Archive for March, 2014

31
Mar
14

3.31.14 … I’m wearing my yellow plastic shoes today and they match the dandelion flowers on the labyrinth …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, South Tryon Community Church-Charlotte (23/40):

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 I’m wearing my yellow plastic shoes today and they match the dandelion flowers on the labyrinth.  I feel connected!
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There is heavy and noisy traffic on S. Tryon Blvd. In addition, I am noisy; with each step I hear a crunch of my foot stepping on the  pebbles and leaves.  I also hear a baby bird squealing and the sound of a saw from one of the nearby businesses.
I notice a board over door of a home at the backside of the church’s property … outside the fence.
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I really am wandering aimlessly because the path is in disarray in a few places. I’m just going take that as a sign that that is what I’m supposed to do today.
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When I was at the center, a woman walked past,  she paused and then she walked toward me. We talked for about 15 minutes and she updated me on Rabbit, the caretaker, and that he is the one that oversees the nightly mission for the homeless within this church and that is why I do not see him during the day currently. Pastor Tiffany is the new pastor and she struggles some, especially with the homeless.  Maggie used to walk the labyrinth but it is too hard to walk now with the weeds, etc. I enjoyed my chat with Maggie.

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30
Mar
14

3.30.14 … i ponder one of my favorites …

Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte NC (22/40):

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It’s cool and you can actually hear the wind rushing through the buildings … whistling through the buildings.  I also hear the bell ringing 3 o’clock at Queens University, honking horns, and a few birds singing in the distance.

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Although this sky is mostly blue, there is no sunshine on the labyrinth.  It is all in the shade.  I look up and there is still no budding of the tall trees, oaks, etc. It seems late this year.  There are sticks on the labyrinth.So now I will walk … I am wearing my plastic shoes 🙂
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i ponder one of my favorites … Be still, know that I am God.

But to what end are we to “be still,” “let go,” “surrender,” and even to “die to ourselves”? In Hebrew grammar, the emphasis of coordinate imperatives (“be still!” and “know!”) is on the second imperative. In other words, we surrender in order to know that God is in control as Ribbono Shel Olam – the Master of the Universe. We “let go” in order to objectively know the saving power of God in our lives. We give up trusting in ourselves and our own designs in order to experience the glory of God’s all-sufficiency (Ex 14:14).

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Meditations/Be_Still/be_still.html

Blessings!

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29
Mar
14

3.29.14 … I think I need to have my eyes checked!! …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten labyrinth walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte (21/40):

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I am playing catch-up. I am two behind this week. I can always catch up one tomorrow, Sunday, but it means I need to double up at least one other day. I walked Davidson College’s labyrinth this morning, and now I have returned to my favorite labyrinth retreat in Charlotte, Avondale.

At Avondale, it was damp, but not raining.

I hear the chimes and the water in the columbarium fountain running and see that this morning’s rain looks like a tear streak down the magnificent oak tree.

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There are several birds chirping loudly and they are of various species. In the distance I spy a man in very baggy pants walking the circular path with the Presbyterian cross at the top. After he walked the grassy knoll, he approached the labyrinth. I now realize he is a she, a woman in a baggy skirt. I think I need to have my eyes checked!!

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My favorite observation from the path was that when I least expected it, one of the noisy robins swooped down across the labyrinth path.

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image-1As I walked out, I noticed that the cross which is on the wooden structure across the back of the labyrinth, just hangs there, ie it is not attached. I thought it would be very easy to steal this cross. And then I chuckled: stealing the cross to take on the cross.

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Almost caught up … Blessings!

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29
Mar
14

3.29.14 … I wished I had on rain boots …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, Davidson College Labyrinth and Peace Garden/Hobart Park (20/40):

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I’m halfway there! Today’s walk was 20/40.

Rarely do I appreciate an abbreviated Chartres style labyrinth. But today I appreciated it. Why? Because it is raining … Rain, rain, rain … The labyrinth was covered in rain, in some places small pools of water. I wished I had on rain boots. 🙂

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As I walked, I searched. I searched for the moss cross that a friend pointed out one time when we were walking together. I would have never noticed it. At first I could not find it. and I never found that moss cross. It has either grown into another configuration or someone has dug it up.

 

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As I walked out, I found another moss cross in the lunations.

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Before I left, I took in this little park.  camellias, chair poised for relaxation, the bench, the orb, the gong …

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GONG … Blessings!

