Archive for November, 2013


11.30.13 … “child of God” … Politically correct or truly religiously sound? …


“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Labyrinth Walks, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary,  Louisville KY, kith/kin:

Today was pretty cold, 28°.  On the drive to the Presbyterian Seminary, I drove by Cheryl’s Baptist Seminary.  I also saw three, rather brazen,  deer.
I am very fond of this labyrinth … As I approached the labyrinth, it was covered in a heavy frost.  The sun was streaming through the trees.  I immediately realized that my footsteps did not melt the frost.
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I never know where my mind will take me.  This is meditation in motion.  So today my thoughts while walking range from politics to religion. I think about Edward’s campaign … Rent a house for unpaid college volunteers … And what it means to declare that I am a “child of God” … Politically correct or truly religiously sound? Hmmmm ….
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11.18.13 — 11.30.13 … if … If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much …

A favorite!



If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

At ATL … Picking up “my” Edward who is flying in from DEN where it is SNOWING! He will get in a visit with his grandmama Lindsey then off to UGA to visit friends and try out a game Between the Hedges.

Edward and his grandmother ..



Photo: Two very good friends for a very long time!

And of course a few random ones for you …

Well, of course, the Google designers are Dr. Who fans. Brilliant.


Chef Mario Batali’s world came crashing down on him when he realized that Crocs, purveyor of foam comfort shoes, was discontinuing his favorite color: orange.

He literally wears them everywhere

via Mario Batali Orders 200 Paris of Orange Crocs |


11.24.13 … bests …

great inventions, bests, lists,, Kickstarter, Cronuts:  Kickstarter brought several to market.  Cronuts, really?

What makes an invention great? Sometimes it solves a problem you didn’t think could be solved. Skyscrapers can’t turn invisible. Pens can’t write in midair. Paraplegics can’t walk. Except now they can. And sometimes an invention solves a problem you didn’t know you had. Maybe you didn’t realize you needed to eat a doughnut and a croissant at the same time, or resurrect an extinct frog, or turn your entire body into a living password. Now you do. Want a list of the best things that were invented in 2013? Now you have one. Just keep reading.

via What Makes an Invention Great? | The 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013 |

In 2013 a new fusion food joined the ranks of the ice cream cake and the turducken. The cronut—made of croissant-style pastry that’s fried like a doughnut, filled with cream and topped with glaze—transfixed foodies when New York City chef Dominique Ansel started selling it in May. His recipe inspired imitations around the world, and customers proved willing to wait hours for a taste; scalpers were even hawking the $5 treats for up to $40.

via The 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013 |

The 3Doodler is a new kind of pen that doodles in three dimensions instead of two. Essentially it works like a 3-D printer, melting and cooling colored plastic to create rigid, freestanding structures in any shape imaginable (sort of like a hot-glue gun but better). Invented by Maxwell Bogue, Peter Dilworth and Daniel Cowen at the Boston-based toy company WobbleWorks, the 3Doodler raised over $2 million on Kickstarter (they were shooting for $30,000) and can be preordered online for $99.

via The 3Doodler | The 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013 |

An Olympic-size pool designed to float in the less-than-crystal-clear East River, the Plus Pool kills two birds with one stone: it cleans the river water and gives New Yorkers a place to swim. Its unique filtration system scrubs the water as it floats through it, while its distinctive plus-sign shape isolates different wings for different activities. Designed by Dong-Ping Wong, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin, the pool could make it possible for New Yorkers to dive into clean river water for the first time in 100 years. So far the $15 million project has been funded by Kickstarter, but the team is still raising money to get the pool up and floating by the summer of 2016.

via The Plus Pool | The 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013 |

Best Tweets, lists, Twitter:  Too much Ryan Gosling and I not sure why Huffpost needs to make a list of best posts by women …

What Women Said On Twitter This Week.


Sara Schaefer

I hope my children live one day to see the first female Santa

via Best Tweets: What Women Said On Twitter This Week.



