Little Stones

Music

Eaglesmith 2006Wilder Than Her–Fred Eaglesmith.

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Ry Cooder playing

Get Rhythm–Ry Cooder

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nick-zammuto-screencap-by-pklZammuto–Your Time, based on a quote by philosopher Alan Watts that we really don’t know what’s going on (tx, lb).  Zammuto‘s music gets better, especially live, though I guess that depends on your tastes.

my-brain-screencap-by-pklMose Allison–My Brain (tx, hp)

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Tuesday, 2014 November 4

go-solar-from-greenpeace

Greenpeace unveiled this banner on the first oil derrick in Canada, in Alberta. Greenpeace says that many countries are aggressively pursuing solar, but not Canada. ‘Alberta has everything it needs to become a leader in the development of renewable energy. It’s one of the sunniest and windiest places in Canada. It has a trained and educated work force. And, as one of the most climate polluting provinces in the country, it has more than enough reasons to make the transition. What it doesn’t have is a government willing to let the oil industry relax its hold over the province’s political decision makers. That’s why Greenpeace activists are using the oil derrick that started western Canada’s oil boom 70 years ago to say it’s time to transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy – for the sake of our communities and the climate.’

Speaking of climate change…. fipa1-from-leadnow

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Wednesday, 2014 November 5

Faîs'sie d'Cidre 2008 Jèrri cider pressSometimes a word comes to English with an ordinary itinerary. However, ‘there are instances where a word has taken a scenic route on its way to English,’ like the word cider, notes wsmith@wordsmith.org. ‘Travel changes everyone and words are no exception. By the time they reach us, they have encountered a little wear and tear. They have experienced some smoothing, picked up some new ideas, and often they have a slightly different shade of meaning.’ Or taste.

Thursday, 2014 November 6

vanier-from-jean-vanier.orgJean Vanier writes about the cross of responsibility: ‘Some people mope and groan under it. Others see responsibility as something deserved which brings prestige and advantages. But if we are aware of the gravity of responsibility and what it means to carry people, and if we accept the cross with all its implications, this is a marvelous way to grow.’

Friday, 2014 November 7

Wind Farm - geograph.org.uk - 14022No Nukes News reports that ‘Green Energy Creates Jobs–Germany’s new green energy sector has created so many jobs (370,000!) that they now have their lowest unemployment rate since reunification in the early 1990s. Green energy – good for the environment and good for the economy.’ But new nuclear jobs in Ontario cost ‘taxpayers $6 – $14 million each! Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s latest report shows the high cost of each job created at OPG’s [Ontario Power Generation] Darlington nuclear plant.’

 Saturday, 2014 November 8

tree-by-james-balogwe watched a fascinating doc, ‘redwoods: anatomy of a giant‘, which featured steve sennette in the canopy of a single tree and katie holme and mike fay walking from the southernmost redwood in california to the northernmost redwood in oregon, as well pictures by james balog (published in a book, tree: a new vision of the american forest, one of amazon’s best books of 2014).

Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolutionearlier, i read bits of unspeakable things: sex, lies and revolution (a feminist critique of neoliberalism) by laurie penny, and the big year (birding) by mark obmacsik.

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Sunday, 2014 November 9

This work is copyrighted (or assumed to be copyrighted) and unlicensed. However, it is believed that the use of this work illustrates the subject in question and qualifies as fair use, to demonstrate the extent of Nazi violence and destruction perpetrated on synagogues and prayer houses during Kristallnacht. The widespread destruction of synagogues was a key political issue during Kristallnacht, and nowhere more so than in Berlin, the capital. This image is widely available and somewhat iconic of the attacks that night. There are no free equivalents, because of the timeframe of Kristallnacht.‘Today is the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night in 1938 when German Nazis coordinated a nationwide attack on Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues…. In the days following, thousands of Jews were sent to concentration camps. The event was called Kristallnacht, which means, “Night of Broken Glass.” It’s generally considered the official beginning of the Holocaust.’

Monday, 2014 November 10

stephen-jenkinsonStephen Jenkinson has a new book out, Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, which, Christopher Roy writes, ‘does not offer seven steps for coping with death. It does not suggest ways to make dying easier. It pours no honey to make the medicine go down. Instead, with lyrical prose, deep wisdom, and stories from his two decades of working with dying people and their families, Stephen Jenkinson places death at the center of the page and asks us to behold it in all its painful beauty. Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Die Wise is for those who will fail to live forever. Die Wise is published by North Atlantic Books and is now available for pre-order.’ You can view a clip here.

Five little stones

Oh, that we were all little stones.

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