“A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn’t like the tune.”
“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
“When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.”
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
The best art, I would say, is to give form to more sublime instincts or sublime states of mind. So, we give form to our spiritual condition, our spiritual state. This is what it means to give form to the formless.
No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.
No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.
I will not be poisoned by your bitterness.
Anne of Green Gables
You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.
Jennifer J. Freeman
“Detach from what destroys you.”
What will matter is the good we did, not the good we expected others to do.
“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”
Coach Jim Valvano
Listening has the quality of the wizard’s alchemy. It has the power to melt armor and produce beauty in the midst of hatred.
You are always one decision away from a totally different life.
Don’t concern yourself with things that don’t concern you. If it’s not your business, don’t make it your burden.
Philip Babcock Gove, an editor at Merriam-Webster who became editor-in-chief of Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, wrote a letter to the journal American Speech, fifteen years after the error was caught, in which he explained why “dord” was included in that dictionary.
On July 31, 1931, Austin M. Patterson, Webster’s chemistry editor, sent in a slip reading “D or d, cont./density.” This was intended to add “density” to the existing list of words that the letter “D” can abbreviate. The slip somehow went astray, and the phrase “D or d” was misinterpreted as a single, run-together word: Dord (This was a plausible mistake because headwords on slips were typed with spaces between the letters, making “D or d” look very much like “D o r d”). A new slip was prepared for the printer and a part of speech assigned along with a pronunciation. The would-be word got past proofreaders and appeared on page 771 of the dictionary around 1934.
On February 28, 1939, an editor noticed “dord” lacked an etymology and investigated. Soon an order was sent to the printer marked “plate change/imperative/urgent”. In 1940, bound books began appearing without the ghost word but with a new abbreviation (although inspection of printed copies well into the 1940s show “dord” still present). The non-word “dord” was excised, and the definition of the adjacent entry “Doré furnace” was expanded from “A furnace for refining dore bullion” to “a furnace in which dore bullion is refined” to close up the space. Gove wrote that this was “probably too bad, for why shouldn’t dord mean ‘density’?” The entry “dord” was not removed until 1947.
Born on this day:
1896 – Philip Showalter Hench, American physician and endocrinologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)
Philip Showalter Hench (February 28, 1896 – March 30, 1965) was an American physician. Hench, along with his Mayo Clinic co-worker Edward Calvin Kendall and Swiss chemist Tadeus Reichstein was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1950 for the discovery of the hormone cortisone, and its application for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The Nobel Committee bestowed the award for the trio’s “discoveries relating to the hormones of the adrenal cortex, their structure and biological effects.”
Hench received his undergraduate education at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and received his medical training at the United States Army Medical Corps and the University of Pittsburgh. He began working at Mayo Clinic in 1923, later serving as the head of the Department of Rheumatology. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Hench received many other awards and honors throughout his career. He also had a lifelong interest in the history and discovery of yellow fever.
Early life and education
He attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1916. After serving in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army and the reserve corps to finish his medical training, he was awarded a doctorate in medicine from the University of Pittsburgh in 1920. Immediately after finishing his medical degree, Hench spent a year as an intern at St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh, and then he subsequently became a Fellow of the Mayo Foundation.
In 1928 and 1929, Hench furthered his education at Freiburg University and the von Müller Clinic in Munich.
Hench started his career at Mayo Clinic in 1923, working in the Department of Rheumatic Diseases. In 1926, he became the head of the department. While at Mayo Clinic, Hench focused his work on arthritic diseases, where his observations led him to hypothesize that steroids alleviated pain associated with the disease. During this same time, biochemist Edward Calvin Kendall has isolated several steroids from the adrenal gland cortex. After several years of work, the duo decided to try one of these steroids (dubbed Compound E at the time, later to become known as cortisone) on patients afflicted by rheumatoid arthritis. Testing of the hypothesis was delayed because the synthesis of Compound E was costly and time-consuming, and Hench served in the military during World War II. The tests were conducted successfully in 1948 and 1949.
Hench, Kendall and Swiss chemist Tadeus Reichstein were awarded the 1950 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries relating to the hormones of the adrenal cortex, their structure and biological effects.” As of the 2010 prizes, Hench and Kendall are the only two Nobel laureates affiliated with Mayo Clinic. Hench’s Nobel Lecture was directly related to the research he was honored for, and titled “The Reversibility of Certain Rheumatic and Non-Rheumatic Conditions by the Use of Cortisone Or of the Pituitary Adrenocorticotropic Hormone”. His speech at the banquet during the award ceremony acknowledged the connections between the study of medicine and chemistry, saying of his co-winners “Perhaps the ratio of one physician to two chemists is symbolic, since medicine is so firmly linked to chemistry by a double bond.”
During his career, Hench was one of the founding members of the American Rheumatism Association, and served as its president in 1940 and 1941. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Hench has been awarded the Heberdeen Medal (1942), the Lasker Award (1949), the Passano Foundation Award (1950), and the Criss Award. Lafayette College, Washington and Jefferson College, Western Reserve University, the National University of Ireland and the University of Pittsburgh awarded Hench honorary doctorates.
