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Sunday, May 4, 2014
SOMETIMES IT DOES NOT HURT TO STEP BACK AND UNPLUG A BIT
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, Seattle had summer this past week, all three days of it this time. But no worries, it’ll be back in time for Mother’s Day. Meanwhile, climate change, lethal politics and other world-changing events have been rocking and rolling the planet beyond the pale, as it were.
These last few editions have been pretty intense for us here and have accurately reflected the state of the readership. I think ~ though ~ that it does not hurt for one to occasionally step back, unplug a bit as it were and appreciate the world of the seven senses around them.
Seattle is essentially seven neighborhoods looking for city hall and I live in one of the more rural ones, on a street with no sidewalks and mail delivered in boxes clustered in threes every few houses. All around are evergreens and several deciduous species, the most noticeable of which are cherry trees, which are in bloom now, replete with the rich redolence for which they are known.
In contrast to many places I have lived on the North American west coast ~ and even in Seattle ~ it is a quiet neighborhood and a friendly one. There is a pub, a supermarket, two gas stations and other quainter amenities within easy walking distance and the streets are safe night or day. The fact that we so seldom see police cars or emergency services vehicles says a great deal, as well.
Though the downtown core is less than a half hour by Metro bus and 15 minutes in good weather by Interstate 5, it is easy to forget that Seattle has also seen controversy, strife, riots, scandal, tent cities and all the other scourges which have afflicted Metropolitan America in the decades following the Second World War.
I see none of this history in the eyes of my neighbors. I see only the friendly, kind, decent, hard-working people I live with. I see them walking their dogs with kids in tow, working out in their yards, waiting in impossibly long lines at the Safeway and doing all those other things Norman Rockwell immortalized about life in New England.
Just as I suspect this is the “real” Seattle, so I rather suspect that is the way of it, as well, where you live. And for the same reasons. Our peace was hard bought, trust me. Just like yours, right?
This is certainly good news and hope for the millions this disease impacts. Half of U.K. patients diagnosed with cancer will be cured: study shows
Those of us who have lost a loved one to a drunk driver do not need to read this. Anyone who either drives impaired or has considered it, does. Father of four tells sentencing hearing he felt like ending his life after his wife was killed by drunk driver
here’s the kind of news that is good for the entire planet. One million acres of rain forest and other environment is being restored in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
A Shocking New Report Highlights Depth Of Poaching Crisis
South Africa And Mozambique Unite To Protect Endangered Wildlife ››
We’re not sure this is a totally good idea. Raccoons in particular are quick to assimilate new technology. Wi-Fi Coming To Canadian National Parks
Our prayers are with you folks. B.C. First Nation launches legal challenge over Kinder Morgan pipeline
I so love this one. It’s part of the Canadian feminine mystique as far as I’m concerned. Woman defends her cat from bald eagle in Campbell River
Sam: Felina, it’s a beautiful morning out yonder, Lass.
Felina: Oh, I know, mate of my three lifetimes.
Sam: I could use some company, Sweetheart.
Felina: Quite so, my love. Just give me a few minutes? Arnold is showing me something absolutely fascinating about human motherhood.
Sam: With all due respect to Arnie, our talking television set, that’s a waste of sunshine neither of you can watch later.
Felina: Perhaps I should take a break. Arnold agrees. And if it is not too much trouble, oh moon and sun of my life?
Sam: Lox and a bagel for you and lox with cream cheese for this electronic life form I have reluctantly learned to live with.
Felina: You are such a delight, my rapacious rapscallion.
Sam: Especially when you and the television set are hungry, I’ve noticed.
Felina: Be nice, Samuel. I am sure my other expressions of my regard for you have not gone unappreciated.
Sam: Nope, Felina, they have not. And thank you, as well, for reminding me I can still blush.
Felina: You look absolutely smashing in red, my love.
Sam: Cool. I think. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Raymond and Juliet of digression. And the Solomon Spielberg of the smooth segue.
Sam: Which is to say, Mother’s Day is next Sunday, Felina. Spring in our mountains is now.
Felina: I quite agree, my sagacious snowcat. Beyond us, these shaggy giants rise majestically to pay homage to skies that have known the beginning, the end and all that has transpired between ultimate sunrises.
Sam: And all life celebrates their dominion.
Felina: Perhaps even those humans who dare call them children of Gaia and also pay appropriate homage.
Sam: Sweetheart, keep that dream alive. More and more are starting to believe it with you. And on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: On that note, then, gentle readers, please try to get out and enjoy spring or whatever season it is where you live? And of course, until next week, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
I thought this was “most excellent.” A Young Mayor Who Likes to Share His View From the Top
Here is another reason for never under-estimating “kid power.” $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors
The people who helped make this happen deserve a Heaven all their own. Girl Whose Plea For Pizza Was Heard ‘Round The World Is Now Cancer Free!
You’ve come a long way, baby, but apparently not quite far enough. Sigh. The Media Has a Woman Problem
Science without ethics is religion without God. Scandalous Experiments Left Hundreds Infected With Parasite
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
This ought to give us all something to talk about. Genetic ‘Adam & Eve’ Uncovered In Surprising New Study
In The Wrong Hands, This Could Be A Mad Scientist’s Ultimate Dream.Human Brain Microchip Is 9,000 Times Faster Than A PC
And for those of us who have entirely too much time on our hands. Psst! This Is How You Win Rock-Paper-Scissors
NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang, how much do you know about viruses and bacteria ?
Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary. They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group. These are also activities you can share with friends and family. In my house, learning together is also considered cool.
THE GREEN AGENDA
This is definitely worth family sharing. Children’s guide to microbes also a useful primer for adults
This is definitely good news. Radical VGH Cancer Procedure Gives A Chance Of Life For Some Patients (With Video)
More extremely useful information. This week in health: Rob Ford in rehab, robotic heart surgery, and more
YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF
BEST OF THE NET
It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
It turns out I share a culinary range with my favourite four-footed creature Cougars’ survival due to unfussy diet ››
Here’s a headline we honestly never expected to see. Chernobyl’s Birds Are Adapting To Radiation ››
We thought this was a little extreme but if it helps, why not? Freediver swims naked with sharks in campaign against drum lines ››
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Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty