Monthly Archives: July 2013

Our lives begin…

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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‘Love is a shel…

‘Love is a shelter.
Love is a cause.
Love goes on forever.
Yeah, Love will leads us all.
Love! It is our honor.
Love! It is our all.
Love goes on forever.
Yeah, Love it is our home.’

Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros

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Final Preperations

Today I did some shopping for school in the fall. I spent my entire day buying things that I will need when I go off to school. It was of course fun but yet also saddening because I realize how close I am to starting something new and leaving behind the past. All summer I have been trying to spend so much time with friends and family. I don’t want to forget the past too quickly because I know I will forget. I just dread the day I am on campus at IU in my dorm and I start to reminisce of the past and I ball my eyes out. I know I am ready though, I just have a strange coping technique. Are there any words of wisdom out there waiting to be heard because I would appreciate any that are floating out there?  

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Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Toast & Cinnamon Honey Butter

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Rescued Sea Turtle Finds New Home at Las Vegas Casino


The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas has welcomed its latest VIP resident, a 320-pound green sea turtle named OD.

The approximately 50-year-old turtle joins the luxury casino’s Shark Reef Aquarium from the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, where staffers have been caring for him for the last five years, the Associated Press reports.

OD is short for Ocean Diver, the name of the charter boat that discovered him in 2008, floating off the coast of Key Largo. Hospital officials diagnosed him with an irreparable collapsed lung, leaving the turtle floating lopsided. Using marine epoxy in an effort to correct the turtle’s condition, officials fastened weights to his shell to help balance him out.

The Shark Reef Aquarium, a vast 22-feet deep, 1.3 million-gallon tank, will give OD more stimulation and more space. Mandalay staffers welcomed the famed turtle Friday after his 2,400 mile trip in a specially moisturized and…

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“Literature is …

“Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.”

Jane Yolen

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‘Music is a mor…

‘Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.’


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I am What I Tweet: The Psychology of Modern Day Discourse


In the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict there has been much outrage and jubilation, much anger and happiness, much screaming and shouting, both through voice and through words. In a column in yesterday’s Politico, television host Joe Scarborough notes with great dismay the “hyperbolic” discussions post-Zimmerman acquittal. I am not here to add to the vitriol on either side. I am here to talk about the middle. Where has it been and why has it gone the way of the dodo bird?


In the last few elections there has been much talk about the middle class, the voters in the middle often referred to as independent voters, the Middle East, Middle Kingdoms and so on. But if you ask me, the middle is becoming akin to the average waist size of a teenage model: non-existent. And we have social media to blame for that. Don’t get me wrong…

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8 illuminating facts about clouds

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The Cloud Appreciation Society may be the first official organization to celebrate the beauty of clouds, but these fluffy pillows in the sky have been a source of fascination since 3,000 B.C., when they were first discussed in the Upanishads. Aristotle poetically described cloud formation in his 350 B.C. work Meteorology as the process by which “the finest and sweetest water is every day carried up and is dissolved into vapor and rises to the upper region, where it is condensed again by the cold and so returns to the earth.” Clouds have been the subject of Georgia O’Keefe paintings and are the namesake of Joni Mitchell’s second album.

But the gorgeous cotton balls drifting 60,000 feet above our heads are more than atmospheric decoration that inspire great works of art and philosophy. Clouds come in all shapes and sizes and are the sites of a number of fascinating meteorological phenomena…

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‘We are what we…

‘We are what we believe we are.’

C.S. Lewis

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