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Monday, June 25, 2018

Toon Town's Pagan Summer Fest.

So, was another wonderful Fest! I enjoyed meeting new people and really enjoyed a deepening friendship with others that come every year. Ave and her few volunteers managed to pull off one of my favourite experiences at Fest. 
Toon Town's Pagan Summer Fest.
The food was outstanding (are we really camping???). Friday night was baked pasta and tossed salad. Breakfasts included muffins, cheese biscuits, fruit and yogurt and juice boxes! Nice to wake up to. Lunch on Sat was sandwiches, salad and a fruit salad, which I'm sure tasted great even tough I can't eat melons.... Supper Saturday was burgers and smokies. Coupled with veggie salad and an oriental pasta salad (my favourite). Yum!
Toon Town's Pagan Summer Fest.
lady bug rock
we did 2 crafts, and though I gave up on the yarn bowls, the painted rock craft had me inspired by a dear friend who passed away -- I made the lady bug for you, Brenda. 
Toon Town's Pagan Summer Fest.
Toon Town's Pagan Summer Fest.
There were the opening and closing circles daily, always a favourite of mine. Saturday we did circle dances, a staple for me and a lot of fun. (Goddess save Godsmack!), although I enjoyed "Mother" more this year. When all is said and done, this festival is something I look forward to to recharge myself spiritually. Goddess Bless Festmas! Blessed Be!

Person of Character

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Dark Hedges of Ireland

The Dark Hedges of Ireland
Ireland's got more than potatoes. These hauntingly beautiful trees have been named The Dark Hedges and were planted more than 200 years ago. Some say the ghostly "Grey Lady" sometimes roams between the trees. Can you see her? #terrifictuesday #trees #Ireland #haunted #discovery

Find 30 Animals

"Alligators"

aligator memories
Two alligators were sitting at the side of the swamp near Ottawa.

The smaller one turned to the bigger one and said, "I can't understand how you can be so much and be so much bigger than me. We're the same age, we were the same size as kids. I just don't get it."

"Well," said the big 'gator, what you been eaten' boy?"

"Senators, same as you," replied the small alligator.

"Hmm. Well, where do y'all catch 'em?"

"Down on the other side of the swamp near the parking lot by Parliament Buildings."

"Same here, hmm, how do you catch them?"

"Well, I crawl up under one of them Lexus' and wait for one to unlock the car door. Then I jump out, grab 'them by the leg, and shake the shit out of them, and eat them!"

"Ah!" says the big alligator, "I think I see your problem. You ain't getting' any real nourishment.

See, by the time you get done shaken' the shit out of an Senator, there ain't nothing' left but an asshole and a briefcase."

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Star Trek Apartment

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You know, we all say we'd like to have our own transporter rooms, but so few of us ever bother to make one. Interior design genius Tony Alleyne (www.24thcid.com) owes a tremendous debt to "Star Trek: The Next Generation," not only for inspiring his insanely wonderful apartment, but also for generating enough mainstream acceptance of the franchise to entice non Betazoid women through the door.

Alleyne used Vellman digital audio playback modules to provide authentic ST sound effects, plus Vossystems voice-activation gear and loads of AEI Security Systems remote controls. No word on whether he hires a flunky in a red shirt to stage spark-showered deaths at parties. Located in the neutral zone of Hincley, Leicestershire in the UK, Alleyne recently posted a stellar $1 million USD asking price for his unearthly domicile on eBay. Say, wasn't money supposed to disappear by the 24th century?

To view his apartment, click here.

Wisdom from the 13-year-old perspective

* I’ve learned that work comes first; fool around later.

I’ve learned that being popular isn’t everything.

I’ve learned that being pretty on the inside is better than being pretty on the outside.

I’ve learned that not everything in life is fair.

I’ve learned that all people want is someone to listen to them.

I’ve learned that girls seem to fight with their friends a lot, but almost never with their enemies.

I’ve learned that it takes a long time to make a friendship and a fraction of a second to destroy it.

I’ve learned that your imagination is as important as your knowledge.

I’ve learned that to say no to someone is not wrong.

