Archive for September, 2013


9.29.13 … brotherly love …

Golden State Warriors, Seth Curry, Stephen, Bleacher Report:

I don’t know how I missed this …

Golden State Warriors Will Reportedly Sign Seth Curry, Stephen’s Little Brother | Bleacher Report

There will be two members of the talented basketball family lining up for the Dubs during the 2013-14 season. According to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group’s Twitter feed, the Warriors have officially announced the signing of Seth Curry.

The contract, as reported by Rick Bonnell is an unguaranteed deal that essentially amounts to a training-camp invite. It’s a start in the right direction, but it’s not by any means an indicator that he’ll be on the roster during the regular season.

via Golden State Warriors Will Reportedly Sign Seth Curry, Stephen’s Little Brother | Bleacher Report.


9.29.13 … George H.W. Bush, same-sex marriage, atheism, closets, logs, specks … nice socks …

Former President George H.W. Bush,same-sex marriage, Maine: So what was his public statements on this in the past?

Another prominent Republican has come out in support of same-sex marriage — or at least, in support of one particular same-sex marriage.

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara served as an official witnesses Saturday at the Maine wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, co-owners of a Kennebunk general store. Thorgalsen posted a photo on Facebook of the 41st commander-in-chief signing a set of documents for them at an outdoor celebration: “Getting our marriage license witnessed!”

via George H.W. Bush is witness at same-sex marriage in Maine.

George W. Bush, earlier this year, said that he “shouldn’t be taking a speck out of someone else’s eye when I have a log in my own,” in response to a question about the conflict between Christian values and gay marriage, while H.W.’s granddaughter Barbara has openly supported gay marriage.

via George H.W. Bush Quietly Endorses (At Least One) Same-Sex Marriage – Abby Ohlheiser – The Atlantic Wire.

Bill Maher, Atheism The New Gay Marriage’, Nonbelievers,  ‘Out Of The Closet’:  I just thought this interesting …

There are no admitted atheists serving in Congress, and in a recent interview, comedian Bill Maher said that while he wouldn’t be the one to break that trend, the tide was shifting in the favor of nonbelievers.

“[Atheists are] out there, they’re thinking it, they’re just afraid to say it,” Maher said during an interview with TheWrap. “But that’s changing. It’ll be the new gay marriage.”

Maher’s remark came in response to a question about whether he would ever consider seeking office. He called himself the “the last person who could ever win,” citing his lack of faith as just one reason. Maher is a vocal atheist, and in 2008 he starred in “Religulous,” a film that poked fun at a variety of organized religions and their beliefs.

Maher went on to point out that the number of Americans who say they don’t believe in God has increased, while congressional representation has only fallen, from one admitted atheist — Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), who lost in 2012 — to zero. But Maher said he had hope for the future as more and more people “came out of the closet” as atheists.

via Bill Maher: Atheism Will Become ‘The New Gay Marriage,’ As Nonbelievers Come ‘Out Of The Closet’.


9.27.13 … ‘A woman’s voice may do some good’ – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

US Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, women’s issues, Women Rule:  I have always admired and respected the women chosen to our court.  I love this article by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and discussing Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  

The following essay is part of a series in which dozens of women will reveal what women they most admire. The series is part of “Women Rule,” a unique effort this fall by POLITICO, Google and The Tory Burch Foundation exploring how women are leading change in politics, policy and their communities.

Waste no time on anger, regret or resentment, just get the job done.

via ‘A woman’s voice may do some good’ – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg –


9.26.13 … GREAT DAY TO BE A CLASS OF ’82 WILDCAT… @AstroMarshburn comes home …

Davidson College Class of ’82, Tom Marshburn, NASA, ISS, @AstroMarshburn, public art, Jaume Plensa!:  It was a GREAT DAY TO BE A CLASS OF ’82 WILDCAT … Thanks, Tom (and Ann & Grace).  We walked the campus. Love the new sculpture (which looks a bit like Tom in his spacesuit loaded into the Soyuz rocket!)*


Then we gathered for a reception and dinner at Carol Quillen, President of the College.


We then ambled down to Duke Performance Hall   where Tom spoke for about an hour.  Tom was great.




John and I with Davidson’s own Big Bang Theory cast! — with Tom  Marshburn and others.


Dr. Bill Marshburn

And here’s a summary of his talk …

The fact that people a hundred years ago could figure out the laws of physics, how things move, without seeing it, is really amazing,” Marshburn said.

Marshburn described an experiment one of his fellow astronauts conducted during his spare time, in which granules of salt loose in an air-filled plastic bag began to clump together, something that could never be seen on Earth. This discovery was important to the way physicists theorize the formation of the universe.

“We understood how basketball-sized objects could come together to form planets, but we didn’t understand how particles could come together to form basketball-sized objects,” Marshburn explained.

