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A helpful guide for those of us trying to get the most out of each cup of coffee.  This also explains my affinity for Starbucks.  Please caffeinate responsibly. coffeeSource: The Huffington Post

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Excerpts from Bob Dylan’s Let Me Die In My Footsteps .  This song was written in the early 1960s – seems we’re yet to learn our lesson.

There’s been rumors of war and wars that have been
The meaning of life has been lost in the wind
And some people thinkin’ that the end is close by
“Stead of learnin’ to live they are learning to die.

I don’t know if I’m smart but I think I can see
When someone is pullin’ the wool over me
And if this war comes and death’s all around
Let me die on this land ‘fore I die underground.

There’s always been people that have to cause fear
They’ve been talking of the war now for many long years
I have read all their statements and I’ve not said a word
But now Lawd God, let my poor voice be heard.

If I had rubies and riches and crowns
I’d buy the whole world and change things around
I’d throw all the guns and the tanks in the sea
For they are mistakes of a past history.

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room.  “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse.  “It’s a thing that happens to you.  When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful.  “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse.  “You become.  It takes a long time.  That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.  Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby.  But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I give you the most boring science experiment ever: The Pitch-Tar Drop.

 

 

Earlier this month the decades long experiment came to an exciting, yet expected conclusion – it finally broke off.

The project leaders were quoted as saying “We were all so excited”, “It’s been such a great talking point, with colleagues eager to investigate the mechanics of the break, and the viscosity of the pitch.”

While the impact to the broader scientific community is yet to be determined, one thing is clear: you can make a living for decades by watching tar slowly ooze through a funnel.

Source: Business Insider

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Today is June 6, 2013 – sixty nine years ago today the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in what was perhaps the boldest military invasion in history.  160,000 American, British, and Canadian soldiers landed on the beaches of France to begin the long, bloody battle to liberate France and the rest of Nazi occupied Europe.

On this day I find myself reflecting on the daunting task they faced.  Reflecting on their courage, their strength, and their ultimate accomplishment.  Reflecting on the uncertainty they faced and what must have been going through their minds as they waded through that water.  Reflecting on the perspective their situation, their efforts, and their triumph provides.  

I find their strength inspires strength in me; for I know my problems are trivial compared to not only theirs, but anyone living through that period.  It makes today’s problems seem small and conquerable.  And it reminds me that we have some very big shoes to fill.