I’ve learned that by following others, you aren’t following yourself.

I’ve learned that the harder it is to do something, the stronger it makes us.

I’ve learned that I am responsible for me.

I’ve learned to give everybody a second chance.

I’ve learned that teenagers will do dumb things.

I’ve learned that if you respect your elders, they will respect you too.

I’ve learned that words do hurt people more than sticks and stones.

I’ve learned that when I come to a fork in the road, ask for help.

I’ve learned that the easy way is not the best way.

Dead Rock Stars - Illustrated Edition - Wes Funk

Dead Rock Stars - Wes Funk. Illustrated by Kevin Hastings

Wes Funk's classic novella comes to life again with breathtaking charcoal images
by Saskatoon artist, Kevin Hastings.
Time doesn't heal all wounds...sometimes it takes something more. Quirky record store owner Jackson Hill doesn't know it, but his routine life in Saskatoon is about to take a bumpy ride. When his father dies unexpectedly, Jackson heads down the highway to his hometown in southern Saskatchewan. He knows the funeral will be rough, but he doesn't expect to meet a handsome stranger along the way or to face-off with his brother about dark issues of the past. A humorous tale of one man's fascination with rock 'n' roll, Dead Rock Starsis a stirring account of sibling rivalry, acts of forgiveness, and growing up gay on the Canadian Prairies.

I found this to be an extremlely satisfying read. Each time I picked it up, I was immersed in the life of Jackson Hill. I could not help thinking that Jackson was Wes Funk, even though that isn't completely true. But I know him and I thought parts at least were. You will not be dissappointed if you read this novel. Now its available illustrated , wonderful rock art by artist Kevin Hastings. Brings the book alive! Well done Wes! Aesome book. Waiting on your next one!

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For reviews of Dead Rock Stars click here

Friday, June 22, 2018

Strength

  

Lily Tomlin on roles for women, feminism and gay rights

Kennedy Center Honoree Lily Tomlin attends the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center Hall of States on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Washington.
Kennedy Center Honoree Lily Tomlin attends the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
at The Kennedy Center Hall of States on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Washington.

The “Laugh-In” star brings her classic characters to Minneapolis for Twin Cities Pride.

From workplace inequality to late-in-life divorce, Lily Tomlin has never shied away from topical, ripped-from-the-headlines subjects concerning women in her big- and small-screen roles.

Her latest performance in the Paul Weitz film “Grandma” — her first starring role in almost 30 years — as a lesbian matriarch who takes her granddaughter to get an abortion is getting festival acclaim. Her Net­flix series “Grace and Frankie,” which reunites her with “9 to 5” co-star Jane Fonda, follows the fraught friendship of two women whose husbands are in love with each other. It just got picked up for a second season.

But before all that, there was Edith Ann and Ernestine, just two of the beloved characters Tomlin created on “Laugh-In.” She’s bringing some of those greatest hits back to Minneapolis Thursday for “An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin,” a Twin Cities Pride event.

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Study: 6th mass extinction already underway -- and we're the cause

Katharine Lackey, USA TODAY

The Earth's sixth mass extinction is already underway — and humans are the driving force behind it, according to a new study.

"Recent extinction rates are unprecedented in human history and highly unusual in Earth's history," according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances. "Our global society has started to destroy species of other organisms at an accelerating rate, initiating a mass extinction episode unparalleled for 65 million years."

Researchers used "extremely conservative assumptions" to determine extinction rates that prevailed in the past five annihilation events. Still, they found the average rate of vertebrate species lost over the past century was up to 114 times higher than normal.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died

(CNN)Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language and showed the world what great apes can do, has died.
She died Tuesday in her sleep at age 46, The Gorilla Foundation said in a statement.
"Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas and an icon for interspecies communication and empathy," the release said. "She was beloved and will be deeply missed."
Video is not part of the CNN article...