Other experiments conducted on the space station have important real-world application here on Earth. One such experiment looked at capillary action, the process by which water flows through narrow spaces without the assistance of outside forces. What astronauts on the ISS learned about capillary action is currently being used to develop a handheld device that could conduct simple blood tests that currently require an entire medical laboratory.

“The reason why fluid engineers and physicists were doing the experiment was because it would be nice to have fuel tanks in space that don’t need pumps,” Marshburn said. “It turned out there were engineers on the ground that figured out that fluids in space act like very tiny amounts of fluid, microliters of fluid, [act] on the ground … That’s one of my favorite [experiments] because the medical application is so clear. A spaceflight need translated into a solution for NASA, but also for a medical purpose on Earth.”

While he’s unsure if his future holds a second sojourn aboard the ISS, Marshburn said that the most beautiful thing he saw in space was looking at the Earth and knowing it was his home.

“Looking at the planet Earth, the thing that jumps out at everyone first is the Bahamas, the emerald greens and blues. But over time as I looked at the Earth, I began to fall in love with the Earth again. And you learn to recognize places … and after that, my favorite place to look at was my home.”

via Back at home, Marshburn recounts the ‘magic of space’ |

*(updated 9.26.13 @ 10;00PM) John Syme writes the best Davidson College stories and now I’m thinking that sculpture at the beginning really does look like Tom 🙂 …

At the end of his presentation, when Marshburn’s PowerPoint relinquished the screen to his computer’s desktop, the juxtaposition of astronaut and regular guy came into focus: next to desktop folders marked “Cosmonauts” and “Award Debriefs” were others marked “Invest and Retire” and that old, familiar standby, “Files I Never Use.”

And in the “Launch Pad Tunes” folder? U2’s “It’s a Beautiful Day,” Joe Satriani’s “Summer Song” and Muse, maybe a little “Uprising”?….

He also regaled us with the story of the “party of the century,” held in the JJ House that year, a costume party with the theme of dressing up as your repressed desire. Already as a 20-year-old, though, he knew his own desire to be an astronaut, and showed up wrapped in tin foil and sporting a borrowed motorcycle helmet….

via Daybook Davidson.

**(updated 9.27.13 @ 9:00AM) One friend spotted the picture of the sculpture and recognized it as a Jaume Plensa.  It is indeed a Jaume Plensa!



9.26.13 … woohoo … John’s taking a staycation … me, not so much …

staycation, Reedy Creek Park: So exactly what is a “staycation”?

A staycation is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance, sleeping in their own beds at night. They might make day trips to local tourist sites, swimming venues, or engage in fun activities such as horseback riding, paintball, hiking or visiting museums. Most of the time it involves dining out more frequently than usual. Some people may include one or two overnight visits at relatives, friends or a longer trip. Staycations achieved popularity in the US during the financial crisis of 2007–2010.[1][2]

via Staycation – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

And what are “we” doing?  I get to walk/hike with him daily. 🙂

So Wednesday, we ventured to Reedy Creek Park …


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And here is a little background for you:

History and Description

The area that is now known as Reedy Creek Nature Preserve has long been used by humans. Native American artifacts have been discovered from the preserve dating back to the Woodland period. John Selwyn received a land grant from King George and occupied the area from around 1745 to 1767. The land was sold to the Robinson family and the Robinson Rock House was built in the late 1700’s. Over the next 200 years the land was subdivided and owned or occupied by several families including the Teeters, Norketts, Griers, Wallaces, and McLaughlins.

In 1981, the City of Charlotte purchased the land and created Reedy Creek Park. Ownership of the property was transferred to Mecklenburg County after the merger of the City and County Park and Recreation Departments in 1991. Reedy Creek Nature Center (formally Reedy Creek Environmental Center) was built shortly thereafter in 1992.

In 1997, with the passing of the Nature Preserve Master Plan, the area was separated into Reedy Creek Park encompassing approximately 125 acres and Reedy Creek Nature Preserve encompassing, to date, approximately 727 acres. The nature preserve’s rolling topography includes mixed pine and hardwood forests, open fields, three lakes, and the headwaters and two tributaries of Reedy Creek. The preserve also protects the South Fork of Reedy Creek natural heritage site, a unique area harboring an unusual assemblage of plant species more typical of the mountain region. The historical significance of the area is also well represented with cabin ruins and the remains of the Robinson Rockhouse.

via Reedy Creek.

It really was fun and the history is very interesting.  It is heavily wooded and hilly.  I could not imagine farming cotton on this land.