Atlanta History Center, Swan House, Hunger Games:

The Atlanta History Center’s Capitol Tour experience offers visitors an opportunity to pay tribute to Atlanta’s burgeoning film industry as well as Swan House’s new chapter in cinematic history.

Love unites all, whether created or uncreated. The heart of God, the heart of all creation, and our own hearts become one in love. That’s what all the great mystics have been trying to tell us through the ages. Benedict, Francis, Hildegard of Bingen, Hadewijch of Brabant, Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Dag Hammarskjöld, Thomas Merton, and many others, all in their own ways and their own languages, have witnessed to the unifying power of the divine love.

The Swan House at the Atlanta History Center was one of many Georgia set locations used during the filming of the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

via Atlanta History Center – Located on 33 acres of history in Buckhead, Atlanta.

via Daily Meditation: November 16, 2013 | Daily Meditation by Henri Nouwen.

Just so you know … H&M opens at Northlake Mall |

 39 Democrats, Fix Obamacare, Washington Wire – WSJ:

The 39 House Democrats who voted to reinstate sales of insurance policies canceled under the Affordable Care Act had this in common: Most are being targeted by the House Republican campaign arm for their position on the health law.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has gone into overdrive, tailoring news releases around about dozens of Democrats like Reps. Ron Barber (D., Ariz.) and Patrick Murphy (D., Fla.), who are thought to be vulnerable in the 2014 elections. Friday’s vote showed the pressure appears to be working.

“I would imagine that there would be more and more attacks coming for months on end,” Mr. Murphy, a freshman, told reporters shortly before voting in favor of the Republican-led bill.

The 39 Democrats were four more than the 35 who voted for a GOP bill in July to delay the laws’ mandate on businesses – the previous high water mark in Republicans’ efforts to win Democratic support for rolling back the health care law. The 39 Democrats also tracked closely with the roughly 40 Democrats facing pressure from the NRCC.

via Why 39 Democrats Voted for GOP Bill to Fix Obamacare – Washington Wire – WSJ.

George W. Bush:  This is an old one.  But, personally and politically, I think this was a mistake.

There will be two notable absences at Wednesday’s commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: George H.W. and George W. Bush.

Both former presidents were invited to participate in Wednesday’s celebration, which will feature speeches from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by President Obama as well as former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. But both Bushes are dealing with health issues and decided it best to skip the event.

“He’s doing fine, but he’s not able to get up to Washington this week,” said Freddy Ford, a spokesman for George W. Bush, who is still recuperating after undergoing surgery this month for an arterial blockage.

Ford stressed that the younger Bush’s recovery is going well, and that Bush even managed to stop by the Southern Methodist University’s football practice on Tuesday

via Bushes unable to attend March on Washington ceremony.


11.19.13 … No Nails Left …

Monday Night Football, Carolinas Panthers, good mom award, kith/kin, nail biters, @jim_utter: 

There was an almost full moon in  an almost cloudless night sky and the weather was unseasonably warm.  It was a perfect night for Monday Night Football.  If I must pat myself on the back, I get the good mom award for giving my son my ticket to the game.

I must admit that after Saturday’s UGA v. Auburn game that  I’m a little tired of nail biters.  At the end of this game I have No Nails Left … But I am very excited for the Carolinas’ Panthers.

The last play has obviously  stirred up a lot of attention.  One thing I love about social media is the conversation and the ability to refer to sources.  I did not check the rulebook and I have no idea who Jim Utter is except that he is followed by a journalist I respect …

Jim Utter (@jim_utter)

11/19/13, 12:14 AM

“If the ball is intercepted or knocked down prior to reaching the receiver, there is no foul for Pass Interference.” -NFL Rulebook.

And then these today … enough said.

The Patriots lost because they let the game come down to one play from the 18-yard line down four points. They lost because they put off the moment of truth, because they let themselves down with subpar execution in key moments, because they were victimized by the same issues that seem to haunt this team through every one of its notable losses. The Patriots lost to the Panthers on Monday night because they’re not as good of a football team as the Panthers, who did all the little things that the old Patriots teams used to get credit for. And that includes daring the refs to call for a game-changing pass interference on the game-deciding play.

via The Panthers, Not the Refs, Beat New England – The Triangle Blog – Grantland.

