Deborah Collins

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Images September 20, 2018

Dragon at dusk by Sarah Chisholm Photography.


Source click link to view images: What is pareidolia? Seeing a dragon in a patch of clouds, or a face in the moon, are examples of what’s called pareidolia. Look here for photos to test your own ability to see things that aren’t there.

Music September 20, 2018

By Ayun Halliday: Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” Slowed Down to 33RPM Sounds Great and Takes on New, Unexpected Meanings




A different Jolene tune:


Kindle September 19, 2018

The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local Kindle Edition
by Fred Armisen (Author), Carrie Brownstein (Author), Jonathan Krisel (Author)
The companion cookbook to the hit show Portlandia by the Emmy-nominated stars and writers Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, with 50 delicious recipes for every food lover, freegan, organic farmer, and food truck diehard.

Food plays a very special role in Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s award-winning satire Portlandia and now you can cook the dishes that define the show, from cult-raised chicken and Stu’s stews to pickled veggies and foraged green salads. Complete with full-color finished food photographs and illustrations, humorous stories and sidebars from the loveable food-obsessed Portlandia characters (such as Mr. Mayor, Peter and Nance, and Colin the chicken), and advice on how to choose a bed and breakfast and behave at a communal table, this is a funny cookbook—with serious recipes—for anyone who loves food. And yes, the chicken’s local.
Bridges Burned (Zoe Chambers Mystery Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
by Annette Dashofy (Author)
Paramedic Zoe Chambers is used to saving lives, but when she stops a man from running into a raging inferno in a futile attempt to rescue his wife, Zoe finds herself drawn to him, and even more so to his ten-year-old daughter. She invites them both to live at the farm while the grieving widower picks up the pieces of his life.

Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams, of course, is not happy with this setup, especially when he finds evidence implicating Zoe’s new houseguest in murder times two. When Zoe ignores Pete’s dire warnings, she runs the very real chance of burning one too many bridges, losing everything—and everyone—she holds dear.
When the Man Comes Around (Lawson Raines Book 1)
By Bradley Wright | Thriller
They killed his wife. They framed him. Ten years later, he’s free and “they” are desperately scrambling to bury their little secret before he can bury them. Find out why fans of Connelly, Baldacci, Child, and Coben are raving about this summer’s hottest thriller.
Of Metal and Earth Kindle Edition
by Jennifer M Lane (Author)
Hardship looms large in the tiny towns of a rural county, where seven ordinary lives entangle, tied together by the extraordinary relationships they share with a little green Jeep. Of Metal and Earth tells their forty-year story of restoration and redemption.

Connected by their failures, neglect, and salvation, their personal tales intersect in a story that is easy to fall into and hard to let go of.

In 1964, James returns to Elk River from the Vietnam War, where he hid beneath a little green Jeep, watching his friends die on the battlefield. Emotionally paralyzed and with nothing to fight for, he turns to the only salvation he knows and buys a little green Jeep of his own. Running from his troubles, he gets a flat tire on the road out of town and is forced to ask the elderly owner of a farm for help. There, he finds more than just the tools to fix his car. He finds a job and, among the rolling hills, he finds comforting isolation, contentment, and Claire. Getting to know her jeopardizes the seclusion he relies on, a risk that pays off when they start a family and James finds a part of himself that he thought he’d lost forever.

But soon, the life they built is threatened. James could lose Claire and everything he loves forever. He must seek salvation once more – in the form of his little green Jeep.

FYI September 19, 2018

On This Day

1796 – George Washington’s Farewell Address is printed across America as an open letter to the public.
George Washington’s Farewell Address is a letter written by first President of the United States George Washington to “friends and fellow-citizens”.[1] He wrote the letter near the end of his second term of presidency, before retiring to his home at Mount Vernon in Virginia.

It was originally published in David C. Claypoole’s American Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1796 under the title “The Address of General Washington To The People of The United States on his declining of the Presidency of the United States”, and it was almost immediately reprinted in newspapers across the country and later in pamphlet form.[2] The work was later named the “Farewell Address” as it was Washington’s valedictory after 20 years of service to the new nation. It was published about ten weeks before the presidential electors cast their votes in the 1796 presidential election. It is a classic statement of republicanism, warning Americans of the political dangers which they must avoid if they are to remain true to their values.

