratulations on your new venture, dear brother!

Edward Lindsey, a former state representative and a founding partner of Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson, is joining global firm Dentons, effective July 15. Lindsey will be a partner in Dentons’ lobbying practice—one of the largest in the country—working specifically in its extensive Georgia State Government Affairs practice. “This is a continuation of what my passion is now—dealing with public policy,” said Lindsey, who founded Goodman McGuffey in 1990 with three friends. The firm, which has shortened its name to Goodman McGuffey with his departure, has grown over the years to about 40 lawyers in four states.

Nettie Stevens,   sex chromosomes, XX, XY: Nettie Stevens discovered XY sex chromosomes. She didn’t get credit because she had two X’s. – Vox

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At the turn of the 20th century, biologist Nettie Stevens was driven to solve a scientific mystery that had perplexed humanity for millennia. The mystery was so simple but daunting: Why do boys become boys and girls become girls? In her pioneering work at Bryn Mawr College, Stevens discovered the sex chromosomes that make the difference. Today would be her 155th birthday. Google is celebrating her accomplishments today — she’s featured in the Google Doodle — and so should we.

Source: Nettie Stevens discovered XY sex chromosomes. She didn’t get credit because she had two X’s. – Vox

Dawn, xenon, Ion propulsion, 

While Dawn’s mission is important, how it got to the asteroid belt in the first place is equally fascinating. It used something called ion propulsion. Most spacecraft, like Juno, use standard combustion to travel through space. A chemical fuel is burned, the expanding gas is directed out the back by a nozzle, and that’s what propels the craft forward. Ion propulsion is different. It still uses a fuel — in Dawn’s case, the gas xenon — but instead of burning the gas, a purely electrical system accelerates a few particles of the fuel at a time out of the spacecraft, at about 10 times the speed of regular combustion. “Basically what you’re trying to do is push your spacecraft forward by throwing something out the back very quickly,” Christopher Russell, Dawn’s principal investigator who assembled the mission, explains to The Week. Ion propulsion is incredibly efficient, which cuts way down on the fuel the craft has to carry. That massively reduces costs, and leaves a lot more room for other cargo. Combustion systems also require big burns to get going and big burns to slow down again, while ion propulsion moves more smoothly, opening up all sorts of new routes and locations.

Source: This innovation could change space travel forever

 

Source: Former Rep. Lindsey Joins Dentons’ Georgia Lobbying Team

Plus-Size Dancer, Proving Body Positivity, No Gender:

I loved this and I have one friend who always jokes about another.   “Where did you find this video of [LAH] dancing? It usually takes several beers to get him to perform.”  Well, if anyone could do it it would be your LAH!

Erik Cavanaugh never expected his pirouetting and chasséing across an empty dance studio would go viral across the internet, nor did he upload the videos with that ever crossing his mind. But this is exactly what happened Sunday when the New York Post posted a compilation of his videos to its Facebook page.  Why did it end up garnering over 3 million views and over 34,000 shares and counting? Besides his obvious talent, Cavanaugh doesn’t have the body that many might expect to see leaping and twirling around a studio.  “Not everyone sees me as a dancer,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s been a struggle.”

Source: Meet the Plus-Size Dancer Who’s Proving Body PositivityW Knows No Gender

Emma Watson, Hermione, Cursed Child:  Great FB post by Emma Watson. 

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Yesterday I went to see the Cursed Child. I came in with no idea what to expect and it was AMAZING. Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films. Having seen it I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift. Meeting Noma and seeing her on stage was like meeting my older self and have her tell me everything was going to be alright, which as you can imagine was immensely comforting (and emotional)! The cast and crew welcomed me like I was family and Noma was everything I could ever hope she would be. She’s wonderful. The music is beautiful… I could go on… Here are some pics of me meeting Noma and the crew. Love, E xx ‪#‎keepthesecrets‬ ‪#‎19yearslater‬@antoboyle Sam Clemmett Noma Dumezweni @HPPlayLDN

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Day 23 Hiking/Day 27 from Katahdin
John called about 9 AM this morning. He was atop Old Blue Mountain (244) and was headed to the next road, about an 8 mile hike for today. He hoped to go into Andover ME because … Rain’s a comin’ …
02
Mar
16

3.2.16 … interesting, but I have had 3 dishes in puff pastry in 2 days. Is it a thing everywhere? Or is it just here near Wilmington? …

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“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks (Walk 20/40), St. Philip’s Episcopal Church – Southport NC:

Creating a labyrinth is a transformational journey that involves body, emotions, mind and spirit. This time around I met the perfect imperfection of being on my path…

Long, story short … I failed to read the fine print. I drove all the way to Wilmington to walk a new labyrinth only to discover it was an indoor labyrinth that is only open on Fridays once per month.puff pastry

 

So I had a delightful meal at Le Catalan on the River Walk with a wonderful view of the sunset … Veggie quiche with Smoked Gouda in a puff pastry crust and shrimp and orzo au gratin. Both quite good. Interesting, but I have had 3 dishes in puff pastry in 2 days. Is it a thing everywhere? Or is it just here near Wilmington?

Le Catalan French Cafe & Wine Bar in Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC on the Riverwalk. Open for Lunch and Dinner. Serving authentic cuisine, balanced wines, friendly service and great view!

Source: Le Catalan French Cafe & Wine Bar

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And back to my walk … A quick repeat of yesterday’s walk.

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And the Molls told me I should smile in selfies, so no selfies today. I am officially self conscious.

3.2.16

01
Mar
16

3.1.16 … out of our rational head-thinkng, into spiritual, conscious heart-thinking …

“Solvitur  Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 19/40), St. Philip’s Episcopal Church – Southport NC:

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New sanctuary …  red doors
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Welcome
Share the walk with friends
ancient pattern
no deadends
quiets the mind
out of our rational head-thinkng, into God-centered heart-thinking
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Within the path are commemorative stones:
Thank you for your service
Feeling Blessed
Praise the Lord for his many blessings
Cherish friends
 And my favorites …
It will never rain …
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Hallelujah!
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Chapel (old sanctuary) … wood beam ceiling like FPC, simple …
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And after my walk, the molls and I dined at The PharmacyRestaurant – Southport NC, and it was excellent … fried green tomatoes, crab cakes in puff pastry and veal with potatoes, mushrooms and spinach.
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And did I mention that I enjoyed a fabulous day at Oak Island/Caswell Beach NC!

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3.1.16

Licensing agreement,  brilliant new blue pigment discovered by happy accident, News and Research Communications | Oregon State University:  Love, love, love this. It reminds me of the blue in the stained glass at Chartres. Thanks for sharing, EWP. . And I have a book recommendation.  Sacred Bleu! (by Christopher Moore)

I loved it because it was such a clever mix of history and fiction with the lives of the artist carrying on along side the real artists of the time. We listened to it on the way down to the beach a couple of springs ago. The only other one of Moore’s i’ve read is THE ISLAND OF THE SEQUINED LOVE NUN, which was also very strange, but intriguing. I guess you have to be a bit off yourself to enjoy them (which of course i am!!!).

“It was serendipity, actually; a happy, accidental discovery,” Subramanian said. The new pigment is formed by a unique crystal structure that allows the manganese ions to absorb red and green wavelengths of light, while only reflecting blue. The vibrant blue is so durable, and its compounds are so stable – even in oil and water – that the color does not fade. These characteristics make the new pigment versatile for a variety of commercial products. Used in paints, for example, they can help keep buildings cool by reflecting infrared light. Better yet, Subramanian said, none of the pigment’s ingredients are toxic. OSU has reached an exclusive licensing agreement for the pigment, which is known as “YInMn” blue, with The Shepherd Color Company. It will be used in a wide range of coatings and plastics. “This new blue pigment is a sign that there are new pigments to be discovered in the inorganic pigments family,” said Geoffrey T. Peake, research and development manager for The Shepherd Color Company. Commercial quantities of the pigment will be available later this year, he added. The lack of toxic materials is critical, Subramanian pointed out, and a hallmark of the new pigment. “The basic crystal structure we’re using for these pigments was known before, but no one had ever considered using it for any commercial purpose, including pigments,” Subramanian said.  “Ever since the early Egyptians developed some of the first blue pigments, the pigment industry has been struggling to address problems with safety, toxicity and durability.” Another commercial use of the product – in addition to coatings and plastics, may be in roofing materials. The new pigment is a “cool blue” compound that has infrared reflectivity of about 40 percent – much high than other blue pigments – and could be used in the blue roofing movement.

Source: Licensing agreement reached on brilliant new blue pigment discovered by happy accident | News and Research Communications | Oregon State University

Art history symbolism and legends: Lost Secrets of Chartres Blue? History of color and why astrology in a church?