In addition to his work with cortisone, Hench had a career long interest in yellow fever. Starting in 1937, Hench began to document the history behind the discovery of yellow fever. His collection of documents on this subject are at the University of Virginia in the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection. His wife donated the collection to the university after his death.
Hench married Mary Kahler in 1927. His father-in-law, John Henry Kahler, was a friend of Mayo Clinic founder William J. Mayo. Hench and his wife had four children, two daughters and two sons. His son, Philip Kahler Hench also studied rheumatology. Hench died of pneumonia while on vacation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in 1965.
1929 – Rangaswamy Srinivasan, Indian-American physical chemist and inventor
Rangaswamy Srinivasan (born February 28, 1929, Madras, India) is a physical chemist and inventor with a 30-year career at IBM Research. He has developed techniques for ablative photodecomposition and used them to contribute to the development of LASIK eye surgery. He received the National Medal of Technology from President Obama on February 2, 2013 for his contributions to laser eye surgery.
Srinivasan was born in India on February 28, 1929. Srinivasan received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from the University of Madras, in 1949 and 1950. In 1953 he moved to the United States to attend graduate school. He earned a doctorate in physical chemistry at the University of Southern California in 1956, studying protein chemistry with chemical kineticist Sidney W. Benson. He held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology in 1956, and at the University of Rochester from 1957 to 1961.
Srinivasan has spent a thirty-year career, from 1961 to 1990, at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. He joined the research staff in 1961, and was promoted to “manager of fundamental photochemical research” in 1963. His research group has studied ultraviolet light and its effects on organic matter.
In 1981, Srinivasan and his coworkers determined that an ultraviolet excimer laser could be used to etch designs into polymers. The technique has since been used in the computer industry to drill polymers to create computer circuit boards and ink jet printer nozzles.
Srinivasan, physicist James J. Wynne and materials scientist Samuel Blum speculated that it might also be possible to use excimer lasers on living tissue. On November 27, 1981, Srinivasan experimented with the remains of his family’s Thanksgiving turkey, and proved that it was possible to create precisely-etched patterns. An ultraviolet excimer laser pulsed at 193 nm was able to etch living tissue precisely without causing any thermal damage to surrounding area. Srinivasan named the technique Ablative Photodecomposition (APD), a type of Laser ablation.
In 1983, ophthalmic surgeon Stephen Trokel approached Srinivasan about the possibility of using APD for surgery of the cornea. The collaboration of Srinivasan, Trokel, and Bodil Braren led to development of LASIK eye surgery, a technique for reshaping the cornea to correct visual issues such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. In 1995, a commercial system for laser refractive surgery was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Srinivasan has published over 130 scientific papers and holds at least 22 US patents. A patent application filed by Stephen Trokel in 1992, claiming a LASIK surgery technique as his sole invention, was declared invalid in 2000 by an International Trade Commission ruling that found that Srinivasan should have been included as a co-author.
In 1990, Srinivasan formed a consulting company, UVTech Associates.
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2013 Russ Prize, Ohio University
In 1997, Srinivasan was awarded the American Chemical Society’s Award for Creative Invention, and the ACS North East Section’s Esselen Medal.
In 1998, Srinivasan was awarded the Max Delbruck Prize in Biological Physics by the American Physical Society.
In 1999, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
In 2002, he was inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame.
In 2004, he received the Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics from the American Institute of Physics.
In 2011, Srinivasan, Wynne, and Blum received the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize from Ohio University and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for their work, “a bioengineering achievement that significantly improves the human condition.”
In 2012, Srinivasan, Wynne, and Blum were named as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The award was presented on February 1, 2013 by President Barack Obama, to acknowledge their work with the Excimer laser, leading to the development of LASIK Surgery.
Farewell: Joseph Albert Wapner (November 15, 1919 – February 26, 2017)
Joseph Albert Wapner (November 15, 1919 – February 26, 2017) was an American judge and television personality. He was the first star of the ongoing reality courtroom series The People’s Court. The court show’s first run in syndication, with Wapner presiding as judge, lasted from 1981 to 1993, for 12 seasons and 2,484 episodes. While the show’s second run has been presided over by multiple judges, Wapner was the sole judge to preside during the court show’s first run.
Wapner’s tenure on the program made him the first jurist of arbitration-based reality court shows, what is now a most popular trend in the judicial genre. Until the summer of 2013, Wapner also held the title of longest reigning arbiter over The People’s Court. However, by completion of the court show’s 2012–2013 season, Marilyn Milian captured this title from him and became the longest-reigning judge over the series. Five years after presiding over The People’s Court, Wapner returned to television as a judge on the nontraditional courtroom series, Judge Wapner’s Animal Court, lasting for two seasons (1998–1999 and 1999–2000).
Courtesy of Just A Car Guy A stunning scene of a former C and O cantilever signal glowing brightly against the snow along the CSX main line near Pence Springs, West Virginia on February 19, 2012. In September of 1825 the steam-powered, Stockton and Darlington began service on a standard-gauged right-of-way of 4-feet, 8 1/2-inches. The width was based upon ancient Roman chariot roads and championed by locomotive builders George and Robert Stephenson, earning it the name “Stephenson Gauge.”