The first draft was originally prepared by James Madison in June 1792, as Washington contemplated retiring at the end of his first term in office.[3] However, he set aside the letter and ran for a second term after the disputes between Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, which convinced him that growing tensions would rip apart the country without his leadership, including divisions between the newly formed Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties, and the current state of foreign affairs.[4]

As his second term came to a close four years later, Washington prepared a revision of the original letter with the help of Alexander Hamilton to announce his intention to decline a third term in office. He also reflects on the emerging issues of the American political landscape in 1796, expresses his support for the government eight years after the adoption of the Constitution, defends his administration’s record, and gives valedictory advice to the American people.[5]



Born On This Day

1889 – Sarah Louise Delany, American physician and author (d. 1999)
Sarah Louise “Sadie” Delany (September 19, 1889 – January 25, 1999) was an American educator and civil rights pioneer who was the subject, along with her younger sister, Elizabeth “Bessie” Delany, of the New York Times bestselling oral history, Having Our Say, by journalist Amy Hearth. Sadie was the first African-American permitted to teach domestic science at the high-school level in the New York public schools, and became famous, with the publication of the book, at the age of 103.





By Bill Friskics-Warren: Big Jay McNeely, 91, Dies; R&B’s ‘King of the Honkers’
By Lauren Onkey: Hear The Revolutionary R&B Of Big Jay McNeely, Honking Proto-Rocker
Cecil James McNeely (April 29, 1927 – September 16, 2018),[2][3] better known as Big Jay McNeely, was an American rhythm and blues saxophonist.
By Margalit Fox: Alan Abel, Hoaxer Extraordinaire, Is (on Good Authority) Dead at 94
“A few hundred years ago, I would have been a court jester,” he told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland in 2007. His primary intent, Mr. Abel often said, was “to give people a kick in the intellect.”

Alan Irwin Abel (August 2, 1924 – September 14, 2018)was an American prankster, hoaxer, writer, and mockumentary filmmaker famous for several hoaxes that became media circuses.

Alan Abel website
By Justin T. Westbrook: Burning Man’s Boeing 747 Is Stuck in the Nevada Desert
By Dan McQuade: Golf Digest Helped Free An Innocent Man From Prison
Longreads – Laurie Penny: No, I Will Not Debate You Civility will never defeat fascism, no matter what The Economist thinks.

Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Choosing Presence Over Productivity
By Rob Delaney: Henry
The hole in his throat is about the same circumference as a bullet hole. I’ve gotten to know his tracheotomy nurse rather well. She was a captain in the British Territorial Army and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also helped turn Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children into a triage unit for adults on the day of the bombings in London on July 7th, 2005, which killed 52 people. So even though I fucking hate what she’s taught me to do to my beautiful baby boy’s neck, I’m grateful to have her around to talk me back to sanity afterward.
By Dan Peleschuk: The Chess Grandmaster Battling Latvian Money Laundering – Can Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola outsmart Latvia’s money launderers?
By Rozena Crosman: When Thousands Struck Back Against the USSR … by Singing

By Tom Schad: Group of Pro Football Hall of Famers threaten boycott as they seek insurance, pay from NFL
By JD Handy: More Rain Than Shine: book review of, How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska. By Lori Adams
By Julian Dossett: Journalism in an Instant: How Livestreaming is Changing Our News
By Christine Schmidt: How the Broke in Philly collaboration is focusing local media’s attention on poverty and economic mobility
“As journalists, we’re taught to be competitive and territorial. On the other hand, things are changing dramatically, so don’t assume other people in your local market don’t want to collaborate.”

