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Ryan Van Sickle774,069ON AIR Hangout Concert  Tuesday, August 7th @ 8PM ESTRyan Van Sickle Pre NYC HIRL2 Hangout CONCERT w/ Matthew Rappaport2012-08-08 02:00:0027 

Alvin Stearns has been shared in 176 public circles

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steph wanamaker111,805#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2015-01-23 18:05:3322022020
Giorgio De Novellis8,241FullCircle #1Add Me, Push +1 & Share this Circle!!!2015-01-19 07:59:39500000
Circles and Photography35,863Builders 5    1.16.15Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleoftheday #circleshare  #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles  #circle   2015-01-16 21:44:58408003
steph wanamaker111,441#followfriday  Here is my awesome  men who comment circle 2015-01-16 16:20:1121957458
Luis V.66,374This is my first #FollowFriday  shared circle and all the people in here belong in my circles. These are all people that should be followed and post good content, interact with others and are active on Google Plus. If you want to be excluded, let me know and I will pull your name.I'll be sharing on Fridays and if you want to ne in any future shared circles, do these things...Comment on here, share this circle, add me.I'll check your profile and posts. No spam or porn. 2014-12-27 02:49:03478002
Giorgio De Novellis6,998FullCircle #1Add Me, Push +1 & Share this Circle!!2014-12-22 08:31:08493000
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:08500639
steph wanamaker110,672this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-12-12 18:57:5221130025
steph wanamaker110,550#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle! hoop em up and your stream will be perfect!#circleshare2014-12-05 17:06:0120849256
Sport News95Dear Google Friends! - You're in this CircleAdd Users & Pluss +1 & ShareThis is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circleshare #circlesharing #circle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlecount #circlecircle #naturephotographers #naturephotography #birdphotography #birdphotographers #circlesharing #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers 2014-11-30 05:41:14500332
steph wanamaker110,421#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!  circle them up and your stream will be perfect !2014-11-28 17:04:4720324026
tunc serkan ozdinc2182014-11-27 23:04:53234013
Kenneth Nicholson9,401This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#CircleShare #Belize   #Nicaragua  2014-11-19 07:16:554086414
Circles and Photography33,617Builders 5      11.10.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-11-11 01:54:52442032
Lư Thăng18,117Chia sẻ vòng ngon cho các bạn nè... #circlecount   #circleshare   #circle2014-11-06 10:16:33362004
Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-29 05:09:31430002
Kenneth Nicholson6,980Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#sharedcircleday #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday #circlesunday #circleoftheweek #circlemeup #circles #circleshare #communities #community #coolpeople #findcircles 2014-10-24 12:15:41498445685
steph wanamaker108,346#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-10-17 13:48:5620335337
George Clark7,088Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #circlethursday #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #elfopower #social #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #socialnetworks #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples 2014-09-23 10:46:01468707880
Ғ ΜіснæL Sŧuŧz4,508I rarely do this...In fact, I haven't done a circle share in over a year, and I've never shared this one. But... It's #AmbienTime , and the thing about the folks in this circle: they've all paid their dues with respect to my #AmbienTime  moments.These are the people who, with one or two exceptions, have known me the longest here on G+. They also happen to be the list of people who are either overly medicated, or underly medicated, because they still haven't uncircled me yet, even after all this time. I keep checking, but so far none of these people has gotten tired of my crap enough to go through the effort yet. I don't have the heart to tell them that this suffering won't erase all their past misdeeds and sins, and won't get them into heaven.I spend 99% of my G+ time in this one circle. And one of the people here was insane enough to actually marry me.It's a very diverse group, about as diverse as you can get. Each, though, is wonderfully broken, like magnificent shattered stained-glass murals, each reflects the same sun that alights upon us all, but in uniquely amazing ways that, with the passage of the hours and the seasons, brings a new dazzling display every time I see them online.If these are the only people you ever circle on G+, you will be hooked on G+ for life. And it's proof-positive that quality kicks the crap out of quantity every day of the week.This is my little way of saying, "Thank you" to all of you guys for putting up with me for the last few years. And I take serious pride in knowing that I have the rockin'est circle on G+.+Sque Morgan , up there at the 1:00 spot was my very first friend here. We don't talk much these days, I miss that, but we've both been going through some crap these last few months. I think she's responsible for my meeting about half this circle, people like +Eric Johnson, for example. And I know that after Sque (like a few days) came +Karen Schumacher  and +Debra Dayton , and then +Alvin Stearns and then +Shawn Holster, who I was sure was going to defrock me last month when he announced his annual spring circle cleaning...+Darryl Mouzone I met through an experiment. I decided to add every "suggestion" that G+ made for one week, and he was the only one that made in to this circle, which made the whole exercise a totally worth-while thing to do.2014-09-23 03:17:43431706
steph wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019957047
Circles and Photography29,405Builders 5       9.15.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-09-15 07:40:21305618
Dr. John Cassone12,100Dr. John's Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. This circle changes each time I share it based on how people are engaging and sharing content.This is not a megacircle.People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:►   I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: ►   Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.►  I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:►   When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. ►   Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. ►   Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-09-07 19:22:331921015
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519872262
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919676366
Dr. John Cassone11,938Dr. John's August Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-08-07 14:37:331779413
Lynn Keller7,237I've put together this  circle which includes a host of engaging, appealing, interesting people from different communities and ongoing conversations. Best to all! #circlecount #sharedcircles #circleshare 2014-08-05 20:16:01374827
Today's World News400#SharedCircle #SharedCircles Shared Circle2014-08-04 00:34:31418001
Today's World News400#SharedCircle  2014-08-04 00:16:32176101
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
Dr. John Cassone11,568Dr. John's July Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-07-13 19:18:1119017315
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661170
Moge Slamet229New Friends, some activity with this circle1. Plus one2.Comment 3. Add People To Circles4. Share the circle (include yourself)2014-06-17 18:50:2749817632
Moge Slamet21A small circle  that can be easily added! - Write a comment  below  - Plus one - Reshare this circle2014-06-12 14:55:3049814228
hoang thao0We are funny circle :))2014-06-04 02:38:49171102
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721769474
Circle Fire344►►►---   Circle Fire #4   ---◄◄◄A great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and plus ones!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!+Christian Virag +Natalie Krenn  #circle     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #share2014-05-01 08:32:53437373153
Lư Thăng15,490Vòng kết nói chất lượng share cho anh em nào cầnTags: #circle #vòng-kết-nối2014-04-28 06:57:05238215
AyJay Schibig57,945AWESOME CIRCLE 4.25.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle  2014-04-26 03:07:50428574371
Circles and Photography19,099BUILDERS 5  CIRCLE   V1.0Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to  build-up your circles!  SHARE  to be in my next version.#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle Show less2014-04-24 21:17:48500211429
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle  2014-04-18 18:47:4620213111
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #circlesharing   #circleshare  2014-03-24 17:49:31465022
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #youtube   #videos   #sharing  Share this circle and add these people if you like.  2014-03-24 17:44:59465026
steph wanamaker100,376#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-03-14 21:47:1917682566
AyJay Schibig51,916AWESOME CIRCLE 3.8.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle  2014-03-09 07:28:42500857399
steph wanamaker99,599#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2014-02-28 20:13:431691406
Andrew Coffman6,907I'm not a big circle sharing kind of person, but this short list of people contain the people that I always read what they post, even if they don't post every day, and I always try to engage every day on G+ or through other avenues.2014-02-16 21:17:4235003
steph wanamaker98,429#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-01-31 19:45:4118176567

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2015-01-29 00:36:48 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

The EMS tribute Edition Golden Boy Rifle.

Notification about this arrived in my email today.  Presumably because I lack something that celebrates both my status as an emergency medicine provider and my Constitutional right to bear arms.

If you'd like to get this for me as a gift, MSRP is $1,020.  If you buy it for me, don't be cheap, include ammo; I prefer long rounds.

Most reshares: 7

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2015-01-31 01:04:21 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Fun.

Found on the same page as that "Ideals of Beauty Through the Ages" thing, but more relevant to right now.

Also, it reminds me of that "South Park" episode where Wendy was "all jel" because the girls in school all got Photoshopped into hotties, and we learned that Kim Kardashian is a hobbit.

Most plusones: 36

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2015-01-31 01:04:21 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Fun.

Found on the same page as that "Ideals of Beauty Through the Ages" thing, but more relevant to right now.

Also, it reminds me of that "South Park" episode where Wendy was "all jel" because the girls in school all got Photoshopped into hotties, and we learned that Kim Kardashian is a hobbit.

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2015-01-31 05:46:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Stella!

Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson and Archie Panjabi as Reed Smith share a steamy kiss at a piano bar to deflect a male hitting on Smith in series two of "The Fall."

"The Fall" is a stylish and dark psychological thriller set in Belfast, Ireland.  Stella Gibson is hunting a killer, played by Jamie Dornan, whose rage and sexual psychopathy leads him to a string of murders.

The show is as much about sexual politics as police procedure and the mind of a killer who is as smooth as Anderson's silk blouses, works as a bereavement counselor and loves his kids.  The ensemble cast is richly written and wonderfully performed.

It is, however, very dark at times and doesn't withhold disturbing and violent images.  Those with a sensitive temperament should probably avoid "The Fall."

I've read someco... more »

Stella!

Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson and Archie Panjabi as Reed Smith share a steamy kiss at a piano bar to deflect a male hitting on Smith in series two of "The Fall."

"The Fall" is a stylish and dark psychological thriller set in Belfast, Ireland.  Stella Gibson is hunting a killer, played by Jamie Dornan, whose rage and sexual psychopathy leads him to a string of murders.

The show is as much about sexual politics as police procedure and the mind of a killer who is as smooth as Anderson's silk blouses, works as a bereavement counselor and loves his kids.  The ensemble cast is richly written and wonderfully performed.

It is, however, very dark at times and doesn't withhold disturbing and violent images.  Those with a sensitive temperament should probably avoid "The Fall."

I've read some complaints that the show is slow.  It's not slow.  It's  the pace of a master creating a great work of art.

Series 1 and 2 are available now on USA Netflix.___

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2015-01-31 03:33:36 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

In case you aren't seeing snow in your world.

Noises courtesy of Annie playing with a plastic coffee container on the bricks.

In case you aren't seeing snow in your world.

Noises courtesy of Annie playing with a plastic coffee container on the bricks.___

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2015-01-31 01:04:21 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Fun.

Found on the same page as that "Ideals of Beauty Through the Ages" thing, but more relevant to right now.

Also, it reminds me of that "South Park" episode where Wendy was "all jel" because the girls in school all got Photoshopped into hotties, and we learned that Kim Kardashian is a hobbit.

Fun.

Found on the same page as that "Ideals of Beauty Through the Ages" thing, but more relevant to right now.

Also, it reminds me of that "South Park" episode where Wendy was "all jel" because the girls in school all got Photoshopped into hotties, and we learned that Kim Kardashian is a hobbit.___

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2015-01-31 00:16:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Fun.

Via +Olivier Malinur, who likes the Egyptian look.  I like the Renaissance babe.  I just feel like she and I could share a pizza without either one of us once agonizing over the food.

Eugene Lee Yang used a diverse group of models to portray examples from such eras as Ancient Egypt (c. 1292 – 1069 B.C.), where “[w]omen are shown as slender, with high waists and slim shoulders.” to current day (c. 2000s – Today) where “[w]omen should be skinny, but healthy; they should have large breasts and a large butt, but a flat stomach.”___Fun.

Via +Olivier Malinur, who likes the Egyptian look.  I like the Renaissance babe.  I just feel like she and I could share a pizza without either one of us once agonizing over the food.

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2015-01-30 15:05:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Another Maine snow day.

Another Maine snow day.___

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2015-01-30 02:29:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Time shock.

The Great Pyramid of Giza was completed in 2,540 BC, or 4,555 years ago.

Midway between the finishing of the Great Pyramid of Giza and our time, 262/263 BC.  Alexander the Great's empire had long fractured into lands ruled by the heirs of his generals, including the dynasties of Ptolemy in Egypt and Seleucus in the Near East.  

The eastern Mediterranean was becoming Hellenized, Greek language and culture flourishing, changing the course of ancient civilizations.  Never quite supplanting the older forms and ways, so that hybrid civilizations emerged.  

In the western Mediterranean, Greek cities found themselves crunched between a militant and expansive Roman Republic and the rich and proud descendants of Phoenician traders and colonizers in Carthage's empire.

So, Alexander the Great (born 356 BC) lived a bit closer in timeto ... more »

Time shock.

The Great Pyramid of Giza was completed in 2,540 BC, or 4,555 years ago.

Midway between the finishing of the Great Pyramid of Giza and our time, 262/263 BC.  Alexander the Great's empire had long fractured into lands ruled by the heirs of his generals, including the dynasties of Ptolemy in Egypt and Seleucus in the Near East.  

The eastern Mediterranean was becoming Hellenized, Greek language and culture flourishing, changing the course of ancient civilizations.  Never quite supplanting the older forms and ways, so that hybrid civilizations emerged.  

In the western Mediterranean, Greek cities found themselves crunched between a militant and expansive Roman Republic and the rich and proud descendants of Phoenician traders and colonizers in Carthage's empire.

So, Alexander the Great (born 356 BC) lived a bit closer in time to the finishing of the Great Pyramid of Giza than he does to our time.

His distant Macedonian kinswoman, Cleopatra (born 69 BC and the last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt) lived a bit closer to our time than she did to the completion of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Fun trivia, speaking of Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians and dynasties:
Cleopatra and her Roman husband, Mark Antony, died by suicide following Octavian's (another Roman) successful conquest of Alexandria, the capital of Egypt.  Cleopatra and Mark Antony were survived by their kids, Cleopatra Selene and her twin brother, Alexander Helios (their second names are Greek for moon and sun, respectively), and their brother, Ptolemy Philadelphus.  

Following his victory, Octavian (later called Augustus and the first emperor of the all-but-in-name Roman Empire) had the kids shipped to Rome.  In Rome they were placed in gold chains and paraded behind an effigy of their dead mother during Octavian's triumph for his victory in the east and addition of rich Egypt to Rome's growing empire.  

Octavian gave Cleopatra's and Mark Antony's kids to his sister, Octavia, to raise in her household.  Octavia, incidentally, was the former wife of Mark Antony, before he divorced her to go hang with glamorous Cleopatra in the east.  

Mark Antony had been Octavia's second husband.  The arrangement was political, to try to forge better ties between Octavian, Julius Caesar's heir, and Mark Antony, Julius Caesar's best bro.  

At the time Octavia married Mark Antony, she was pregnant with her first husband's child.  Octavia had two sons by her first marriage, and two daughters by her second marriage to Mark Antony.  Then, she also took on three children from her ex-husband's marriage to Cleopatra.

Oh, another historical oddity in all of this:  Julius Caesar, by this time many years dead, had also had a long sexual affair with Cleopatra.  She had a son by him, Caesarion.  When Octavian's army conquered Egypt, Caesarion died.  He's popularly believed to have been strangled to death.  Octavian did not need the bastard son of his adoptive father creating trouble down the road.

Mark Antony's kids by Cleopatra fared better.  At first.  Cleopatra Selene's brothers both died.  We don't know exactly when or how, and we can't be sure that Octavian (now the emperor Augustus) had anything to do with it, but . . .

When she was a young woman, Octavian arranged for Cleopatra Selene to marry a young man named Juba.  He sent the newlyweds off to rule as king and queen of Mauretania, a new Roman province in North Africa (roughly modern Morocco and coastal Algeria).

Juba?  He was born a prince of Numidia, a kingdom just east of Mauretania.  His father, also named Juba, had been defeated and killed by Julius Caesar years before.  Child Juba was shipped to Rome and made to march in Julius Caesar's triumph.  (Starting to see a thread here?)  

Juba was raised in Julius Caesar's household until Caesar's assassination, and then joined Octavian's household.  Juba was raised as a Roman and fought alongside Octavian in his battles against Mark Antony, making him one of Octavian's greatest allies.

King Juba and Queen Cleopatra Selene built a fine capital in Mauretania, called Ceasaria, in honor of Augustus.  Remember, Octavian/Augustus was the adopted son of Julius Caesar, and the name Caesar carried big mojo.  The Roman Empire would sprout over a dozen cities carrying the name Caesaria or Ceasarea.

The couple had a son and named him Ptolemy.  A risky name, given the politics of that age.  Octavian/Augustus had battled, defeated and supplanted the Ptolemies.  But, for whatever reason, Augustus seems to have overlooked the political naming faux pas.  Ptolemy grew up in his parents' cultured court and later traveled to Rome for his formal education and training in Rome's political culture.

"Hey, Alvin," you may be saying, "that's all fine, but where is the Biblical connection?!  This is 'Murica!  Enough of that pagan stuff!"

OK.

Juba and Cleopatra Selene's happy and productive lives together ended with Cleopatra Selene's death.  Juba, a scholar king, had written several books, including a history of Africa.  Following his wife's death, he took a sabbatical and traveled east to study and write another history, this time on Arabia and India.

While in the eastern Mediterranean, Juba met a sophisticated and wealthy woman named Glaphyra, a princess of Cappadocia (part of modern Turkey).  Glaphyra had been married to a man named Alexander who was--wait for it--a son of Herod.  

Yes, that Herod.  Herod the Great.  The king who ruled Judea during the birth Jesus.  The Herod who, according to the Bible, sent out his soldiers to kill every young male in Bethlehem to try to thwart the Magi's prophecy that the future king of the Jews had been born there.

Herod had also had Alexander, his son, executed on suspicion of having plotted against him.  So, Glaphyra was an eligible widow when Juba met her.  The two got along famously and married.  

But, eventually, it was time for Juba to go home and start being King of Mauretania again, to join his now-grown son and start grooming him to take the throne.  There was no way Glaphyra was going to leave the east, the center of history and culture and luxury, to travel to some dusty unfashionable backwater.  So, the couple divorced, amicably, and Juba sailed home.

Glaphyra?  She later married her late husband's half-brother.  Which is kind of gross by many people's standards, but which also happens to be forbidden by Jewish law.  The couple were a scandal.  

Then it got spooky.  Glaphyra told her friends she'd had a dream that her first husband, her current husband's dead half-brother, said he would get her back.  Two days later, she died.  Her husband?  He got fired from his job by Augustus for being such a dick and was shipped off.

And then Jesus of Nazareth grew up and saved us all.

There.  You've had your relevant Biblical connection.  

Now go.  Have fun.

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2015-01-30 00:06:41 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

True.

Via +steph wanamaker 

My bestie is Bowie.

#davidbowie #diamonds #diamonddogs #music #legend #imhavingamoment ___True.

Via +steph wanamaker 

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2015-01-29 20:36:08 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Funny.

))))))))))!!!!
ROFL!!!))))
So GR8...)))___Funny.

2015-01-29 19:26:07 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

I'm considering making my Misfortune Cookies for my workplace's next food day. They're just like fortune cookies, except you read something unfortunate, just for fun:

-- Your butt looks fat in that.

-- You're so distasteful, the zombies will eat you last.

-- You are blessed to be surrounded by those who don't tell you the truth.