She learned to communicate at a young age
The western lowland gorilla was born at the San Francisco Zoo in 1971 and began to learn sign language early in life.
Researchers moved her to Stanford in 1974 and established The Gorilla Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to preserve and protect gorillas.
Koko and The Gorilla Foundation later moved to the Santa Cruz Mountains.
She liked to read and be read to, a blog post by The Gorilla Foundation said. She purred at parts of books she particularly enjoyed.
She was very maternal toward kittens, and has had several throughout her lifetime. Her "tenderness" showed people how loving a gorilla can be, the foundation said.
Koko made famous friends like Fred Rogers, who appeared on TV as Mr. Rogers, and Robin Williams. She used her sign language skills to communicate with them.
She was said to have understood some 2,000 words of spoken English, and could usually keep up with conversations.

--more at CNN.com

Blessed Litha - Summer Solstice

Litha
Litha

Litha- (leetha) Also named Midsummer of Summer Solstice, this is a Sabbat strictly for the sun. On June 21 or 22, witches acknowledge the God's light and warmth on the day when he shines the highest, brightest and longest. This is a time to rejoice in the full flood of the years abundance.


The Journey

Litha - The Summer SolsticeThe well of worlds that swallows all whole,
The progression of seasons that circle my soul,
The wind and water, fire and sand,
On Earth's ebb and flow I travel the land,
On the wings of a Gull or thunder and light,
My goal is far out, but still within sight,
Though my heart filled with sorrow my vision is clear,
Although my body has faltered there is no fear,
As a whirlwind of fire sweeps the darkness away,
I cannot follow it is here I must stay,
Until I am one and all is complete,
As the Goddess protects me, I won't know defeat.

By: Aries


An explanation of Pagan Summer Solstice can be found here.

Watch a thunderstorm's life flash before your eyes

A new time-lapse video captures the rise and fall of a stationary supercell over South Dakota.
An amazing stationary supercell was produced over the Black Hills of South Dakota near Rapid City on June 1, 2015. I was fortunate enough to have the entire event unfold right in front of me over the course of several hours. Truly one of the most beautiful natural weather phenomenon I have ever witnessed.
Time lapse, one second intervals. Canon 5dmII. Wide angle lenses.
All time lapse copyright Nicolaus Wegner. Please respect copyright and do not re-upload. I'd love to keep watermarks off of these videos. Embeds are perfectly ok.

Dear Abby

Dear Abby - Homosexuals moved in

10 Truths for the Person in Charge

10 Truths for the Person in Charge

Masturbation Facts and Statistics

from StumbleUpon
Masturbation Facts and Statistics
Choking the chicken, tickling the pickle, spanking the monkey…whatever you want to call it, masturbation is a pretty common practice these days. Don’t believe it? Check out the infographic below to discover 13 very interesting facts and stats about fapping.
Masturbation Facts and Statistics

Math for final figure: number of masturbatory aged people in US: 240,052,886; average session: 12 minutes; average frequency: 62.5 percent masturbate daily; therefore 153,053,044 masturbate a day; equals 7.5 minutes of everyone’s day (or 450 seconds a day); therefore, 797,151 Americans are masturbating right now.

The F Test

Count the "F's" in the following text:

FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE-

SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIF-

IC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE

EXPERIENCE OF YEARS...


(see below)


Managed it ?

Scroll down only after you have counted them, okay?

Do you think there are three?


How many ? 3?


Wrong, there are 6 !!--no joke.

Read it again.

The reasoning behind it is further down.


The brain cannot process "OF".

Incredible or what? Go back and look again!!

Anyone who counts all 6 "F's" on the first go is a genius.

Three is normal, four is quite rare.



Tell your friends-it drives them crazy.

Things aren't always as they seem...

A man was flying from Seattle to San Francisco. Unexpectedly, the plane stopped in Sacramento along the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft, the plane would re-board in 50 minutes.

Everybody got off the plane except one gentleman, who was blind. The man had noticed him as he walked by and could tell the gentleman was blind because his seeing eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of him throughout the entire flight. He could also tell he had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached him, and calling him by name, said, "Keith, we're in Sacramento for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?" The blind man replied, "No thanks, but maybe my dog would like to stretch his legs."


Picture this:

All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a Seeing Eye dog! The pilot was even wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!

True story... Have a great day and remember...Things aren't always as they seem... ;-)