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Hometown: NYC
Home country: USA
Current location: Durham, NC
Member since: Sat May 7, 2005, 11:13 PM
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Now I understand the push reported in our local paper for RDU to initiate direct flights to India

Apple is building a multi billion $$ campus 10 minutes from the RDU airport here in the Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill). This morning there was a report in the local paper about a meeting that was held with airport officials asking for a new direct flight from here to India. Yes, there is a large Indian community in the Triangle, but not nearly enough to fill direct daily flights. There was no mention of the Apple connection. The local airport officials wanted to offer better one stop connections rather than direct flights.

It will be interesting to see how this develops.


Proud momma has to crow about the work of my youngest son

Introducing https://www.artofcrimepodcast.com/

"The Art of Crime is a podcast exploring the unlikely collisions between true crime and the arts--created, written, and narrated by Gavin Whitehead", my son, who was awarded his DFA from the Yale School of Drama last spring.

Season 1 looks at six artists who have been accused of being the notorious Jack the Ripper who killed at least five women in the East End of London in 1888. The first two episodes of Season 1 are now available on many podcasting apps--including Google, Apple, Spotify and other podcasting apps--but you may also listen to it (with accompanying musical background) on the website, which also has photos, drawings, maps, transcripts of the episodes, references and other information.

I just finished listening to (S1E1)--The Whitechapel Murders--and I was fascinated to learn more about the victims and their lives in Victorian 19th Century London. (S1E2) introduces Willy Clarkson, Master of Disguise, who was a famous theatrical wigmaker and costume designer in London, as a suspect.

If you are fascinated by true crime--particularly ones unsolved--and curious about the connection of art to crime, please take a listen! (And subscribe!)


Edited to add that the podcast is now available on Google's free podcast app.

Wordle 453 ****Spoiler Thread***

Wordle 453 2/6


An existential two! Recently, I've been using starter words that reflect things going on in my life or the world. I've been having a lot of dreams and thinking about dreams. Similarly, doubt has been a force in those thoughts.

This morning Wordle really gave me a chuckle.

Watercolor dawn

Transcript of President Biden's speech Sept 1 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia


He knocked this one out of the park.

Sunset...then flying home

were 13 Canadian geese, eight minutes later

Republicans don't like student loan forgiveness

because they can see where we are headed: towards control of the House and Senate for the last two years of Biden's current term as President.

What does that mean?

Fixing Social Security funding, which means higher taxes for those with higher income.

Balancing the budget, which means higher taxes for those with higher income.

Addressing climate change, which likely means reducing the income of the fossil fuel industry.

Republicans woke the dragon when their politically stacked Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. They didn't anticipate the anger of women nor did they realize that once Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate that they would be able to fix several huge problems that have been festering for a long time because Republicans are greedy and only care about using government to line their own pockets.

Throwing tantrums about the inequity of student loan forgiveness is one of their last chances to distract voters from what Democrats are about to be able to do after the Election in November: fix problems created by or made worse by Republican greed.

Mother Nature's calming influence

A week ago today I spent most of the day in the ER. After a weekend of mild chest pain--mostly pressure rather than pain--and some other symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, mild dizziness, fatigue, I decided to have it checked out. I've had panic attacks and it wasn't that. I've had indigestion relieved by antacids and it seemed more than that.

I called my son and had him take me to the ER. It didn't feel acute enough to be worth an ambulance ride. And it wasn't. I was discharged after six hours and advised to see my primary doc within three days.

Before I went to see her on Friday, I came to the conclusion that what I was experiencing was a low level of anxiety that finally reached a threshold that would cause physical symptoms. Since the Dobbs decision, the 4th of July parade mass shooting ( and others since), the Jan 6 hearings, on top of climate change, the war in Ukraine, and the never ending presence of Covid, I have been overwhelmed with despair for the future. Together with my primary doc, I resolved to make some changes to focus on the present moment with what I can control in order to improve my health and, hopefully, reduce my anxiety.

One of the things I do in that regard is to watch for beauty in nature. I'm an early bird, so I keep my eye out for color in the sunrise. This morning I took my coffee out on the front porch and watched this develop

A couple of nights ago, I was lucky to watch a beautiful sunset

It is calming to witness the beauty of Mother Nature.

I have had dreams the last two nights

where I have awakened because of extremely loud, menacing noises that feel like someone is in my house. That's after a trip to the ER on Monday where I was anxious enough to get chest pain and shortness of breath evaluated for a heart attack. It was not.

I have a follow up appointment with my primary doc tomorrow. I'm now pretty much convinced that I have a chronic level of anxiety that's high enough to generate symptoms that could be a heart attack, especially for us women who often don't have the crushing chest pain that many men have.

I've had anxiety since 2016. Between politics and my personal life, it's been awful for years. But in the last couple of months, since Dobbs, the 4th of July parade shooting, other shootings-- both national and local-- the Jan 6 hearings, and endless COVID, I have never felt such despair for the country.

This morning I have decided to make a plan to attempt to control this anxiety, which is rooted in fear of the future which is mostly beyond my control. So far I have made a number of decisions to change my normal daily routine.

We'll see how it goes.

Good luck with facing your anxiety.

Alito doesn't know history, doesn't know science,

doesn't know shit. All he knows is what he wants to know, whether it's factual or not, that will support his particular religious belief system.

Abortion was commonly accepted from the time of the Pilgrims in the Colonies through about the mid to late1800's. Pregnant women used primarily abortifacients, not surgical procedures. It was allowed up until " quickening" when a woman could feel movement of the fetus.

Acceptance of abortion began to decline when white male physicians started to take over care of pregnant women from midwives and were less than sympathetic to women wanting to control the size of their families, or avoid the significant risks associated with childbirth.

It has always been about white male control of women in this country.



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