THE GREAT SOLAR ECLIPSE OF 2017
It's all over now but let's have one more go at the 2017 total solar eclipse. This video was shot from the shores of Palisades Reservoir, Idaho:
A COMIC ABOUT GROWING OLD
By comic strip artist Dan Dougherty, this series features a dad and his daughter growing up and beyond.It is charming. A sample:
Visit Bored Panda for the entire strip and keep scrolling for the full effect.
ENGLAND'S POISON GARDEN
I've seen this video before and can't recall if I've posted it so, what the hell. Maybe it's the second time around. Here's the intro from the YouTube page:
”Locked behind black steel doors in Northumberland, England, the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle grows around 100 infamous killers. From deadly nightshade to hemlock, the only way a plant can take root in this garden is if it is lethal to humans.
“Created by the Duchess of Northumberland, this is one garden where you won't want to stop and smell the flowers.”
THE SECRET OF LIFE
Although I've been reading the 16th century essayist, Michel de Montaigne for as long as I can remember now, I have discovered a marvelous companion volume I'm reading now.
In How to Live or A Life of Montaigne, Author Sarah Bakewell makes strides toward answering that universal question about how to live based on her years-long study of Montaigne's essays.
Montaigne isn't the only person to discover that paying attention to the present moment is the secret to a good life; he's just the first (if you don't count the ancients he studied).
Here is Alan Watts take on the same issue:
ALPHORN PLAYERS COMPETITION
I didn't even know there was such a thing as a alphorn, let alone an international competition. Here's what the YouTube page tells us:
”The Valais Drink Pure Festival in Nendaz, Switzerland, is an international meeting of alphorn players where the best of the best come to play the iconic elongated horn in its traditional Swiss setting.
“While 16-year-old Tim Lin might seem like an unlikely alphorn enthusiast, he is quite the prodigy. Born in Germany to a Chinese father and a Belarusian mother, Lin took home last year’s top prize in the youth category, and hopes to do it again this year.”
WHAT TRUMP HAS UNDONE
Although President Trump has no legislative accomplishments to brag about, he frequently insists that he has surpassed all previous presidents' accomplishments in his first six months. It is simply not true:
What Trump HAS done, however, is reverse a lot of important rules, tools and policies and it can make you cry. Washington Post reporter Philip Bump has compiled a comprehensive list of them. Here are a few of the most terrible:
⚫ Withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
⚫ Repeal of a rule allowing states to create retirement savings plans for private-sector workers
⚫ Withdrew from the Paris climate agreement
⚫ Blocked the Clean Power Plan
⚫ Ended a study on the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining
⚫ Reversed an Obama ban on drilling for oil in the Arctic
⚫ Rescinded a limit on the number of sea animals that can be trapped or killed in fishing nets
⚫ Ended a rule banning dumping waste from mining into streams
⚫ Removed a bike-sharing station at the White House
⚫ Withdrew federal protections for transgender students in schools
There are many more that will break your heart and even if we could stop Trump now, it would be years before we could restore these important policies. Read the entire list here.
THE BRITISH POLITENESS POLICE
These are the Burlington Beadles which YouTube tells us is “possibly the oldest and smallest private police force in the world.”
”For nearly 200 years, the beadles have stood guard over one of London’s most exclusive shopping centers, preventing shoppers from committing brash acts of rudeness—such as whistling, singing and hurrying.
“Dressed in period clothing, head beadle Mark Lord still makes sure that people mind their manners in this most (proper) English way.”
SMALLEST TOWNS IN THE U.S
Mental Floss has compiled a list of the smallest town in each one of the 50 American states. A surprising number of them boast states with just one resident.
In my state, Oregon, the smallest town, with a population of two, is Greenhorn which also has the distinction of being at the highest city at 6,306 feet.
The town was founded during the gold rush and today
”...serves as a vacation retreat and hunting outpost for a handful of part-time residents. Two people, Joyce Pappel and Ron Bergstrom, account for the town’s entire permanent population. Greenhorn collects no taxes and has no sewers, power lines, or police.”
You can look up the smallest town in your state at Mental Floss.
Have you ever heard of these? Fainting goats? I never had until a house guest, my friend Jim Stone, showed me a couple of videos. Here's another video about them from National Geographic. They make me laugh every time.
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