Archive for July, 2016


7.13.17 … Failure … that is my thought. An acquaintance, someone I have only met twice, experienced a major failure and it impacts his professional and personal life. I promised to say prayers as I walked …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2017 Labyrinth Walks, Mercer University – Atlanta Campus, Atlanta GA:

Not sure what I’m looking for on this walk… But I know there is both coffee and diet Dr Pepper at the center because i placed it there.

Crunch, crunch, crunch



Failure … that is my thought. An acquaintance, someone I have only met twice, experienced a major failure and it impacts his professional and personal life. I promised to say prayers as I walked.

And I love it that this interfaith garden is built on an historically Baptist school’s campus.

The site, which is located on an island in the West Parking Lot on campus, also includes a labyrinth and outdoor classroom and is intended to be “a garden, a spiritual oasis, a place where friendship that crosses every ethnicity, culture and faith tradition can grow,” said Charlotte Connah, co-chair of the Baptist-Muslim Committee of the CBF/GA Interfaith Task Force. The task force is a partner organization of the University’s McAfee School of Theology.

“This campus is wondrously rich in diversity, and this committee fully believes that our young people are our future’s best shot at building a better world, one of bridges rather than walls, one of dialogue rather than reaction, one of friendship and not division,” Connah said during Thursday’s ceremony.

Connah had the vision for an interfaith prayer garden on Mercer’s campus three years ago and shared her idea with Mercer President William D. Underwood, Senior Vice President for the Atlanta Campus Richard V. Swindle and McAfee Dean R. Alan Culpepper. A fundraising campaign was initiated through CBF/GA and received contributions from approximately 40 donors representing multiple religious faiths and walks of life.

The lead gift was made by Aziz Dhanani, CEO of Premier Petroleum Inc., who has significantly contributed to the Atlanta area through his involvement with the local Muslim community and his philanthropic endeavors. The garden was dedicated in memory of his parents, Zehrakhanu and Allauddin Dhanani.

“Aziz, you and fellow Muslims have taken a big step by investing in this historically Baptist institution, and we hope you will find this to be only the beginning of a relationship that will cross religious and cultural boundaries and make all of us better and more tolerant people,” Underwood said.

SOURCE: Mercer Dedicates Interfaith Prayer Garden on Atlanta Campus,



7.12.16 … Ziplock, PeakFreak and Hundred Mil saved the day …

Day 27 Hiking/Day 31 from Katahdin


BAD fall — No BREAKS, lots of SCRAPES

After sleeping at the Full Goose Shelter (277/1912), John had a slow start and was at Goose Eye Mountain North Peak( 278/1911) at 8 AM this morning. He had a bad fall in the Mahoosuc Arm yesterday, but no damage other than seriously scraped shins and his ego. He is very grateful to the hiking threesome, Ziplock, PeakFreak and Hundred Mil who saved him. His fall occurred on the Mahoosuc Arm, the 1 mile stretch of the AT that is deemed the toughest on the trail. Well, Steady survived it. He said there was no hiking to it, it was climbing with a 40-pound pack. (And I asked John why his pack was still at 40 pounds since he sent about 10 of the original 40 home. His response was that 2 SOBO hikers had left the trail for a bit and they had divided up their food supplies. He is now well supplied with Pop Tarts. )

John also enjoyed the Aunt/ Niece SOBO Combo – Hawk Woman/Teaberry at the lean-to last night.

Here is a long piece I found on Mahoosuc Notch

The Toughest Mile – Hiking Mahoosuc Notch on the Appalachian Trail |

Is Mahoosuc Notch really the”Toughest Mile of the AT?” Although selecting just one of the 2150-odd miles of the AT might seem impossibly subjective, every AT hiker will eventually hear the reputation of Mahoosuc Notch. Tales of this underworld inspire northbound hikers to hole up at the nearest shelter (Full Goose Shelter, 1.5 mi. south of the Notch) like knights preparing to enter a dragon’s lair. Most of these hikers find that their battle with this monstrous notch is not, however, the “toughest mile” of their hikes on the AT. In fact, many find it to be one of the most enjoyable. A few, upon climbing out of this natural obstacle course, will take off their backpacks, turn around, and dive right back in to continue their explorations of its fascinating wonderland of caves and crevices.