By Brian Jacobs: How We Made “Billions of Birds Migrate” National Geographic’s web-based takeoff on the classic bird migration print poster
By Heather Chapman: Some rural areas are slow to embrace legal marijuana
By Heather Chapman: Mental health worker makes house calls in rural Idaho

Kanoe Namahoe: Mike Rowe on what his guidance counselor got wrong
mikeroweWORKS Foundation
By Michael Petrou: Re-examining Lippmann’s Legacy Journalists are still grappling with many of the issues that defined Walter Lippmann’s extraordinary career

By JR Raphael: As Inbox fades away, here’s how to get its best features in Gmail
By Julia Malacoff – Glassdoor: Phone interview coming up? Don’t make these mistakes
DriveTribe News: THIS SELF-DRIVING CAR WAS MADE 50 YEARS BEFORE TESLA, The Worlds First Hydrogen Train Has Been Launched and more ->
The Pete Duel Memorial Site



The Bajan Texan: DIY Hexagon Cork Board for your Vision Board or Wall Organization
Elena K, Hometalk Team Hometalker Ozone Park, NY: Easy Grout Cleaner (and Swiffer Hack) for Under $8
Scrappy Geek: 15 EASY DIY Halloween Decorations!
By Hometalk Highlights: 27 Techniques To Instantly Take Your Decor To Another Level Sometimes it’s the small changes that are the wow factors
By Chas’ Crazy Creations: To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #105)




By Stacey Ballis: How to make Bloody Mary scones, a brunch game-changer



907 Updates September 19, 2018

By Leroy Polk: 26-year-old Fairbanks woman killed after truck rolls off road
By Kalinda Kindle: 2YH: Free Prostate Cancer Screening

To make an appointment for a screening, call 907-212-4799.
Providence Cancer Center will be providing free prostate cancer screenings September 18-20th from 5-8 p.m.
By Joe Vigil: Police catch domestic violence suspect; search for another
By Chris Klint: APD: Truck hit motorcycle in wrong-way DUI crash
Court records showed Harris was arraigned Sunday and released on $1,000 cash bail, as well as a $2,500 unsecured appearance bond. He has no prior criminal convictions in Alaska.

Harris remained under supervision Wednesday by the state’s Pretrial Enforcement Division, according to a statewide inmate database.
By Mary Simton: Man tied to Kotzebue girl’s disappearance quiet in first court appearance
By Kortnie Horazdovsky & Jill Burke: Packed courtroom faces man accused of lying to FBI in search for missing girl
By Kyle Hopkins: ‘She knew who he was’: Unified by loss, Kotzebue puzzles over arrest in child homicide case
By Rebecca Palsha: Father of slain 10-year-old girl in Anchorage to accompany her body home to Kotzebue
BP outlines economic impact to Alaska
By Angela Krenzien: New partnership will use Zumba as child therapy tool
By Dave Goldman: Fire report details 2017 fatalities, injuries across Alaska
By CNN News: Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour may have been found
By Kortnie Horazdovsky & Derek Minemyer: Alaskans overflow Anchorage hearing on salmon habitat ballot measure
By Associated Press: Feds plan funding boost to fight assaults on Native women
By Mary Hudetz: Feds plan funding boost to fight assaults on Native women
By Manny Creech: Sen. Murkowski helps to pass bill to fight Opioid Epidemic
By Ariane Aramburo: Road to sobriety after 16 years of alcohol addiction
You can hear more of Stevens’ story on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Anchorage Community Theater at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about addiction, treatment and help, visit
By Manny Creech: Alaska receives conservation grant to support state parks
For more information, please visit
Providence earns ‘gold standard’ for nursing excellence
By Beth Verge: Seen a Back to the Future DeLorean cruising the streets? You didn’t imagine it

Military September 19, 2018

Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve Press Briefing By Col. Ryan via Teleconference from Baghdad, Iraq Colonel Sean J. Ryan, spokesman, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve; Commander Sean Robertson, Pentagon spokesman
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Defense Intel Chief Puts Great Power Competition in Context
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Victor Gardner, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade: Face of Defense: Soldier Leads Way in Special Recruiter Assistance Program
By Jared Keller and Jeff Schogol: ‘Captain Marvel’ Is The Recruiting Tool Of The Air Force’s Dreams
By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kelcey Seymour Marine Corps Installations Pacific: Face of Defense: Marines Enjoy Duty as Military Police Working Dog Handlers
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: New Biodefense Strategy Combats Man-Made, Natural Threats
By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times: The Former Green Beret Who Inspired Kaepernick’s Anthem Protest Would Like To Clear A Few Things Up
By Sodexo: How This Soldier Used His Military Skills To Build A Career And Serve Veterans At Sodexo

Images September 19, 2018














Quotes September 19, 2018

By Lydia Dishman: You’ve been misquoting these inspiring phrases your whole life Do all those inspirational quotes we see for #MotivationMonday or #WidsomWednesday really exist? And were they really said by the people we are so quick to believe said them? Yes and no.

Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
Rainer Maria Rilke,
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
T. E. Lawrence
I read lying about in my apartment, on the train, while eating out alone—there are so many places perfect for slipping into another world.
Akwaeke Emezi
Throughout history, people have never before expected to be as comfortable as people do today.
Jens Risom,
furniture designer
“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”
Charles Richards
“Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.”
Wayne Dyer
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius

“Always remember that to argue, and win, is to break down the reality of the person you are arguing against. It is painful to lose your reality, so be kind, even if you are right.”
Haruki Murakami
Japanese writer


A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.

Music September 19, 2018

Alex McLevy, Caitlin PenzeyMoog, Meg Brett, William Hughes, Sam Barsanti, Maggie Donahue, Clayton Purdom, Nick Wanserski, Baraka Kaseko, Gwen Ihnat, and Erik Adams: From SpongeBob to Mr. Hankey: 11 of the best original songs from cartoons
By DC: Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” Played by 28 Trombone Players



FYI September 18, 2018

On This Day

1895 – The Atlanta Exposition Speech on race relations is delivered by Booker T. Washington.
The Cotton States and International Exposition Speech was an address on the topic of race relations given by Booker T. Washington on September 18, 1895. The speech laid the foundation for the Atlanta compromise, an agreement between African-American leaders and Southern white leaders in which Southern blacks would work meekly and submit to white political rule, while Southern whites guaranteed that blacks would receive basic education and due process of law.

The speech,[1] presented before a predominantly white audience at the Cotton States and International Exposition (the site of today’s Piedmont Park) in Atlanta, Georgia, has been recognized as one of the most important and influential speeches in American history.[2] The speech was preceded by the reading of a dedicatory ode written by Frank Lebby Stanton.[3]

Washington began with a call to the blacks, who composed one third of the Southern population, to join the world of work. He declared that the South was where blacks were given their chance, as opposed to the North, especially in the worlds of commerce and industry. He told the white audience that rather than relying on the immigrant population arriving at the rate of a million people a year, they should hire some of the nation’s eight million blacks. He praised blacks’ loyalty, fidelity and love in service to the white population, but warned that they could be a great burden on society if oppression continued, stating that the progress of the South was inherently tied to the treatment of blacks and protection of their liberties.

He addressed the inequality between commercial legality and social acceptance, proclaiming that “The opportunity to earn a dollar in a factory just now is worth infinitely more than the opportunity to spend a dollar in an opera house.” Washington also suggested toleration of segregation by claiming that blacks and whites could exist as separate fingers of a hand.

The title “Atlanta Compromise” was given to the speech by W. E. B. Du Bois, who believed it was insufficiently committed to the pursuit of social and political equality for blacks.


Born On This Day

1752 – Adrien-Marie Legendre, French mathematician and theorist (d. 1833)
Adrien-Marie Legendre (/ləˈʒɑːndər, -ˈʒɑːnd/;[3] French: [adʁiɛ̃ maʁi ləʒɑ̃dʁ]; 18 September 1752 – 10 January 1833) was a French mathematician. Legendre made numerous contributions to mathematics. Well-known and important concepts such as the Legendre polynomials and Legendre transformation are named after him.

Adrien-Marie Legendre was born in Paris on 18 September 1752 to a wealthy family. He received his education at the Collège Mazarin in Paris, and defended his thesis in physics and mathematics in 1770. He taught at the École Militaire in Paris from 1775 to 1780 and at the École Normale from 1795. At the same time, he was associated with the Bureau des Longitudes. In 1782, the Berlin Academy awarded Legendre a prize for his treatise on projectiles in resistant media. This treatise also brought him to the attention of Lagrange.

The Académie des Sciences made Legendre an adjoint member in 1783 and an associé in 1785. In 1789, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[4]

He assisted with the Anglo-French Survey (1784–1790) to calculate the precise distance between the Paris Observatory and the Royal Greenwich Observatory by means of trigonometry. To this end in 1787 he visited Dover and London together with Dominique, comte de Cassini and Pierre Méchain. The three also visited William Herschel, the discoverer of the planet Uranus.

Legendre lost his private fortune in 1793 during the French Revolution. That year, he also married Marguerite-Claudine Couhin, who helped him put his affairs in order. In 1795, Legendre became one of six members of the mathematics section of the reconstituted Académie des Sciences, renamed the Institut National des Sciences et des Arts. Later, in 1803, Napoleon reorganized the Institut National, and Legendre became a member of the Geometry section. From 1799 to 1812, Legendre served as mathematics examiner for graduating artillery students at the École Militaire and from 1799 to 1815 he served as permanent mathematics examiner for the École Polytechnique.[5] In 1824, Legendre was denied his pension from the École Militaire because he refused to vote for the government candidate at the Institut National—the comte de Corbière, Ministre de L’Intérieur of the ultraroyalist government. His pension was partially reinstated with the change in government in 1828. In 1831, he was made an officer of the Légion d’Honneur.

Legendre died in Paris on 10 January 1833, after a long and painful illness, and Legendre’s widow carefully preserved his belongings to memorialize him. Upon her death in 1856, she was buried next to her husband in the village of Auteuil, where the couple had lived, and left their last country house to the village. Legendre’s name is one of the 72 names inscribed on the Eiffel Tower.




By Patrick Redford: Martial Arts Legend Kid Yamamoto Dead At 41

Norifumi Yamamoto (山本 徳郁 Yamamoto Norifumi, March 15, 1977 – September 18, 2018) was a Japanese mixed martial artist and kickboxer who competed in the bantamweight division of the UFC. He quickly gained popularity in the Shooto organization due to his aggressive, well-rounded style and controversial persona. He moved on to K-1 Hero’s, where he became the K-1 Hero’s 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion in December, 2005 after defeating Genki Sudo via a controversial TKO due to punches.

Yamamoto came from a wrestling family. His father Ikuei Yamamoto represented Japan at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich and his sisters Miyu and Seiko both won world championships in freestyle wrestling. Kid received his education in the United States and wrestled at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona, capturing three state championships (with a third-place finish as a freshman). During that time he lived and received training from Townsend and Tricia Saunders. He also trained briefly under Choi Mu Bae.[1].

Though by most measures he was a natural bantamweight, many of Yamamoto’s most significant bouts have been in the lightweight division as it was the lightest division in Hero’s. More recently, he competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the bantamweight division, although he did not perform well there, going winless in his first four fights.



A look at the ginormous Antonov An-225 Mriya jumbo jet as it came in for a landing at Oakland International Airport. Apparently, the massive airplane was hired by the US Government to pick up typhoon relief supplies bound for Guam, and had to stop to refuel on its way from Kiev.
Colossal: Watch How Steel Ribbons Are Shaped into Cookie Cutters, Manami Ito Performs a Violin Solo With a Customized Prosthetic Bow Arm and more ->

Father’s Devotion: 1972 Ford Mustang

By Adam Clarke: Father’s Devotion: 1972 Ford Mustang
The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company: Dullard boaters, rats on string, Thunderbird machines and Sunday, Bloody Sunday #narrowboat #england
By Eden Ashley: 9 Ways You Can Live More With Intention
By Frankie Schembri: Fifty-thousand-year-old wolf pup still has paws, skin, and hair
By Christina Dodd: How I Got 25K More BookBub Followers (and Why I Did)
Kate Atkinson tells Sarah Shaffi how the curious case of ‘perfect spy’ Jack King inspired her book, Transcription
Kate Atkinson was still working on A God in Ruins – her last novel and a not-quite-sequel to her bestselling Life After Life – when she came across something of interest.

While on the National Archives’ website, she got drawn into the latest releases section, and learnt about Jack King, who was an MI5 spy during the Second World War. Posing as a Gestapo agent, he infiltrated fascist groups and prevented secret information from getting into the hands of the Nazis. But his real identity had been the cause of speculation for some time; now, it was being revealed that he was really a bank clerk at the Westminster Bank called Eric Roberts.
Two Nerdy History Girls: Ladies’ Facilities in the 1700s to 1900s
By Colin Marshall: Download Classic Japanese Wave and Ripple Designs: A Go-to Guide for Japanese Artists from 1903


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