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“INSPIRING: Disabled Army veteran helping others through ‘old school’ woodworking craft” – TTG

By James Baron / The Free Lance-Star An Army colonel who found relief from post-traumatic stress disorder through an old woodworking craft hopes the same thing that helped him might help others. Roger Lintz says his eventual freedom from PTSD … Continue reading

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“La Grande Fete de Merci Donnant” Buchwald – reposted 2021

“They landed at a place called Plymouth (once a famous voiture Americaine ) in a wooden sailing ship called the Mayflower (or Fleur de Mai ) in 1620. But while the Pelerins were killing the dindes, the Peaux-Rouges were killing … Continue reading

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Square Sails and Dipping Lugs – TTG

I ran across an interesting video a few days ago entitled “Square Sail Tacking.” It showed the intricate actions involved in tacking a traditional Shetland Island fishing boat called a sixareen. The name refers to the six oarsman who power … Continue reading

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“Messing about in boats” – TTG

Here are two new videos by Roger Barnes, the English dingy sailor I discovered back in August. Though still very English, he has transplanted himself to western Brittany to enjoy the local sailing, the local company and the local lifestyle. … Continue reading

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Colin Powell and the Great Man Syndrome – Re-published 18 October 2021 on the occasion of Powell’s death.

My closest adviser (wife) coined the phrase, “The Great Man Syndrome.”  (GMS)  She has the habit of watching the great or semi-great for signs of the appearance of this often fatal malady.  The disease is characterized by imagined indispensability and … Continue reading

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Nigel Farage on Biden

” … Farage said “this is the most complete failure of leadership on the international stage I’ve seen in my lifetime.” He said that either it was wishful thinking on Biden’s part or that he “is just not fit to … Continue reading

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Yo’ Jus’n Cain’ Get No Good Conch Frittahs Nor’ a Marathon

Stars were beginning to fade in the Western sky as the first gleams of the new day began to beat back the darkness. A fin broke the surface off the port bow up near the shallows on the edge of … Continue reading

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“What the fossilized footprints found last week say about early humans in North America” Oregonlive

“Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago, researchers reported Thursday. The first footprints were found in a dry lake bed in White Sands National Park in 2009. Scientists at the … Continue reading

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The hypocrisy awards

“The Emmys were skewered on social media as viewers took notice of the lack of coronavirus safety measures, specifically masks.  The 2021 awards show was one of the first to return to the typical in-person format following more than a year of delayed and adjusted … Continue reading

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LA has become a filthy jungle, like San Francisco.

“Diners at a Los Angeles sidewalk cafe were approached by a pair of brazen robbers Tuesday who walked up to them wielding guns in broad daylight along a busy street.  Security footage of the incident shows three patrons dining at the La Creme Cafe … Continue reading

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