-- This cookie wasn't meant for you. But fine, you just keep taking whatever you want!

-- I saw what you did.

-- Confucius say, "Do you ever shut up?"

And so on.

I'm considering making my Misfortune Cookies for my workplace's next food day. They're just like fortune cookies, except you read something unfortunate, just for fun:

-- Your butt looks fat in that.

-- You're so distasteful, the zombies will eat you last.

-- You are blessed to be surrounded by those who don't tell you the truth.

-- This cookie wasn't meant for you. But fine, you just keep taking whatever you want!

-- I saw what you did.

-- Confucius say, "Do you ever shut up?"

And so on.___

2015-01-29 17:40:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Pet peeves.

When you come to me for help, it's good that you speak, but also know how to shut up and listen for a moment.

Not answering the question.

Being graceless enough, when asked to please answer the question, to reply with, "Well, if you'll let me talk, I'm getting to it." You're on my time, and if this is therapy for you, I expect compensation.

Handing me papers that look like they carry dried vomit on them. It's probably not dried vomit, but why do you think it's OK to hand me anything that looks like that?

Just needed to get this out there and begin letting it go.

//

Pet peeves.

When you come to me for help, it's good that you speak, but also know how to shut up and listen for a moment.

Not answering the question.

Being graceless enough, when asked to please answer the question, to reply with, "Well, if you'll let me talk, I'm getting to it." You're on my time, and if this is therapy for you, I expect compensation.

Handing me papers that look like they carry dried vomit on them. It's probably not dried vomit, but why do you think it's OK to hand me anything that looks like that?

Just needed to get this out there and begin letting it go.

//___

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2015-01-29 02:19:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

"When you shout at me your knees tense up and they look like really angry footballs." 

Heh.

Season 2 is great.

"Very Mary-Kate"
Naked  

"When you shout at me your knees tense up and they look like really angry footballs." 

Heh.

Season 2 is great.

"Very Mary-Kate"
Naked  ___

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2015-01-29 01:29:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Very Mary-Kate

I sometimes sit and watch Internet shows, like this one, with my ear buds in, suppressing my giggles.  The husband wanders over.  "What?  What?" he asks.  So, I show him, but he finds Internet shows too long for fast giggles and too short to invest in.  So, I find him a URL to news show bloopers, and later we watch "The Big Bang Theory."

"Task List:  Buy more reds."  (suppressed giggle)

Very Mary-Kate

I sometimes sit and watch Internet shows, like this one, with my ear buds in, suppressing my giggles.  The husband wanders over.  "What?  What?" he asks.  So, I show him, but he finds Internet shows too long for fast giggles and too short to invest in.  So, I find him a URL to news show bloopers, and later we watch "The Big Bang Theory."

"Task List:  Buy more reds."  (suppressed giggle)___

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2015-01-29 00:36:48 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

The EMS tribute Edition Golden Boy Rifle.

Notification about this arrived in my email today.  Presumably because I lack something that celebrates both my status as an emergency medicine provider and my Constitutional right to bear arms.

If you'd like to get this for me as a gift, MSRP is $1,020.  If you buy it for me, don't be cheap, include ammo; I prefer long rounds.

The EMS tribute Edition Golden Boy Rifle.

Notification about this arrived in my email today.  Presumably because I lack something that celebrates both my status as an emergency medicine provider and my Constitutional right to bear arms.

If you'd like to get this for me as a gift, MSRP is $1,020.  If you buy it for me, don't be cheap, include ammo; I prefer long rounds.___

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2015-01-27 14:53:52 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

When I was a teenager and into my 20s I used to go drive in snowstorms and blizzards.  It was exhilarating and affirming.  Never once got into a jam, though there were several close calls.  (The time I flipped my first truck doesn't count, that was a normal day with black ice.)

Now, almost 50, I look out the window at a blizzard and feel the siren song of my snow thrower, gassed and ready in the garage.  It's pouring snow, and the wind gusts make the house creak and the trees wildly whip and sway.

The sparrows and chickadees dash from the dense evergreen shrubs to the feeders, eat as fast as they can, then dash back to the dense evergreen shrubs.  

If they can handle it . . .  Time for Bluetooth headset, boots, layers, and quickly turning myself into a facsimile of the abominable snow man.  This blizzard is supposed to last through the night.  I couldget in ... more »

When I was a teenager and into my 20s I used to go drive in snowstorms and blizzards.  It was exhilarating and affirming.  Never once got into a jam, though there were several close calls.  (The time I flipped my first truck doesn't count, that was a normal day with black ice.)

Now, almost 50, I look out the window at a blizzard and feel the siren song of my snow thrower, gassed and ready in the garage.  It's pouring snow, and the wind gusts make the house creak and the trees wildly whip and sway.

The sparrows and chickadees dash from the dense evergreen shrubs to the feeders, eat as fast as they can, then dash back to the dense evergreen shrubs.  

If they can handle it . . .  Time for Bluetooth headset, boots, layers, and quickly turning myself into a facsimile of the abominable snow man.  This blizzard is supposed to last through the night.  I could get in three excursions and really catch up on my audiobooks.___

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2015-01-27 13:31:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Good blizzard music.
Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
"American Beauty"   Medicine  (2015)

Good blizzard music.
Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
"American Beauty"   Medicine  (2015)___

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2015-01-27 04:44:44 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

How much can you say about snow in a half hour news report?  Quite a bit, as it turns out.  Most of it pointless.

I appreciate the radar image of the real time storm track, the projected path and accumulations.  I appreciate learning when to expect the storm to be gone in my area.

After those two minutes, I giggle when the weatherperson earnestly points out that driving is not advised tomorrow because--oh yes--blizzard.

I roll my eyes when the weatherperson earnestly points out that tomorrow is not a good time to plan on taking the family to the skiing trails.  Because--oh yes--blizzard. 

I sigh when the weatherperson cuts to some poor reporter, usually female, bundled up outdoors, who informs me that "It hasn't started snowing here yet," as if I live in a windowless environment and I can't know if it's snowing or not unlesssome... more »

How much can you say about snow in a half hour news report?  Quite a bit, as it turns out.  Most of it pointless.

I appreciate the radar image of the real time storm track, the projected path and accumulations.  I appreciate learning when to expect the storm to be gone in my area.

After those two minutes, I giggle when the weatherperson earnestly points out that driving is not advised tomorrow because--oh yes--blizzard.

I roll my eyes when the weatherperson earnestly points out that tomorrow is not a good time to plan on taking the family to the skiing trails.  Because--oh yes--blizzard. 

I sigh when the weatherperson cuts to some poor reporter, usually female, bundled up outdoors, who informs me that "It hasn't started snowing here yet," as if I live in a windowless environment and I can't know if it's snowing or not unless somebody on TV tells me.

I change the channel when the weatherperson cheerfully says, "Make weekend plans for skiing!  The snow will still be there!"  Oh yes, blizzards end.

I imagine that right now the newscaster is earnestly telling the viewers that snow is cold, so wear clean dry socks, boots, and a winter coat if you must go outside tomorrow.___

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2015-01-27 02:34:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

One of my favorite general purpose comedy podcasts.  "Throwing Shade" is not safe for work (or, NSFW, if you're one of the cool kids).  Each week homosensual Bryan Safi and feminasty Erin Gibson riff on the week's news on things gay and things girly.  That's the idea, at least.  Mostly they're an hour or so of free-wheeling, often vulgar, sometimes piercing, and always funny improvisation.  

The full length audio podcasts are available free from all the usual places, including their site:  www.throwingshade.com  

For the first time ever, I've decided to see what the pair look like in action.  Attached is a Funny or Die condensed version of their January 20, 2015 'cast.

Again, not safe for work.  Or for kids.  Or for religious fundamentalists.  Or Tea Partiers.  Or Mike Buchanan.

"Throwing Shade" withErin Gibson... more »

One of my favorite general purpose comedy podcasts.  "Throwing Shade" is not safe for work (or, NSFW, if you're one of the cool kids).  Each week homosensual Bryan Safi and feminasty Erin Gibson riff on the week's news on things gay and things girly.  That's the idea, at least.  Mostly they're an hour or so of free-wheeling, often vulgar, sometimes piercing, and always funny improvisation.  

The full length audio podcasts are available free from all the usual places, including their site:  www.throwingshade.com  

For the first time ever, I've decided to see what the pair look like in action.  Attached is a Funny or Die condensed version of their January 20, 2015 'cast.

Again, not safe for work.  Or for kids.  Or for religious fundamentalists.  Or Tea Partiers.  Or Mike Buchanan.

"Throwing Shade" with Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi.  Try it free for six weeks and if you're not satisfied, go back to "The Nerdist."___

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2015-01-27 01:20:30 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, in Maine . . .  It's cold, about 20F.  The wind is gusting, the sky overcast.  Not a single snowflake yet, but it's coming.

I brought home two on-sale frozen pizzas.  We had pizza for supper.  "It's not delivery, it's an overstuffed freezer."  I couldn't fit both in the freezer.

The husband's birthday is tomorrow.  We planned to go into town for dinner.  That's put off until the weekend.  Last weekend he accidentally broke two of his Edgewater Pottery pieces, a large platter and a small one.  So, I got him a for-now large platter and a for-now small platter.  He can replace those when he next travels to his favorite ceramic store.

I got him a cheesecake sampler in lieu of birthday cake, along with flowers.  Gifts and cheesecake and flowers are hanging out in the garage, I'll bring them inside so he canfind everyt... more »

Meanwhile, in Maine . . .  It's cold, about 20F.  The wind is gusting, the sky overcast.  Not a single snowflake yet, but it's coming.

I brought home two on-sale frozen pizzas.  We had pizza for supper.  "It's not delivery, it's an overstuffed freezer."  I couldn't fit both in the freezer.

The husband's birthday is tomorrow.  We planned to go into town for dinner.  That's put off until the weekend.  Last weekend he accidentally broke two of his Edgewater Pottery pieces, a large platter and a small one.  So, I got him a for-now large platter and a for-now small platter.  He can replace those when he next travels to his favorite ceramic store.

I got him a cheesecake sampler in lieu of birthday cake, along with flowers.  Gifts and cheesecake and flowers are hanging out in the garage, I'll bring them inside so he can find everything when he wakes up.  Note to self:  Remember to give the card!  I'm not a card person, and sometimes I've forgotten to give them to him and they end up in my sock drawer, with the thought that I'll remember to use it the next year.  It started to get silly, all those cards under my socks--because, yes, I'd also forget there are cards in my sock drawer.  (Did I mention I'm not a card person?)  I'm sure he's discovered them, but he's probably just glad it's not porn and doesn't dwell on why I buy him cards, but don't give them to him.

Tonight and tomorrow are my EMT duty nights.  Tonight, unless there's a medical emergency, I probably won't go out.  But, it's impossible to predict.  Tomorrow could be interesting.  Hopefully everybody just stays home, no travel, everybody paces themselves dealing with snow, and nobody uses dangerous heat sources if the power goes out.

We will probably lose power.  It's nice to have a generator.  I have a selection of podcasts and audiobooks loaded to listen to when it's time to move snow.  

Quiet night in Maine.  After the husband goes to bed I'll probably watch more of season 2 of "The Fall," available now on USA Netflix.  If you like thoughtful crime drama and/or Gillian Anderson and/or Jamie Dornan, you'll probably like "The Fall."

And the radio just sounded a 911 tone . . .   Nope, not my part of town.  
Resuming quiet Maine night.___

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2015-01-26 13:07:54 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

On the bright side, it's forecast to be fluffy snow, because it'll also be cold as heck.  Yes, the high winds will blow it around, creating drifts.  But, wouldn't you rather tackle drifts than break your back dragging wet snow off the roof and moving it from patios, doorways and drives?

It''s going to be fine, folks.  Spring is only, like, 50 or so days away.

Also, I'm not bothered by a cable channel deciding that we now name winter storms.  It's no worse than made up holidays, like last week's Pie Day.  But, Juno is a dumb name for a winter snow storm.  If the storm turns out worse than anticipated, it'll probably be because a more appropriate god is angered by the naming, or Juno has sighed and said, "Really, mortals?  OK, here you go!"

On the bright side, it's forecast to be fluffy snow, because it'll also be cold as heck.  Yes, the high winds will blow it around, creating drifts.  But, wouldn't you rather tackle drifts than break your back dragging wet snow off the roof and moving it from patios, doorways and drives?

It''s going to be fine, folks.  Spring is only, like, 50 or so days away.

Also, I'm not bothered by a cable channel deciding that we now name winter storms.  It's no worse than made up holidays, like last week's Pie Day.  But, Juno is a dumb name for a winter snow storm.  If the storm turns out worse than anticipated, it'll probably be because a more appropriate god is angered by the naming, or Juno has sighed and said, "Really, mortals?  OK, here you go!"___

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2015-01-26 02:32:01 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Cheap-o bruschetta.  Both the big food stores in my area have bakeries.  Each day the bakers set out discounted day-old bread, all kinds.  A nice Italian loaf for a buck is great for bruschetta.  (Bruschetta purists, look away, I don't follow any traditional recipe to the letter.)

Slice the bread 1/4 to 1/2 thick, depending on what you like.  The husband likes his bread softer, so he gets thicker slices.  I like my bread crunchy, so I use thinner.  Put the slices on a pan or on your broiler rack and toast.   Keep an eye on your slices, they can quickly burn.   You want them toasted, for the next step, not burned.

Take a few cloves of garlic and rub it on the top slices of the toast.  Sprinkle on a bit of salt, fresh pepper, and, if you're into it (which I am, the husband is not) a bit of balsamic vinegar.

You can use fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced. Or, feel... more »

Cheap-o bruschetta.  Both the big food stores in my area have bakeries.  Each day the bakers set out discounted day-old bread, all kinds.  A nice Italian loaf for a buck is great for bruschetta.  (Bruschetta purists, look away, I don't follow any traditional recipe to the letter.)

Slice the bread 1/4 to 1/2 thick, depending on what you like.  The husband likes his bread softer, so he gets thicker slices.  I like my bread crunchy, so I use thinner.  Put the slices on a pan or on your broiler rack and toast.   Keep an eye on your slices, they can quickly burn.   You want them toasted, for the next step, not burned.

Take a few cloves of garlic and rub it on the top slices of the toast.  Sprinkle on a bit of salt, fresh pepper, and, if you're into it (which I am, the husband is not) a bit of balsamic vinegar.

You can use fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced.  Or, feel free to use canned tomatoes, drained--simpler.  If you like black olives, add those, chopped up.  Get creative, add the things you like or have left in the fridge or cupboard:  mushrooms, pine nuts, bean dip--go nuts mixing and matching complementary flavors and textures.  Drizzle in a bit of olive oil.  Spoon the lot onto you bread slices.

I like to top each slice with a bit of shredded cheese.  Mozzarella works great, but if you have some leftover of that Mexican mix from Taco night, use it.  Stilton, Roquefort or Gorgonzola cheeses are amazing, but maybe don't salt the bread since those cheeses are very salty anyway.

Put back under the broiler until the topping is heated through and your cheese is bubbly.

Remove, cool a bit.  Enjoy.  

Goes great with a winter soup, stew, or a salad.

In the summer, go for that fresh basil and use that with your tomato topping for a more traditional bruschetta.___

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2015-01-25 22:36:23 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Snow storm provision idea:  Hard Boiled Eggs.  Easy to make, high protein, and a versatile ingredient that pairs well with lots of stuff, especially potatoes, tomatoes, cheeses and breads.

How to make hard boiled eggs:
Place eggs in a pot so that they each has at least a little wiggle room;
Pour in cold water and cover eggs at least one inch;
Heat over medium heat until the water reaches a boil;
Turn off heat, cover pot, let them soak for 10-12 minutes;
Carefully drain and run cold water over the eggs to cool them.

You're done.  Enjoy immediately, or store in the fridge until you want to use them.  They'll last in the fridge about a week.  Left out and not peeled, use within a day.

Simple Egg Salad
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled;
1/4 cup mayonnaise;
1/4 cup finely sliced scallions, or chives;
1 1/2 teaspoons lemonjuic... more »

Snow storm provision idea:  Hard Boiled Eggs.  Easy to make, high protein, and a versatile ingredient that pairs well with lots of stuff, especially potatoes, tomatoes, cheeses and breads.

How to make hard boiled eggs:
Place eggs in a pot so that they each has at least a little wiggle room;
Pour in cold water and cover eggs at least one inch;
Heat over medium heat until the water reaches a boil;
Turn off heat, cover pot, let them soak for 10-12 minutes;
Carefully drain and run cold water over the eggs to cool them.

You're done.  Enjoy immediately, or store in the fridge until you want to use them.  They'll last in the fridge about a week.  Left out and not peeled, use within a day.

Simple Egg Salad
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled;
1/4 cup mayonnaise;
1/4 cup finely sliced scallions, or chives;
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice;
1/3 cup finely diced celery;
1 Tablespoon mince fresh parsley, or 1 teaspoon dried;
1 teaspoon salt, a few grinds of pepper.
Mash it all up.  Voila.  You can store this in the fridge for a few days, if it lasts that long.___

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2015-01-25 19:22:47 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Coffee.  Like bacon and breasts, coffee is an attention-grabbing topic on the Internet and in our personal lives.  According to the National Coffee Association, 83% of Americans (my fellow citizens) drink at least one coffee a day, the highest percentage of any nation.  

I've never been a coffee snob, but after 30+ years of drinking the stuff, I do have my likes and dislike.  I like Dunkin Donut's brews over Starbucks.  I've never ordered a coffee from McDonalds or other fast food chains, it just seems too weird to get a coffee from places that also grill cow muscle and fry potatoes in vats of hot oil.  

Italians make lovely coffee, usually as espresso, and I've never met an Italian who didn't happily make mine "Americano."  The best ground coffee I've ever tasted came from a roaster based in Germany.  I stockpiled bags of it beforereturni... more »

Coffee.  Like bacon and breasts, coffee is an attention-grabbing topic on the Internet and in our personal lives.  According to the National Coffee Association, 83% of Americans (my fellow citizens) drink at least one coffee a day, the highest percentage of any nation.  

I've never been a coffee snob, but after 30+ years of drinking the stuff, I do have my likes and dislike.  I like Dunkin Donut's brews over Starbucks.  I've never ordered a coffee from McDonalds or other fast food chains, it just seems too weird to get a coffee from places that also grill cow muscle and fry potatoes in vats of hot oil.  

Italians make lovely coffee, usually as espresso, and I've never met an Italian who didn't happily make mine "Americano."  The best ground coffee I've ever tasted came from a roaster based in Germany.  I stockpiled bags of it before returning home from Saudi Arabia during Gulf War I.  Now just a pleasant memory.

My first experience of coffee was my Mom's jar of Sanka instant.  It had a sharp flavor with a smoky after taste.  That's what I thought coffee was.  

Then I joined the Navy and started drinking percolator coffee.  Big stainless steel vats, seldom empty for very long, often simmering away for hours, producing a black, metallic-tasting brew.  The caffeine kept you awake, but so did that ache in your molars from over-cooked brew.