9.26.13 … Reveille vs. Revelry vs. Reverie …

Reveille Cafe, Marietta GA, kith/kin, Driving Mama Lindsey: I took my mom to lunch with my sister in Marietta.  My sister sent me the name of the restaurant.  I laughed.  I had no idea how to pronounce it or that it meant what it meant.  i was expecting a French bistro! But it was a great breakfast oriented diner. 🙂



Reveille “rev-uh-lee” noun

1.wake-up call:the sounding of a bugle to awaken military personnel

2. signal to awake: any signal that it is time to get out of bed

Alteration of French réveillez “wake up!

via Reveille Cafe.

Word Tidbits: Reveille vs. Revelry vs. ReverieA recent incident sparked this post: I heard someone singing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B and, yet again, use the word revelry instead of reveille. I thought perhaps I should point out to folks that the two words have absolutely nothing to do with one another. If you substitute one for the other youll be blowing nonsense. Then I thought of reverie, a third word that sounds similar but, again, has a very different meaning.Reveille, as you may guess from the spelling, comes to us from the French imperative réveillez with its understood vous. If you shout, “Réveillez!” you mean, “Wake up!” The term in English refers to both the bugle call at sunrise that signals time for troops to form up and the actual formation that results. Thus when the Bugle Boy of Company B plays reveille in boogie woogie fashion it makes the company jump to its positions and perhaps dance about once there.Now, should Bugle Boy, whom Ill just call BB to save repetition, get those soldiers jumping they may turn to revelry instead of standing at attention as they should. Revelry pretty well opposes military order and discipline. Its the word for partying, merrrymaking, and general festive good times. I suppose BB could play a song called Revelry but thats not what The Andrews Sisters meant.Reverie stands utterly opposed to both revelry and the focus of soldiers organizing themselves into ranks. Rather than stiff attention or cheery dancing, someone in a reverie daydreams, is lost in thought and as likely to bump into his or her fellows as anything else. As its early in the morning I suppose some of the troops might be lost in reverie, their minds still in their beds and on their dreams. But if BB blows something so mellow and emotive as to encourage that condition the company will never get into reveille.Thus you can see that our vigilant BB leaps from his bunk to play reveille at the base of the flag, not to incite revelry or plunge his fellows into reverie. If he gets a little boogie into the steps of the others perhaps that enthusiasm would be no bad thing. But partying and woolgathering have no place in forming up ranks at the crack of dawn, whatever soldiers do on their off time. Click the song name above to find a series of different versions of the song. En Vogue manages to have poor BB playing reverie. You may be rolling your eyes as much as I did when I heard it.

via One Step Forward: Word Tidbits: Reveille vs. Revelry vs. Reverie.


9.26.13 … Another 9/11 followup … “A picture is worth a thousand words” … BOATLIFT An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience …

9/11, followup, photography, “A picture is worth a thousand words :  Unfortunately I lost the link to the owner of this photo.  I apologize.  I think it s very powerful.

BOATLIFT An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience:  

via ▶ BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience – YouTube.

Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011

Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein. Eyepop Productions, Inc.

BOATLIFT was executive produced by Stephen Flynn and Sean Burke and premiered on September 8th at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington. The Summit kicked off a national movement to foster community and national resilience in the face of future crises. See to become a part of the campaign to build a more resilient world. The film was made with the generous support by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, Chairman Emerita, TotalBank (

via ▶ BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience – YouTube.

The Wall Street Journal Sept. 12 2001:

This is what The Wall Street Journal looked like from Sept. 12, 2001:




9.26.13 … My Hometown: what a neat photojournalism project …

My Hometown,, high school students,   4289 images, 21st-century portrait, neighborhoods, families, friends,  schools, , school-based photography programs, community-based photography programs,  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division:  4,289 images!

What would happen if you asked high school students to help create a 21st-century portrait of the country by turning their cameras on their neighborhoods, families, friends and schools?You would have “My Hometown” — a vibrant document of 4,289 images submitted by teenagers in school- or community-based photography programs across the United States, including rural villages and urban neighborhoods, wealthy suburbs and blue-collar Rust Belt towns.While participants only photographed their own communities, together, the images create an important and lasting document of America today as seen by teenagers. They are published today in an interactive feature that opens with a selection of 145 photographs and is also searchable by state and by photographer. Many of the images will be archived at the Library of Congress in the Prints and Photographs Division.The project was inspired by our belief in the power of photography as an educational tool, and by a desire to help young people communicate the way they see their lives and their communities.

via Looking at Our Hometowns –


9.26.13 … common ground … very cool!

Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), followup, denominational  differences, common ground, First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, Myers Park Baptist:  Following my 9.22.13 … balance and imbalance …  post, I had a great discussion on-line about the use of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL).  It is  used generally by  Episcopal churches and selectively by Presbyterian and Baptist churches.  It just happens that First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, my home church, is currently using it, as is  Myers Park Baptist in Charlotte.

