Category: Review

Quotes December 05, 2018

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
Thomas Merton: No Man Is an Island
You have to be odd to be number one.
Dr. Suess
It is by character and not by intellect the world is won.
Evelyn Beatrice Hall,
Don’t climb mountains so that people can see you. Climb mountains so that you can see the world.
Genius Mindset
You were born to be real not to be perfect.
The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are. The second greatest is being happy with what you find.
You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.
Life is a series of tiny little miracles.
Notice them.
There is no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.
No one is you and that is your power.

Quotes October 20, 2018

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
Audrey Hepburn
Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see.
George W. Russell
“Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye.”
William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost, Act 2, Scene 1
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”
Kahlil Gibran
“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.”
Martin Buxbaum
“In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.”
Christopher Morley
“Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.”
Simone Weil
“Beauty and folly are generally companions.”
Baltasar Gracian
“Plainness has its peculiar temptations quite as much as beauty.”
George Eliot
“No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.”
Oscar Wilde
“It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.”
Nicholas Sparks
“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.’”
Joel Osteen, ‘Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential’
“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.”
Deborah Reber, ‘Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul’
“Girls you’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page.”
Tori Amos, ‘Tori Amos: From the Choirgirl Hotel’
“It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on.”

“Poisonous relationships can alter our perception. You can spend many years thinking you’re worthless. But you’re not worthless. You’re underappreciated.”

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”

“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”
Steve Maraboli
“If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.”
Shannon L. Alder
“It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else”
Phil McGraw
“We teach people how to treat us.”
Dr. Phil
When I was growing up, my parents told me, ‘Finish your dinner. People in China and India are starving.’ I tell my daughters, ‘Finish your homework. People in India and China are starving for your job.’
Thomas Friedman
Courtesy of theCHIVE
It’s weird to think that nighttime is the natural state of the universe and daytime is only caused by a nearby, radiating ball of flame.
If you run at 11pm you are a night person. If you run at 5am you are a morning person. If you run at 3am you are a suspicious person.
Knowledge is knowing that you can carry all of the groceries in at once. Wisdom is making multiple trips so that by the time you are done, other family members have put away most of the groceries.
The world would be a much thinner place if food was priced per calorie.
Your dog thinks “fetch” is a game that the two of you made up, and he loves you for that.
It’s a good thing dogs can’t use phones or they’d file missing persons reports all day long.
Dogs who grab the paper in the morning probably think they have a huge responsibility, and watching their owners read it afterwards must make them feel so great.
If you raise your children, you spoil your grandkids. If you spoil your children, you raise your grandkids.
It’s weird that being a good dad and great father are highly praised but little boys who play with baby dolls are made fun of.

Quotes October 19, 2018






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:


Videos July 13, 2018










Quotes June 22, 2018

US Military Careers Reasons to re-inlist
By Rod Powers
Yesterday sucked, today sucked, tomorrow is going to suck, and this seems to be a pretty solid forecast for the rest of my enlistment.
Spending 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year training for something that there is a 99.9% chance that we will never do.
WWWDWOA? (what would we do without acronyms?)
Taking simple daily tasks and breaking them down into nuclear physics before doing them.
If I got out, I would surely miss the idea of waking up every morning for a “meeting”.
Getting to eat meat that comes in boxes labeled ” not fit for human consumption” and “for institutional use only.”
Waking up every morning and going to “staff meeting” where a piece of paper is read to me even though it is posted on the wall and on the offices internet, both of which I have access to. I guess I can’t read.
Going to medical complaining of severe heart and chest pain and being told to come back during “sick-call” the next day.
I love the fact that my opinion has about as much influence as my sister’s pet iguana’s.
You do not have to respect the person, you have to respect what they wear on their collar or sleeve.
I love the fact that the military wonders why we have so many people around the world that hate our country. I am sure that us being bullies and telling the world what they can and cannot do, then ignoring those rules ourselves has nothing to do with it.
When you get out you will only be 38-40. You still have your entire life ahead of you. Yeah, okay, I want my life to start at 38.
Is that local time or Zulu?
Why did our parents even bother giving us first names?
IN what other job can you do things NOT the RIGHT WAY, but the “MILITARY WAY”?
Who really wants to have any control over their life anyway?
Because only during magic shows and military working hours are the rules of logic suspended.

