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7.5.14 … Summer nights are worth staying up for …

The Darkest Parks in the US, The Go List, OutsideOnline.com, lists:  I wonder what the night sky will be like from the Camino Frances?  5000 v. 500 in the average light influenced area of the US.  I have so more places to go visit …

 

Summer nights are worth staying up for at these 7 dark-sky parks

In 2007, the IDA began designating International Dark Sky Parks, or exceptionally dark sites surrounded by communities dedicated to preserving them. This makes for epic stargazing. According to the IDA, while you may see around 500 stars in your moderately light-polluted backyard, Dark Sky Parks often boast more than 5,000.

via The Darkest Parks in the U.S. | The Go List | OutsideOnline.com.

Tour de France, UK Stages, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Cambridge UK:  Molls told me the Tour de France was going through Cambridge on Monday … WHAT?

The world’s greatest cycling event comes to Britain this week – and up to 3 million spectators will watch the UK stages. But what else makes the Tour de France such a huge international occasion?

The first two stages of the annual Tour de France unfold in Yorkshire, while the third is a 99-mile (159km) sprint from Cambridge to London.

2014 is not the first time the Tour has crossed over onto these shores. The 2007 race began in London, and the seventies saw an ill-fated stage in the west country, remembered by some as a clash between British bureaucracy and gallic romance.

The UK’s love affair with the Tour has blossomed alongside the country’s growing status as a cycling superpower. The 2013 event was won, for the second year running, by a Brit.

via Why you should watch the Tour de France – Channel 4 News.

The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg’s Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision, Mother Jones:

“The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”

via The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg’s Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision | Mother Jones.

What’s my take on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision?  I’m not a fan of the ACA, but we have it now and if we riddle it with exceptions then it serves no purpose. I do not think the government should require individuals or corporations to provide a “benefit” on its terms. If we have redefined healthcare to be a fundamental right, then the government should be in the healthcare business. And an employer should be able to provide additional healthcare benefits. That is my philosophical take.  i do think that there is a certain amount of irony in that the case will be known as The Hobby Lobby CONTRACEPTION  Decision.

As for the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision, I think it is wrong on a corporate law standpoint.  The court has essentially permitted a “piercing of the corporate veil” without the legal consequences inherent in such activity by a corporations owners.

Atlanta Public Art: Sol LeWitt’s 54 Columns, YouTube, Gregor Turk:  i was driving from Julianna’s on 7.3 through the Highland Virginia Highlands area and I look up and see the columns.  I try to get my friends to stop (I am flailing my arms and they are looking up and seeing what looks like the foundation pilings  you see at the beach.) We were under a time constraint, so we could not get out and interact  or check out the stains of pink, but I will do it next time! Thanks, Gregor, I  will let you know what i think.

Since 1998, 54 Columns has been a controversial piece of whether it is considered art or not. The Public Art Coordinator at the time, Gregor Turk, argues that Sol LeWitt’s attempt in minimalism had been successful.

via ▶ Atlanta Public Art: 54 Columns – YouTube.

And Gregor’s posting of the YouTube link made me search for other info on Atlanta Public Art … I have a new resource!!  atlanta public art – YouTube.

Humans of New York, lightbulb trips:  I really enjoy their posts and wonder what i would say.  So this from the other day stuck me …  because i want my visits to be so much more when I visit my mom.

“What do you feel most guilty about?”

“That I live on the West Coast, and my mom lives here on her own. I’m here on business, so I just got to visit her. My friend calls these ‘lightbulb trips.’ When you visit your older parent after not seeing them for a while, and there’s something simple they need you to do, like a burned out lightbulb that they need you to reach, and you realize that if you hadn’t come, they’d have been sitting in the dark.”

via Facebook.

I think i would quote Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austin:

Mr. Darcy: Do you talk by rule, then, when you’re dancing?
Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, sometimes it is best. Then we may enjoy the advantage of saying as little as possible.
Mr. Darcy: Do you consult your own feelings in this case, or seek to gratify mine?
Elizabeth Bennet: Both, I imagine. We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room. 
Mr. Darcy: [Drily] This is no very striking resemblance of your own character, I’m sure.

How not to say the wrong thing, Kvetching Order, Los Angeles Times: I have posted this before but it is worthy of reposting …

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Draw a circle. This is the center ring. In it, put the name of the person at the center of the current trauma. For Katie’s aneurysm, that’s Katie. Now draw a larger circle around the first one. In that ring put the name of the person next closest to the trauma. In the case of Katie’s aneurysm, that was Katie’s husband, Pat. Repeat the process as many times as you need to. In each larger ring put the next closest people. Parents and children before more distant relatives. Intimate friends in smaller rings, less intimate friends in larger ones. When you are done you have a Kvetching Order. One of Susan’s patients found it useful to tape it to her refrigerator.

Here are the rules. The person in the center ring can say anything she wants to anyone, anywhere. She can kvetch and complain and whine and moan and curse the heavens and say, “Life is unfair” and “Why me?” That’s the one payoff for being in the center ring.

Everyone else can say those things too, but only to people in larger rings.

When you are talking to a person in a ring smaller than yours, someone closer to the center of the crisis, the goal is to help. Listening is often more helpful than talking. But if you’re going to open your mouth, ask yourself if what you are about to say is likely to provide comfort and support. If it isn’t, don’t say it. Don’t, for example, give advice. People who are suffering from trauma don’t need advice. They need comfort and support. So say, “I’m sorry” or “This must really be hard for you” or “Can I bring you a pot roast?” Don’t say, “You should hear what happened to me” or “Here’s what I would do if I were you.” And don’t say, “This is really bringing me down.”

via How not to say the wrong thing – Los Angeles Times.

Ultra-Long Distance Adventure Runs, OutsideOnline.com:  This one is for my husband.  Top 8 Ultra-Long Distance Adventure Runs | In Stride | OutsideOnline.com.

Good to Know, Thad Cochran’s Liberal Daughter Rails Against McDaniel Supporters, RedState:  For those of us in the center, it is good to know that if we disagree with the tea Party/New Right, we are automatically Liberal.

“On July 18, 2006, Cochran voted, along with 19 Republican Senators, for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act to lift restrictions on federal funding for the research.  He co-sponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002—called McCain Feingold, but was actually the McCain Feingold Cochran bill.  Over his many years in the U.S. Senate, Cochran has worked on behalf of Mississippi’s needs: not only with disaster relief and farm subsidies…”

“So, for those of you who have told me this is the first time you will be voting for a Republican, allow me to assure you that he does NOT belong to the lunatic fringe who are talking so loudly and with such outrageous vitriol. “

via Thad Cochran’s Liberal Daughter Rails Against McDaniel Supporters | RedState.

Big Green Egg, Chocolate Chip Cookies cooked on a Big Green Egg:  Maybe I should have tried this on my husband’s BGE!

Chocolate Chip Cookies cooked on a Big Green Egg – that’s something you don’t see every day! Great pin shared by @jessicasmithson.

Share your creative grilling pins in our #myhttender contest and you could win a XL Big Green Egg Grill + $100 Harris Teeter gift card! http://bit.ly/1fRz2FJ

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Chocolate Chips Cookies on The Big Green EGG

via PAPA SHAWN CREATIVE BBQ: Chocolate Chips Cookies on The Big Green EGG.

Surfin´ Bulldog (Beach Boys – Surfin´ USA) – YouTube:  Sometimes I just have to post a good dog or cat video.  🙂

 

▶ Surfin´ Bulldog (Beach Boys – Surfin´ USA) – YouTube.

San Juan Island WA,  A Cabin Set in Stone, Shelter | OutsideOnline.com:  I really like this one.

This retreat on San Juan Island in Washington is set in stone. Literally.

Carved into the rocky outcropping of the sloped, grassy site, the 2,500-square-foot getaway is nearly camouflaged by its concrete walls and green roof. Heavy equipment—large drills, dynamite, hydraulic chippers—and the handwork of talented craftspeople made the two-bedroom home a reality.

via A Cabin Set in Stone | Shelter | OutsideOnline.com.

 


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