Then somebody bought me a coffee maker.  It was Christmas.  It was a simple, cheap Mr. Coffee that would brew 12 cups of coffee.  For the first time I was entering the world of filters and bags or cans bought at the food store and brought home.  I learned to make coffee, and I learned how to make good coffee.  With good coffee, I learned that I don't need or want sugar or milk.  One trick:  never brew 12 cups, brew four, drink that, and then if you want more brew more.  My rule with coffee that sits on a hot plate is that it's pretty much garbage after 40 minutes.  Make it, drink it, move on.

A grand solution?  A simple drip coffee maker that uses an insulated carafe that does not sit on heating pad.  You can relax and enjoy your coffee, knowing that the last mug might not be as hot, but it won't taste like garbage either.  See the link for a simple, inexpensive coffee maker of the kind I'm talking about.

Finally, as for these newer coffee makers that use plastic disposable containers of coffee, the one-use wonders?  My Mom's Sanka tasted about as good, costs far less, and doesn't contribute as much to the ever-growing ocean of plastic waste.

Any coffee thoughts, anecdotes, or declarations?___

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2015-01-25 18:42:23 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

So, I should get the better coffee.  I like this list.

So, I should get the better coffee.  I like this list.___

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2015-01-25 17:49:08 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Flying my particular geek flag here.  How was English pronounced when Queen Elizabeth Tudor ruled, when Sir Francis Drake harried Spanish merchant ships for the wealth of the New World, and when William Shakespeare wrote and staged his plays at London's Globe Theatre?  In the video clip on the link a father and son take us inside the new Globe Theatre and give us a taste of original pronunciations (called "OP" in the clip).  In this way, we start to understand that much of Shakespeare's wit and rhymes and rhythms work only when we hear them as they were intended to be spoken.

Flying my particular geek flag here.  How was English pronounced when Queen Elizabeth Tudor ruled, when Sir Francis Drake harried Spanish merchant ships for the wealth of the New World, and when William Shakespeare wrote and staged his plays at London's Globe Theatre?  In the video clip on the link a father and son take us inside the new Globe Theatre and give us a taste of original pronunciations (called "OP" in the clip).  In this way, we start to understand that much of Shakespeare's wit and rhymes and rhythms work only when we hear them as they were intended to be spoken.___

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2015-01-25 02:32:03 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Fun series streaming now on North American Netflix.
"Mankind: The Story of All of Us"

Fun series streaming now on North American Netflix.
"Mankind: The Story of All of Us"___

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2015-01-24 23:05:55 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Free on Google Play's USA Music store.
Mötley Crüe, The Greatest Hits

Free on Google Play's USA Music store.
Mötley Crüe, The Greatest Hits___

2015-01-24 19:32:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The husband has safely returned.  His car is inside, he is inside.  Now I can go out and move snow.  

He brought me tobacco.  He gets me.  : )

The husband has safely returned.  His car is inside, he is inside.  Now I can go out and move snow.  

He brought me tobacco.  He gets me.  : )___

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2015-01-24 18:49:59 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I love ancient history.  Not Roman.  Not Greek.  Not Biblical.  ANCIENT.  Assyria.  Babylonia.  the Hittites, Aramaria.  Edom.  the Urarto, Minoans, Egyptians (not the one you're thinking of), and those zany Levantines, including Philistia, Tyre and Sidon, and those crazy Israelis and Judah weirdos.  

They were all that before we were glimmers in our mamas' eyes.  

It has all already happened.  

Pretty snow day.

I love ancient history.  Not Roman.  Not Greek.  Not Biblical.  ANCIENT.  Assyria.  Babylonia.  the Hittites, Aramaria.  Edom.  the Urarto, Minoans, Egyptians (not the one you're thinking of), and those zany Levantines, including Philistia, Tyre and Sidon, and those crazy Israelis and Judah weirdos.  

They were all that before we were glimmers in our mamas' eyes.  

It has all already happened.  

Pretty snow day.___

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2015-01-24 17:58:04 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I sent this only to myself. That's not nice, or summery.

A bit of summer in a jar. Dilly beans. Crunchy, vinegary, garlicky. A perfect snack as I prepare the winter feast.

Always remember to put summer in a jar. You will need it.___I sent this only to myself. That's not nice, or summery.

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2015-01-24 17:50:25 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

In the early 90s, in Maine at least, McDonald's used to have an Earth Day promotion of handing out tiny spruce saplings to customers to take home and plant. That is a 1991 McDonald's Earth Day spruce tree. Its 1992 counterpart thrives 15 feet away to the left.

All history, like politics, are local.

Pretty snow day.

In the early 90s, in Maine at least, McDonald's used to have an Earth Day promotion of handing out tiny spruce saplings to customers to take home and plant. That is a 1991 McDonald's Earth Day spruce tree. Its 1992 counterpart thrives 15 feet away to the left.

All history, like politics, are local.

Pretty snow day.___

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2015-01-24 17:15:55 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

I don't feel like being social, so I've bowed out of the lunch with friends in town.  Instead, I've scrubbed the bath tub and shower walls.  I'm now soaking all the whites in the tub.  We have iron-rich water, so it''s good once in a while to soak them in Iron-Out.  I'll wash and dry those and have them put away before the husband returns.

I'm also making a turkey stock from last week's turkey wings, legs and carcass.  Threw in some carrots, celery, an onion and a garlic clove roughly chopped.  Added one egg's contents and its shell.  That can simmer until sunset.

At which time, I'll need to move outside and shift this snow.  It's a pretty snowfall, dry and thick, but not terribly cold.  I have a couple of windows open and am enjoying giving the place an airing even as I puff on my pipe.  It's time to get more PrinceAlbert.  ... more »

I don't feel like being social, so I've bowed out of the lunch with friends in town.  Instead, I've scrubbed the bath tub and shower walls.  I'm now soaking all the whites in the tub.  We have iron-rich water, so it''s good once in a while to soak them in Iron-Out.  I'll wash and dry those and have them put away before the husband returns.

I'm also making a turkey stock from last week's turkey wings, legs and carcass.  Threw in some carrots, celery, an onion and a garlic clove roughly chopped.  Added one egg's contents and its shell.  That can simmer until sunset.

At which time, I'll need to move outside and shift this snow.  It's a pretty snowfall, dry and thick, but not terribly cold.  I have a couple of windows open and am enjoying giving the place an airing even as I puff on my pipe.  It's time to get more Prince Albert.  No, not in a can.

Annie is in the garage happily and privately chewing on a beef bone.  Leo is eyeing me from the couch, not pleased at the show of Annie favoritism--get over it Leo, I say, you're only alive by my will and continued defense of you.  The old boys, the other two dogs, are snoozing in the mud room, their private space.

Last night's "Archer" was great fun.  I keep playing it, though not paying consistent attention to it.  By nightfall I should have seen enough bits to make a whole episode in my mind.

Maybe I'll use up those white potatoes and make a soup from the turkey stock.  That can be shared with the neighbors.  Always nice on a snow day, soup you didn't expect.  Hmm?___

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2015-01-24 14:19:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

No ear worm today.  It's starting to snow.  I am to meet the husband and friends for lunch in town.  

In lieu of ear worm, here's "The Fox in the Snow."

"The Fox in the Snow"
Belle and Sebastian, If You're Feeling Sinister (1996)

Fox in the snow, where do you go
To find something you can eat?
Cause the word out on the street is you are starving
Don't let yourself grow hungry now
Don't let yourself grow cold
Fox in the snow

Girl in the snow, where will you go
To find someone that will do?
To tell someone all the truth before it kills you
They listen to your crazy laugh
Before you hang a right
And disappear from sight
What do they know anyway?
You'll read it in a book
What do they know anyway?
You'll read it in a book tonight
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No ear worm today.  It's starting to snow.  I am to meet the husband and friends for lunch in town.  

In lieu of ear worm, here's "The Fox in the Snow."

"The Fox in the Snow"
Belle and Sebastian, If You're Feeling Sinister (1996)

Fox in the snow, where do you go
To find something you can eat?
Cause the word out on the street is you are starving
Don't let yourself grow hungry now
Don't let yourself grow cold
Fox in the snow

Girl in the snow, where will you go
To find someone that will do?
To tell someone all the truth before it kills you
They listen to your crazy laugh
Before you hang a right
And disappear from sight
What do they know anyway?
You'll read it in a book
What do they know anyway?
You'll read it in a book tonight

Boy on the bike, what are you like
As you cycle round the town?
You're going up, you're going down
You're going nowhere
It's not as if they're paying you
It's not as if it's fun
At least not anymore
When your legs are black and blue
It's time to take a break
When your legs are black and blue
It's time to take a holiday

Kid in the snow, way to go
It only happens once a year
It only happens once a lifetime
Make the most of it
Second just to being born
Second to dying too
What else could you do?
What else would you do?

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2015-01-23 18:00:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"Slow down, Joe.  I'm a Rock & Roll man."

"Slow down, Joe.  I'm a Rock & Roll man."___

2015-01-23 16:26:04 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

When Max was a young man a pretty girl he dated broke up with him.  She said to him, "You are so wonderful, Max.  But you are like a mansion with only one light burning.  And I'm afraid of that one light.  I don't know if you're a murderer or a savior.  I can't be with either."

She was an English major.  

Max watched her walk away.  Shrug on her jacket.  Open the door.  Leave.  Close the door.  He sighed.  He pulled her plate to his side of the table and tore off a bit of her cornbread.  Raised it to his mouth. . .

