40 Acres and A Mule

October 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

40 Acres and a mule

Got into a discussion the other day on Facebook about whether or not the Slaves, once freed, received anything for their trouble. The answer, it turns out, is absolutely nothing. Zip, zilch, nada, zero. I remember seeing that PBS series on The Civil War and thought I remembered seeing where they got some land or something.

Well here is the story. They did…for a very short time. But let me back up a bit. Back in 1820 Joseph E. Davis, the younger brother of Jefferson Davis, established the plantation Hurricane at Davis Bend, Mississippi.

Davis was influenced by the utopian ideas of Robert Owen, whom he met in the 1820s during Owen’s tour in the United States. When he established his plantation Hurricane at Davis Bend, Davis worked to create a model slave community there. He hoped to show that a higher functioning community…

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An Extremely Late Friday Afternoon at the Haikulodeon

October 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on The haikulodeon:

Here’s this week’s heap of haikus:

Thus each day must end,
to let each night begin so
we may build new dreams.

(Photo courtesy Kristina Rebelo)

Lying in the sun’s
the universal sign of
complete contentment.

alternate version:

Lying in the sun
with your best friend.  Life is good …
and sealed with a nap.

(Photo courtesy of Kristina Rebelo)

Standing on a rock,
and seeing her reflection …
Miss Egret regrets.

(Photo courtesy of Kristina Rebelo)

A sleeping dog guards
the pumpkin harvest while the
leaves sneak from the trees.

He buried his fear
in the pleats of mother’s skirt.
( … and wiped his nose too.)

Fear is a fabric
that folds under stress, and when
in hot water, shrinks …

tanka haiku: When you first awake,
check your bedroom for feathers,
lost from angel’s wings.

They may, of course, appear…

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#NatureIsSpeaking – Redwoods

October 7, 2014 § Leave a comment


This is so true

Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has committed to donating $1 to Conservation International for every unique use of the hashtag #NatureIsSpeaking, up to $1 million.

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A Ludicrously Lovely Friday Afternoon at the Haikulodeon

October 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on The haikulodeon:

Here’s this week’s heap of haikus:

I keep wondering:
Will such wonders ever cease?
Not in this lifetime!

Someone should tell her,
“I really dig the beach”, is
just an expression.

(Photograph courtesy Kristina Rebelo)

Ignore clever men
they can be out-witted. Keep
your eyes on mad-men.


A triangle of
tranquility sails the sea
‘neath darkening skies.


Shafts of golden light,
signaled we’d weathered the storm,
so, we headed home.

(Photographs courtesy Kristina Rebelo)

Reaching for the moon
Is an admirable goal.
Having patience helps.

(Photograph courtesy Kristina Rebelo)

We drove through the night
to see the fall foliage
mirrored in the lake.

To be committed
is to fly through each sunset
in search of the dawn.

(Photograph courtesy Kristina Rebelo)

The ecdysiast’s
dress men find teasiest, zips
up the easiest.

What if we’re all cogs
in a huge…

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Fabric From The Past-Toile de Jouy

October 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Trkingmomoe's Blog:


Toile de Jouy simply means “cloth made in Jouy en Josas,” a village in southwest France.  This type of cloth was soon just called by this name even though it was made in other countries. The factory became famous because of it’s monochromatic prints of scenes with people in the French country side.  Come join us as we explore this fabric that began in 1760 and is still produced today even though the original factory closed in 1843.

The factory was founded in 1760 by Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf.  He was a descendant of family of Bavarian dyers.  He was inspired by the traditional Indian printing techniques. In 1686 France banned the Indian fabrics both the import and making of them.  This was not lifted until 1759. France was behind in this technology of this very popular fashion in fabrics. Oberkampf left Germany and started the factory.  Other countries that was printing…

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The Cetacean Brain and Hominid Perceptions of Cetacean Intelligence

October 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Human and Dolphin

From a post on face book:

The Cetacean Brain and Hominid Perceptions of Cetacean Intelligence

An Essay by Captain Paul Watson

“What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason!
How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable!
In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god!
The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!”
– William Shakespeare, Hamlet

The human species may not be the paragon of animals as Hamlet so eloquently described to us. There is another group of species on this Earth perhaps more deserving of such lofty praise.

It is ironic that science, in its pursuit of knowledge, may soon lead us to understand that we are not what we believe or desire ourselves to be, that we are not the most knowledgeable life-form on the planet. Biological science is provoking us to…

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One of these days Alice…One of these days …

September 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

The Honeymooners

No…not a diary about Jacky Gleason or the Honeymooners. It’s about Scotland and the secession vote. Or as some have suggested, non-vote. That despite all the heavily attended rallies and publicity and polling, Scotland voted 55 to 45 to stay with Jolly old England. As Gomer Pyle would say, Surprise Surprise.

As I see it, a classic codependent relationship. A geopolitical codependent relationship. Like Ralph Kramden threatening to send Alice to the moon or the spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend insisting they are going to leave as we have seen in so many TV shows, but never does. Or the kid saying he/she is going to run away from home – to the secret clubhouse up the street, only to return when it gets dark and they get hungry. Scotland had no real intention of actually going it alone, I do not believe. But the vote was close enough to scare…

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