Posts Tagged ‘Sally Quinn


10.30.2011… ‎‎John and Mark at BofA Stadium … so far so good … ok, in the end, not so good … and if anyone cares it is the 200th anniversary of the publication of S&S … “Death … a melancholy and shocking extremity.” – Sense and Sensibility, Ch. 24 …

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, Facebook posts: The month started off great with a pink newsprint Charlotte Observer … but really nothing significant in Charlotte after that.  I did my part … I bought pink socks and posted on Facebook (see below). Anyone else thin this year was “weaker”?

But the pink also reminds us that this disease can be beaten. In fact, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

We special-ordered pink newsprint from a supplier in Mississippi to draw attention to the organizations, businesses and individuals who are devoted to this fight. We hope what we present today adds to the difference that they make.

via A pink paper for a special cause | & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

May I ask a personal favor…. only some of you will do it, if you know someone who fought cancer and passed away, or someone who is still fighting… please add this to your status for 1 hour as a mark of respect and remembrance, I hope I was right about the people who will…. Thank you 🙂

Hudson Valley,  artisanal distillery, travel:  There’s that word again … artisanal!


On a perfect New England fall day a few weeks ago, I toured Tuthilltown Spirits, a Hudson Valley, NY artisanal or “craft” distiller of handmade spirits–some produced from apples grown at orchards less than 5 miles away and grain harvested by farmers within 10 miles. My husband and I first discovered Tuthilltown’s Hudson Baby Bourbon when we visited the New York State Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, New York a few years back. This led to a search for the bourbon, which at the time was not widely available.

Before Prohibition, there were more than 1,000 New York farm distillers producing alcohol from the state’s grains and fruits. Tuthilltown brings the tradition of small batch distillation back to the Hudson Valley, distilling whiskeys which were the first legally distilled in New York since Prohibition. The handmade spirits, which start at the farm distillery as raw grain and fruit, are made without any additives and are not chill or carbon filtered.

via Day Trip to Hudson Valley Artisanal Distillery | Urban Gardens | Unlimited Thinking For Limited Spaces | Urban Gardens.

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Giant Lego Man, mysteries, random:  Who thinks of this stuff?


While the sight of a beached whale is a sad but fairly common occurrence, the sight of a giant Lego man washed up on the beach is something to put on YouTube.

As BoingBoing reports, Jeff Hindman, a resident of Siesta Key Village, Fla., was surprised to find a larger-than-life-sized Lego man washed up on the shore. Now people are scratching their heads as they try to figure out where the giant Lego man came from and whether they should put out an APB for any more refugees from the Land of Lego.

So where did the 8-foot, 100 pound giant come from? Not from Lego. A spokeswoman for Legoland told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the Lego man is a counterfeit and is not endorsed by Legoland or its parent company, Merlin Entertainments Group.

The yellow and green Lego man’s shirt provides some clue to his country of origin. The plus-sized shirt is emblazoned with the phrase “No Real Than You Are,” the number 8 and the name of a Netherlands-based artist known as “Ego Leonard.” According to BoingBoing, similar Lego men with analogous enigmatic messages were found on beaches in Holland in 2007 and England in 2008. No word on whether Lego forensics experts are reconstructing potential hairstyles or baseball caps to help identify the gigantic toy.

via Mysterious Giant Lego Man Washes Ashore in Florida | NewsFeed |


tennis, WTA, grunting:  Personally  think it is very unprofessional.

For years, the party line from WTA players has been that grunting doesn’t matter. The women almost universally stuck to their story that while an opponent’s loud grunt or shriek was noticeable, they preferred to focus on their side of the net and tune it out.

But the rhetoric has changed over the last year, as the chorus of complaints from fans and broadcasters has grown louder and the WTA has been forced to take the issue more seriously. Now the Tour’s top-ranked player has come out and voiced her concerns over the “habit,” or if you believe Caroline Wozniacki, it’s more of a “tactic.”

In an interview with The Guardian, Wozniacki hit out against the grunters, effectively saying that it’s a form of gamesmanship.

“I think there are some players who do it on purpose,” she said. “They don’t do it in practice and then they come into the match and they grunt. I think [officials] could definitely cut it.”

Of course, the most notable grunters on Tour are Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, both of whom grunt not only at contact but also through the hit, often continuing their wail as opponents are prepping their shot. Serena and Venus Williams are also culprits. While the sisters don’t grunt on every shot (and in fact have played matches in complete silence), their tendency to unleash a grunt often coincides with tense and crucial moments in a match.

via Beyond the Baseline » Posts Wozniacki: Some players grunt on purpose «.

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Halloween, San Francisco,  trick-or-treating, lists:  Wonder what makes them so special?

San Francisco tops trick-or-treat rankings

via San Francisco tops trick-or-treat rankings | News In Brief | Marketplace from American Public Media.