I asked the Twitterverse on Tuesday to come up with a nickname for the last play of the Panthers-Patriots game Monday night, when Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly was first flagged for pass interference against New England tight end Rob Gronkowski in the Panther end zone with 0:00 on the clock. Then the call was reversed after the officials determined Gronkowski couldn\’t have caught the ball anyway, and the Panthers won, 24-20. Had the original call stood, the Patriots would have gotten one play from the 1 to try and score a game-winning touchdown.

Here were some of the best entries, all submitted via Twitter to @Scott_Fowler. A three-person panel judged \”Immaculate Perception,\” written by David Wood, as the winner of the modest prize — a copy of my new book chronicling the Panthers. Thanks to all who entered.

Sweet Hug Carolina


Man Hug




Need a Hug

Cool Hands Luke

Immaculate Perception

Immaculate Interception

Immaculate Exception

The (Un)Catch(Able)

Hanky Panky

Robbed Gronkowski

via Scott Says …: Immaculate Perception? Robbed Gronkowski? Nicknaming the big play.


11.16.13 … Reimagining the Liberal Arts …

Wyoming’s Wind River Range,  prehistoric mountain villages, archeology: As an undergraduate, Matt Stirn ’11 developed a model to predict the whereabouts of prehistoric lodge sites in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. He is now part of a team of archaeologists that recently discovered 13 sky-high prehistoric villages—including one that may be the oldest mountain settlement in North America.

The age of the oldest villages is unknown, but it\’s clear that some were built at least 2,700 years ago, and High Rise may be 4,000 years old, Adams says. That would make it the oldest alpine village in North America. There\’s evidence that people lived at High Rise on and off for at least 2,000 years running. The Sheepeater Shoshone, the Native American people who built the Winds villages, used them until they were confined to reservations.

Researchers puzzle over why prehistoric people headed for the hills in the first place. Perhaps changes in climate made food scarcer in the lowlands, or perhaps immigrants drove people off their traditional territory. Nor do scientists know whether the Wind River people came up with the idea of high-mountain settlements on their own or heard about it from others. But Wind River has helped put to rest the old stereotype that prehistoric peoples stuck to the lowlands.

The range “was the place to be in the summer. … It is just exhilarating to be there, and the living was easier than in the basin,” Adams says. “I think they were up there having fun.”

via Wyoming site reveals more prehistoric mountain villages.

Davidson College, President Carol Quillen: Reimagining the Liberal Arts Campus …

Where do you begin?

I start with this notion that how we are physically organized shapes what we’re able to do.

“Neighborhood” to me signifies the importance of place, the importance of face-to-face collaboration and contact, the multi-functionality of space. In your neighborhood, that\’s where you shop, where you play, where you work, where you socialize, where you live.

“Neighborhood” is a metaphor for the kind of intellectual environment we are trying to create. Community really matters at Davidson, and a neighborhood is the material backdrop for building community.

How does that apply specifically to a liberal arts education?

A liberal arts education develops deep talents and capacities within students so that they are well-equipped for whatever challenges and opportunities they take up after they leave. It\’s less about preparing for a specific job than it is about preparing to become the kind of leader, thinker, doer who can adapt and who has a range of skills and talents.

We want our students to express themselves clearly both in writing and speaking. We want them to learn how to collaborate and work in teams. We want them to do original work while they\’re here because that’s how they learn how to reframe questions and solve real problems. We want them to engage with the community.

So what kind of academic spaces would allow us to build the kind of curriculum that develops those kinds of qualities? Out of that comes the “academic neighborhood” concept.

via Reimagining the Liberal Arts Campus.



11.16.13 … If a selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website” what is a “humble selfie?” …

Pope Francis, selfies, humble selfie, oxymoron: Isn’t a “humble selfie” an oxymoron? Not if it is Pope Francis!  This one is old (I had left it inadvertently  in my draft bin … but I love it!