San Francisco circa 1923. “Jordan Playboy roadster.” A car famous for the ad copy that sold it. 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size. Somewhere west of Laramie there’s a broncho-busting, steer-roping girl who knows what I’m talking about. She can tell what a sassy pony, that’s a cross between greased lightning and the place where it hits, can do with eleven hundred pounds of steel and action when he’s going high, wide and handsome. The truth is — the Playboy was built for her. Built for the lass whose face is brown with the sun when the day is done of revel and romp and race. She loves the cross of the wild and the tame. There’s a savor of links about that car — of laughter and lilt and light — a hint of old loves — and saddle and quirt. It’s a brawny thing — yet a graceful thing for the sweep o’ of the Avenue. Step into the Playboy when the hour grows dull with things dead and stale. Then start for the land of real living with the spirit of the lass who rides, lean and rangy, into the red horizon of a Wyoming twilight.
1935. “Edgemont, Keene vicinity, Albemarle County, Virginia. Structure dates to 1806. Was the home of Col. James Powell Cocke. Designed by Thomas Jefferson after the Villa Rotunda design of Palladio.” 8×10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston, Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South.
October 1939. Greeley, Colorado. “Mrs. Milton Robinson, wife of Farm Security Administration borrower, in the kitchen of her farm home.” Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.
1560 – The Treaty of Berwick, which would expel the French from Scotland, is signed by England and the Lords of the Congregation of Scotland.
The Treaty of Berwick was negotiated on 27 February 1560 at Berwick-upon-Tweed. It was an agreement made by the representative of Queen Elizabeth I of England, the Duke of Norfolk, and the group of rebellious nobles known as the Scottish Lords of the Congregation. The purpose was to agree the terms under which an English fleet and army would come to Scotland to expel the French troops who were defending the Regency of Mary of Guise. The Lords were trying both to expel the French and to effect the Scottish Reformation, and this had led from rioting to armed conflict.
England and the Scottish Lords of the Congregation
The leader of the Lords of the Congregation was the Duke of Chatelherault. He had formerly been Regent, but in this treaty was described as “second person”, meaning that he was heir to the throne after Mary, Queen of Scots. His representatives at Berwick were James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, Patrick, Lord Ruthven, Sir John Maxwell of Terregles, William Maitland younger of Lethington, John Wishart of Pitarro, and Master Henry Balnaves of Halhill. England’s representative was Thomas, Duke of Norfolk.
The treaty was effective: the English navy already had a fleet in the Firth of Forth commanded by William Winter, and now an English army under Baron Grey de Wilton marched north from Berwick into Scotland. The Scottish Lords arranged to rendezvous with the English army on 31 March 1560, at Aitchison’s Haven, the harbour of Newbattle Abbey at Prestongrange in East Lothian.
On 24 March 1560 Elizabeth had a proclamation published and circulated in English, French and Italian, which detailed her concerns over Mary’s use of English heraldry and the ambitions of the Guise family. The proclamation stressed that England was not at war with France or Scotland, although Elizabeth had been forced to “put in order, to her great charges, certain forces both by sea and land.”
The English force assisted with the Siege of Leith until hostilities ended in July 1560, after the death of Mary of Guise and the signing of the Treaty of Edinburgh. Under the terms of the treaty, the French fortifications at Leith, new works at Dunbar Castle and at Eyemouth were demolished and the French and English went home. The religious ambitions of the Scottish lords were realised in the Reformation Parliament of August 1560. This parliament also ratified the treaty; William Maitland commended it and the goodwill and favour of Elizabeth in relieving the extreme necessity and “almost utter ruen of the whole countrie.” According to the English observer Thomas Randolph, there was common consent and some would have happily signed in their own blood.
John Knox thought the treaty so important in explaining the actions of the Lords of the Congregation to posterity that he inserted the whole text into his History of the Reformation. Knox directly related the treaty to the thinking of his colleague Christopher Goodman in his tract, How Superior Powers Ought to be Obeyed, by writing:
And because we have heard the malicious tongues of wicked men make false report of this our fact, we have faithfully and truly inserted in this our history the said contract, …that memory thereof may bide to our posterity; to the end that they may judge with indifference, whether that we have done anything prejudicial to our commonwealth or yet contrarious unto that debtful obedience which true subjects owe to their superiors…
The modern historian Michael Lynch called the treaty “an astonishing document which mentioned many things but not religion.” Pamela Ritchie, historian and author of a political biography of Mary of Guise, sees the treaty as facilitating “the interference of a foreign monarch in what was essentially a domestic crisis.” William Ferguson argued that previous historians had overemphasised the significance of the treaty and the English military action. While the intervention was opportunistic, arranged following the tumult of Amboise when France was first troubled by her wars of Religion, the English army did not receive widespread welcome and support, and failed to take Leith by storm. The English were aware of the probable impact of troubles in France; Cecil wrote to Ralph Sadler on 22 March 1560 that:
“we here doo trust well that the bravery of the French wilbe cooled; at home they have ynough to doo with trooble partly for religion, partly for governance; God send his just wrath amomgst them to their amendment.”