Glaciers cut this steep-walled valley between Fulling Mill Mt. and Mahoosuc Mt. After the river of ice retreated, winter freezes quarried huge blocks of rock from the cliffs, and the blocks tumbled into the notch below, filling it with the house-size chunks of schist that have given this piece of the AT its reputation for ruggedness and put it on the National Register of Natural Landmarks. Hikers here must climb over, crawl under, and jump between these huge slabs and boulders. Many remove their backpacks and drag them in order to pass through the tightest squeezes. Some of the caves hold ice well into summer, and snow often makes the notch impassable even in June.

The gurgling of a small stream, the Bull Branch of the Sunday River, buried beneath the rubble, enhances the notch’s air of mystery.For many northbound hikers, the Notch is the climax of a traverse of the entire Mahoosuc Range—a final challenge to their already taxed muscles. Hike #18, on the other hand, lets the less ambitious (and those who don’t have a week to spare) sneak in a back door to the AT’s wild ride through Mahoosuc Notch. The hike’s route continues on to the summit of Mahoosuc Arm, one of the range’s rugged peaks, and to Speck Pond, a high mountain glacial tarn and home to a beautiful campsite. From here the route leads back to Success Pond Rd., 2 mi. north of the starting point.

Read more:

The Toughest Mile – Hiking Mahoosuc Notch on the Appalachian Trail |

When I talked to him he was atop Goose Eye, about 5 miles from the New Hampshire line and hoped to make make it into New Hampshire today to the Gentian Pond Shelter (286.5/1902.6) and into Gorham tomorrow night. He will take a zero day in Gorham NH (298/1891).

I’m off to get my resupply box into the mail, which will include laminated pages of the AT guidebook to replace his “damp” copy.

John’s aunt suggested that I have a “trail name”. She’s suggested “Gibraltar, ” or “Rock.’ I’m thinking ‘Steady’sRock.’ Suggestions?


7.11.16 … the Mahoosuc Arm. The latter is fabled to be the toughest mile on the trail! Tomorrow NEW HAMPSHIRE!! …

Day 26 Hiking/Day 30 from Katahdin


John is back out, boots, pack and all … No slacker today!

He put his AT Trail Guide in the oven last night to dry out the pages. No, he’s not trying to cook the books.

He called early. He plans to get on the trail at Grafton Notch near Andover ME (267) and end at Carlo Col Shelter (281 of 2189, only 1908 miles to Springer). He planned to tackle Speck Mountain and the Mahoosuc Arm. The latter is fabled to be the toughest mile on the trail!



The Weird Week in Review | Mental Floss

A group of Kansas City, Missouri, police officers found themselves stuck in an elevator that stalled because it was over its weight limit. That in itself is embarrassing. We can only speculate how long they sat there discussing their situation before they broke down and called emergency services. The Kansas City Fire Department responded, and couldn’t resist snapping a picture of the rescue. This picture will no doubt be on the wall of every firehouse in the Midwest. If Kansas City puts out a fireman’s c

Source: The Weird Week in Review | Mental Floss


The House At Riverton (The Shifting Fog) – Kate Morton

The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog) Summer 1924: On the night of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand 
English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters 
Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, onetime housemaid 
of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making 
a film about the poet’s suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace’s mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could. Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent twenties, The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog) is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story. INSPIRATION SNEAK PEEK BOOK CLUBS VIDEO Kate talks about writing The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog) including the first image she had for the book, and the unexpected influence of her grandmother. CRITICAL PRAISE

Source: The House At Riverton (The Shifting Fog) – Kate Morton


7.7.16 … XX/XY … New Venture/New Vocation …

Edward Lindsey, Dentons,  Dentons’ Georgia Lobbying Team, kith/kin, passion, vocation, public policy: Congratulations on your new venture, dear brother!

Edward Lindsey, a former state representative and a founding partner of Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson, is joining global firm Dentons, effective July 15. Lindsey will be a partner in Dentons’ lobbying practice—one of the largest in the country—working specifically in its extensive Georgia State Government Affairs practice. “This is a continuation of what my passion is now—dealing with public policy,” said Lindsey, who founded Goodman McGuffey in 1990 with three friends. The firm, which has shortened its name to Goodman McGuffey with his departure, has grown over the years to about 40 lawyers in four states.

