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Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Above the Clouds”

07/23/2014 01:15:18 AM

Kevin Kern, “Above the Clouds”-

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/22/2014 21:31:01 PM

"This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the edge-on profile of the slender spiral galaxy NGC 5775, which is surrounded by a halo of gas that astronomers suspect is kicked up by star explosions like a galaxy-size fountain. A new photo from t

Chet Raymo, “Take My Arm”

07/22/2014 21:27:16 PM

“Take My Arm”by Chet Raymo“I'm sure I have referenced here before the poems of Grace Schulman, she who in inhabits that sweet melancholy place between "the necessity and impossibility of belief." Between, too, the necessity and impossibility of

“The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams”

07/22/2014 21:24:29 PM

“The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams”by Dr. Michael J. Breus“Dreams are one of the most fascinating -

"Blue Eyes? What A Small World"

07/22/2014 21:21:02 PM

"Blue Eyes? What A Small World"

The Daily "Near You?"

07/22/2014 21:16:48 PM

Weatherford, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"If Your Happiness Depends..."

07/22/2014 21:16:09 PM

"If your happiness depends on what somebody else does,I guess you do have a problem."- Richard Bach, "Illusions"


07/22/2014 21:15:01 PM

"The Time Will Pass..."

07/22/2014 21:13:08 PM

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish somethingstand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway;

“7 Grammar Rules You Really Should Pay Attention To”

07/22/2014 20:59:44 PM

“7 Grammar Rules You Really Should Pay Attention To”By Ben Yagoda“I recently wrote an article for about bogus grammar "rules" that aren't worth your time. However, there are still plenty of legitimate rules that you should be aware

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/21/2014 23:18:35 PM

“Bright star Markab anchors this dusty skyscape. At the top right corner of the frame, Markab itself marks a corner of an asterism known as the Great Square, found within the boundaries of the constellation Pegasus, the flying horse. The wide and d

"Hell: Exothermic or Endothermic?"

07/21/2014 22:03:47 PM

Chet Raymo, “The Burden of Thinking”

07/21/2014 22:00:17 PM

The Daily "Near You?"

07/21/2014 21:58:59 PM

Moultrie, Georgia, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Kahlil Gibran, "A Poet's Voice"

07/21/2014 21:57:01 PM

"A Poet's Voice"by Kahlil Gibran“You are my brother, but why are you quarreling with me? Why do you invade my country and try to subjugate me for the sake of pleasing those who are seeking glory and authority?Why do you leave your wife and children

"A Thousand Disguises..."

07/21/2014 21:52:03 PM

"We meet ourselves time and time again in a

The Poet: Sheenagh Pugh, “What If This Road”

07/21/2014 21:51:05 PM

“What If This Road”“What if this road, that has held no surprisesthese many years, decided not to gohome after all; what if it could turnleft or right with no more adothan a kite-tail? What if its tarry skinwere like a long, supple bolt of clot

“Nation Apparently Believed in Science at Some Point”

07/21/2014 17:30:44 PM

“Nation Apparently Believed in Science at Some Point”By Andy BorowitzMINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—”Historians studying archival photographs from four decades ago have come to the conclusion that the U.S. must have believed in science at

"How It Really Is"

07/21/2014 17:19:31 PM

“Undocumented iOS Functions Allow Monitoring of Personal Data, Expert Says”

07/21/2014 17:11:26 PM

“Undocumented iOS Functions Allow Monitoring of Personal Data, Expert Says”"Backdoor" can be abused by gov't agents and ex-lovers to gain persistent Dan Goodin

"As Much Involved In It..."

07/20/2014 23:24:51 PM

“Civilians Fleeing Gaza City Neighborhood After Israeli Strike Say They Have Nowhere To Go”

07/20/2014 19:21:37 PM

“Civilians Fleeing Gaza City Neighborhood After

"How It Really Is"

07/19/2014 23:24:12 PM

"Grave Faults..."

07/19/2014 23:12:12 PM

“Only the following items should be considered to be grave faults: not respecting another's rights; allowing oneself to be paralyzed by fear; feeling guilty; believing that one does not deserve the good or ill that happens in one's life; being a co


07/19/2014 20:27:11 PM

“A man who has blown all his options can't afford the luxury of changing his ways. He has to capitalize on whatever he has left, and he can't afford to admit — no matter how often he's reminded of it — that every day of his life takes him farth

“The Nightmare of Gaza Continues”

07/19/2014 20:20:51 PM

“The Nightmare of Gaza Continues”

Musical Interlude: B Tribe, “Suave Suave”

07/19/2014 00:48:35 AM

B Tribe, “Suave Suave”-

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/19/2014 00:10:21 AM

"Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud by chance has assumed this recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is some 1,500 light-years distant, embedded in the vast Orion cloud complex.