The Scottish Lords had already seen the opportunity arising from pressures on France’s borders. On 20 January Richard Maitland wrote to his friend in London of their readiness to abandon the Auld Alliance, noting;
“It shall not be amiss to consider in what case the French be presently, their estate is not always so calm at home as everyman thinketh … the demand by the Empire for the restitution of Metz, Toul, and Verdun may grow to some business.”
On the 27 March 1560, Mary of Guise wrote to her brothers, the Cardinal and Duke of Guise, that she never saw anything so shameful as the Articles.
The Berwick articles included:
The belief of Elizabeth that France intended to conquer Scotland, and offered her protection to its nobility during the marriage of Mary to Francis II of France.
Elizabeth would send an army with all speed to join with Scots.
Any forts won by the English force would be immediately destroyed by the Scots, or delivered to the Duke of Châtellerault.
The Scots will aid the English Army.
All enemies of England are enemies of both.
Scotland shall be no further united to France than by Mary’s marriage.
Scotland will help repel French invasions of England.
The Earl of Argyll will help English rule in the north of Ireland.
The Scots will offer hostages or ‘pledges’ — those sent in April 1560 included:
Claud Hamilton, 1st Lord Paisley, Châtellerault’s son, aged 14.
Master Alexander Campbell, first cousin to the Earl of Argyll.
Master Robert Douglas half-brother of Lord James.
Master James Cunningham, son of Earl of Glencairn.
Master George Graham, son of the Earl of Menteith, aged 5.
Master Archibald Ruthven, son of Lord Ruthven, aged 14.
These hostages were at Newcastle by 10 April 1560, attended by Ninian Menville of Sledwick Hall. Châtellerault wrote to Elizabeth on 21 December 1561, asking for the return of these pledges, as they were meant to stay in England only until a year after the end of Mary’s French marriage.
The treaty to be signed by the Duke after the hostages are delivered. There is no due obedience withdrawn from Mary or the French king.
The treaty was signed and sealed by 30 of the Lords of the Congregation at the ‘camp before Leith’ (Pilrig) on 10 May 1560.
Born on this day:
1875 – Vladimir Filatov, Russian-Ukrainian ophthalmologist and surgeon (d. 1956)
Vladimir Petrovich Filatov (Russian: Владимир Филaтoв, 15 [O.S. 27] February 1875, Mikhaylovka, Penza Governorate, Russian Empire – 30 October 1956, Odessa, Ukrainian SSR) was a Russian and Ukrainian ophthalmologist and surgeon best known for his development of tissue therapy. He introduced the tube flap grafting method, corneal transplantation and preservation of grafts from cadaver eyes. He founded The Filatov Institute of Eye Diseases & Tissue Therapy in Odessa, Ukraine. Filatov is also credited for restoring Vasily Zaytsev’s sight when he suffered an injury to his eyes from a mortar attack during Battle of Stalingrad.
First corneal transplantation was attempted by Filatov on 28 February 1912, but the graft grew opaque. After numerous attempts over the course of many years, Filatov achieved a successful transplantation of cornea from a diseased person on 6 May 1931.
1890 – Mabel Keaton Staupers, American nurse and advocate (d.1989)
Mabel Keaton Staupers (February 27, 1890 – November 29, 1989) was a pioneer in the American nursing profession. Faced with racial discrimination after graduating from nursing school, Staupers became an advocate for racial equality in the nursing profession.
Staupers was born on February 27, 1890, in Barbados, West Indies. In 1903, at the age of thirteen, she emigrated to the United States with her parents, Pauline and Thomas Doyle. She attended Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, DC, where she graduated with honors. After graduation, she worked as a private duty nurse.
Staupers fought for the inclusion of black nurses in World War II to the Army and Navy as the executive secretary of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses (NAGCN). She wrote that “Negro nurses recognize that service to their country is a responsibility of citizenship.”
She continued fighting for the full inclusion of nurses of all races in the U.S. military, which was granted in January 1945. In 1948, the American Nursing Association followed suit and allowed African-American nurses to become members. In 1950, Staupers dissolved the NAGCN because she believed the organization had completed its mission. In 1951, the NAACP honored Stauper with the Spingarn Medal in recognition of her efforts on behalf of black women workers.
During World War II, Staupers assembled support and fought to stop the usage of quotas in the military. Quotas were used in the military to restrict the number of black nurses the military hired.
While working as a private nurse in Washington and New York, Staupers helped establish the Booker T. Washington Sanatorium. It was one of the few clinics founded to care for African Americans who had tuberculosis, at a time when other hospitals refused black medical experts privileges or staffing positions. Staupers served as Superintendent for the Booker T. Washington Sanatorium from 1920 to 1922. Staupers used her influence and management skills and became executive secretary of the Harlem Committee of the New York Tuberculosis and Health Association, a position she held for twelve years. In December 1935, Staupers attended a gathering of African American women leaders, organized by Mary McLeod Bethune to establish the National Council of Negro Women.