Thirty years later, Max has tried murder.  He found it sweet, in the moment.  He chose his few victims carefully and well.  He put on the faces of their victims as he made his victims cry out and beg.  A sweet spiritual sugar rush.  Ultimately hollow, however, to Max.  The dead have nowhere to go but away.  Isthere ever a reason... more »

When Max was a young man a pretty girl he dated broke up with him.  She said to him, "You are so wonderful, Max.  But you are like a mansion with only one light burning.  And I'm afraid of that one light.  I don't know if you're a murderer or a savior.  I can't be with either."

She was an English major.  

Max watched her walk away.  Shrug on her jacket.  Open the door.  Leave.  Close the door.  He sighed.  He pulled her plate to his side of the table and tore off a bit of her cornbread.  Raised it to his mouth. . .

Thirty years later, Max has tried murder.  He found it sweet, in the moment.  He chose his few victims carefully and well.  He put on the faces of their victims as he made his victims cry out and beg.  A sweet spiritual sugar rush.  Ultimately hollow, however, to Max.  The dead have nowhere to go but away.  Is there ever a reason to feel good about making ashes out of rot?  Max asked.  The dead did not respond.  He felt used.  And there was always so much to clean up.

A savior.  Trickier.  Max worked in mindless jobs for several years and pondered the idea.  He read books about past saviors.  Having been burned by his murderer experience, Max read with a critical eye, and let objective present reality inform his education and course.

Max decided that there are no Great Saviors that matter.  There are only small acts of generosity that mean anything to his fellows.  Great Saviors, Max realized, create more piles of stinking bodies than any normal man or woman.  Great Saviors are the last thing people need.

So, Max settled for being a minor savior.  He studied law.  And health.  Ancient to modern.  Not in a school, seated on a hard wood chair, some man or woman droning on a stage in front of him.  Humans had invented writing 5,000 years ago.  There is no good reason to rely on the words of a living human to deliver knowledge, Max knew.  Writing is the best of them.  The only truth, if there is any truth at all.

Max read.  And read, and read.  He read for content.  He read footnotes and chased sources.  In his hunger and haste he mixed up law and health and the two became one to him.  He loved it, he could not get enough.  He could read a book a night and there was nothing to clean up, nothing to hide.  Just his mind and his wondering and his dreams and the gift of the next day, the next book.

One night Max got a tone on his radio.  He'd become an EMT in his town.  The most he wished to do with his knowledge of how human bodies live and die.  He woke and rubbed his eyes.  He gripped the radio and said the words to the dispatcher so that the State would know that somebody is taking responsibility for the call.  

98 year old woman.  Fell.  Can't get up.  

Max drove his truck in the night down the dark streets of the rural world he lived in, knowing of the street he'd been dispatched to.  Years earlier he'd ended a life on that same narrow street.  It had been a bright July day, then.  Max shook his head at the memory.  He was older now.  It was dark outside.  Cloud covered.  No light from heaven.  Heaven never showed itself to Max.  Even when he'd stood outside, bared and bloody and cried up to the star-strewn night.  

Max gripped the steering wheel and piloted his truck to the call for help.

Max had to break open the door to get inside.  Others of his title often gasped and moved away from Max when he would break and enter.  To Max the math was simple and obvious.  The one inside is in trouble.  Called for help.  If a door or window stands in the way, it loses.  To others, Law was always more important than Call.  Max understood--he'd studied this world.  He never glossed over facts in his reports.  Those inside wishing only to be helped never once complained.

The door frame splintered and gave way under Max's force.  Max was inside and pushing aside the rebounding door.  His eyes those of a murderer/savior.  Inside it was hot. Max felt the heat on his exposed face and his thoughts ticked over heat exposure scenarios--gleaned from books and two summer experiences---until he saw her on the floor.  For her the heat was a blessing.  Old.  Thin in an age-wasted way.  Circulatory system breaking down, tissues prone to cold exposure.  No danger from heat.  Not here.  Max moved into the room and sank to his knees by the prone old woman.

The old woman looked up at Max and gasped, her thin lips moving, her eyes rheumy and pale.  She seemed to actually see him in a way that had rarely annoyed him since childhood.  She mewled and closed her eyes and used her limited strength to recoil from him.  

This angered Max.  Even in the moment he wondered at it.  Why does her form and reaction to me anger me, he thought  He pondered his anger, in the moments between the speed of thoughts.  She is old and wasted and fallen, his loud mind said.  Why does she anger me?  Max thought as his town fellows entered the broken doorway.

Max felt a bony hand wrap around his wrist and resisted the urge to recoil, as if scalded.  He grit his teeth and used his free arm to wave away the other volunteers.  "Ready an oxygen bottle!" he ordered, knowing that humans these days need more than just majesty to comply, short of actual pain.  The two volunteers fell over themselves to attach lines to oxygen bottle and agonized in silence over whether Max meant full mask or nasal canula . . .

Max and, to him, the old viscous creature on the floor eyed each other.  Max's jaw clenched and he felt himself wish to grip that thin neck and choke the life out of the bitch.  The old woman gazed up at him, clearly afraid, but also in command of her own mind.  She knew him.  

Max did not know her.  It was maddening to Max.  Suddenly he was two years old again and everybody knows things he does not know, and nobody will talk to him, tell him.  He wanted to hurt her.  Kill her.  He stayed his hands because he was tired of this.  Tired of the puzzle.  Tired of not knowing.  She deserved to be choked to death by him.  But he could never say why.

Max's thoughts in that brief moment of recognition between Max and the old woman were broken by Hank's voice out of the dark and the night.  

"OK!" Hank barked, his cheap cigar clenched between his teeth.  "Great job, great job.  Let's clear this space!"

Hank, Max knew, had a way with people.  He'd wanted to kill Hank too, years ago.  But, he liked Hank, and Hank, despite his faults, had no victims Max could wear as faces.  He waited.  Maybe Hank would screw up, finally reveal himself as somebody worthy of being ended by Max.  Until then, Max could wait.  It was a wide world, after all, even in this small odd town.

"Kathy, thank you," said Hank as he gripped the small oxygen bottle in one big hand.  "Peter, hand me that line," Hank said, switching his gaze from the woman to the man and accepting the soft plastic line in his free hand.  "Now.  Both of you.  Go outside.  Wait.  It's fine.  Put the heat on the ambulance.  It's cold.  Isn't it?"

Two heads nodded agreement.  Two people quickly exited.  Hank dropped both tank and line and closed the door in the broken door frame.

"Max," Hank breathed.

'Hank!" Max spat, feeling like he would very soon erupt, but not knowing how the eruption would show itself.

"Max," Hank said again and moved to the old woman's feet.  "I'm so sorry, Max.  I didn't think this would ever happen."

Max closed his eyes and trembled.  The old woman keened softly and tried to move herself away from Max.

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2015-01-23 15:09:05 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Let me lie to you.

You will like it.  You will do well.  And you will become a better person.  I promise.  Truth is an acid.  We need truth cut by lies.  The lies buffer the acid of the truth, protecting you.  It is only temporary, I promise.  It will hurt, when it comes.  But, only for a moment.  You will be ready.

When you are ready, when the acid no longer threatens your safety and chance for longevity, you will strip away the lies and understand the truths contained in them.  Then you will be a man, or a woman.  A leader among your people.  Then you will take a new name, protect the truths, fashion the lies.  Become the protector and giver of new life.

Lies are sweet.  Or else they promise sweetness if one responds to warning of the lie.  Remember, the lie is always to protect, to create longevity and community.  So, make fine lies.  Do nottolerate cheap li... more »

Let me lie to you.

You will like it.  You will do well.  And you will become a better person.  I promise.  Truth is an acid.  We need truth cut by lies.  The lies buffer the acid of the truth, protecting you.  It is only temporary, I promise.  It will hurt, when it comes.  But, only for a moment.  You will be ready.

When you are ready, when the acid no longer threatens your safety and chance for longevity, you will strip away the lies and understand the truths contained in them.  Then you will be a man, or a woman.  A leader among your people.  Then you will take a new name, protect the truths, fashion the lies.  Become the protector and giver of new life.

Lies are sweet.  Or else they promise sweetness if one responds to warning of the lie.  Remember, the lie is always to protect, to create longevity and community.  So, make fine lies.  Do not tolerate cheap lies from others, and never be so lazy as to craft them yourself.

When you misuse lies, you are no longer served by your leaders, and you will not become a leader.  It is no sin to be lied to to.  It is a great sin to become the liar, and a sad fate to die never realizing that you were the liar, that you hurt so many, that your people are weakened and debased because of you.  

If you are now the liar, then likely the chain got broken and you are the product of one who identified with lies, not the truths they were meant to carry.  If so, I am sorry.  You deserved so much better and others failed you.  

There is hope.

The road for you is long and very difficult.  I will not sugar coat this, make it a lie.  

Here is the part you never learned, because your lies were so cheaply crafted for you.  There are no lies when lying is done well.  There are only truths couched in metaphor.  

Your first steps are these:
What is true?
What are you afraid of?

You will likely find that the first is intimately paired with the second, but that no revelations have come from either.  That is the nature of lies.  They are not meant to be the truth.  They are meant to protect the truth until you are ready for the revelation of the truth.  When the lie becomes the thing, you are trapped.  Done.  Stuck.  Not a man.  Not a woman.  Not a leader of your people.  At worst, you become a destroyer of everything the truth was meant to protect and sustain.

Start your list.  What is the truth?  What am I afraid of?  Be brave, please.  You come from brave and courageous people.  The chain was broken, yes, but it can be reforged.  By you, if you wish.  Or at least started by you.

The truth is your birthright and legacy.  When fear's voice is not as loud as your own voice?  Your true voice?  You are on your way home, my friend.

