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Saturday Art; Zadar, Croatia, Ancient World as Part of the Present

Saturday Art; Zadar, Croatia, Ancient World as Part of the Present

Old forum in ZadarA fascinating part of Croatia is constituted by the remains of the ancient forum, built under the Roman rule of first Roman Emperor , in the walled city of Zadar.   Set apart from the present day activities of modern city life, the walled city shows results of ongoing excavation of the layers of the ancient world being unearthed by its intense discoveries.Outside the Archaeological Museum, the ancient forum pictured here has remains of pre-Christian temples, one to Zeus, that were incorporated into later religious buildings like the 9th century St. Donatus church...

December 17, 2011
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Sunday Food: Cooking in the Heat

Sunday Food: Cooking in the Heat

Drink your Dinner(Photo courtesy of .)Good morning, fellow sufferers.   It’s good to see that relief is coming to the East Coast from horrible temperatures.   Out here in Texas we will see none, and there’s none in sight.When it first hit, in June, the spell of temperatures of and over 100F brought on a spate of going to meals that don’t require cooking at all, salads and lovely cheese/sausage dishes.   Now it’s going into the upper twenty count of days that forbid heating up the kitchen, so we’re resorting to the symbol of summer, the barbeque.   And...

July 24, 2011
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Over Easy

Over Easy

In tribute to Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner, the Over Easy community gathers to discuss news of the day of a morning.Happy Second Day of Christmas – since there are actually Twelve Days.  In South and Central America, and many countries throughout the world, the giving of gifts traditionally is on the Fiesta de los Tres Reyes,.  No doubt you also realize it’s the High Gift Return Day celebration.In Vatican Square, Pope Francis continued his reign of terror on Mammon worshipers with a and love for fellow men.“Whoever hates his brother, writes the brother John, is in the darkness,” he...

December 26, 2013
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Saturday Art: Granada, Spain

Saturday Art: Granada, Spain

Gate to Arab QuarterThe compelling city of Granada, Spain, is full of the many influences that formed Andalucia, a mixture of Moorish, Jewish, Castillian and international influences.  It contains surprises like that dominates the skyline and the gates of the old Arab community as well as a high line commercial area. Street for all ages, Acero de DarroThere are any number of nationalities in the city,  a University and the  Park that draw in its varied inhabitants.   The  of the city shows conflicts that shaped the European and old world character shared by so much of the architecture.The...

March 17, 2012
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Pull Up a Chair

Pull Up a Chair

Dead of Winter (photo: axelkr/flickr)This is that midwinter time when it isn’t time to start planting, and it’s a bit cold for the outdoors; the days may be getting longer but they feel the same, and I light candles to cheer myself up.  I know a few people who get serious bouts of blues, that these days we call instead of doldrums.Some people use light therapy boxes to drive away the blues, and one I know who has one is Chicago Dyke.  She’s got a bunch to keep her busy right now, too, redecorating her house.The other day I went to a nearby sports/health/gym to talk about joining, to see if...

January 21, 2012
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The People Have Spoken; Talking Point or Punchline? - Shadowproof

The People Have Spoken; Talking Point or Punchline? - Shadowproof

No by oleg.ski (flickr)The right wing hears the people’s voice speaking up against … the public interest. You can’t make this stuff up.Listening to speeches on the floor of Congress, it’s plain that the right wing is promising they are hearing the people. As Judd Gregg declared Thursday, around 3:15 PM, “The people have spoken”. Okay, that made me laugh out loud. Surely that’s supposed to mean that the elected representatives of the people are sure that democratic elections mean something, and they are going to enact the president’s programs? Actually, no.*In fact, the members of the right...

March 6, 2010
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