Browsing All Posts published on »November, 2014«

Wonderful Wool – and Other Old Things

November 28, 2014

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Happy Black Friday, all, and may you stay safe in your forays into the shopping chaos. I’d like to make a suggestion for this year: buy old stuff. I started pondering this with the arrival of the cold weather. It happens that I have my parents’ wool blankets that they bought way back in the […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Thanksgiving at the Lake House

November 26, 2014

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It’s Thanksgiving at the Lake House and the gathering of family is always equated to love overflowing and the feeling of closeness . . .   A warm welcome to our family Thanksgiving!!       The greatest fun is coming early and working together to make decorations for the house   As the children […]

Toys Should Look Like Toys. Guns Should Look Like Guns.

November 24, 2014

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And Airsoft isn’t really a toy. Here we go again. In Ohio, a 12-year-old boy has been killed by police who mistook his Airsoft pistol for a real gun. We have been here before: the outraged parent, the makeshift memorial at the scene. I will be the first to tell you that police across the […]

Cyber Security: Time for Us to Quit Spying On Ourselves And Be Ready for the Real Threats

November 21, 2014

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In its quest to see all and know all about us, the government has made it easier for our enemies to do the same. Here we go again: Admiral Michael Rogers, who heads the NSA, has just told Congress that China and “one or two other countries” could take down critical parts of our infrastructure […]

Joan Larsen Presents: In Photos – Searching for the World’s Most Unusual Trees

November 19, 2014

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By Joan Larsen I admit. . . searching for trees usually is way down the list of things we plan to do in life. Way down. But then – then – I actually spent the night in a nest, a so-called human nest lodged in a tree in Big Sur, California. If you are “into” […]

“One in Three Military Women Raped.” Really?? I Don’t Think So.

November 17, 2014

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It’s interesting, when confronted with what seems like an outrageous claim, to pull the string and follow it to where the statistics come from.  Sexual assault in the military is a terrible thing, damaging, unforgivable, under-reported, too rarely prosecuted.  Yes, it is all those things.  But one in three military women are raped during their […]

Death to the Clamshell! I Long For The Simple Cardboard Box

November 14, 2014

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Hubby: “I’d like to find the guy who invented this crap and punch him in the face. If he was here I’d be like, ‘Oh, was this your idea? Come here so I can punch you in the face.'” Hubby is usually a pretty easy-going guy, and generally reserves such outbursts of violent fantasy for […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Far Off the Beaten Path in Patagonia

November 12, 2014

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By Joan Larsen So much of my life has been spent in the world’s most remote places, and often many of my fellow companions are the crème of the crop of the world’s most famous photographers – the ones vying for those National Geographic covers. They have climbed the highest peaks, photographed underwater, and been […]

“Thank You For Your Service.” What Do You Really Mean By That?

November 10, 2014

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Instead of a thank-you, I’d like something different:  I want you to pay attention, stay informed, and get politically involved.   In recent years, more veterans are letting us know that they find it a little off-putting to be thanked for their service. The exact reasons vary, but I have my own, so count me […]

Dear H.B. Reese, What the Hell Happened to Your Peanut Butter Cups?

November 7, 2014

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Has anyone else out there noticed that Reese’s Cups – formerly one of the most perfect foods ever to grace the planet – have gone somewhat downhill over the past couple of years? Specifically, I have my doubts on just how much “peanut” is in these things lately. Peanut butter, in its purest form, is […]

Alice Friedemann in Deepest Africa: On Safari in Botswana, Crown Jewel of Wildlife Conservation – PART 2

November 5, 2014

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A dear friend of Joan Larsen takes us with her into the wilderness of Botswana, and the results are spectacular. By Alice Friedemann It was hot, up to 102 F, but dry, so not too bad, a free sauna. The human ability to cope with the worst heat of the day is one of our […]

Oh. Not Again.

November 3, 2014

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By Lauriate Roly   It’s so dark; so early. Was I supposed to set my clock back an hour last night? I used to love the dark, on Berri Street.  I used to feel so comfortable and sure about myself in the advancing darkness and waiting for the streetlights to go on.  Also, I loved […]