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28
Mar
14

3.26.14 … loving the extraordinary! …

 2014-2015 Thomas J. Watson Fellowships, Davidson NC natives: Congratulations to two Davidson natives, neighbors and friends and fellow Watson winners, one from Williams and the other from Wellesley. How extraordinary is that?

CONGRATULATIONS TO ELOISE AND BEATRICE

The winners of the 2014-2015 Thomas J. Watson Fellowships were announced on March 15 and two young ladies who grew up in Davidson were among the recipients. Congratulations to Eloise Andry, daughter of M.C. and Allain Andry and to Beatrice Denham, daughter of Cathy and Scott Denham. To make this award even more meaningful, the Denhams and Andrys are next door neighbors in Davidson and the girls have known each other since birth.

For Eloise, it’s Volcanoes

Eloise Andry is a senior at Williams College and will use her year of study to explore how humans living nearby view and interact with volcanoes. Her winning proposal is entitled Solid as a Rock? Life on a Volcano and will take Eloise to a number of countries including Iceland, Chile, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Indonesia. A member of Phi Beta Kappa at Williams, Eloise is majoring in Chinese and geosciences. Regarding this prestigious award, Eloise remarked, “I am thrilled to have received a Watson Fellowship, and very lucky to have this opportunity to study something I care so much about. As my friends know, I love rocks, but volcanoes are simply the best.”

via Fellowship winners, AGSF & Nifty Knitters | DavidsonNews.net.

Albert Einstein, humor, LOL, Special Theory of Relativity :

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JUST FOR FUN

The contents of a recent email were too good not to share. It seems that last Thursday, March 20, was the date 98 years ago in 1916 that Albert Einstein published his Theory of General Relativity. He began working on this theory shortly after he published his Special Theory of Relativity in 1905, which is centered on the famous equation E=mc2 (energy equals mass times the speed of light squared) and explains that both time and motion are relative to the observer. To further explain, Einstein humorously noted: “When you are courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder, a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”

via Fellowship winners, AGSF & Nifty Knitters | DavidsonNews.net.

photos, 2014 Winter: I loved this picture from a Facebook friend and her friend’s comment: “Exquisite example of determination and perseverance.” Sad or beautiful??

Athens GA music scene, history: Loved this … I was actually living in Athens in the early to mid 80s.

After a year of living off the land I finally got a job in town, and met the ‘bohemian underground of Athens’, partly fueled by the Art School at the University of Georgia. There was a strong fraternity and sorority element at the school but my new friends ran with the wild crowd! Together, we formed a creative group of people including art students, poets, writers, experimental musicians, storytellers and true eccentrics. We crashed parties for free beer, crashed the Circus, the only disco in town, and danced crazy. When UGA showed Fellini’s films, Jeremy Ayers hosted a Fellini party where blazing cocktails were served and Felliniesque costumes were required.

We had Parties where we would dance to ‘silent music’ at the secret garden on UGA campus – we’d dance in the cemetery and at John Taylor’s house. Once, out in the cow pasture by my house, we listened to an African tribal music tape on loan from the UGA music library. Ricky Wilson placed his boom box in the field where we drew a circle of cows around us who bobbed their heads to the music while we danced. Everything we did was for ‘art’ and for pure amusement, since we had to make our own fun. Everyone was interesting and we all in the ‘deadbeat club’ had time to listen and cherish the moment and each other. Anyone could join in, as long as they were open to all possibilities. The mantra was, ‘everyone is a genius’ ! Or, as Megan Timberlake famously said, ‘Together we’re a genius’ !

This scene was truly the beginning of many imaginative endeavors, including the birth of the B-52s. This creative atmosphere, born in part from the Art School, and UGA f

via Art Rocks Athens: How Art Made Music In Georgia From 1975-85 by Art Rocks Athens Foundation » A Personal Anecdote Of Athens By Kate Pierson Of The B-52’s — Kickstarter.

twitter favorites: It’s fun to see the “spikes” based on the news. the other day, everyone was looking up flotsam. Thanks, Peter Sokolowski, editor in chief of MW.

Peter Sokolowski @PeterSokolowski 17m

‘Flotsam’ spiking at http://M-W.com/

 

Girl Scout Cookie Sales, Record Broken,  Oklahoma Girl Scout, People.com: When I saw this on twitter, I immediately wondered if she was from Colorado. But no, she’s from Oklahoma.  🙂

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An Oklahoma City girl, who says she asks everyone she meets to buy Girl Scout cookies, has broken the organization’s decades-old sales record by a margin about the size of a Thin Mint.