Music June 21, 2018






907 Updates June 10, 2018

By Tegan Hanlon: Anchorage man charged with manslaughter in fatal Mat-Su boating collision
By Beth Bragg: Rosie Brennan and Anna Dalton dueled for the Run for Women victory and took down the course record along the way
By Tegan Hanlon: Black bear injures hunter near bait station off Parks Highway
By Charles Wohlforth: From wilderness to an urban ER, a doctor’s journey through Alaska’s best and worst
By Ned Rozell: What it’s like to run circles for 24 hours around the land of no night
Iditarod musher’s camp offers vets camaraderie
Volunteers work to spruce up Chester Creek Trail
Moms Everyday Alaska: How to check yourself for skin cancer

Quotes May 19, 2018

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin
“We needs must love the highest when we see it.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
“A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
“Her mother, accompanied by the dog Coach, had ploughed her way through a deep fall of snow to fetch her youngest home from nursery school. The hard going had been a weariness, the cold a misery to the flesh. Ploughing back again, her youngest attached, a small voice sang out beside her, ‘Look, Mummy! Look at Coach and the joy of the snow!’ Coach was leaping and rolling in the snow, his eyes like stars, his tail a banner. The little girl’s eyes were as bright as his, her face pink inside her hood…The mother for a few moments looked at the snow through their eyes and the earth had not smutched it.”
Elizabeth Goudge, The Joy of the Snow
“He was like a man owning a piece of ground in which, unknown to himself, a treasure lay buried. You would not call such a man rich, neither would I call happy the man who is so without realizing it.”
Eugène Delacroix, Journal

FYI May 09, 2018



On This Day

1887 – Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show opens in London.

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was an American scout, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa), but he lived for several years in his father’s hometown in Toronto Township, Ontario, Canada, before the family returned to the Midwest and settled in the Kansas Territory.

Buffalo Bill started working at the age of eleven, after his father’s death, and became a rider for the Pony Express at age 14. During the American Civil War, he served the Union from 1863 to the end of the war in 1865. Later he served as a civilian scout for the US Army during the Indian Wars, receiving the Medal of Honor in 1872.

One of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill’s legend began to spread when he was only twenty-three. Shortly thereafter he started performing in shows that displayed cowboy themes and episodes from the frontier and Indian Wars. He founded Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in 1883, taking his large company on tours in the United States and, beginning in 1887, in Great Britain and continental Europe.


Born On This Day

1906 – Eleanor Estes, American librarian, author, and illustrator (d. 1988)

Eleanor Estes (May 9, 1906 – July 15, 1988)[1] was an American children’s author and a children’s librarian. Her book, Ginger Pye, which she also created illustrations for,[2] won the Newbery Medal. Three of her books were Newbery Honor Winners, and one was awarded the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Estes’ books were based on her life in small town Connecticut in the early 1900s.

Born Eleanor Ruth Rosenfield in West Haven, Connecticut, Estes was the third of four children. Her father, Louis Rosenfeld, was a bookkeeper for a railway; her mother, Caroline Gewecke Rosenfeld, was a seamstress and story teller. Her father died when Estes was young, and her mother’s dressmaking provided for the family.[2]:267 Eleanor Estes attributes her love of reading, children’s literature, and storytelling to her parent’s fondness for books, and her mother’s “inexhaustible supply of songs, stories, and anecdotes, with which she entertained us with while cooking dinner.”[3] In 1923, after graduating from West Haven High School, she trained at the New Haven Free Library, and became a children’s librarian there.[4]:147

In 1931 Estes won the Caroline M. Hewins scholarship for children’s librarians, which allowed her to study at the Pratt Institute library school in New York.[5] In 1932 she married fellow student Rice Estes. They both worked as librarians throughout New York, and he later became a professor of library science and the head of the Pratt Institute Library.[3][6] Estes worked as a children’s librarian in various branches of the New York Public Library, until 1941.[3] Estes began writing when tuberculosis left her confined to her bed. Her best known fictional characters, the Moffats, live in Cranbury, Connecticut, which is Estes’ hometown of West Haven. She based the Moffats after her family, including patterning younger daughter Janey after herself, and basing Rufus on her brother, Teddy.[7]

Eleanor based the story The Hundred Dresses on her real life experience as the girl who (unbeknownst to Peggy) received Peggy’s hand-me-down dresses. She felt so guilty for not having defended the Wanda character in real life, that she wrote the story as both an exercise to assuage her guilt, and to encourage others to stand up against bullies.[8]

The Esteses had one child, Helena, born in Los Angeles in 1948, where Rice Estes was assistant librarian at the University of Southern California. In 1952 they moved back to the East coast, where she lived until her death.[4]:151 Besides writing and working as a librarian, Estes also taught at the University of New Hampshire Writer’s Conference.[9]

Eleanor Estes died July 15, 1988 in Hamden, Connecticut. Her papers are held at the University of Southern Mississippi,[6] and University of Minnesota.[5] She wrote 20 books.

