“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 16/40), Morningstar Lutheran Chapel – Mint Hill NC:
chapel with red doors,
legacy labyrinth in memory of Shannon Kennedy,
debris on the path
A new brochure!
“The labyrinth is a spiritual tool meant to awaken us to ourselves into the light that calls from within. In surrendering to the winding path, the soul finds healing and wholeness.”
We are all on the path precisely where we need to be.
It can be a path of prayer, reduce stress, and self knowledge, help us move through transitions in life, quiet the mind, give solace, peace, clarity, celebration, give comfort and solace to the weary soul.
There are three “r”s to walking the labyrinth: releasing as you walk in, receiving in the center, and returning – taking your experience back out into the world.
In the center are six petals. They can stand for many things. One thought is: starting on the left are minerals (healing), vegetable, animal, human, angles and the last one is the unknown (beyond the grasp of the human mind).
Potter more, 29 signs, Hermione and Ron, Harry Potter: I missed most of the signs …
You may think that this famous romance only kicked off after several years of Hogwarts and He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, but we like to think the signs were always there…
Mark Willenbring, Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research, The New York Times:
“Sounds like a prison camp,” Dr. Willenbring said softly, leaning forward in his chair to pass a box of tissues. Continue reading the main story Sign Up for the Science Times Newsletter Every week, we’ll bring you stories that capture the wonders of the human body, nature and the cosmos. He began explaining the neuroscience of alcohol and drug dependence, 60 percent of which, he said, is attributable to a person’s genetic makeup. Listening intently, the young patient seemed relieved at the idea that his previous failures in rehab might reflect more than a lack of will. Dr. Willenbring, 66, has repeated this talk hundreds of times. But while scientifically unassailable, it is not what patients usually hear at addiction treatment centers. Rehabilitation programs largely adhere to the 12-step principles of the 80-year-old Alcoholics Anonymous and its offshoot, Narcotics Anonymous. Addicts have a moral and spiritual defect, they are told; they must abstain from alcohol and drugs and surrender to a higher power to escape substance abuse. This treatment is typically delivered through group therapy led by counselors whose main qualification is their own completion of the program. In some states, drug counselors with only a high school degree may treat patients, according to a 2012 study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Dr. Willenbring says he believes this approach ignores the most recent research on the subject, a judgment he is well qualified to make. From 2004 to 2009, he was the director of treatment research at the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and he oversaw dozens of studies proving the efficacy of medications and new behavioral therapies to treat drinking problems.
Yosemite, Waterfall Firefall, The New York Times, serendipity:
For a few weeks in February if the conditions are just right, for about 10 minutes around sunset, one waterfall in Yosemite National Park looks more like its opposite — a firefall. Visitors who flocked to the park this week, many with cameras in tow, have not been disappointed by the glowing transformation of Horsetail Fall, which flows from El Capitan. “In the over 20 years I have been photographing the firefall and leading workshops there in Yosemite, I have never seen a more spectacular one,” said Michael Mariant, a photographer from Morro Bay, Calif., who leads teaching trips to Yosemite. The phenomenon occurs only if there has been enough snow and rain in the Sierra Mountains to fuel the waterfall, if the skies are clear and if the setting sun strikes the water at an angle that creates the illusion of lava.
UNC professor, credits, ﬁrst use of ‘shit happens’, The Daily Tar Heel:
If you go on Wikipedia and look at ‘shit happens,’ you see my name,” Eble said. It started as a class assignment. Every semester, Eble asks her students to write down new catch phrases on index cards that she collects and compiles into a list.
And on the list from 1983 is first alleged recorded use of “shit happens.” “A female student turned in ‘shit happens,’ and wrote this: ‘When informed that he flunked the test, the guy replied, ‘That shit happens.’’” Although that student remains anonymous, Eble has gained more recognition for coining the phrase than she’d like to take credit for. “This gets brought up every so often,” she said. “Will this never die? I didn’t come up with it — it just so happened that my list was the earliest citation. And now it’s become sort of an urban myth.”
Mussels with White Wine Recipe – Bon Appétit, favorite meals:
Mussels With White Wine
Spoon some aioli on a piece of toast, dunk it in the broth, and eat it along with the white wine-soaked mussels. Repeat. Ingredients
1 large egg yolk
1 garlic clove, finely grated
1 tsp (or more) fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup white wine
4 pounds mussels, debearded, scrubbed
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
Sliced country-style bread, toasted (for serving)
Lemon Aioli Whisk egg yolk, garlic, and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Whisking constantly, drizzle in vegetable oil, then olive oil in a slow, steady stream; whisk until aioli is emulsified. Do Ahead: Aioli can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.
Mussels Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it begins to darken, about 2 minutes. Add wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Add mussels and 1/2 cup water to pot, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mussels open (discard any that do not open), 10–12 minutes. Ladle mussels and broth into shallow bowls and top with thyme; serve with bread and lemon aioli. Recipe by Dawn Perry Photograph by Gentl & Hyers
Nutritional Content Calories (kcal) 640 Fat (g) 33 Saturated Fat (g) 5
Urban birding, David Lindo, ‘sexy’ pastime, Love Nature: I have several birding friends. Now I know it is a ‘sexy’ pastime’!!
There is a commonly-held idea that there are far fewer bird species to be found in the city than in the countryside. But that’s not your experience, is it? Well it’s not true, full stop. I think people do not expect to see wildlife in urban areas, so they don’t see it. It’s all about opening your mind to the idea of seeing wildlife and to imagine the city as how a bird would see it. So for me, buildings become cliffs and even the trees I see around become scattered woodland and even a small patch of reed bed or a small lake can replicate what you’d find in the outer countryside, so I expect to see the same sort of things—albeit in lesser numbers usually . . . The UK had just under 600 species recorded from whenever they started recording back in the early 1900s and nearly 400 species have been seen in London. So I don’t see being in an urban area as a block to enjoying birds and wildlife.