You can do it.  Trust me on that.  I'm quite insane in wonderful ways in your liar's world.  ; )

My lie for you?  You live at the holiest spot in all the world.  Right where you are, where you lay your head each night.  God's grace flows out of that spot where you are, it is the most beloved of god, and it is where blessings flow like milk and honey.  Holy holy, baby.  Run with it.___

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2015-01-23 14:32:29 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Remember the Tootise Pop experiment?  Now we all know it takes three licks to get the center, thanks to that wise old owl.

I'm doing something similar this morning with A-Ha's "Take On Me."  I have it on a loop.  I want to see what happens when it just never stops playing, over and over and over.

If this is the catalyst for Armageddon, I am--not that sorry.  Heh.  But I regret any inconvenience to the species. 

Remember the Tootise Pop experiment?  Now we all know it takes three licks to get the center, thanks to that wise old owl.

I'm doing something similar this morning with A-Ha's "Take On Me."  I have it on a loop.  I want to see what happens when it just never stops playing, over and over and over.

If this is the catalyst for Armageddon, I am--not that sorry.  Heh.  But I regret any inconvenience to the species. ___

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2015-01-23 14:14:07 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Iron and Gods

"I liked bronze!" bellowed Thor, slamming his massive fist onto the table for emphasis.  The quick among the assembled gods kept their hands lightly cupped around their pint glasses and lost none of their beer.  Those less familiar with the God of Thunder leaped back as spilled beer trickled over the table top.  The concierge twitched his perfectly waxed mustache and, from the safety of a far corner, raised an arm, snapped his fingers and pointed to the table.  Two harried servers nodded and scurried for rags and fresh pints.

Just a thought.  Does it occur to anybody else that the gods did well until iron came along?  I wonder what silica will birth.  Hopefully more than The Drudge Report and Perez Hilton.  We do need better gods right now.  

Iron and Gods

"I liked bronze!" bellowed Thor, slamming his massive fist onto the table for emphasis.  The quick among the assembled gods kept their hands lightly cupped around their pint glasses and lost none of their beer.  Those less familiar with the God of Thunder leaped back as spilled beer trickled over the table top.  The concierge twitched his perfectly waxed mustache and, from the safety of a far corner, raised an arm, snapped his fingers and pointed to the table.  Two harried servers nodded and scurried for rags and fresh pints.

Just a thought.  Does it occur to anybody else that the gods did well until iron came along?  I wonder what silica will birth.  Hopefully more than The Drudge Report and Perez Hilton.  We do need better gods right now.  ___

2015-01-22 23:30:46 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Why my thoughts on things will never matter.

A couple of women at work tittered over an Internet picture of a group of shirtless men posing for the camera.  Muscular, young, healthy, each projected an image of the current Western male ideal.  I leaned in and studied the image.

"They all need to gain twenty pounds," I flatly quipped,  "and stop shaving their bodies."  I turned to move away. Turning back I added, "And let their daddies pose for that sort of picture and show them what a man looks like."

So out of step, out of tune, out of it.  (sigh)

Why my thoughts on things will never matter.

A couple of women at work tittered over an Internet picture of a group of shirtless men posing for the camera.  Muscular, young, healthy, each projected an image of the current Western male ideal.  I leaned in and studied the image.

"They all need to gain twenty pounds," I flatly quipped,  "and stop shaving their bodies."  I turned to move away. Turning back I added, "And let their daddies pose for that sort of picture and show them what a man looks like."

So out of step, out of tune, out of it.  (sigh)___

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2015-01-22 03:07:35 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Uh oh.  Dandy is not going to take that well.  Not at all.

Let the season finale and the body count begin!

Uh oh.  Dandy is not going to take that well.  Not at all.

Let the season finale and the body count begin!___

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2015-01-20 05:33:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The story of the GIF.

The story of the GIF.___

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2015-01-19 12:06:07 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

For Thanksgiving last year I brined a turkey in a new (to me) formulation.  It involved, in addition to basic water and salt, dry red wine and sugar.  The husband loved it.
 
Last week he bought a frozen turkey and formally requested a repeat of my Thanksgiving dinner.  Of course, I will comply.  Not least of all because I am curious to see the results.  For Thanksgiving I used a fresh turkey, not frozen.  The brine seemed to change the qualities of the meat from what I am used to.  It felt finer grained, meatier and more flavorful.  Juicy, yes, but with more notes than my normal brine.

I'm curious to see I can repeat that with a frozen turkey.  The bird has brined for two days.  It is now a purple turkey.  Roasting solves the odd color.  

Last night I drained the brine, rinsed the bird, and now it sits in the cooler.  In a few hours I'll take itout to warm a... more »

For Thanksgiving last year I brined a turkey in a new (to me) formulation.  It involved, in addition to basic water and salt, dry red wine and sugar.  The husband loved it.
 
Last week he bought a frozen turkey and formally requested a repeat of my Thanksgiving dinner.  Of course, I will comply.  Not least of all because I am curious to see the results.  For Thanksgiving I used a fresh turkey, not frozen.  The brine seemed to change the qualities of the meat from what I am used to.  It felt finer grained, meatier and more flavorful.  Juicy, yes, but with more notes than my normal brine.

I'm curious to see I can repeat that with a frozen turkey.  The bird has brined for two days.  It is now a purple turkey.  Roasting solves the odd color.  

Last night I drained the brine, rinsed the bird, and now it sits in the cooler.  In a few hours I'll take it out to warm and oil and salt before roasting.  We'll see if this bird is similar to the first.

The traditional meal will include mashed potatoes, sauteed Brussels sprouts with bacon, roasted butternut squash, and pumpkin pie.

Happy Monday, everybody.

The link is to the Martha Stewart brine, which I modified.___

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2015-01-19 11:57:20 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Time is short.  Decide today to be connected, and resourceful, and in your own life.

You can do that.

Time is short.  Decide today to be connected, and resourceful, and in your own life.

You can do that.___

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2015-01-18 21:16:37 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

This could be fun.

This could be fun.___

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2015-01-18 18:50:21 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Just got a private message that somebody I like and admire likes and admires my capacity for spiritual thought.  

Oh dear.  I get to follow up on that with this?

Today's ear worm..  The Scissor Sister's debut album includes this ditty that points out one's inability to see women's breasts on the radio.  

In truth, the entire album is brilliant and fun and wonderfully excessive.  If you like classic Elton John and have thought that his sound would have benefited from an injection of dance pop and falsetto, you'll like the Scissor Sister's 2004 debut album.

Scissor Sisters
"Tits on the Radio"

Creamsicle sky while the sun sets up in the west 
Where are the queers on the piers, heard they gave it their best 
Now they got jobs at a local fast food chain 
Flipping tricks for the burger,since L... more »

Just got a private message that somebody I like and admire likes and admires my capacity for spiritual thought.  

Oh dear.  I get to follow up on that with this?

Today's ear worm..  The Scissor Sister's debut album includes this ditty that points out one's inability to see women's breasts on the radio.  

In truth, the entire album is brilliant and fun and wonderfully excessive.  If you like classic Elton John and have thought that his sound would have benefited from an injection of dance pop and falsetto, you'll like the Scissor Sister's 2004 debut album.

Scissor Sisters
"Tits on the Radio"

Creamsicle sky while the sun sets up in the west 
Where are the queers on the piers, heard they gave it their best 
Now they got jobs at a local fast food chain 
Flipping tricks for the burger, since Lady M jacked their fame 
Flipping tricks for the burger, since Lady M jacked their fame 

You can't see tits on the radio 
I'll give you five fingers for a one man show 
Fasten those pants for the lap dance 
Take a shot now this may be your last chance 

There ain't no tits on the radio (Oh, no) 
There ain't no tits on the radio (Oh, no) 
There ain't no tits on the radio (Oh, no) 
There ain't no tits on the radio (No, no) 

Dark room Danny can't see with the lights turned out 
Black-haired tranny counts sheep with her bed turned down 
But the bed's in Jersey and the sheep's on a farm 
Dark room Danny hears police alarm 
Dark room Danny can't see with the lights turned out 
Dark room Danny can't see with the lights turned out 

You can't see tits on the radio 
I'll give you five fingers for a one man show 
Fasten those pants for the lap dance 
Take a shot now this may be your last chance 

There ain't no tits on the radio (Oh, no) 
There ain't no tits on the radio (Oh, no) 
There ain't no tits on the radio (Oh, no) 
There ain't no tits on the radio (No, no)

//___

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2015-01-18 17:22:46 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Last night I attended a choral performance held at an area Catholic church.  I have lived in this community, off and on, since the mid-80s, but it was the first time I'd stepped inside that church.  It's the largest Catholic church in the area, a stone monument in the classic Roman style.  In the sanctuary one is enveloped in the iconography and language of Roman story-telling and faith.

The husband is one of the performers in the singing troupe.  As I tend to prefer my own company over that of strangers (and many people I know), I found a spot outside the mass of others, near the back, calculated to be within the bubble of best sound.  To my surprise, a pale woman with dark hair and dark eyes invaded my space, seating herself near me.  She turned to me and offered a terse nod and smile.  I returned the gesture with equal economy.  We waited for the performers to enter, theperform... more »

Last night I attended a choral performance held at an area Catholic church.  I have lived in this community, off and on, since the mid-80s, but it was the first time I'd stepped inside that church.  It's the largest Catholic church in the area, a stone monument in the classic Roman style.  In the sanctuary one is enveloped in the iconography and language of Roman story-telling and faith.

The husband is one of the performers in the singing troupe.  As I tend to prefer my own company over that of strangers (and many people I know), I found a spot outside the mass of others, near the back, calculated to be within the bubble of best sound.  To my surprise, a pale woman with dark hair and dark eyes invaded my space, seating herself near me.  She turned to me and offered a terse nod and smile.  I returned the gesture with equal economy.  We waited for the performers to enter, the performance to begin.