Katie Francis of Oklahoma City sold 18,107 boxes in the seven-week sales period that ended Sunday night. The previous mark was set by Elizabeth Brinton, who sold approximately 18,000 one year in the 1980s.

The sixth-grade student told The Oklahoman newspaper last month that there were only three ingredients needed to rack up large sales: a lot of time, a lot of commitment and asking everyone she met to buy.

via Girl Scout Cookie Sales Record Broken by Oklahoma Girl Scout : People.com

Russia, Ukraine, tit for tat:  Really?

Air France said Wednesday that a plane carrying 495 passengers and 22 crew was diverted on its way from Shanghai to Paris after Russia closed part of its airspace because of the launch of a Russian spacecraft to the International Space Station.

The company said flight AF111 was forced to land in Hamburg, Germany, early Wednesday to refuel because the plane had too little fuel to complete the flight following its unexpected detour.

Hamburg Airport confirmed that the Airbus A380 landed shortly after 6 a.m. (0500 GMT) and was able to take off for Paris again after an hour and a half.

In a statement, Air France said the airspace closure was due to a military exercise. Later company spokeswoman Ulli Gendrot said the airspace closure was a result of the launch of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The Soyuz booster rocket lifted off as scheduled at 3:17 a.m. local time Wednesday (2117 GMT Tuesday) from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

via French Plane Diverted After Russia Closes Airspace – ABC News.

 

Just liked this, 50 people/50 balloons:

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 2014 Wedding Music Trends and Song Lists, 25 Best Shag/Beach Music Songs for your Party: Enjoy!

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1. Carolina Girls – General Johnson

2. With this Ring – Platters

3. I Love Beach Music – Embers

4. My Girl – Temptations

5. Sixty Minute Man – Billy Ward

6. Under the Boardwalk – Drifters

7. Miss Grace – Tymes

8. Summertime is Calling Me – Catalinas

9. Myrtle Beach Days – Fantastic Shakers

10. What You Do To Me – Embers

11. Shama Lama Ding Dong – Otis Day and the Knights

12. 39-21-46 – Showmen

13. Some Kind of Wonderful – The Band of Oz

14. Stay – Maurice Williams

15. Cool Me Out – LaMont Dozier

16. Lady Soul – Temptations

17. Dancin’, Shaggin’ on the Boulevard – Alabama

18. Ocean Boulevard – Band of Oz

19. My Guy – Mary Wells

20. You’re More Than a Number in My Little Red Book – Drifters

21. Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy – Tams

22. Just a Gigolo – Louis Prima

23. She Used to be my Girl – O’Jays

24. Build Me Up Buttercup – Foundations

25. Girl Watcher – O’Kaysions

via 2014 Wedding Music Trends and Song Lists: 25 Best Shag/Beach Music Songs for your Party.

Dr. Skoot Dimon, RIP, Atlanta, Brookwood Hills: Dr. Dimon was one of the characters in my wonderful childhood in Brookwood Hills. Condolences to his wonderful wife and great family. He made life better for those in his sphere and his healing gift as an orthopedic surgeon blessed many including blessing my father with years of horrible but pain-free golf.

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“Skoot Dimon was a world-class orthopedic surgeon, and as fine and loving a person as I have ever known. Those of us fortunate enough to have lived close to him have seen man at his best.” (Mike Brumby, son-in-law)

via Joseph DIMON III Obituary: View Joseph DIMON’s Obituary by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

blind couple,   guide dogs:

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Claire Johnson, 50, and Mark Gaffey, 51, said it was their guide dogs who fell in love first.

Claire and Mark first met when they brought their dogs to a training class. Their two Labrador Retrievers, Venice and Rodd, got along famously. The trainers commented that the two dogs were besotted with one another. “The trainers said that they were the love and romance of the course, and they brought us together, said Mark.

Claire and Mark discovered they lived only a mile and a half from one another and after their course ended they arranged to meet for coffee. As their coffee dates grew longer and longer, the pair fell in love.

