Death on shores


Thousands of dead crabs have been washed up
on Kent's beaches after being killed by the cold weather.
- 13 January 2010


If I Were A Bird

If I were a bird, I'd sing a song
And fly about the whole day long
And when the night comes, go to rest,
Up in my cozy little nest.
by Jackie Silberg


First, New Year's Eve fireworks were blamed in central Arkansas for making thousands of blackbirds confused, crashing into homes,
cars and each other. Then 300 miles to the south in Louisiana, power lines likely killed about 450 birds, littering a highway near Baton Rouge.
On Wednesday, Kentucky wildlife officials said several hundred grackles, red wing blackbirds, robins and starlings were found dead
last week in the western part of the state. To add to the mystery, 50-100 jackdaws, a bird species in the crow family, fell dead in central Sweden.
Veterinarian refuses to speculate on cause of death but is investigating.

msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 1/5/2011 5:37:31 PM ET


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" All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. "
- Albert Einstein





Seat of meanings

To the word cathedra, which in Latin means chair, and therefore leads one towards ex cathedra pronouncements, 
and cathedrals, with their air of authority, "majestic, soaring, standing against the sky like a filigreed exclamation point". 
From these, on to other chairs: regal thrones, the judicial bench, the congressional seat, and the like. And, further, 
to the sitting position, in philosophy designated as "the seat of the soul, or of intelligence, or of wisdom or reason"...
"The chair is something more than where we place out bottoms." - Arthur Danto.
And then there is the "final" chair that draws attention to: the electric chair. 
One can see that the meanings of this piece of furniture keep changing: from transcendence to humility to barbaric cruelty.




... A chair is a stable, raised surface used to sit on, commonly for use by one person.
For many centuries and indeed for thousands of years it was an article of state and dignity rather than an article of ordinary use. 
"The chair" is still extensively used as the emblem of authority in the House of Commons in the United Kingdom and Canada, 
and in many other settings. Committees, boards of directors, and academic departments all have a 'chairman'. 
Endowed professorships are referred to as chairs. It was not, in fact, until the 16th century that it became common anywhere. 
In Europe, it was owing in great measure to the Renaissance that the chair ceased to be a privilege of state, and became 
a standard item of furniture for anyone who could afford to buy it. 
Once the idea of privilege faded the chair speedily came into general use. We find almost at once that the chair began to change 
every few years to reflect the fashions of the hour. The 20th century saw an increasing use of technology in chair construction with 
such things as all-metal folding chairs, metal-legged chairs, the Slumber Chair, moulded plastic chairs and ergonomic chairs. 
The recliner became a popular form, at least in part due to radio and television, and later a two-part. 
The modern movement of the 1960s produced new forms of chairs: the butterfly chair, bean bags, and the egg-shaped pod chair. 
Technological advances led to molded plywood and wood laminate chairs, as well as chairs made of leather or polymers. 
Mechanical technology incorporated into the chair enabled adjustable chairs, especially for office use...



HAPPY NEW 2011 !!!

It is now Forbidden
by Pablo Neruda

It is now forbidden
to cry without learning;
to wake up one day
and no longer have dreams;
to become afraid
of your own memories…

It is now forbidden
to not smile
in the face of adversity;
to stop fighting
for those who you love;
to abandon it all
because of your fears;
or to give up in making
your own dreams come true.

It is now forbidden
to pretend we don’t need
understanding each other;
to place less value
in the lives of others;
to ignore each of us
has a unique path to joy…
It is now forbidden
to give up on happiness,
to abandon optimism,
to quit improving ourselves;
to believe the world
will be a better place without you.