1938. “Swimwear model on bow of skiff at Marineland.” You’ve come a long way, baby. Medium format negative by Toni Frissell.
September 1943. Cincinnati, Ohio. “The children of Bernard Cochran, a Greyhound bus driver, doing dishes after Sunday dinner.” Medium format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.
Maybe if we all sit extremely still, Monday won’t be able to see us.
The grass may be greener on the other side but at least you don’t have to mow it.
God gave us the brain to work out problems. However, we use it to create more problems.
I was going to look for my missing watch, but I could never find the time.
If you can go to the gym without telling people on the Internet, you are instantly hired by the CIA.
My kids are very optimistic. Every glass they leave sitting around the house is at least half full.
It must be difficult to post inspirational Tweets when your blood type is B Negative.
At Comic Con, all I could think was how happy these people’s moms must be to have the house to themselves for a few hours.
My first child has gone off to college and I feel a great emptiness in my life. Specifically, in my checking account.
Confucius says Love one another. If it doesn’t work, just interchange the last two words.
I might drive you crazy, but at least I’ll take the scenic route.
Isn’t it great to live in the 21st century? Where deleting history has become more important than making it.
I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.
My favorite mythical creature? The honest politician.
Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?
‘I have no especial adoration of someone whose only claim to fame has been reciting someone else’s words on television. Once you’ve watched your father tell some of the leaders of the free world how he is and isn’t willing to work with them, you’re not impressed by someone who got lucky because they’re good-looking.
Ex-Mossad agents can be as gay as anyone else. However, they don’t check out possible prom dates while they’re on the job. They’re sort of like asexual killing machines until it’s time to call it a night. Then they party way harder than almost any other highly trained servicemen, possibly exceeded only by German paratroopers.’
You Know Who I Am (The Drusilla Thorne Mysteries Book 1)
by Diane Patterson (Author)
Life is like toilet paper, you’re either on a roll or taking shit from some asshole.
Is your ass jealous of the amount of shit that just came out of your mouth?
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My list of 10 Best Gifts for Cooks and Food Lovers helps last minute shoppers buy great presents for the food obsessed; most of the items on the list I’ve used and loved for years. Most importantly, if you act quickly, there’s still time to order most of my recommended gifts and have them arrive […]
I love spring and summer so much. Starting in January, I'll start planning what will be planted, start planning my foraging trips with my family to get the ingredients for my salves, teas and foods. One of my favorite things is watching my perennial plants come back, and being able to make gifts of them […]
The Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club (aka, Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club) and Sitka Conservation Society will host a summer harvest camp from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at the Sitka Public Library. The 4-H club members will … Continue reading →
I LOVE my grandmother’s navy bean soup, but it takes forever to make with soaking the beans overnight and then slow cooking the soup all day. I decided to try it in my Instant Pot and it was a success! Not only that, but my kids loved it…score! Ingredients: 1-2 Tbs. olive oil 1 onion, diced 3 […]
Download Radio Show The July 8th show featured a conversation with Jon Shaw, a bryologist at Duke University whose research is currently focused on Sphagnum (peat mosses). We spoke about some of what makes Sphagnum interesting and unique, as well … Continue reading →
Download Radio Show The June 24th show featured a conversation with Kevin White, wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Originally recorded and aired in Fall 2016, we talked about Mountain Goat life history, as well as … Continue reading →
Arguably herring are the base of the entire food chain in Southeast Alaska. They provide food for whales, salmon, seals, sealions, birds, and halibut with their bodies and with their eggs. For centuries humans have relied on the abundance of herring to provide for their families in the spring. In Hoonah, Alaska the return of […]
At the end of July we took the boat over to Halibut Cove to hike the Saddle Trail with the kids to picnic at Grewingk Glacier Lake. It's a great trail for kids to master themselves, and Riggs hiked the whole way himself. Raina was in the backpack, but more because we wanted to hike […]
It seems I don't have to travel far to get Alaskan-style excitement these days!Last week, after a day of solid, drenching rain, we went for a walk up our road and walked into a mudslide that had just happened within an hour. A creek that normally goes under the road got plugged with mud and […]
Well, 2017 was not a good garden year in my area, even for those of us with greenhouses/high tunnels. I'm sure I didn't help my chances at all; we had a month between returning home from the States and getting the roof on the high tunnel, and I didn't start any seeds or work the […]
It's FRIDAY you know it's time for the Friday Frenzy. Time to inspire and GET inspired by the crafty foodie bloggers who bring their best to the Friday Frenzy! The post Friday Frenzy July 6th 2018 appeared first on Little House Big Alaska. No related posts.
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?”, she asked. “Where do you want to go?”, was his response. “I don’t know”, Alice answered. “Then”, said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.” ~ Lewis Carroll It is Christmas day, and I […]
I’ll be the first to tell you I’m not a fan of pink, painting my nails, makeup, cutesy knick-knacks, or chick flicks. So when I look at those “best Christmas gifts for women” lists, there really isn’t much on them I’d actually want to receive for Christmas. I’m just not a girly-girl. I’d rather have […]
Anchorage firefighters doused a fire on the playground at Mountain View Elementary School Tuesday night. The first sirens screamed through the neighborhood just after 7 p.m. as a thick column of black smoke billowed above the school and a crowd gathered on the sidewalk out front. Kids on bikes circled in the street; teens and […]
There are whole families of smaller birds, ranging from crow-sized to sparrow-sized, that spend their whole lives on the ocean, coming ashore only to breed. Petrels, Prions, Storm-petrels, Diving-petrels; they are all adapted to live on the ocean, with no need for fresh water. One of those smaller marine birds is the Cape Petrel, in […]
We've been to the Iditarod start before...both the ceremonial and the official start. In fact, we've seen the official start both in Willow and in Fairbanks! Kael never had though, so we definitely wanted to share that experience with him and try something new at the same time, so after a little research we headed […]
All are cooked at the same time in your Instant Pot;an easy recipe to learn to cook three things at the same time...Servings: (4)Prep: 10 Mins.Pressure build: 10 Mins.Cooking Time: 8 Mins. to saute, 13 Mins. under pressure, plus making gravy = 2 mins. longerPressure release: 10 Mins naturally, then 1 Min. quick releaseINGREDIENTSSpice Rub […]
A quick 5-minute no-knead dough to prepare the night before,then easy to roll out and add swirl filling upon waking the next morningto enjoy throughout the day...Yield: (1 loaf)O/N Prep: 5 Mins./Overnight rise time: 9 -12 hoursNext Morning Prep: Roll/Add Spiral Filling: 10 Mins.2nd Rise 1 Hr.Bake 35 to 40 Mins.INGREDIENTS3 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup […]
Networking. I must do this as a new writer (groan). Learn the ways of the force. Jump into the world of idea and information exchanges. Business card exchanges. Sounds like […] The post NETWORKING? SOUNDS LIKE WORK! appeared first on Lois Paige Simenson.
[from SAFM cookbook] This wonderful recipe comes directly from I Heart Kale and their blog at http://iheartkale.blogspot.com 3 large red waxy potatoes, very thinly sliced 4 tablespoons melted salted butter 10 leaves kale (the curly-edged green or purple kinds are good here), washed, stemmed and finely chopped freshly ground black pepper 5 tablespoons grated parmesan […]
Welcome to the Friday Frenzy, the Best Food and Craft Link Party on the Web. Why is it the best? We’ll be sharing your posts on Facebook on our new Friday Frenzy page, we invite you to follow the page and share the posts When you link your favorite posts to the Friday Frenzy your […]
It all sounds very romantic and devil-may-care. Leaving safe harbor with an indifferent forecast, striking out on a crossing, making tracks where others might dither. That is, until you are actually in the process of pulling the anchor in that safe harbor, and it's raining sideways, and your three different forecasts are saying three very […]
Just a note to say that we are at the south end of Kodiak, where we seem to have stepped back into an older Alaska. We're anchored in Rodman's Reach, about halfway between petroglyphs left behind by ancient whale hunters on the open coast, and the Alitak Cannery, which has stood in Lazy Bay for […]
I mentioned Michael Meyer's book The Road To Sleeping Dragon in the last post.Meyer went to a rural Sichuan province as a Peace Corps English teacher in the 1995. I'd gone to rural Thailand as a Peace Corps English teacher in 1967. I'd first gone to Beijing from a year teaching in Hong Kong, […]
Our guests of two weeks had a 6am flight, so we left the house a little after 4am. D's family is family and it was great to have the three here. Despite having a full house including a four year old and five year old, we got along smoothly, eating well, talking serious and fun, […]
Today's selection -- from Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion edited by Jeremy Webb. We can't reach absolute zero: "The quest for lower temperatures in large pieces of material has stalled on the fact that the thermal conductivity and heat capacity of all materials plummet as temperature falls. This means it takes longer […]
Today's selection -- from Slums: How Informal Real Estate Markets Work edited by Eugenie L. Birch, Shahana Chattaraj and Susan M. Wachter. As recently as the 1990s, the economies of India and China were roughly the same size. China's economy now dwarfs India's -- though China has accumulated unprecedented levels of debt in the process. […]
The opening to Area 51: Invasion came to me because, well, it’s obvious. AREA 51: INVASION THE FIRST DAY: ARRIVAL MARFA, TEXAS “Damn it, Darlene! I told you not to watch that fake news. There aint no such thing as aliens. All of this has been bullshit so the government can come get my guns. […]
Here is an excerpt from the book, The Jefferson Allegiance, where Hamilton and Jefferson agree to write it. This book was a #2 national bestseller at Barnes and Noble when it came out! 27 July 1803 President Thomas Jefferson waited, no doubt in his mind that Alexander Hamilton was late to prove a point. Hamilton […]
I’m a relatively fortunate guy. I manage to get by without having to work a straight job. One of benefits of that is I have the freedom to piss away chunks of time reading news sources/websites/blogs of all political stripes, … Continue reading →