Awards and reception
Estes’s book Ginger Pye (1951) won the Newbery Medal. Three of her books were Newbery Honor books: The Middle Moffat, Rufus M., and The Hundred Dresses.[10] In addition The Moffats won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1961.[11] Estes also received the Certificate of Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature from the New York Association for Supervision of Curriculum Development in 1968.[2] She was awarded the Pratt Institute Alumni Medal in 1968.[12]:318 In 1970 she was nominated for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.[7]

According to reviewer Carolyn Shute, Estes had the “ability to distill the very essence of childhood.”[12]:319 Anita Silvey said she possessed a “rare gift for depicting everyday experiences from the fresh perspective of childhood.”[13] Estes is primarily recognized as a writer of family stories, and as one who “shaped and broadened that subgenre’s tradition”, primarily through her “seemingly artless style”.[4]:147 Eleanor Cameron, in an article for The Horn Book Magazine, included Estes’ Moffat books among “those that sit securely as classics in the realm of memorable literature”.[14]

The Moffats (1941)
The Middle Moffat (1942)
The Sun and the Wind and Mr. Todd (1943)
Rufus M. (1943)
The Hundred Dresses (1944)
The Echoing Green (1947)
Sleeping Giant and Other Stories (1948)
Ginger Pye (1951)
A Little Oven (1955)
Pinky Pye (1958)
The Witch Family (1960)
Small but Wiry (1963)
The Alley (1964)
The Lollipop Princess (1967)
Miranda the Great (1967)
The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode (1972)
The Coat-Hanger Christmas Tree (1973)
The Lost Umbrella of Kim Chu (1978)
The Moffat Museum (1983)
The Curious Adventures of Jimmy McGee (1987)



One bullet each for Polanski and the victim’s mother. Did Polanski refuse to serve the appropriate (how does one judge that?) prison term? What about his victim? How does she ever get past this continual publicity over her attack?
By Hannah Gold: Roman Polanski Threatens Legal Action Over Getting Kicked Out of the Academy

By Maria Sherman: Judge in Brock Turner Rape Case Compares 6-Month Sentencing to ‘Unpopularity’ of School Desegregation

Persky is currently awaiting a June 5 recall vote in a retaliation effort, led by Stanford Law School Professor Michele Dauber, who believes the judge has held “a long pattern of bias in favor of privileged men.”

She told BuzzFeed the Brown comparison is “absurd,” adding:

“Persky has repeatedly abused his discretion on behalf of abusers. As a result, voters in this county have lost confidence in his ability to be fair…In Brown, the Supreme Court bravely ruled with the powerless against the powerful. In Brock Turner’s case, Persky did the exact opposite.”

After Turner’s conviction in September 2016, California lawmakers passed two bills to amend the loophole that caused his sentence to be so lax. The Assembly Bill 2888, which, according to the Los Angeles Times, “prohibits a judge from handing a convicted offender probation in certain sex crimes such as rape, sodomy and forced oral copulation when the victim is unconscious or prevented from resisting by any intoxicating, anesthetic or controlled substance,” and the Assembly Bill 701, which expands the legal definition of rape in California law to include all forms of nonconsensual sexual assault.
By Rich Juzwiak: At Long Last, Women’s Empowerment Comes to Otter Pops
No. We were inspired by the work of The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and focused on how our characters could positively impact kids.
By Dell Cameron: Congress Might Actually Save Net Neutrality, If Republicans Can Learn How to Read Polls

Internet Trolls is the topic
By Melanie Ehrenkranz: Why Abortion Access Organizations Are Suing Anti-Choice Internet Trolls

By Dom Cosentino: What It’s Like To Navigate The NFL’s Concussion Settlement Hellscape
Eater: Oreo owner Mondelez bought Tate’s Bake Shop for $500 million Please don’t ruin these chocolate chip cookies., Taco Bell’s absurd fried-chicken-shell chalupa is coming back with more spice The taco chain is wrapping vegetables and cheese in a chicken cutlet, again and more ->
By Gary Price: Research Tools: CNBC Launches the Warren Buffett Archive, Video Collection Includes Keyword Searchable Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meetings, Interviews, and More
Gastro Obscura: The quest for an ancient culture’s cannabis-filled cooking, The Vineyard Veterans and more ->
Atlas Obscura: ‘Ribbon Map’ of the Mississippi River, Watchtower From WWII and more ->
By Christine Schmidt: No print, no private owners, fewer problems? Quebec’s 134-year-old La Presse is going nonprofit
By Heather Chapman: Telemedicine brings transgender care to rural areas

By Louis Chew: David Goggins: 6 Lessons From The Toughest Man Alive
David Goggins is the toughest man alive.

There’s no doubt about it. Goggins is the only member of the US Armed Forces to complete SEAL training, US Army Ranger School, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training.
By Poornima Apte: The Professor on a Mission to Make Math Lovable
Open Culture: Dozens of M.C. Escher Prints Now Digitized & Put Online by the Boston Public Library, A New Scientific Study Supports Putting Two Spaces After a Period … and a Punctuation War Ensues and more ->
Chas’ Crazy Creations: To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #86)
By Hometalk Hits: 16 Ways To Bring Color Into Your Kitchen


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