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Lodge Retreats and Rentals
Nestled into a grove of black locust trees on the edge of a field in Maine,
earth lodges provide a charming retreat. Basic necessities are provided
to renters: dishes, water jugs, and an outhouse. Hauling water from the
well and gathering wood for cooking and heating may be part of your experience.
Bathing may be done in the sauna, by sponge bath, or by a visit to the
Canaan Motel (three miles away).
In 1859 William (a.k.a. Waterman) S. Bodey discovered gold near what is
now called Bodie Bluff. A mill was established in 1861 and the town began
Bodie stands today in a state of "arrested
decay," so coined by the State of California when they took over
the town in 1962 to make it a State Historic Park.
More than one hundred years ago, a group of descendants of the Pilgrims
who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, saw the need for a national society
to honor their memory. The intention was to remember these Pilgrims who
established Plymouth Colony, in what was then called the northern part
Adherents.com is a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics
and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent
statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches,
denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements,
ultimate concerns, etc. The religions of the world are enumerated here.
the Millionaires Are
Ever wonder how likely is it that your neighbor is worth a million bucks?
Kiplinger's city-by-city slide show reveals the ten places in the U.S.
with the highest concentrations of millionaires.
Trail of Diamonds
It takes only weeks for a diamond, once uncovered in an African mine,
to travel to India to be cut and polished and land in the showrooms of
Paris or New York. The journey reveals some of globalization’s greatest
fault lines—inequality, child labor, and outsourcing—and the
people who too often fall through the cracks.
Covert Plague (Insulin resistance)
On this planet 194 million people have diabetes,but research suggests
that the plague may be many times worse, affecting a much larger group
of people who are slowly but surely developing a resistance to insulin
in their bodies and who could be categorized as prediabetic.
Vinci' And Opus Dei
So what exactly is Opus Dei? It is a lay organization founded by a Spanish
priest, Josemaria Escriva, who was canonized as a saint in 2002. Its members
try to find holiness in and through their daily work, family life and
Helping you do fun things with your digital camera since 2005. ;-)
Desperate for fresh markets for their products, the drug companies are
said to invent or exaggerate medical conditions so that more people can
be prescribed expensive pills.
Some of the most beautiful residential garden landscapes in America were
created between 1890 and 1940 at the great country estates of wealthy
industrialists during what is known in American garden design history
as the Country Place Era. Sparing no expense and strongly influenced by
the majestic European estates that they frequented, magnates such as George
W. Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (see Cover photo of Kykuit), Pierre
Dupont and Henry Huntington worked with the finest landscape architects
of their day to create gardens on an ambitious scale that are a unique
combination of Italian, French and English styles.
From The Seattle Times via.
Short films about cool US places.
A Chorus of Color
Brilliant orange, bright blue, dazzling red—frogs come in an astonishing
array of colors. This vivid assortment of hues hints at the remarkable
diversity that exists among the frog species inhabiting the globe. From
lush rainforests to parched deserts, frogs are found in nearly every environment
on Earth, and their survival strategies range from surprising to bizarre.
Boy in the Bubble
When David Vetter died at the age of 12, he was already world famous:
the boy in the plastic bubble. Mythologized as the plucky, handsome child
who had defied the odds, his life story is in fact even more dramatic.
It is a tragic tale that pits ambitious doctors against a bewildered,
frightened young couple; it is a story of unendingly committed caregivers
and resourceful scientists on the cutting edge of medical research.
Holidays, Festivals & Holy Days
Holidays, feasts and fasts are a significant part of Christian religious
practice. The feast days celebrate joyous historical events, such as the
birth and resurrection of Christ, while the fast days provide an opportunity
to focus more than usual on self-reflection, self-discipline, and repentance.
In addition, some historically minor Christian holidays have come to have
a considerable impact on western culture and traditions.
holidays or Jewish Festivals
W ithin Judaism, there are religious holidays, like Passover and Yom Kippur,
which require abstinence from work, school, etc., and may also require
fasting; and there are secular holidays, like Hanukkah and Purim which,
while they may have a religious aspect or component, are festive occasions
that generally reside on the secular side of Jewish history and tradition.
Great Quake: 1906-2006
Much of the city became an unrecognizable jumble of collapsed buildings
and twisted tracks.
Now that the ground had finally stopped shaking, and
the sun had risen over the eastern hills, it was very quiet, as if San
Francisco were in the eye of a hurricane.
But it was an illusion.
Searching through America's past for the last 25 years, collector James
Allen uncovered an extraordinary visual legacy: photographs and postcards
taken as souvenirs at lynchings throughout America.
England Scenic Photography
Close your eyes and imagine strolling the beaches of Cape Cod or climbing
the mountains of New Hampshire. Feel the romance of one of Vermont's covered
bridges or the majesty of Maine's lighthouses. Look back in time on Connecticut's
farms and churches or the rocky shore of Rhode Island's Coastline.
Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil
Fleursdumal.org is dedicated to the French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821
- 1867), and in particular to Les Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil). The
definitive online edition of this masterwork of French literature, Fleursdumal.org
contains every poem of each edition of Les Fleurs du mal, together with
multiple English translations — most of which are exclusive to this
site and are now available in digital form for the first time ever.
Force of Reason, the controversial Italian journalist and novelist
Oriana Fallaci illuminates one of the central enigmas of our time. How
did Europe become home to an estimated 20 million Muslims in a mere three
How did Islam go from being a virtual non-factor to
a religion that threatens the preeminence of Christianity on the Continent?
Ephrussi de Rothschild
Villa Ephrussi is the only great house open to the public on the Riviera
to give some idea of the magnificent summer residences built by the very
wealthy during the Belle Epoque to "create" the French Riviera.
Fact or Fiction?
Owning a computer opens the door to a host of myths and tall tales about
the care and feeding of your pricey info system. And because a computer
can be an expensive, mysterious piece of equipment, many cautious people
take some of this maintenance "advice" as fact.
A story of war, holy visions, unholy alliances, promises made with fingers
crossed, sieges and slaughters, the details of which fill volumes.
Evolution of the American Front Porch
Porches are as synonymous with American culture as apple pie. While not
unknown in colonial times, they rose to nationwide popularity in the decades
before the Civil War, and remained in fashion for almost one hundred years.
The Chicago Horticultural Society has been promoting gardens and gardening
since 1890. With the ground-breaking for the Chicago Botanic Garden in
1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on
which to carry out its mission.
John Day Scrapbooks
John Day painted hundreds of exquisite watercolours of the newly discovered
orchids that were entrancing Victorian society.
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Obscura, and eclectic bookart.
Totally silly ways to waste time