1. I love swans and so was very disturbed to learn that a swan recently killed a man.
2. Since the death of Dick Clark and my friend Naomi’s blog post about him, I’ve been watching old Bandstand clips on youtube and remembering how my older sister got me into watching the show after school. There was nothing else like it on TV and it probably set the stage for my love of dancing at the Surf Ballroom every weekend in the beach town we lived in.
5. Is there someone in your past that you’d like to apologize to like THIS man did?
6. “If you don’t think you’re part of the problem, that’s part of the problem.” ~ My Dharmacratic friend Will
7. A must-see expose’ on how Wall Street got bailed out and Main Street didn’t: Watch Money, Power and Wall Street, a PBS Frontline special HERE.
8. A banker is someone who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining but wants it back the minute it starts raining. ~ Mark Twain
9. Samuel Clemens took the name Mark Twain from his experience on the Mississippi River boats. The old word twain means two. Mark twain means there are two fathoms of water under the boat.
10. While looking up the word “twain” I came across some unusual words, like callithumpian (a children’s parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes), flibbertigibbeta (a chattering or flighty, light-headed person) and ninnyhammer (a fool or simpleton).
11. The best description of Floyd (the one traffic mountain town I live in), found on the Jacksonville Center’s, webpage begins: Floyd County has been a magnet for anti-establishment free-thinkers since the early 1700s. Independent-minded self-starters from Scotland, Ireland, and Germany said, “Just give me a spot of soil and some time, and I can do for myself.” They rejected urban offerings of the newly-settled New England and Eastern seaboard regions, and settled the remote Appalachians and Blue Ridge Mountains, which was the “frontier” of their time. This “do-for-myself” approach, well-rooted in the rugged Floyd geography for 250 years, brought a fresh wave of migration in the 1970s – not from farmers but from back-to-the-landers, entrepreneurs, artisans, and musicians trying to earn a buck on their own terms. More HERE.
13. A kaleidoscope of color you can play with with your mouse HERE.