After this past year of epic
chaos interestingness, I am happy to say that I have learned a lot, and strangely, even the really unpleasant lessons are now showing me their value – retrospect is a fine thing indeed. Now, tempered to the strength of old boots, while hopefully not looking too much like one of them, I am happy to say that there is quite a lot of fabulousness to come over the next few weeks. Beginning with the epic launch in the next weeks of the beginning of her public life, Cynthia Reyes’ amazing Myrtle the Purple Turtle, closely followed by some unadulterated genius of science-fiction by the one and only Joelle LeGendre there is a lot coming up – all happy and wonderful beginnings from some very talented people.
I’ve made sure this time, that failing the actual end of the world…
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Not me with a pseudonym!
The clouds were building over Cedar Run and its forested gorge. The afternon was looking good for fishing in the low clear water but the trout weren’t having anything to do with the several small flies that I offered them. I paused to take a picture of Joe-Pye-weed flowers blooming at head-level on the banks of Cedar Run. It was then that I saw the first Blue-winged Olives fluttering from the stream. I tied on an imitation of the little mayfly, and watched the brook and brown trout race out from their hiding spots to try their luck.
I was thinking of Joe Pye (Jopi) for whom the plant, Joe-Pye-weed, was named. Ostensibly, Joe was a Native American doctor living in New England during the 1800s. Not too much is known about him, so I had the chance to think creatively about his life as a healer known…
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Popcorn asteroids and easy glide tampon applicators ! Special ….effects!
I think Richard Kiel as the Solan Knight was really interesting. 1961 and still Black and White?
Extra thrust baby!
I enjoyed this.
As 2015 draws to a close, I suspect most of us get reflective. What happened that surprised us, delighted us, disappointed us? Like most years, 2015 was a mixed batch of experiences. We decide which tag to give each one. I have a container filled with little slips of paper that mark what I label good experiences and soon it will be time to review those in the spirit of gratitude. Always there is the tug of those events that never materialized. But linear time demands we move on, but not before a shout out to some of the new friends I welcomed in 2015. Here are five people who have enriched my life and moved us closer to a paradigm shift.
Enrico Magnani: Visionary Artist
Enrico’s paintings have been widely exhibited throughout Europe and in two locations in the US. Currently, he is working on a project…
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There are many things in this world that I don’t understand. On my mind very recently has been the issue of gun control.
I live in Australia. We have very strong gun laws. Since the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996, our gun laws have become even more strict. During that massacre, 35 people were killed and 23 injured. Afterwards, our government enacted ‘The National Firearms Programme Implementation Act 1996, restricting the private ownership of semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns and pump-action shotguns as well as introducing uniform firearms licensing.’ The legislation had bipartisan support, and was implemented across all states and territories in Australia.
The government then had a firearms buyback scheme, which resulted in over 600,000 firearms taken out of circulation. Automatic and semiautomatic guns were banned. If you own a gun in Australia, you’re subject to strict licensing checks, and guns must be locked away in…
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