I really don’t know how else to explain Comrade Trump’s contemptible display in Helsinki. I lack the conspiracy theory gene, but what happened yesterday is most easily explained by the conspiracy theory model (nothing happens by accident, nothing is quite … Continue reading →
Originally posted on mwsasse: Through Sunday July 22, pick up a FREE Kindle version of A MAN TOO OLD FOR A PLACE TOO FAR – Book 1 of THE FORGOTTEN CHILD TRILOGY! Gert it on AMAZON HERE! Amazon UK HERE! Come meet the enigmatic beings from beyond – Bee and Ash – as they choice a terrible…
Originally posted on Author Don Massenzio: If Your Protagonist is a Person of Color Your Book Cover Might Get Whitewashed The old phrase is that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but if that were true a significant chunk of the marketing industry wouldn’t exist. We absolutely judge books by their covers, and…
came upon this peaceful man sleepy with quiet thoughts on a quiet noon spent in bandamer park ann arbor, mi. usa — “summer quiet thoughts on summer quiet noons.” -ray bradbury, now and forever Advertisements
Welcome and don’t mind the mess. We just finished getting an order out for a goblin prom, so there are plucked feathers everywhere. Chickens? No, it was all ratites like ostrichs, emus, and one really psychotic kiwi. You don’t want … Continue reading →
Welcome to my small selection of blog posts I have enjoyed this last couple of days and the first is from Frank Parker who has a date with author Ceri Bladen. A Date With… Ceri Bladen My date this time … Continue reading →
It’s the birthday of the English nonconformist minister Isaac Watts (1674-1748), author of many of the best-known hymns in the English language. This is his paraphrase of Psalm 23. My Shepherd will supply my need; Jehovah is His name. In pastures fresh He makes me feed Beside the living stream. He brings my wandering spirit back […]
I sometimes get bogged down on major purchases, for months even. If I don’t find a printer or pair of runners that feels like the right one (for me at least) I usually retreat to go gather more information. I look up more reviews. I ask the advice of friends who seem less tormented by the […]
My phone dinged with a text from Andrew at 6:44 am. He was letting me know he was at the airport, courtesy of a ride from his sister, and would text again when he landed. When he applied for a spot at Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, way back in January, I didn’t give it […]
It's been about six weeks since I started worked with my coach, Reba, on my phone overuse issue, and, while I've had my ups and downs, overall it feels like I've made some pretty major progress. Phone overuse is something I've struggled with for a really long time, so of course it's not magically gone […]
Want to succeed in writing or in anything else to which you aspire? You'd do well to adopt these 2 philosphies.Fight DiscouragementWhen you feel discouraged, tell yourself that every career is a venture in which you must build to success. In writing, as an author, you build your skills, your confidence, your inventory, your backlist, […]
Here's another fabulous Christmas In July Giveaway. Don't you love these July specials? I do. This one is from the NY Times, USA Today, and national bestselling authors of the Authors’ Billboard.Lots of PrizesThere are some great prizes up for grabs. Check these out.* Two $10 Amazon Gift Cards* Two (2) Paperback Novels * One (1) […]
Social Media have become a dominating force in our lives over the past decade. Just look at these mind-blowing statistics: The average person has 5 social media accounts The average person spends 1 hour 40 minutes per day on social media Facebook has over 1.4 billion users 50% of all Internet users are on Facebook […]
WASP Frances Ellis Winter Brookings, 100 years old, died at Forest Glen, Springfield, Ohio, on April 12, 2018. 'Fran' was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1917, the fourth child and third daughter of Maude Elizabeth Baker Winter and Francis Ellis Winter. At an early age, her family moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, where she […]
"Go! Have fun!" WASP Betty Heinrich Berkstresser, 43--W-4 WASP Betty Lee Heinrich Berkstresser was born May 12, 1919, in Houston TX. She peacefully passed in her sleep and took her last flight on July 1, 2018. She was 99. Betty was a native Houstonian. She attended Travis and Browning Elementary, James Hogg Middle School, La […]
Welcome to Episode 52 of the Minstral Show!Three sets of great music covering the emotional sounds of Pop, the colourful waves of psychedelic rock and the prophetic vibes of progressive rock Featuring; Lake Komo, Turnover, Two Wounded Birds, Ivan & Alyosha, Gavin Coetzee, Secret Colours, The Outs, The Spires, Adult Cinema, Lunatic Soul, Painted Coda […]
I had a wonderful children’s book (maybe from the 40’s??) Hard cover, lighter green embossed cover. Larger dimensions than a regular book. It was not very thick (maybe an inch or two??) It was filled with fables, short stories, poems … Continue reading →
I leave for Book Bonanza early Thursday Morning, so this list will not be updated over the weekend. But stay tuned to my social media for updates from the signing!There are a crazy amount of great books that come out this summer, so I will be making time to read. Especially the 21 on my […]
Like a lot of us, I find I have more leisure time in the summer. Work slows down, days get longer and energy goes up. Maybe it’s all a mirage, but suddenly there’s more time for the fun stuff in life. Here are my top 5 fun summer leisure loves: The Beach. Breathing the salt […]
Now that summer has officially hit most of the US and school is out, people tend to have vacation plans. Are you looking for a quick book to read while you’re sunbathing by the pool? How about in the hot tub with a glass of wine next to you? By a campfire at night while […]