“Now we joke that with every guide dog you get a free wife. I love Claire’s personality and her laugh is infectious. We’ve never had an argument, we just seem to click.”

via Blind couple brought together by their smitten guide dogs get married » DogHeirs | Where Dogs Are Family « Keywords: wedding, guide dogs.

signature macaroni and cheese recipe:

Everyone should have a signature macaroni and cheese recipe in their arsenal. Find yours with these 11 melty, gooey recipes http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/mac-and-cheese-recipe-slideshow/?slide=1

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Paccheri and Cheese with Peas and Mint

via Paccheri and Cheese with Peas and Mint – Bon Appétit.

 

photos, childrens bedrooms: wonderful photos!  You will have to look.  I loved them!

Millions of people from around the world are currently experiencing very different childhoods. Some are living in abject poverty, lacking basic food and sanitation, while others are more fortunate by being born in a country where those things are guaranteed and usually taken for granted.

When photographer James Mollison was asked to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, he found himself thinking of his bedroom: how significant it was during his childhood, and how it reflected what he had and who he was.

And with that, he made it his mission to create Where Children Sleep – a collection of stories about children from around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms.

via These Are Photos Of Childrens Bedrooms. But They Represent Something Much, Much More.

selfies, LOL:  I feel dumb… I didn’t read the article … It’s a fake. But it is a very fun fake.  I think the Royals should counter with a real one.  🙂

GLAMOUR UK’s photo.

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15 minutes ago

This is the Queen of all selfies, if you ask us: http://po.st/0kcaVd

viral,  TOO MANY ZOOZ, subway performers:

via ▶ TOO MANY ZOOZ rocks Union Square. – YouTube.

Too Many Zooz, an instrumental group known for playing in New York City’s Union Square subway station, has come out from underground to share their music with the rest of the world.

The above video of the subway performers, which was uploaded to YouTube in January, already has more than 630,000 hits.

via Subway Performers Emerge From The Underground To Become Viral Rockstars.

 

27
Mar
14

3.27.14 … Delightfully gorgeous day! After taking ET to the airport, I hijacked my mom for lunch at Serenbe. And, guess what … I can fit in my Lenten Labyrinth Walk. Life is good!

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, Serenbe GA (19/40): Delightfully gorgeous day! After taking ET to the airport, I hijacked my mom for lunch at the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop at Serenbe. And, guess what … I fit in my Lenten Labyrinth Walk.

First, the spot by the road near the labyrinth where I park is blocked. That’s not very inviting.

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So I parked down the way a bit and walked. I first tried to go around the pond to the quaint little bridge and then I discovered that the electric fence completely blocked my way.

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So I walked back to where I usually park, and they’ve added another electric fence around the adjacent pine stand. After walking around this, I got entangled in a briar patch. Brer Rabbit is not my other name.

So it took me about 10 extra  minutes to arrive at the labyrinth. I must say that this was not a very peaceful way to start my walk. But I am persistent, if nothing else.

As I approach I notice again that the labyrinth has a very beautiful setting and especially today in the warm sunshine.

 

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Even from the distance, I notice that the labyrinth covered in dead leaves and weeds. But again, i am persistent, if nothing else.

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I have mentioned this before, but this labyrinth is HUGE. It almost causes a little bit of stress being so big. But it is a wonderful full Chartres labyrinth. So I will forgive them for the oversized scale of things.

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You realize that you are truly in the country when you listen to the sounds: dogs barking, geese honking, the sound of wind wrestling in the pines, or maybe it’s just the wind wrestling in this dead tree that the leaves have never dropped.

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So, on my way in, I realize that someone has moved the path or moved the boundaries rocks in multiple places. I wish I had time to figure it out and enough strength to move the big rocks back because because to have a path mislaid is very frustrating, and that is not the point of a labyrinth. As I leave, I realize that there is an extra circuit around the outside with an entrance to that circuit at each quadrant. Okay, that works if you know what you’re doing, but there still is a place where someone has moved a rock because I did not end up in the middle on my walk to the center.

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So my walk out of the labyrinth with just fine. However from the labyrinth to the road is a nightmare. It’s very clear that they do not want non-guest visitors to walk the labyrinth. That’s kind of sad because it is a beautiful setting for labyrinth. However, I did make find a better exit path. No briars; no electric fences.

There is a very nicely done information booth with two laminated sheets: one with a picture and one with a little information. I like their info sheet because it has very simple instructions to walk the labyrinth. I think I might type them up and have them to hand out to people. I know I overwhelmed the information seekers the other day, so a simple explanation would be helpful.