Lost Secrets of Chartres Blue? History of color, and why astrology in a church?  A story instead of history? It happens. Some people believe that making of blue color from the medieval stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral was kept very secret, and the secret vanished. Since Middle Ages no one was able to re-create the famous Chartres-blue. Interesting story, very romantic, but simply not true. It is a part of cultural phenomenon involving romanticizing and sensationalizing art history. Specially the mystery of Chartre’s blue was beloved during the era of Romanticism. Such sensationalizing happens most often in archeology, but art history isn’t free from such exciting modern legends.  In fact, there are enough of ancient “recipes” for making stained glass which survived until today. Problem with medieval recipes is that they often don’t makes sense, because terminology is confusing, like for example the idea that sapphire was added  in making stained, glass, when this was also latinized name for  saffer, which was name of cobalt oxide. Often the color is also affected by patina, impurities, or the main compound: the sand. Subtle differences matter, for ex. if the was taken from the river or if was sea sand. We can’t know exactly, we know which compounds were added, but in which form we don’t know. Also the combination of blue with other colors on the installed window itself makes it look specific way, using the optical principle of color contrast. But modern glass makers are fully capable of recreating the” mysterious” or “lost” Chartres-blue. It is sad to think so little about their skills and talents. Maria Rzepinska in her expertly researched book about history of color mentions those recipes, and even tells how color of the glass mass changed in relation of time involved in heating in the glass making kilns.Known phenomenon, nothing new,  just a reminder. Also some impurities, air bubbles, etc. which were the result of working in more crude conditions affect the color. Today’s glass is extremely  pure. But there is the  kernel of truth in this disappearance story: after the Age of Faith the Chartres-blue, or to be more exact, the presence of  strong colors diminished to almost disappear from stained glass windows, to reappear during XIX c. in their full glory. So, what is the secret? Stained glass window, with the Zodiac Sign of Pisces, Chartres Cathedral, via Wikimedia, photo taken by Dinkum   It fact after the Middle Ages there was less interest in installing very colorful stained glass windows of the types as those seen in Chartres and the other Gothic cathedrals or churches. The reason was simple: colorful stained glass windows were prohibitively expensive. The cost of stained glass was closer to the price of precious stones than to the cost of the stained glass of today, as Maria Rzepinska says. (And she has also has a strong supportive bibliography which is a great resource for me). We also need to keep in mind that in addition to the already extremely high cost of its production, Gothic stained glass windows were very thick, which made the price even higher than those which are made of thin glass panels today. And thickness makes colors more intense too.Stained glass windows at Chartres Cathedral are for example c.1 inch thick. Due to progress of technologies, today’s stained glass which is similar to the glass of XIX c. Gothic Revival has only a fraction of the thickness (c. 1/8 of inch) of the Gothic glass window panels. Gothic Revival brought colored window back into buildings but adjusted with new technologies. Religious buildings of the Middle Ages needed masses of expensive glass. The tastes also changed, after jewel-like colors of the  Middle Ages white and grissaille glass became popular. With time people also became less religiously devoted than during the Age of Faith. Unstoppable religious enthusiasm which fueled building of the great cathedrals simply diminished with time.

Source: Art history, symbolism and legends: Lost Secrets of Chartres Blue? History of color, and why astrology in a church?

Freddie Freeman,  Cat to Spring Training, People:  I’m not a cat person, but this is funny.

Meh. That’s usually our reaction to anything remotely related to baseball. All that changed this week when we learned that a baseball player named Freddie Freeman brought his cat to spring training with the Atlanta Braves in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, by car, no less, which is exceedingly brave in itself. The cat named Nala travelled with Freeman and his wife Chelsea, and she fancied sitting between the two of them right behind the arm rest — with her paws crossed politely in front of her (look closely and you’ll see pink nail caps over those claws!).

Source: Freddie Freeman Brings His Cat to Spring Training, and We’re Suddenly His Biggest Fan | People

Dogs in heaven? Pope Francis leaves pearly gates open, CRUX:  Of course they have souls!!

Ms. Gutleben of the Humane Society said Francis’ apparent reversal of Benedict’s view could be enormous. “If the pope did mean that all animals go to heaven, then the implication is that animals have a soul,” she said. “And if that’s true, then we ought to seriously consider how we treat them. We have to admit that these are sentient beings, and they mean something to God.”

Source: Dogs in heaven? Pope Francis leaves pearly gates open – CRUX




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