"Is that Mary?" she asked, pointing to a painted statue.  I nodded.  "It is not her most typical pose," I said, "but she wears a sky-blue mantle, a sign that you are beholding the mother of Jesus."  My companion nodded.  "Blue.  I wonder why."

I took the wondering as rhetorical and continued my visual review of the space.  The stained glass.  The statuary.  The painted panels.  The only thing lacking was an olfactory smack of incense--maybe that's no longer in vogue among Catholics, though the Orthodox still seem to keep the spice-traders in business. So, an incomplete show, but still a good one.  The building tells a story.  You just have to understand the language.

Along the sanctuary walls are statuary tableaux that tell the story of the stations of cross, a visual depiction of Jesus's journey from shouldering the cross to his annihilation upon it.  The Passion of the Christ.  The new Adam, the one who must die so that humankind might achieve eternal life and restoration with the divine.  

Essential to understanding our long fascination with Christianity is the belief that we live as fallen creatures in a fallen creation, we and our world permeated with corruption and evil.  If you were raised within this tradition, even if you were not raised on Christianity, that belief is part of your spiritual DNA.  

Christianity is the story of getting back to the Garden, to once again finding the face of God after our long exile.  Jesus is the central figure in that story.  (Hindus, for example, are more fortunate in this instance.  They see the face(s) of god every day, and nobody and nothing starts out corrupted and fallen.  Different spiritual DNA.)

I counted the statues and images of Mary.  From my vantage I found seven.  Mary, the perfect mother, the one who gives life, who nurtures and protects and defends.  Mary, the mother goddess.  So important, and so lost and deeply missed in many Protestant sects, including the one I was raised on.  

Also missing in my childhood tradition, the crucifixion, the central and deeply personal image of Jesus hanging from the cross.  I was told as a lad that Catholics get it wrong.  One does not celebrate or worship the image of the Christ in his suffering and death.  One looks to the empty cross, the symbol of the Christ's resurrection.  Staffed cross or empty cross, we tell our stories after our fashion and desired emphasis.

The performers filed in, the women entering from the left side of the nave, the men from the right, everybody clothed in black.  The performance began.  Frances Poulenc's "Agnus Dei," the Lamb of God.  That title was given to Jesus by John the Baptist when the two first met.  "Look!' cried John, who also happened to be Jesus's cousin, "the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!"

John, the voice in the wilderness, warning all who would hear of the approaching new age, the revolution in human consciousness and relationship to god and each other.  Jesus, the god made flesh, the one who must die as the perfect sacrifice to bring us back to hope and the presence of the creator.

Do I believe this?  Do I not?  Those are not the proper questions, I think.  This complex and revolutionary story and its language are part of our journey.  Ignore it at your peril.  Not peril of eternal death or even eternal suffering.  Peril of missing out on living a most human life.  

We are not separate from our centuries-old spiritual life, any more than we are separate from the earth that holds us up.  

Belief is not required.  The only barrier, as ever, is ignorance.  Easily overcome.  Anyway, it's a great story.  One that reaches back to the very dawn of our spiritual journey as apes that got down from the trees and started to walk upright.

Attached is a performance of Poulenc's "Agnus Dei," a celebration of a standard part of services in the Roman, Anglican, Lutheran and other Christian traditions.  The invocation of the Lamb of God is a famous composition, worked and reworked by composers throughout the centuries.  It is an invitation to the one who died for us, a recognition of the sacrifice of the divine and god's promise, fulfilled.  As with all such music and other art, it is something that takes you out of the mundane and places you in the spiritual space and experience.   

//___

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2015-01-18 14:43:07 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

I was given this molded plastic imagination fuse for Christmas when I was a little boy.  The best part?  The trap door (not shown) in the middle that drops one's great enemies into the dark stony dungeon.  Muah-ha-ha.

I was given this molded plastic imagination fuse for Christmas when I was a little boy.  The best part?  The trap door (not shown) in the middle that drops one's great enemies into the dark stony dungeon.  Muah-ha-ha.___

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2015-01-17 01:58:44 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

WARNING: Contains several f-bombs

Today's ear worm.  I'm happy I got through the day without singing out loud any of the chorus.

Lily Allen
"F*ck You" (2009)

In other news, it's January and Friday night and I got down on the floor and played with the dogs.  Leo separately, as he does not play well with others and I always prefer that nobody, including me, bleeds for the act of play.

They stink.  The dogs. A house full of boys, and Annie, and everybody stinks.  Also Annie.  Sorry, girl, you do.  

This weekend everybody gets a bath.  It will be chaos on a grand scale, but it's time.  Over time.

If you don't like that, f*ck you very much.

WARNING: Contains several f-bombs

Today's ear worm.  I'm happy I got through the day without singing out loud any of the chorus.

Lily Allen
"F*ck You" (2009)

In other news, it's January and Friday night and I got down on the floor and played with the dogs.  Leo separately, as he does not play well with others and I always prefer that nobody, including me, bleeds for the act of play.

They stink.  The dogs. A house full of boys, and Annie, and everybody stinks.  Also Annie.  Sorry, girl, you do.  

This weekend everybody gets a bath.  It will be chaos on a grand scale, but it's time.  Over time.

If you don't like that, f*ck you very much.___

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2015-01-16 00:16:22 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

American Horror Story:  Freak Show

Paul:  "What do we do now?"

Desiree:  "Steal her jewelry.  And bury the bi***"

I love this show.  

American Horror Story:  Freak Show

Paul:  "What do we do now?"

Desiree:  "Steal her jewelry.  And bury the bi***"

I love this show.  ___

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2015-01-15 01:13:04 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Today's ear worm.  A repeat ear worm from last fall.

Things I recall from when this song was in the Top 40 on FM radio:
-- Feathered hair;
-- Skateboarding;
-- Kiss, the band;
-- Jeannie D. got breasts, but Vickie J. is still prettier;
--  What's the fuss about breasts?
--  Gosh, Chuck K. gives me funny feelings.
-- Elvis Presley died, but only the grown ups care;
--  More skateboarding.


Bonus ear worm stuff:
Andy Gibb was the younger brother of brothers Maurice, Barry and Robin, more commonly known as The Bee Gees, aka, The Brothers Gibb.

Andy Gibb was a pop phenomenon when he appeared on the radio in the latter part of the 70s.  With his lean, hirsute form, winsome smile and oh-so 70s hair, he was an instant Tiger Beat cover boy.  With the song-writing genius and experience of his brothers and his owntalen... more »

Today's ear worm.  A repeat ear worm from last fall.

Things I recall from when this song was in the Top 40 on FM radio:
-- Feathered hair;
-- Skateboarding;
-- Kiss, the band;
-- Jeannie D. got breasts, but Vickie J. is still prettier;
--  What's the fuss about breasts?
--  Gosh, Chuck K. gives me funny feelings.
-- Elvis Presley died, but only the grown ups care;
--  More skateboarding.


Bonus ear worm stuff:
Andy Gibb was the younger brother of brothers Maurice, Barry and Robin, more commonly known as The Bee Gees, aka, The Brothers Gibb.

Andy Gibb was a pop phenomenon when he appeared on the radio in the latter part of the 70s.  With his lean, hirsute form, winsome smile and oh-so 70s hair, he was an instant Tiger Beat cover boy.  With the song-writing genius and experience of his brothers and his own talent, he was an instant musical success.

He achieved musical stardom in his late teens.  He was dead by age 30, done in by depression and drug addiction.  Now, largely forgotten.

What do you do with a story like that?  The pop world handed everything to him on a golden platter.  Dead at 30.

My advice.  Enjoy his music.  It was very good, even if it is pegged to a particular time in pop music.  

While you're enjoying his music, look around.  Look at yourself.  Could things be better?  Sure.  So, make them better.  Tidy that counter.  Smile at yourself in the mirror--hey, even if nobody else is smiling at you today, you can still smile at yourself, right?  It counts.

You count.

Those around you count.

Unless you absolutely can't help it, never die at 30.

Live to annoy those who never got you.  Live to shock the hell out of yourself when you finally plumb some of your own depths.

Thank you, Andy Gibb.  I wish things had gone better for you over the long haul.  But, we'll take it from here, no worries.

Andy Gibb
"I Just Want To Be Your Everything" (1977)

For so long
You and me been finding each other for so long
And the feeling that I feel for you is more than strong, girl
Take it from me
If you give a little more than you're asking for
Your love will turn the key

Darling, mine, I would wait forever for those lips of wine
Build my world around you, darling, this love will shine, girl
Watch it and see
If you give a little more than you're asking for
Your love will turn the key

I , I just want to be your everything
Open up the heaven in your heart and let me be
The things you are to me and not some puppet on a string
Oh , if I stay here without you, darling, I will die
I want you laying in the love I have to bring
I'd do anything to be your everything

Darling, for so long
You and me been finding each other for so long
And the feeling that I feel for you is more than strong girl
Take it from me
If you give a little more than you're asking for
Your love will turn the key

I , I just want to be your everything
Open up the heaven in your heart and let me be
The things you are to me
And not some puppet on a string
Oh, if I stay here without you, darling, I will die
I want you laying in the love I have to bring
I'd do anything to be your everything

I , I just want to be your everything
Open up the heaven in your heart and let me be
The things you are to me
And not some puppet on a string
Oh, if I stay here without you, darling, I will die
I want you laying in the love I have to bring
I'd do anything to be your everything

//___

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2015-01-13 20:40:19 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Fun.

Resharing because, clearly, I need Jesus___Fun.

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