Jan 15

Loudon Wainwright III

Free ad for Loudon Wainwright III. It was 1973 when Loudon Wainwright made it big with the hit single, Dead Skunk (in the middle of the road). A fun little ditty that became a popular sing-along among people young and old. This and The Swimming Song are remembered by many a summer camper. The Swimming …

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Jan 08

Fasting for Health

Over the past few years I’ve noticed that my metabolism has slowed down. For most people this is common as we grow older. It becomes more and more difficult to keep off the extra weight. This is especially true during the winter months, when the colder weather keeps us from getting outside and actively burning …

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Jan 07

Carl Sagan

The month of January seems to be developing a theme related to forward thinking. I say “seems to be” because I really don’t have any set idea about what I will find while searching for interesting material to add to this blog. I merely get up every day and do my usual reading. Along the …

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Jan 03

Johnny Appleseed

Born September 26, 1774, in the town of Leominster, Massachusetts, John Chapman – aka Johnny Appleseed was an American pioneer frontiersman. In American folklore his name is legendary, but much of the legend is simply blown out of proportion. Many myths surround his life-story, but one thing is for sure; he was responsible for propagating …

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Jan 01

Make Tomorrow

In the previous post, the first one of the New Year – 2017, I shared information with an abundant number of links for further reading about the 10,000 Year Clock project. Reading about that project and one of the principals involved, music producer Brian Eno, set me to thinking about another musician named, Peter Gabriel, …

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Jan 01

A 10,000 Year Clock?

In my ramblings around the interwebs I occasionally stumble into some fascinating websites with captivating reading material. One such site called, longnow.com offered an article about the development of a 10,000 year clock! Yes, that’s right, a very curious concept for development of a clock, that is currently under construction, by a host of interesting …

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Dec 18

A few more notable passings – 2016

In my post titled, Looking Back at 2016, I mentioned a number of notable passings. Well, the year was not quite finished at the time of that posting and a few more individuals worthy of memorial have gone to the great beyond. Lawrence Colburn – a man of great integrity. Worthy of note because in …

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Dec 17

Winter Solstice – 2016

On Wednesday December 21st, 2016 at 5:44 AM EST the Winter Solstice will arrive. The Winter Solstice is known as the “shortest day of the year”. Actually this means that this day will have the shortest number of daylight hours – and each day forward the minutes of daylight will continue to grow until the …

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Dec 15

Election year blues.

I was out of the country on election day but I was able to read the news from 12 times zones away. As the year comes to a close, I am compelled to comment. In my entire life I have never witnessed such a spectacle as this year’s presidential run-up. Representing the two major political …

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Dec 13

Apple Cider Vinegar

In autumn there is always an abundance of apples in farm country. Apples are a delicious fruit eaten raw or they can be cooked to make sauce, pies, chutney and cider for drinking. Cider can be “hard” (meaning the juice has been fermented to produce alcohol) or sweet – an unfiltered juice. Here is a …

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