Nettie Stevens,   sex chromosomes, XX, XY: Nettie Stevens discovered XY sex chromosomes. She didn’t get credit because she had two X’s. – Vox


At the turn of the 20th century, biologist Nettie Stevens was driven to solve a scientific mystery that had perplexed humanity for millennia. The mystery was so simple but daunting: Why do boys become boys and girls become girls? In her pioneering work at Bryn Mawr College, Stevens discovered the sex chromosomes that make the difference. Today would be her 155th birthday. Google is celebrating her accomplishments today — she’s featured in the Google Doodle — and so should we.

Source: Nettie Stevens discovered XY sex chromosomes. She didn’t get credit because she had two X’s. – Vox

Dawn, xenon, Ion propulsion, 

While Dawn’s mission is important, how it got to the asteroid belt in the first place is equally fascinating. It used something called ion propulsion. Most spacecraft, like Juno, use standard combustion to travel through space. A chemical fuel is burned, the expanding gas is directed out the back by a nozzle, and that’s what propels the craft forward. Ion propulsion is different. It still uses a fuel — in Dawn’s case, the gas xenon — but instead of burning the gas, a purely electrical system accelerates a few particles of the fuel at a time out of the spacecraft, at about 10 times the speed of regular combustion. “Basically what you’re trying to do is push your spacecraft forward by throwing something out the back very quickly,” Christopher Russell, Dawn’s principal investigator who assembled the mission, explains to The Week. Ion propulsion is incredibly efficient, which cuts way down on the fuel the craft has to carry. That massively reduces costs, and leaves a lot more room for other cargo. Combustion systems also require big burns to get going and big burns to slow down again, while ion propulsion moves more smoothly, opening up all sorts of new routes and locations.

Source: This innovation could change space travel forever


Source: Former Rep. Lindsey Joins Dentons’ Georgia Lobbying Team

Plus-Size Dancer, Proving Body Positivity, No Gender:

I loved this and I have one friend who always jokes about another.   “Where did you find this video of [LAH] dancing? It usually takes several beers to get him to perform.”  Well, if anyone could do it it would be your LAH!

Erik Cavanaugh never expected his pirouetting and chasséing across an empty dance studio would go viral across the internet, nor did he upload the videos with that ever crossing his mind. But this is exactly what happened Sunday when the New York Post posted a compilation of his videos to its Facebook page.  Why did it end up garnering over 3 million views and over 34,000 shares and counting? Besides his obvious talent, Cavanaugh doesn’t have the body that many might expect to see leaping and twirling around a studio.  “Not everyone sees me as a dancer,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s been a struggle.”

Source: Meet the Plus-Size Dancer Who’s Proving Body PositivityW Knows No Gender

Emma Watson, Hermione, Cursed Child:  Great FB post by Emma Watson. 

Yesterday I went to see the Cursed Child. I came in with no idea what to expect and it was AMAZING. Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films. Having seen it I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift. Meeting Noma and seeing her on stage was like meeting my older self and have her tell me everything was going to be alright, which as you can imagine was immensely comforting (and emotional)! The cast and crew welcomed me like I was family and Noma was everything I could ever hope she would be. She’s wonderful. The music is beautiful… I could go on… Here are some pics of me meeting Noma and the crew. Love, E xx ‪#‎keepthesecrets‬ ‪#‎19yearslater‬@antoboyle Sam Clemmett Noma Dumezweni @HPPlayLDN



Day 23 Hiking/Day 27 from Katahdin
John called about 9 AM this morning. He was atop Old Blue Mountain (244) and was headed to the next road, about an 8 mile hike for today. He hoped to go into Andover ME because … Rain’s a comin’ …

7.7.16 … Rain’s a comin’ …

Day 23 Hiking/Day 27 from Katahdin


John called about 9 AM this morning. He was atop Old Blue Mountain (244) and was headed to the next road, about an 8 mile hike for today. He hoped to go into Andover ME because … Rain’s a comin’ …

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