Daesh vandals destroy Palmyra’s Temple of Bel

Originally posted on The Heritage Trust:

The 1st century Temple of Bel at Palmyra before its destruction by Daesh
Image credit Bernard Gagnon. Source Wikimedia Commons
The United Nations says a satellite image has confirmed that the Temple of Bel, the main temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in northern Syria, has been destroyed by Daesh.
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Some plum good advice from one of my favorite literary craftsmen P. G. Wodehouse.

“It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.”

From: The Man Upstairs and Other Stories.

Color-tinted image of P. G. Wodehouse in his prime.

Color-tinted image of P. G. Wodehouse in his prime.

About himself and his career, he took the humble path.

“When in due course Charon ferries me across the Styx and everyone is telling everyone else what a rotten writer I was, I hope at least one voice will be heard piping up, ‘But he did take trouble.'”

From: Wodehouse on Wodehouse, 1957.

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Just an infomercial about how much I like my chickens.  Feeding western barbarians like me since 500 B.C.

PoultryChickens clean up your yard, patrol garden areas and give us great eggs for virtually nothing per month.  Most dogs can be trained to watch over a flock.  Unfortunately, they don’t always respect other flocks so keep this in mind.

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Our Resolutions for Retirement: Six Habits to Kick When You Escape (that you can start right now!)

George Crawford:

Some great advice from a couple heading for early retirement. They have a great blog and give some good, down-to-earth advice. Here are a few tips in today’s post.

  1. Stop sleeping with the phone right next to the bed.  The phone is a tool, not your jailer.
  2. Get dressed in the morning.  Just because you aren’t going to work, you can still put in a little effort to get dressed for the day.  This sets the mood that you may actually DO something.  And for everyone’s sake, don’t go shopping in your pajamas!
  3. Stop treating lunch like a frantic scramble.  Despite the feelings of guilt dished out by bad employers, you deserve a break once in a while.  Enjoy your time because life is short.
  4. Stop eating at your desk.  Again, get out.  Take break.  You are not a prisoner.
  5. Stop waking up at unreasonable hours. This is hard to avoid, but waking up to your own rhythm is something we can all benefit from.  Electricity, artificial lighting, internet, and television encourages us to stay up too late for our schedules.  Get some sleep!
  6. Stop neglecting fitness.  This should go without saying.  However, many of our jobs either hurt us by giving us too little activity or beat us up through tough repetitive movements.  When we get home, it’s too easy to lay down, have a cocktail, snack, eat, and recuperate from the day.  Find time to treat yourself right.

ALL GREAT ADVICE.  Read the rest and much more at the “Our next life“.

Originally posted on our next life:

happy monday, friends! anyone else hoping for a less volatile stock market week? we’d love to just coast into labor day weekend without thinking about the markets. let’s see if we’re so lucky! and now for our regularly scheduled blog post…

lately we’ve been noticing more of the bad habits that are part of our lives because of work, the things that would otherwise be invisible to us if we weren’t paying attention. work is in a busy period for both of us at the moment (don’t our clients know it’s august?!), so we’re spending even more time than usual daydreaming about what life will be like when we can say sayonara once and for all to our careers. a top priority for us then will be to change our habits, replacing the bad ones with good, healthy ones.

but of course it’s so easy to be blind to our…

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The Silk Road of Monkey Tales

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Originally posted on Lost Art Press:
Marco Polo is one of my heroes. That’s him and his fellow travelers on my favorite map the Catalan Atlas of 1375 by Abraham Cresques. I enjoy tales of adventure whether it is the…

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Sunday Music

A beautiful and sentimental song by Dougie MacLean, a Scottish artist.  If you’ve never heard of him you probably know at least one of his tunes.  MacLean’s most famous piece is probably  “The Gael”, from his 1990 album The Search, which was adapted by Trevor Jones as the main theme to The Last of the MohicansYou know: dumm dumdum dumm  dumdum dum dum dumm, dumm dumdum dumm dumdum dum dum dumm … anyway, you get the point.  Enjoy.

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A Story of Growing Up in a Sheep Wagon

Greasing the axles of a sheep camp n Taos County, New Mexico ca. 1941.

Greasing the axles of a sheep camp in Taos County, New Mexico ca. 1941.

“Victor Croley grew up with a sheepherder father, his family of six lived happily in a wagon like this, entertained by the outdoors and a fiddle.”

Victor Croley describes growing up in a nomadic family of six with a sheepherder wagon for home and how years down the road he felt the urge to build a wagon of his own.
Mother Earth News, May/June 1970

Here is great story I read years ago about being raised in a family of six in a sheep camp measuring about 7 x 8′! (I think that’s the floor space).  I recently relocated the article in Mother Earth News.

Croley’s Wagon.

Schematic of a typical sheep camp.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The canvas-covered sheep wagon was roughly about seven feet wide by eight feet long. On the front end a door opened out of the middle and you stepped down onto the wagon tongue and thence to the ground. From the inside looking out, the stove was on the left of the door. On the right was a small wash stand with several wooden drawers for storage of linens, towels and socks. A bucket of water and washbasin were on the oil cloth covered top and a small mirror hung above the basin for shaving. Soap, toothbrush, razor and essentials rested on top of the stand when in location or were stowed in a drawer when moving.”

Download the print article here: CroleysSheepCamp.

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