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Blessings!  Life is good!

 
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26
Mar
14

3.26.14 … Cool, but sunny … Children screaming … Birds chirping wildly .

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, The Cathedral of St. Phillips – Atlanta Georgia (18/40):

 

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Blessings!

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25
Mar
14

3.25.14 … “I’m a behaviorist, not a sociologist. Only one part of this equation interested me—the fucking-ape-shit part.” … and now naked dining, or is that “nekkid” dining? …

Spring 2014 memes: Given the wintry mix today …

 

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2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks: Oh, no … the very brief wintry mix late this afternoon completely knocked out my commitment to “walk.” Good thing I can double up tomorrow. God is forgiving.  🙂

9 Rules for Naked Dining: The Etiquette of Nude Resorts, Bon Appétit: What is it with the naked everything? And that word is one of those words that make me snicker .., I always pronounce it “neck-ed.”  And of course, a friend reminded me of Lewis Grizzard: You know Lewis Grizzard used to say that “nekkid” meant you were without clothes and up to something as opposed to being naked which meant you just didn’t have on clothes! 🙂

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9 Rules for Naked Dining: The Etiquette of Nude Resorts – Bon Appétit

Nine rules to follow when dining at a nude resort, from where to place a napkin to whether or not to Instagram

Once upon a time, etiquette was important: One needed to know which fork to use, which glass to sip from. Those days, my friends, are over. Now, questions of etiquette mainly revolve around how many Instagrams each guest is allowed to take during dinner.

But there remains one corner of the world where table etiquette remains a vexing and important issue: at nude resorts. And it’s a problem for a growing number of people.

“We’re seeing a rise in ‘nakations,’ especially among people in their thirties,’” says Sue Nerud, spokesperson for the American Association for Nude Recreation. Exact statistics are hard to come by, however, since many nudists prefer to remain anonymous. (In fact, several nudists in this article spoke only on the condition their names not be used.) And while Nerud said recent studies show that nakations are great stress relievers, there remain those pesky etiquette issues—which we are about to solve for you!

via 9 Rules for Naked Dining: The Etiquette of Nude Resorts – Bon Appétit.

Three Grandmas, Beyonce’s ‘Drunk In Love’: I must be a grandma!


via ▶ It’s Too Much For Them: Grandmothers Reading Lyrics To Beyonce’s Drunk In Love Remix Ft. Kanye West – YouTube.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard Beyonce’s hit song “Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay-Z. Seriously, even these three Grandmas have heard it.

However, they weren’t exactly aware of the song’s lewd lyrics. Watch above as they read the words aloud while laughing and feeling generally shocked by the crassness of it all.

Their conclusion: “I don’t like those lyrics at all.”

via Three Grandmas Read The Lyrics To Beyonce’s ‘Drunk In Love’ And Can Barely Handle It.

Duke Blue Devils, Mike Krzyzewski, Coach K, Mercer University, 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament, March Madness, UGA Law School Class of ’85 : I am not a fan of Duke and definitely a fan of Coach K.  But I am glad to know he knows how to be good sport and a gentleman.  And don’t you fellow UGA Law School “85 Classmates love the connection to Ellen and Bobby!!

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Say what you want about the Duke Blue Devils and head coach Mike Krzyzewski, but what Coach K did after losing to the Mercer Bears was classy.

After the 78-71 loss to No. 14 Mercer, Coach K went into the Bears’ locker room to congratulate the team on the win. According to Nicole Auerbach from USA Today, Krzyzewski told the Bears, “If we got beaten, at least we got beaten by a hell of a basketball team.”

via Duke’s Coach K Visits Mercer’s Locker Room to Congratulate Bears After Upset Win | Bleacher Report.

Love this post from a UGA Law School “85 Classmate:

William Dyer, a Delt from Georgia (and proud son of Bobby and Ellen) was the brains behind today’s HUGE upset win by Mercer over Duke. William, the graduate assistant coach for the Mercer Bears, was the chief strategist in what will no doubt go down as one of the biggest shockers in NCAA history.

** Ok – William IS the son of Bobby and Ellen, he IS a Delt and he IS the graduate assistant coach at Mercer. As for the rest of that… well, that’s the story I am telling and I am sticking to it !

Flight MH370, The Wall Street Journal:  I cannot help myself.  I am human like the rest of us.  I want to know where the plane is.  I want closure.