Chet Raymo, “Cosmic View”

07/18/2014 23:50:23 PM

“Cosmic View”by Chet Raymo“When writing about Philip and Phylis Morrison's “Powers of Ten” the other day I found I had made the following notation in the flyleaf, perhaps a dozen or more years ago:Britannica32 volumes1000 pages per vol1200

"Are We Living In A 'Matrix'-like Superhologram?"

07/18/2014 22:39:59 PM

"Are We Living In A 'Matrix'-like Superhologram?"by David Talbot"In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At the University of Paris a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of the most important experiments o

"This Moment..."

07/18/2014 22:35:57 PM

"We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand...and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late."- Marie Beyon Ray

The Daily "Near You?"

07/18/2014 20:47:17 PM

Wasilla, Alaska, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Singing To The Deer"

07/18/2014 20:46:06 PM

"Singing To The Deer"by Patricia Monaghan“At solstice, the woods were bright in a snowy way, the sky pearl gray above the stately maples and gnarled burr oaks. An Alaskan marooned in the urban Midwest, it took me years to find this nearby patch of

Paulo Coelho, “I’d Rather Be In Hell”

07/18/2014 20:44:08 PM

“I’d Rather Be In Hell”by Paulo Coelho"As soon as he died, Juan found himself in a gorgeous place, surrounded by all the comfort and beauty he had dreamed of. A fellow dressed in white approached him and said, “You have the right to have what

"Have You Also Learned..."

07/18/2014 20:42:27 PM

"Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?" That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains,

"Opening to Understanding: Willingness to Feel"

07/18/2014 20:38:11 PM

"Opening to Understanding: Willingness to Feel"by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOMWhen we are resisting something based on a limited understanding, we must then open ourselves to willingness. There are times when we may find ourselves struggling or even f

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 7.18.14”

07/18/2014 01:59:21 AM

“Weekly News Wrap-Up 7.18.14”By Greg Hunter’s

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Night Light”

07/18/2014 01:08:54 AM

Liquid Mind, “Night Light”

"Who Are We? Maybe Not Who You Think"

07/18/2014 01:03:33 AM

"Who Are We? Maybe Not Who You Think"by Robert Lanza, MD"Who in the world am I?" asked Alice (in Wonderland). "Ah, that's the great puzzle!" The question may make you wonder about taking time to ponder such philosophical babble. The answer is usually

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/18/2014 00:59:18 AM

“An asterism is just a recognized pattern of stars that is not one the 88 official constellations. For example, one of the most famous (and largest) asterisms is the Big Dipper within the constellation Ursa Major. But this pretty chain of stars, vi

Paulo Coelho, "A Man Lying On The Ground"

07/18/2014 00:57:55 AM

Albert Einstein, "The World As I See It"

07/18/2014 00:55:29 AM

"The World As I See It"

Psychology: "How the Brain Stops Time"

07/18/2014 00:45:52 AM

"How the Brain Stops Time"by Jeff Wise"One of the strangest side-effects of intense fear is time dilation, the apparent slowing-down of time. It's a common trope in movies and TV shows, like the memorable scene from "The Matrix" in which time slows d

"All About The Folly..."

07/18/2014 00:44:04 AM

"Archimedes said, "Give me a fulcrum and I will move the Earth"; but there isn't one. It is like betting on the future of the human race - I might wish to lay a bet that the human race would destroy itself by the year 3000, but there is nowhere to pl

Chet Raymo, “Charybdis”

07/18/2014 00:39:46 AM

“Charybdis”by Chet Raymo"To my mind, there is no more spiritually fulfilling experience than lying on one's back under a crystal clear late-summer sky unpolluted by artificial light and seeing the Milky Way arching across the dome of night from S

"Fabricated Compassion: Democrats Abandon U.S. Homeless, Veterans And The Hungry In Rush To Roll Out Red Carpet For Illegals"

07/17/2014 21:08:52 PM

"Fabricated Compassion: Democrats Abandon U.S. Homeless,

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/16/2014 22:09:34 PM

"A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluis

The Poet: Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”

07/16/2014 22:08:49 PM

“Song of the Open Road”

"Our Destiny..."

07/16/2014 22:03:07 PM

"Our destiny can be examined, but it cannot be justified

Chet Raymo, “Half Sick Of Shadows”

07/16/2014 21:59:07 PM

“Half Sick Of Shadows”by Chet Raymo"Who is this woman? Her name is on the prow of her boat: The Lady of Shalott.

The Daily "Near You?"

