Pretty cool exerpt from Robert Kennedy speech while in South Africa, 1966:
“I come here this evening because of my deep interest and affection for a land settled by the Dutch in the mid-seventeenth century, then taken over by the British, and at last independent; a land in which the native inhabitants were at first subdued, but relations with whom remain a problem to this day; a land which defined itself on a hostile frontier; a land which has tamed rich natural resources through the energetic application of modern technology; a land which was once the importer of slaves, and now must struggle to wipe out the last traces of that former bondage. I refer, of course, to the United States of America.”
From NPR article this evening: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/12/139449268/remembering-rfks-visit-to-the-land-of-apartheid
Smudge is almost ready for adoption! Smudge was adopted within two days! Lot of other animals waiting for their friends at the Austin Humane Society.
The first version of Smudge arrived with a tint on his white face and kept it long enough to earn his nickname. He also had quite a cold, no appetite, and began losing weight. That’s not good for a kitten so he made several trips to the vet and back to the Austin Humane Society. We worried he might not make it. He was very tiny and fragile and sleepy.
But that was then and this now! Thanks to Jackie’s ‘kitten growing’ expertise, Smudge — Take 2, got over his cold, began eating again, and hasn’t stopped. In fact we call him Pudge now as well, especially when he pushes four adult cats away from their food, in order to get first pick. He’s growing into an energetic, playful and happy cat. He will literally play himself to sleep in your lap, on a sofa, or on the floor. He’s on his way to becoming an expert fetcher. I’ve only known a few cats who really fetch well and they are a lot of fun to have around.
So Smudge returns to the Austin Humane Society in the next week or so to await his permanent home. If you’d like a new friend or know someone who does, contact me or Jackie or the AHS. As parents do, we took lots of photos and a few movies. You can browse these in the April and May sections of the web gallery.
Clothing tag scratching you? Cut it right out of there!
But wait…what were those care instructions again?
OSX Photo Booth to the rescue!
How do you build a planter for one buck? First, forget to throw away that old fence you tore down earlier in the year. Second, think rustic. A bent nail or split piece of wood just makes it more stylish. Then invest about thirty cents in nails and about the same in a plastic painting liner.
I need about four of these, so the price is right. Put a little TLC into the project and you are sure to create a planter of your own that looks like it cost at least three or four bucks.
People who pass away too young often possess that extra zest for living. They seem more adventurous, creative, passionate, and successful. Maybe some part of them knows they should squeeze the most of out their time here, as we all should. One of these was born to a modest family in Birmingham, England and lived her adult life all around the world. Sylvia Billinge, later Sylvia Reynolds and my mother, made her first stop in New York City working as a secretary in the Empire State Building. She there met an Air Force officer, Patrick Reynolds, with whom she and her new family made homes in Bangkok, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and bases across the continental United States.
To see a small example of her spirit, take a look at an interview she gave to Newsweek in 1964. British secretaries were in vogue. Some felt this limited the opportunity of American women seeking work, so an embargo was considered. It’s the type of immigration debate that continues even today. From the July issue of that year:
“For their part, English girls already beached in New York viewed the ban as, as best, a trifle lowbrow. Said blue-eyed, sparkling Sylvia Billinge, a 24-year-old stenographer now making about $100 in a Madison Avenue firm: “As there are plenty of vacancies, it does seem a pity. I know lots of girls at home who would like to spread their wings in America. I’m having a whale of a time.”
Thanks for reminding me to keep having a whale of a time, mom!
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