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It is with “deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.” said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. http://on.wsj.com/1hfLCcv

Delta’s ‘Innovation Class’:  Interesting …

Delta’s ‘Innovation Class’ Makes Networking At 35,000 Feet Easier Than Ever

The exclusive program awards both the expert and the up-and-coming professional with free first-class tickets to their destination. During the flight, the two are free to discuss their respective fields. Hopefully, they gain insight and valuable knowledge along the way.

“We have customers flying with us who are big thinkers and innovators and are changing the world,” Mauricio Parise, Delta’s director of worldwide marketing communications, told CNBC. “We want to bring the ones succeeding in their field together with people who aspire to follow them.”

According to Delta, the first two participants were Eric Migicovsky, the inventor of the Pebble Smartwatch, and James Patten, an interaction designer. The two flew to the 2014 TED Conference in Vancouver, B.C., last week.

“It’s very rare to get the chance to sit down with someone in that sort of position and talk about whatever you want,” Patten said in a video for Delta after the flight. “Had we met in another context we probably would have at, at most, a five-minute conversation.”

Delta’s next Innovation Class flight will feature Sean Brock, an executive chef, on a flight from Charleston, S.C., to the James Beard Awards in New York. To apply for the open seat next to Brock, or to see a list of upcoming flights, visit the Delta Innovation Class website.

via Delta’s ‘Innovation Class’ Makes Networking At 35,000 Feet Easier Than Ever.

New Parenting Study Released : The New Yorker:

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A recent study has shown that if American parents read one more long-form think piece about parenting they will go fucking ape shit.

The study was conducted by Susan Waterson, a professor of behavioral psychology at the University of Massachusetts and the author of zero books, because, Waterson says, “another book at this point would just be cruel.” In the course of seven weeks, Waterson interviewed a hundred and twenty-seven families about their reaction to articles that begin with a wryly affectionate parenting anecdote, segue into a dry cataloguing of sociological research enlivened with alternately sarcastic and tender asides, and end with another wryly affectionate anecdote that aims to add a touch of irony or, failing at that, sentimentality. “I wasn’t looking to prove there was too much of this content,” Waterson said. “I’m a behaviorist, not a sociologist. Only one part of this equation interested me—the fucking-ape-shit part.”

via New Parenting Study Released : The New Yorker.

fun food, Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night:

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Eat, Drink & Be Social’s photo.

March 23

This Van Gogh inspired cake is truly a delectable masterpiece.

Serenity Prayer, memes, LOL:  I’ve posted on the Serenity Prayer a couple of times.  I like this take …

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24
Mar
14

3.24.14 … Boo, Haman … Oh, and in case you missed it, ALL OF AMERICA IS ELIMINATED … First naked yoga … Now naked pilgrims …

Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, Purim Carnival 2014, Wilmette Life: When I lived in Wilmette, a Jewish high school student came and taught Sunday School to elementary age students at our Presbyterian church. He taught on Purim.  It was a very fun day in Sunday School.

Explaining the costumes, games and obstacle courses of Purim Carnival 2014, Rabbi Michael Cohen described the celebration as “the Jewish version of Mardi Gras.”

“We’ve got all these kids dressing up, enjoying themselves, having a good time, it’s a wonderful thing,” said Cohen. “It fills up my heart with joy.”

Purim’s festive tone celebrates the events chronicled in the “Megillat Esther.”

Congregants typically read from the Biblical “Scroll of Esther,” which tells of a villain named Haman who tried to convince the king to kill the Jewish people. Fortunately, a noblewoman named Esther spoke up to save the day.

via Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah Purim Carnival 2014 | Wilmette Life.

Purim, The week’s best photojournalism – The Week:

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wearing costumes celebrate the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood. (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
via The week’s best photojournalism – The Week.

 

Modern Art Desserts UK-based, Gustav Klimt: Fun food!

After I wrote about Modern Art Desserts, UK-based Hungarian reader Gabriella Szucs sent me this photo of a brilliant Klimt cake she baked for a cupcake competition in Northampton.

More edible homages to modern art here.

via Explore – After I wrote about Modern Art Desserts, UK-based….

101 Things I Will Teach My Daughters, Thought Catalog:  Loved this!

28. Classy is a relative term.

29. Drink whiskey if you like whiskey.

30. Drink wine if you like wine.

31. Like what you like.

via 101 Things I Will Teach My Daughters | Thought Catalog.