07/16/2014 21:56:05 PM

Santa Rosa, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Paulo Coelho, “The Neighbor And The Trees”

07/16/2014 21:54:53 PM

“The Neighbor And The Trees”by Paulo Coelho"My old mill in the little Pyrenees village has a line of trees separating it from the farm next door. The other day the neighbor appeared: he must be about seventy years old. Now and again I have seen h

"What Is the Piri Reis Map?"

07/16/2014 21:49:59 PM

"Shifting the Mood: Attitude Follows Perspective"

07/16/2014 21:25:20 PM

"Shifting the Mood: Attitude Follows Perspective"by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOMWe all have to do things in our life that we don't want to and the easiest solution is to change our attitude. We all have days when we are faced with chores, errands, or

"How It Really Is"

07/16/2014 20:09:57 PM

Satire: “Fleeing Iraqis Relieved That Cheney Has No Regrets About War”

07/16/2014 20:02:17 PM

“Fleeing Iraqis Relieved That Cheney Has No Regrets About War”by Andy BorowitzBAGHDAD (The Borowitz Report)— “Just days after former Vice-President Dick Cheney said that he had no regrets about the invasion of Iraq, people fleeing their homes

“Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’”; "Israelis Watch Gaza Bombing For Just Good Fun"

07/15/2014 22:57:51 PM

“Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’”by Chris Hedges“Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step,

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/15/2014 21:21:40 PM

“How and why are all these stars forming? Found among the Small Magellanic Cloud's (SMC's) clusters and nebulae NGC 346 is a star forming region about 200 light-years across, pictured above by the Hubble Space Telescope. A satellite galaxy of the M

Paulo Coelho, “Frogs Being Boiled”

07/15/2014 21:20:50 PM

“Frogs Being Boiled”by Paulo Coelho“A lawyer friend of mine, Renato Pacca, sent me an interesting text: Several biological studies have shown that a frog placed in a container along with water from his pond, he will remain alive while you heat

Archaelogy: "Göbekli Tepe- 12,000 Year Old Temple?"

07/15/2014 21:18:35 PM

"Göbekli Tepe- 12,000 Year Old Temple?"by Patrick Symmes"Six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in southeastern Turkey, Klaus Schmidt has made one of the most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: massive carved stones about 12,000 years o

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “Evidence”

07/15/2014 21:16:25 PM

“Evidence”“Where do I live? If I had no address, as many peopledo not, I could nevertheless say that I lived in thesame town as the lilies of the field, and the still waters.Spring, and all through the neighborhood now there arestrong men tendi

The Daily "Near You?"

07/15/2014 21:07:49 PM

Athens, Attiki, Greece. Thanks for stopping by.

Derrick Jensen, “Love Does Not Imply Pacifism.”

07/15/2014 21:05:19 PM

“Love Does Not Imply Pacifism.”by Derrick Jensen“Many hundreds of pages ago, and now for me many years ago, I wrote that this book was originally going to be an exploration of when counterviolence is an appropriate response to the violence of t

"The Questions..."

07/15/2014 20:47:52 PM

"How It Really Is"

07/15/2014 18:34:18 PM

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap”

07/15/2014 17:47:29 PM

Strong language alert!“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap”-

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/15/2014 00:27:59 AM

"The first hint of what will become of our Sun was discovered inadvertently in 1764. At that time, Charles Messier was compiling a list of diffuse objects not to be confused with comets. The 27th object on Messier's list, now known as M27 or the Dumb

"Even The Little Ones..."

07/15/2014 00:26:49 AM

"I should dearly love that the world should be ever so little better for my presence. Even on this small stage we have our two sides, and something might be done by throwing all one's weight on the scale of breadth, tolerance, charity, temperance, pe

"The Hound In The Kennel"

07/15/2014 00:23:19 AM

"The Hound In The Kennel"by

"Why Not Now..."

07/15/2014 00:19:52 AM

"You cannot run away from weakness;you must some time fight it out or perish;and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?"- Robert Louis Stevenson

"No Price Is Too High..."

07/15/2014 00:15:38 AM

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you’ll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of own

"Deep Thoughts on What Makes Humans Special"

07/15/2014 00:13:21 AM

The Daily "Near You?"

