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a great recipe!

RECIPE FOR A NEW YEAR

Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

 

 

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bad news

Got the word this morning.

Wishing all a Merry Christmas and I’m going to Fact-Check this rumor!

Apollo the Lizard Slayer

Michael Bennett is a confident man these days. The Cleveland Museum of Art’s curator of ancient Near Eastern, Greek and Roman art believes that he made the purchase of a lifetime in 2004, when he persuaded the museum to buy a beautiful and controversial ancient bronze statue of Apollo Sauroktonos, or Apollo the Lizard Slayer.


The Roman historian Pliny the Elder saw what he considered to be an original in the 1st century A.D. (Natural History, book 34.69ff.) and said, “Although Praxiteles was more successful, and therefore more famous for his marble sculptures, he nevertheless also created very beautiful works in bronze…He made a youthful Apollo called the Sauroktonos (Lizard-Slayer), waiting in ambush for a creeping lizard, close at hand, with an arrow.” If the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Apollo Sauroktonos proves to be a Greek work of the Classical period, it would be the only known monumental Greek bronze sculpture that can be securely attributed to any Greek master sculptor through literary sources.

Scholars agree the Apollo is ancient, but are uncertain whether it’s an original by Praxiteles, a copy by artists close to him, or a more distant Roman copy. Other experts say gaps in the work’s provenance, or ownership history, raise doubts about the work. Research is ongoing, and the museum plans to hold a symposium on the work in 2010.


bring change to mind

Change never happens without action. In the past, companies have made commitments to change their policies and behavior affecting the environment by signing the CERES Principles; people in the LGBTQ community by becoming signatories to the Equality Principles and others have altered discriminatory practices like apartheid in South Africa by signing the Sullivan Principles. These Principles are working.

Over 57.7 million Americans — 26 percent of the country — live with a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. Yet two-thirds of those affected never seek treatment in large part due to the stigma of being labeled “mentally ill,” and the resulting discrimination in social relationships, housing and employment. Tragically, every 17 minutes someone in American commits suicide, 90 percent of whom are living with some form of mental illness. Mental illnesses remain the leading cause of disability in the U.S., costing society over $190 billion annually. With one in four families having a family member living with a mental illness, there is also a hidden cost — the drain on productive work by family members caring for loved ones. – Glenn Close

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