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The selfie has made it all the way to the top. On Wednesday worlds collided when Pope Francis posed with a group of Italian teenagers and got caught in a self-portrait taken with one of the teens’ cellphones. Unfortunately the Pope — known for his outgoing nature and his departures from papal conventions — didn’t capture the selfie himself, and he hasn’t published it on his Twitter feed.

It seems the teenagers, who were part of a group visiting from an Italian diocese, decided a grainy shot from a front-facing cellphone camera would be the best way to photograph their encounter with the pope himself at St. Peter’s Basilica. Thankfully a journalist has published the photo online for us all to be a part of this moment, and a photographer was on hand to record just how the selfie went down. The teenagers’ decision may not have made for the best photo, but it has made it a good week for the humble selfie: the term just made it into the Oxford Dictionaries Online.

via Pope Francis shows up in a selfie | The Verge.

(CNN) – In another precedent-shattering moment for Pope Francis, the bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Christ, successor of St. Peter and the head of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide has taken what may be the first papal selfie.

via Is this the first papal selfie? – CNN Belief Blog – Blogs.

The teenagers’ decision may not have made for the best photo, but it has made it a good week for the humble selfie: the term just made it into the Oxford Dictionaries Online.

via Pope Francis shows up in a selfie | The Verge.

Pronunciation: /ˈsɛlfi/

(also selfy)

noun (plural selfies)


a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website:

occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary


early 21st century: from self + -ie

via selfie: definition of selfie in Oxford dictionary (British & World English).


11.15.13 … What I think of politics … from ObamaCare to Maria Belen Chapur … Maybe we should all just watch Watch House of Cards! …

ObamaCare: Last month I completed my family’s 2014 healthcare sign up through my husband’s employer.  I have stewed ove this for a month.  I am ready to let it go … both figuratively and literally.

Our coverage was both more expensive again and less, much less, coverage … Our family paid thousands more in 2013 (one example: I paid $30 for a Prolia osteoporosis shot in 2012; I paid almost $1200 in 2013). I believe that there should be some form of, for lack of a better word, “universal” healthcare. But this is not it. If you are one of those who is pleased, I want to hear you acknowledge that you are pleased. Otherwise, I feel like I have been brutally beaten up and now must pay thousands for the privilege.

Maria Belen Chapur, holiday cards:  And on a more humorous note …

Maria Belen Chapur, the former mistress and current fiancée of garrulous, peripatetic ex–South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, granted an interview to, we assume, the lone publication to ask her for one. In a conversation with Infobae, an “Argentine multimedia company where she writes a column,” according to Politico, Chapur revealed some amusing, somewhat salacious tidbits about her continued relationship with the current South Carolina congressman.

First of all, it’s not about the money. (Psst! Maria: we said “power”—not “money.”) “It’s not about the money,” she said. “I can tell you that a governor makes $108,000 a year and from this you have to deduct a third in taxes, so from this he can’t even pay for private school for his children, without of course help from family or a fortune from before. And on the other hand, in the United States, you go to jail—there’s no bribery. You get compensated in another way.” Thanks to the Draconian no-bribery laws of this terrible nation, Mark Sanford, whose job requires regular votes on issues of public education, can barely afford for his children to attend private school.

But then again, it takes a morally invincible person like Sanford to dedicate his life to a selfless $108,000-per-year profession when he is gaining so little—$108,000 to be specific. As it happens, Mark Sanford is exactly this sort of morally invincible person: the sort of guy who sends a Christmas card to his future mistress even though they were not having sex at that time. Prior to the 2008 commencement of History’s Greatest Love Affair, “it was strictly friendship,” according to Chapur, who had known Sanford, the Petrarch of Beaufort, since 2001. “In fact, I would get a Christmas card with their family photo.” There you have it! “Happy holidays, from my family I am willing to destroy to yours. Love, Mark Sanford.”

via Mark Sanford Question Hour: Sending Your Family Christmas Card to Your Mistress—Do or Don’t? | Vanity Fair.

Maybe we should all just watch Watch House of Cards!

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