Here is my discussion:

C: Ah. So they follow the lectionary! It is a difficult parable. Chuck did a nice job with it today. It is still uncomfortable, but do listen to Chuck’s sermon when it is online. It was one of those days when I thought the effort of the ministerial staff and music worked particularly well together. Two wonderful anthems done well.

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A: What I find very interesting is we Episcopalians had the same lesson about the unjust manager. There is a trend in the Episcopal Church right now to move towards Catholicism and the Lutheran Church too. I wonder if our Lessons next Sunday will be the same as the Presbyterian Church or if this was a mere coincidence

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C: I believe (based on an anthem we will sing Sunday), that one lectionary reading next week is another difficult parable, from Luke, Lazarus and the rich man.

While not all Protestant churches follow the lectionary (a three-year cycle of scripture readings that follow the seasons of Christian churches), many do. Our church is actually new to doing this. But representatives of the Episcopal, Presbyterian (USA), Methodist, Church of Christ and others were involved in selecting the scriptures.

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D:  C … Does MPB use the lectionary?

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C:  Yes, especially these days

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D: So the answer, A, is that it is not coincidence. It happens because the churches are all using the same lectionary.

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A: That is really cool!!

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A little background on the RCL …

The Roman Catholic Mass Lectionary is the basis on which many Protestant lectionaries have been based, most notably the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) and its derivatives, as organized by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT) organization located in Nashville, Tennessee. Like the Mass lectionary, they generally organize the readings for worship services on Sundays in a three-year cycle, with four elements on each Sunday, and three elements during daily Mass:

first reading from the Old Testament or, in Eastertide from certain books of the New Testament;

responsorial Psalm (ideally, to be sung);

second reading from one of the New Testament Letters (only on Sundays); and a Gospel reading.

via Lectionary – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Worldwide Usage of the Revised Common Lectionary

The following is a 1998 listing of those churches or ecclesial communities around the world that use (and in some cases have adapted) the Common Lectionary in its original (1983) or revised (1992) form. (Some information is also provided about churches using their own adaptation of the Roman Lectionary).


Anglican Church of Canada

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Presbyterian Church in Canada

United Church of Canada

Great Britain

Church of England

Church in Wales (Anglican) (used as an alternative lectionary)

Church of Scotland (Presbyterian)

Scottish Episcopal Church

United Reformed Church

Methodist Church

Churches Together in England (CTE) (recommend usage)



Church of Ireland (Anglican) (used as an experimental alternative)

Southern Africa

Anglican Church of the Province of Southern Africa (includes Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, St. Helena, Lesotho, Swaziland)

Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa (includes Zimbabwe)

United States

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Christian Fellowship of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Christian Reformed Church in North America

Episcopal Church (provisional use)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Reformed Church in America

United Church of Christ

United Methodist Church

via Worldwide Usage of the Revised Common Lectionary.


9.26.13 … Patrick Witty’s September 11th Photo … 12 years later and the photographer is still looking …

9/11, September 11th Photo: The Moment The Twin Towers Fell, Patrick Witty, Time Magazine, LightBox: “I’ve never known the names behind the faces. Last year I posted the photo on Facebook and Twitter in hopes of discovering their identities. After it was shared more than 10,000 times, I now know two of them.”

I took this photograph exactly 12 years ago today, just as the South Tower of the World Trade Center started to collapse: a cross-section of New Yorkers, united in terror, standing at Park Row and Beekman Street in lower Manhattan. Since then it’s been published dozens of times in newspapers and magazines across the world, but I’ve never known the names behind the faces. Last year I posted the photo on Facebook and Twitter in hopes of discovering their identities. After it was shared more than 10,000 times, I now know two of them.

Edward Tabile contacted me, saying he recognized his father, Benjamin Tabile, as the man in the center wearing the glasses. Benjamin was supposed to be in the World Trade Center towers that day for a job interview but was running late.

“As I walked out of the subway, I saw the building on fire and didn’t know why,” he said. “I was in complete shock. I would have been in that building while the planes hit.”

I want to know them all. If you recognize anyone in this picture, please contact me at

via September 11th Photo: The Moment The Twin Towers Fell – LightBox.

I just checked.  Witty has found 6!  All the ones in the front.

I’ve identified 6 people in my 9/11 photo thanks to you all. Anthony, Rodger, Benjamin, Ramzy, Alfredo, & Wanda…

“I discovered six people in the photo (all the main people in the front,” he told The News in an email Wednesday.

The photographer also tweeted his thanks to social media and also the first names of the six people in the front of the photo.

via TIME photographer Patrick Witty identifies six people in iconic 9/11 photo thanks to social media crowd-sourcing – NY Daily News.

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