We are excited to give away an Amazon Gift Card worth $20 to one of our lucky visitors. We will be doing many more of these in the future. This is the first one we have done in a while. To enter, please follow the instructions on the giveaway app below. Good luck! a Rafflecopter […]
We love introducing Instafreebie readers to great stories and big ideas. Take a chance on new authors and try great stories from old favorites. See it first every day with Instafreebie and be free to discover authors you’ll love. We’re thrilled to share the latest and greatest from our fantasy genres! Medieval Fantasy Charlemagne and the Admiral […]
February 1940. "Abandoned railway station, now used as a church, in the oil ghost town of Slick, Oklahoma." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
Some people have stress levels that are directly proportional to how clean their kitchens are. You may be guffawing or snorting on your chair after hearing this idea, but it is definitely true. To such people, the cleanliness of their kitchens should be maintained to a high level. You, however, who are not one of […]
As you may know, Larry and I moved across the country from Florida last September. Last week we accomplished the momentous milestone of moving to a storage unit half the size, so I thought I’d celebrate by looking for my linen sheets. Turned out they were in a bag I had brought into the […]
Question from Dean Hi Debra, Are you aware of any health dangers posed by UPF/UV treatments on clothing? Thanks! Debra’s Answer First let me explain what this is. You’ve probably heard of SPF with regard to sunscreen. That stands for Sun Protection Factor and measures the amount of time it takes for skin exposed […]
Sustainability in the Home Garden We almost reached sustainability. My son and I worked to prepare a batch of black beans for dinner. We followed the traditional method of soaking before cooking. Actually, we boiled them for 2 minutes first, and then soaked them for about six hours. And if we hadn’t been so excited about cooking our first […]
Tangled Beet Salad I’m posting this recipe for Tangled Beet Salad because I don’t like beets. Okay, I didn’t like beets–not until I tried this salad at my local grocery store. Wow. Delicious! I always used to think beets tasted like dirt, but not anymore. Combined with garlic, lemon, lime and cilantro they are fresh […]
Beautiful blueberry herbal vinegar features ingredients that are good for your brain and body! Learn how to make blueberry vinegar, plus how to turn it into a brain boosting oxymel (herbal sweet and sour syrup). This recipe was inspired by an interesting study I read about blueberry vinegar and its potential to improve cognitive function. […]
The quickest 25 min meal ever! This is so simple yet so amazingly good with fresh tomatoes, basil and burrata! I have never really liked the Summer season. It’s always too hot. You’re blinded if you ever forget your sunglasses. The AC breaks down and the repairman isn’t available. You forget sunscreen on your […]
Five Food Finds about Caviar: True caviar comes from the icy waters of the Caspian Sea where the environment is most conducive to producing the finest sturgeon. Today with sturgeon facing extinction caviar will remain a delicacy and very expensive. The United States imports approximately sixty percent of the total world caviar supply. Caviar is […]
We all love NationalDayCalendar.com, but with our busy lives, it can be a challenge to visit the site every day. That is the magic of having the National Day WALL Calendar. You can easily check what National Day we are celebrating today, what National Days you celebrate your birthday with or help planning that office […]
I like my Broccoli Salad with slightly softened bite rather than a hard raw crunch, and plenty of dressing that’s not excessively mayo-heavy. The dressing is still creamy, but it’s a lightened up mayo... Read More » The post Broccoli Salad with Lighter Creamy Dressing appeared first on RecipeTin Eats.
Natural Enemies by Roan Parrish Contemporary romance released by Monster Press on April 17, 2018. When opposites attract, love blooms in unexpected places. Buttoned-up botanist Stefan Albemarle has felt like an outsider his whole life. As a result, he mostly keeps to himself—makes it easier not to notice that no matter how he tries, people […]
This is both off the cuff, and something I’ve been thinking about for literally years now. I want to be very clear from the get go that this isn’t guilt about writing “bad” reviews… by which I mean negative. I think readers and reviewers should be able to write whatever their thoughts on a book/movie […]
As you might surmise from the title, we were not able to see Denali mountain today, due to low clouds/foggy conditions that started almost at the base of the famed mountain. Sigh.Note: Don't be like me and pay $25 for the breakfast buffett; get the breakfast sandwich like Martha did and save money!We rode out […]
After a leisurely start of the day in the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, we took the bus to the train station and boarded the Alaska Railroad Corporation's Wilderness Express car bound for Denali National Park.The day was overcast and would get worse as the train made its way north. Didn't get much in the way of […]
Tidying up my physical world only goes so far. Lately, I find my psychic space being cluttered by the simple act of following the news. So I’ve started tidying up my interior landscape by consciously limiting my sources and consumption of current events. While I’m still appalled at the hate and fear demonstrated by my […]
Originally posted on anita dawes and jaye marie: When he decided to follow Kate to the Park, Jack had no real idea of what to expect. The weather was pleasant enough, she probably just felt like a walk. Didn’t quite…
On a tree far away There hung my dreams in different shades of colours of the rainbow like ribbons in the skies dripping down hanging loosely on the branches Continue reading at A Thousand Shades of Awesomeness