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maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

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Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

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Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 27. 14 Replies

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2014 at 9:50am

We are supposed to get more snow today, as well.  It's been very light and fluffy, not that heavy wet snow we often get.  The good thing is, if this keeps up we will have a very green Spring and Summer.  And the farmers sure welcome all this moisture as it prevents drought conditions in the Summer.  The majority of land in Illinois is farming.  We produce lots of corn, soy beans and pork.  Illinois is also the largest producer of pumpkins in the Fall.      

Sk8eycat, I'm jealous that you have an avocado tree at your house.  They are sooooo good.  The Mexican grocery store the next street over from me makes homemade guacamole.  In fact they make that and three types of salsa.  They have a spicy mango and corn salsa which is very tasty as well.    

I love the photos of Journey and Lula.  So cute and pretty. 

Chris and Ian, I know northern Europe has had very destructive storms in recent months.  While we all endure this extreme weather around the globe, the evidence seems to point out that this may be the new norm.

I hope all of you have a good weekend.  Stay warm, Mindy!  

Comment by sk8eycat on January 4, 2014 at 1:59am

To all of you who have been posting snow pics...I am so jealous!  The last time it snowed here and stayed on the ground longer than a day was 1949!  Sometimes there's a light dusting on top of the hills above us, looks so pretty.  Like powdered sugar.

What I worry about is kills the ripe avocados that are still on the tree.  We pick a few at a time, and they usually last through April, but frost kills the stems, and we start frantically picking as many as we  can before they start to spoil.  (There's never a lack of friends willing to give the extras a good home. Till they're soft enough to eat.  YUM!)  But we haven't even had a hard frost like that for more than 15 years.  ;>)

The weather here is boring...not even much rain so far.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 4, 2014 at 1:19am

Great float. Glad to hear that all was peaceful for the parade.

Denmark has had one day of snow so far this winter. Makes a nice change from the past 3 years where there's been frost, snow and ice from November til late March. Hope you all are well in your stormy part of the world.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2014 at 1:10am

Very strange weather, indeed. Spokane is 16.3" low on snow. Wonder how our water supply will be next summer?

Comment by Plinius on January 4, 2014 at 12:54am

Carl is hoarding snow! Here it's 10°C, 50°F; we get wind, rain and thunder, but no snow at all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2014 at 10:06pm

Mindy, I don't see a photo of Lula, is she as active as I described  Journey? 

Carl, you have all of our snow. We have virtually none. Lots of ice, however, covered over with snifters of snow ... slick as the dickens. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 3, 2014 at 4:54pm

Yesterday, January 2.  Views of my street taken from the front of my building after the first wave of snow.  More snow was added later in the day. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 3, 2014 at 3:52pm

Nahhhh.  They never showed up, OR maybe they got run off by the other spectators .

People who haven't bought grandstand tickets start claiming places along the parade route the night before.  Traditionally, they camp out and party all night, and I don't think they'd tolerate any grim puritans spoiling the fun for very long.

Local press people show up the night before, too...including TV crews.  If there had been any fundies there, they would have been anxious to get their faces on camera for their 15 seconds of fame.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 3, 2014 at 1:33pm

Various knuckle-draggers predicted that there would be boycotts of the parade and public demonstrations against that float...neither happened. 

(I wonder where the Westboro Gang was Wednesday morning...ttee-hee!)

Comment by sk8eycat on January 3, 2014 at 1:51am

I slept through the parade, but I wish I'd seen this float and heard the applause!



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