College Basketball, Duke University, Seth Curry:  One to watch …

Duke head mens basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski announced that Seth Curry has been named a team captain. Curry, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., joins senior Miles Plumlee and junior Ryan Kelly as team captains for the 2011-12 season.”We knew going into the season that the leadership would be fluid,” said Krzyzewski. “We thought after practices started that Seth would emerge as a leader. He is showing some really good leadership and he deserves this. The leadership of our team is more of a team concept with Miles, Ryan and Seth. I think this will help make us a better team.”Curry, a preseason All-ACC selection, is Dukes leading returning scorer after averaging 9.0 points per game a year ago. He knocked down 64 three-point field goals to share the team lead with Andre Dawkins, while also leading the Blue Devils in steals 52 and three-point field goal percentage .435. Curry was named to the ACC All-Tournament team last season after averaging 10.9 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals as Duke claimed its third consecutive ACC Championship.

via Curry Joins Kelly & Plumlee As Duke Team Captain |

labyrinths, church labyrinths,  spiritual practitioners, Sally Quinn, Double Appleton labyrinth:  Researching labyrinths …

The conclusion provided for this publication by the two editors, Goleman and Thurman, points toward “a rich opportunity for cross-fertilization. Cognitive sciences may find a wealth of insights and hypotheses about extending the limits of human potential” (p. 117). On the other hand, “His Holiness has said if modern science has proven some Buddhist belief to be wrong, then Buddhism will have to change” (ibid.).

But beyond the limits of even these exchanges, this beginning dialogue between Tibetan Buddhists and Western neuroscientists could and perhaps should have effects on East–West dialogue in general—particularly on contemplative and monastic practices. Both the open manner in which the talks and dialogues were presented and the similarity of aim evidenced by all are examples that could be followed by all religions and disciplines.

The Dalai Lama himself sums this up in his Foreword to the book: “I believe the ultimate aim of all human beings is to obtain happiness and a sense of fulfillment. . . .Whether we are scientists or spiritual practitioners our basic needs and aspirations are the same. . . . (Therefore) I have always stressed the importance of combining both the mental and the material approach to achieving happiness for humankind.”

via Monastic Interreligious Dialogue | Book Review: MindScience.


Sally Quinn: How to walk a labyrinth

The Washington Post columnist says that installing a labyrinth in her back yard changed her life.

via Video – Breaking News Videos from

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To start the sequence, we need to seed two people in the goal. Let’s call them Guide One and Guide Two.  Guide One begins their walk out, and when they come round the innermost circuit, they are joined by somebody walking in from the entrance. Let’s call that person The Seeker. So far, this is the same as the normal Appleton.

The two walkers process around the outer circuits, remembering the ‘do-si-do’ crossover when they reach the ‘corner’, until the Seeker, walking inwards, is about to transition from the outermost path onto the inner circuits. Here they are walking directly towards the goal and our patiently waiting second seed person, Guide Two.

Now Guide Two leaves the goal, joining up with the two coming towards them. We now have three people walking side by side. This continues for one circuit only, when our original Guide One has to leave the labyrinth. But, unlike the normal Appleton at this point, our Seeker is not cast into the darkness of the Underworld to find his own way to the Goal – he still has Guide Two to help him navigate the Inner Realms of the labyrinth. They can continue to walk side by side as the Seeker rounds the innermost circuit, remembering the ‘do-si-do’ at the corner. This puts Guide Two on the innermost path, so when they have rounded the Goal once more, Guide Two can pick up the next Seeker coming in from the entrance. So we now have two Seekers with one Guide in between them. On the 7-circuit labyrinth, this all happens rather quickly so you need to pay attention; on the 15-circuit there are more inner circuits to negotiate and it was a little more timely and elegant. In fact, had it not been for the additional circuits of this particular labyrinth, I doubt that I would have discovered this extended movement.

After one more circuit, our original Seeker has reached the Goal and has to part company with his Guide and the second Seeker. Our Guide Two now finds himself as a guide to the outer realms of the labyrinth as he guides our second Seeker inwards whilst he is walking out. But after only a couple of circuits, the pair will find themselves coming round the outer paths and facing our original Seeker, now enlightened and initiated by his sojourn in the Goal and ready to join with them as a Guide in his own right… and so the sequence continues.

The symmetry of the walk is delightful, with the traverse of the inner circuits being like a mirror-image reflection of the outer ones. It brings completion to the standard Appleton and can be kept going indefinitely as there is always somebody feeding in and somebody feeding out.

via Gardner’s Double Appleton « Western Geomancy.

THE consideration of labyrinths worked in Roman mosaic pavements leads us on to a very interesting development of the subject which deserves a chapter to itself, namely, the Labyrinth in the Church.

Probably the oldest known example of this nature is that in the ancient basilica of Reparatus at Orléansville (Algeria), an edifice which is believed to date from the fourth century A.D. In the pavement near the north-west entrance of the church is the design shown in outline in Fig. 42. It measures about 8 ft. in diameter and shows great resemblance to the Roman pavement found at Harpham and the tomb-mosaic at Susa. At the centre is a jeu-de-lettres on the words SANCTA ECLESIA, which may be read in any direction, except diagonally, commencing at the centre. But for the employment of these words the labyrinth in question might well have been conceived to be a Roman relic utilised by the builders of the church to ornament their pavement. Such pavement-labyrinths, however, with or without central figures or other embellishments, and of various dimensions and composition, are found in many of the old churches of France and Italy.

via Mazes and Labyriths: Chapter IX. Church Labyrinths.

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