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.”
Albert Einstein, humor, LOL, Special Theory of Relativity :
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.”
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
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. 🙂
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.
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.
Just liked this, 50 people/50 balloons:
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
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.
“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)
blind couple, guide dogs:
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.”
signature macaroni and cheese recipe:
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Paccheri and Cheese with Peas and Mint
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.
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.
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.