07/14/2014 23:35:47 PM

Fairfax, Iowa, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, “To Be Alive”

07/14/2014 21:47:55 PM

“To Be Alive”by Chet Raymo"To see a World in a Grain of SandAnd a Heaven in a Wild Flower,Hold Infinity in the palm of your handAnd Eternity in an hour.”~ William Blake“Many years ago, my religious education began with the first question of t

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “October”

07/14/2014 21:39:45 PM

“October”by Mary Oliver1"There’s this shape, black as the entrance to a cave.A longing wells up in its throatlike a blossomas it breathes slowly.What does the worldmean to you if you can’t trust itto go on shining when you’renot there? and

"How It Really Is"

07/14/2014 19:32:42 PM

The Poet: Langston Hughes, “I Dream A World”

07/13/2014 17:05:25 PM

“I Dream A World”by Langston Hughes“I dream a world where man

“'The A**hole Effect': What Wealth Does to the Brain”

07/13/2014 16:56:03 PM

“'The A**hole Effect': What Wealth Does to the Brain”By Anne Manne"Call it the a**hole effect. That is the term coined by US psychologist Paul Piff* after he did some stunning new research into the effects of wealth and inequality on people’s a

"How It Really Is"

07/13/2014 16:47:10 PM

"And Never, Never, To Forget..."

07/13/2014 16:32:56 PM

"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is comp


07/13/2014 16:28:06 PM

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no l

Satire: “Sight of Rick Perry at Border Convinces Immigrants That Anyone Can Succeed in America”

07/13/2014 15:41:20 PM

“Sight of Rick Perry at Border Convinces Immigrants

“Keeping Things in Perspective: Mountains”

07/13/2014 15:14:24 PM

“Keeping Things in Perspective: Mountains”by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM“From the top of a mountain, we are able to witness life from a different perspective bringing us a new awareness. Mountains have always captured our imaginations, calling

The Poet: Joy Harjo, "A Map to the Next World"

07/12/2014 22:36:38 PM

"A Map to the Next World""In the last days of the fourth world I wished to make a mapfor those who would climb through the hole in the sky.My only tools were the desires of humans as they emerged from the killing fields,from the bedrooms and the kitc

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/12/2014 22:34:02 PM

"The glare of Alpha Centauri, one of the brightest stars in planet Earth's night sky, floods the left side of this southern skyscape. A mere 4.3 light-years distant, Alpha Centauri actually consists of two component stars similar in size to the Sun,

“7 Ways to Tell If You’re Not Currently Living Your Highest Purpose in Life”

07/12/2014 22:23:03 PM

“7 Ways to Tell If You’re Not Currently

"Stained Glass..."

07/12/2014 22:19:54 PM

“People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,

Chet Raymo, “To Look And To Know”

07/12/2014 22:17:25 PM

“To Look And To Know”by Chet Raymo“Screws, rivets, ball bearings, pins, axles, couplings, belts, chains, gears, flywheels, levers, rods, ratchets, brakes, pipes, pistons, valves, springs, cranks, cams, pulleys. I have just spent an afternoon pe


07/12/2014 22:16:09 PM

“Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.”- Sigmu

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Sunset"

07/12/2014 22:14:15 PM

"Sunset"“Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colorswhich it passes to a row of ancient trees.You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you,one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth,

“The Universe: For Every Grain Of Sand On Earth”

07/12/2014 19:02:01 PM

“The Universe:

"How It Really Is"

07/11/2014 20:02:44 PM

Satire: “LeBron Congratulates People of Cleveland on Having Him Back”

07/11/2014 19:58:04 PM

“LeBron Congratulates People of Cleveland on Having Him Back”by Andy BorowitzCLEVELAND (The Borowitz Report) — “In an emotional speech to the people of Cleveland on Friday, N.B.A. superstar LeBron James congratulated them on “realizing the

"Confessions of a Former Child Laborer"

07/11/2014 17:20:27 PM

"Confessions of a Former Child Laborer"

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 7.11.14”

07/11/2014 04:49:30 AM

“Weekly News Wrap-Up 7.11.14”By Greg Hunter’s

A Delightful Musical Interlude: Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, 8 Year Old Jonny Mizzone, “Flint Hill Special”

07/11/2014 02:35:15 AM

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, 8 Year Old Jonny Mizzone, “Flint Hill Special”-

Satire: “Americans Unhappy to Be Reminded That Sarah Palin Exists”

07/10/2014 22:55:05 PM

“Americans Unhappy to Be Reminded That Sarah Palin Exists”by Andy BorowitzWASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “A new poll released Thursday reveals that a broad majority of Americans describe themselves as “deeply unhappy” to have been remi

"A Look to the Heavens"

07/10/2014 19:24:18 PM

“Majestic nebulae and stars of our Milky Way Galaxy stretch across this panoramic image of the entire night sky. At full resolution, the 5 gigapixel mosaic was stitched together from over 37,000 images, the result of a season following, year long e

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "There Is Time Left"

07/10/2014 19:09:41 PM

“There Is Time Left”“Well, there is time left –fields everywhere invite you into them.And who will care, who will chide you if you wander awayfrom wherever you are, to look for your soul?Quickly, then, get up, put on your coat, leave your des

The Daily "Near You?"

07/10/2014 19:04:58 PM

Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Thanks for stopping by.

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