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October 25, 2015 Vol. 9 No. 6
SOMETIMES A ROSE GROWS, EVEN IN NO MAN’S LAND
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. I have been told that sometimes a rose grows, even In No Man’s Land. During the 1970s, America had many of them. This is a love story from one of them.
They met in college in Southern California during the most turbulent of that decade and became high school teachers, moving eventually to the San Francisco Bay Area where he also became the mayor of a small coastal town, an ocean kayaker with a camera and a writer with a habit of taking time off to wander alone his beloved California coast like John Steinbeck but without Charley.
His nature narratives were lyric and popular among thousands. His protests of the socio-political infidelities of the several eras through which he lived and affected profoundly were like the cries of an outraged shepherd watching his flock being savaged by wolves. In this regard, he was like many of us back then and some of us still today, plain spoken and without apology.
His wife died earlier this year and I was among the first he told. After that, I did not hear from him for several months. I have suffered two such losses and have comforted others who have as well. I know, then, that grief can be a harsh calendar for others to keep.
When my fear of losing a good friend over-ruled my respect for his privacy, I emailed him in the quiet hope that her passing had not turned him against all those who knew them as a couple. He responded immediately and then I learned that after she passed on, he did, in fact, go into that really dark but merciful state of self-induced amnesia. It was in this place that he met someone else who had lost their mate.
The two of them found one another as gentle friends at first, then as special companions of choice and ultimately, yes, as two people who awoke one morning in love with one another. Now they are together and have told me I will be seeing them over the holidays.
There has not been a Christmas yet that I have anticipated with more joy. It is not often I have stood witness to a miracle. I will, therefore, be honored by their society.
Take care, stay well and have a great week, gang.
This is extremely interesting. CDC Data Reveals The Leading Cause Of Death In Every Age Group
Alcohol and international politics, now there’s a blend to cherish. VIDEO: David Cameron Takes Xi Jinping For A Pint
We would like to wish the United Nations a slightly late 70th birthday. You’re holding up pretty well, all things considered. For more on this venerable organization, please go here.
ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM
CLIMATE CHANGE & WEATHER
FROM YOU GUYS
A friend sent me a chart showing leading causes of death at various ages, pointing out that unintentional/accidental , while high on the list of a twenty year old, is lowest for our ages. Could it be that we do less risky things as we age, or that we do thing with more forethought? Maybe we finally grow up and stop becoming irresponsible adolescents. But here I can only speak for my gender. Men, left to their own resources seldom live long enough to grow up. Usually our last words are, “Relax, I can do this.” The fact is that should we survive to the age in which we acquire wisdom, it is because of the wisdom of a good woman, one who had the patience to remind us that, “No, you probably can’t do this, at least and live through it.” While it is true that men can at times have bursts of inspiration and even genius, it is the solid, ongoing, deep wisdom of women that has allowed our species to endure and prosper. Meade Fischer
FROM OLYA — Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor
TO MARTY AND DOC BROWN, WITH LOVE
With Harvard University’s Dunster House clock tower salutes last week, I would like to join in celebrating Back To The Future Day as October 21, 2015. That was the date stated on the panel of the legendary DeLorean when Marty McFly and Doc Brown headed into future. Maybe I must confess that I was even a little bit jealous of New Yorkers who were offered a free ride on this fantastic car that day.
Another interesting article to read was the one comparing predictions in the film to contemporary technologies like hover board, wearable technology, Smart TV, Skype-like communication, the rise of drones and other robots. All of these were foretold quite precisely in Back To The Future.
I also found it fascinating how sometimes the film industry produces such iconic products popular all over a world. Who knows? Perhaps it is not economic, scientific or even military supremacy which makes the USA a leading country in the eyes of many people but its mass culture with Hollywood ahead of the game, of course.
I am also in total admiration of Michael J. Fox, an actor, activist and a person fighting personal health circumstances. I am truly Looking forward to watching the Back in Time documentary.
That’s it for this week, Doc. Stay warm, Mishka
This is yet another reason I am glad he is in Olympia. Washington Governor Reverses Panel’s Decision To Increase Cougar Hunts
This is so cool. I wonder if Bill & Melinda Gates know about these guys. How Metropolitan Preparatory Academy Plans To Change The World,
Good call. They didn’t cause the Holocaust. A megalomaniacal and extremely charismatic anti-Semite caused the Holocaust. Israel’s Netanyahu Softens Claims About Palestinian Leader Inspiring Holocaust
I’m not sure this is an incredibly good idea but I’m not surprised where it originated. Sorry, Samantha. For Offenders Who Can’t Pay, It’s a Pint of Blood or Jail Time
Is it just me or is this not pretty obvious? Sweeping Study Claims That Rising Temperatures Will Sharply Cut Economic Productivity
We all own a little of this so we can certainly correct for course. How we are all contributing to the destruction of coral reefs: Sunscreen
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
This is excellent. The teens in an epic solar race
My first question is, “Who wants to ride when it is this cold? Besides, polar bears, I mean. The rise of the subzero cyclist
Nice going, guys (and guyettes). Dutch university wins solar car race
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THE GREEN AGENDA
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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
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BEST OF THE NET
WRATH OF THE USS TESTAMENT
A super power no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This cannot bode well. Poisonous Sea Snake Shows Up In California For First Time In 30 Years
Now that I know this, my life is immeasurably enriched. Seals Catch Prey By ‘Slaloming’ Their Weirdly Shaped Whiskers
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