Gus Mayopoulos, Charlotte native, Harvard’s student council: Charlotte Latin graduate Gus Mayopoulos got elected president of the undergraduate council, sort of like the student council, at Harvard … and it all started out as a joke.

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And while that may not sound all that funny – Mayopoulos, 21, the son of Amy Lefkof and Fannie Mae president Tim Mayopoulos, is the kind of well-educated young person who could be expected to hit a high bar for achievement. Still, how it happened is, actually, pretty funny.

First, it wasn’t supposed to happen at all. Mayopoulos ran as vice president on a two-man ticket with his roommate, Sam Clark. Their platform was a joke: A promise to get two-ply toilet paper in the dorms and more tomato basil ravioli soup in the campus dining halls.

“We were irreverent and we were making it distinctly not serious,” admits Mayopoulos, a junior who was home in Charlotte last week on spring break.

Goofing on serious things, he says, is Harvard tradition. After all, the Cambridge, Mass., school is the home of the Harvard Lampoon, and Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Mayopoulos writes for the campus publication Satire V (it spells “veritas” backward) and performs with a comedy troupe, On Thin Ice.

Clark and Mayopoulos, however, ran a well-organized joke campaign, even joining in a public debate.

Then the funny thing started to happen: Their campaign attracted support. It began to look like they might, improbably, win. So they talked it over and decided that if elected, they wouldn’t serve.

“ ‘We started it as a joke and we should end it as a joke,’ ” Mayopoulos says they agreed.

So what happened? They got elected. Clark stepped down. And Gus … well, Gus didn’t.

via Charlotte’s Gus Mayopoulos leads Harvard’s student council | CharlotteObserver.com.

Wall Poems, public art, Charlotte NC:  I noticed this “wall poem” today for the first time.   One thing I love about Charlotte is its public art.  This poem  by A.R. Ammons on the Dandelion Deli is the first of a series and was installed in 2013.  There are now two.  I wonder what poem will pop up next?

 

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The first wall poem, completed April 2013

via The Wall Poems of Charlotte – Home.

“The necessity for poetry is one of the most fundamental traits of the human race.”

– Amy Lowell

The Wall Poems of Charlotte are murals that bring poetry to the people, all of whom deserve access to it and to whom it belongs.

The project celebrates NC’s literary heritage: All poems are by North Carolina writers. And it heralds the creative career programs at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), whose Advertising + Graphic Design students design the murals.

Over time, the wall poems will make up a walking tour based on the Leiden Walls in Holland, where 101 poems large and small grace city buildings for residents and tourists to discover and enjoy.

via About – The Wall Poems of Charlotte.

G7/G8, Putin, Ukraine/Crimea invasion:

The leaders are trying to isolate Russia politically and economically, but the suspension also aimed to bruise Putin’s ago. He cares about Russia’s prestige and standing on the world stage, administration officials said, so his exclusion from the group should sting.

via G-7 countries to skip Russian summit – Carrie Budoff Brown – POLITICO.com.

 Goethe, Psychology of Color and Emotion, Brain Pickings:

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One of Goethe’s most radical points was a refutation of Newton’s ideas about the color spectrum, suggesting instead that darkness is an active ingredient rather than the mere passive absence of light.

…light and darkness, brightness and obscurity, or if a more general expression is preferred, light and its absence, are necessary to the production of colour… Colour itself is a degree of darkness.

But perhaps his most fascinating theories explore the psychological impact of different colors on mood and emotion — ideas derived by the poet’s intuition, which are part entertaining accounts bordering on superstition, part

prescient insights corroborated by hard science some two centuries later, and part purely

via Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion | Brain Pickings.

recipes, artichokes: 11 Recipes for Artichokes, Both Fresh and Jarred

Naked Tourists,  Machu Picchu, News from the Field | OutsideOnline.com: First naked yoga … Now naked pilgrims!

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Peruvian officials are cracking down on naked tourism at Machu Picchu after three separate incidents this month. Four Americans were detained for stripping down and taking photos on March 14, and similar incidents occurred with both Canadian and Australian tourists earlier this month.
“There are places in the world that people can get naked, but not all places are for getting undressed,” Alfredo Atayupanqui, the director of archaeological resources for Peru’s Ministry of Culture, told CNN.
An Israeli man has taken naked tourism to new heights by creating a website called My Naked Trip, in which he shares his naked photos from around the world, including his visit to Machu Picchu.
In Peru, officials are not amused by the rise of nudity at the country’s premiere travel destination. Regulations are expected to tighten, according to the Peruvian Times.
via Naked Tourists Hit Machu Picchu | News from the Field | OutsideOnline.com.

2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament, Billion Buffett Perfect NCAA Bracket, March Madness: Did anyone think that no entry would survive the first (actually) second) round?

UPDATE: Memphis won. ALL OF AMERICA IS ELIMINATED.
via Billion Buffett Perfect NCAA Bracket: These 6 Entries Left | SportsGrid.

MLB Memes:

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How we ALL feel about our brackets right about now
from @rileybreck — with Terry Williams.

Girl Scout Cookies, Thin Mints, first world problems: It makes my life all the more difficult that thin mints freeze perfectly and taste even better frozen. So just when you least need them, they are there waiting in the perfect state. #firstworldproblems

easter eggs, easter tree, The week’s best photojournalism, The Week:

German pensioner Volker Kraft adds Easter eggs to his apple tree in the eastern German town of Saalfeld. Each year since 1965, Volker and his wife Christa have spent up to two weeks decorating the tree with their collection of 10,000 hand-painted eggs. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)
via The week’s best photojournalism – The Week.

Lance Dodes,  ‘The Sober Truth’, NPR:

Since its founding in the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has become part of the fabric of American society. AA and the many 12-step groups it inspired have become the country’s go-to solution for addiction in all of its forms. These recovery programs are mandated by drug courts, prescribed by doctors and widely praised by reformed addicts.

Dr. Lance Dodes sees a big problem with that. The psychiatrist has spent more than 20 years studying and treating addiction. His latest book on the subject is The Sober Truth: Debunking The Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs And The Rehab Industry.

Dodes tells NPR’s Arun Rath that 12-step recovery simply doesn’t work, despite anecdotes about success.

“We hear from the people who do well; we don’t hear from the people who don’t do well,” he says.

via Author Interview: Lance Dodes, Author Of ‘The Sober Truth’ : NPR.

Fred Rogers, quotes, March 20: The Neighborhood is such a great place. And the sweater, just love the sweater.

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“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” – Fred Rogers, born on this day in 1928.

Donna Leon, mystery series, Venice: I  just got a recommendation for this author from one of my mom’s friends at Lenbrook. Her mysteries are set in Venice. Any one read her books? The official site for author Donna Leon.

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Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte NC (17/40):

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The weather was perfect for my walk today.

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As I walked over from my car, I noticed one of those little scooters. I immediately thought “whiskey cycle” as my son told me they are referred to for the folks with DUIs because their operation does not require a driver’s license.

And as I reach the labyrinth, a cute man walks over to his scooter. He asked me about the labyrinth. And he listened for my answer. After explaining to him briefly their purpose and history, I asked him if he wanted to walk with me.

During our walk, he mentioned that he is 35, has troubles (and I think, I know -scooter),  has ADD, and needs something to help him calm down and focus. I encouraged him to return and walk the labyrinth again. He asked me if I think this church (“this beautiful church with the expensive slate roof” (his words, not mine)) would be open to someone like him. I explained to him that I think it certainly would be, and that If it is not, then it is not a true Christian church. I told him the good things I know about this church, although it is not my church. We talked about various churches in town. I encouraged him try out this church, and if it is not a good fit, to try others as well. I think he liked being encouraged.

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I also enouraged him while we were walking to look around and to listen. We talked about the flowering tree that is blooming this week. I pointed out the first bloom I have seen on the rosemary in the garden around the labyrinth. We listened for the birds.

 

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After walking he told me his name and I told him mine. His was a biblical name and mine, well, a family name. He laughed that he won’t remember it. At the beginning of our talk, he had laughed that he would never remember “labyrinth” or “Chartres.” I just added  3 new weird words/names to his list of things he will never remember.

While we were both walking, a high school age young man walked by with sheet music in his hands. I assumed he is going for a piano lesson. He’s paused and watched us. He then asked us to explain what we were doing. So I, again, gave my brief explanation of labyrinths.

It was amazing because very rarely does anybody walk with me. And also very rarely does anybody stop and ask. It was very encouraging to have two people stop and one join me on the path today. I hope my fellow walker was encouraged to walk again and to seek out others at this church or at another church to walk with him and  his troubles.

I hope to see him again on one of my walks.

Blessings …

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