How to Tie Knots, Bends, and Hitches

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How to Paint a Vermeer

 

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Great Indian Pine Hornbill

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The Last Surfer in California

By the time I got to California the blondes had gone home
The Beach Boys were sporting dreadlocks
and singing reggae songs
The life guard at the tower
didn’t have a tan
Said if you’re looking for Mama Cass
she’s asleep over there in the van Continue reading The Last Surfer in California

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A Jar of Baseball Dreams

Every home should have one to be opened in spring
A jar that sits on the table full of baseball dreams

Inside will be found there pennants and things
The smell of fresh cut grass and pinstriped rings
A pair of old tickets to the game never played,
Do you remember how cold it was on that day? Continue reading A Jar of Baseball Dreams

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Museum of Science and Industry Model Train – Chicago

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The Most Powerful and FREE Import Export Research Database on the Planet

Click here to access the world’s most powerful Import/Export Research Database on the Planet.  With this search engine one is able to access U.S. Customs and other government data showing suppliers for any type of company in the United States.

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Gout Remedies

Jan Verkolje Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was the first person to describe gout or uric acid crystals 1679.

For one suffering gout, the following vitamins, herbs, and extracts may be worth looking into:

  • Vitamin C 
  • Folic Acid – Folic Acid is a B vitamin and is also known as B9 –  [Known food sources with high contents of folic acid include dark leafy green vegetables such as avocados, seaweed, spinach, asparagus and brussel sprouts. Liver, yeast, eggs, legumes, seafood and nuts are also a good source.
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA – [Known food sources include oily fish such as herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines and seaweed.  The EPA in fish comes for the algae that fish consume.
  • Black Cherry Extract
  • Celery Seed Extract
  • Alfalfa
  • Bosweilla – Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Devils Claw – Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Turmeric & Curcumin – [Studies have shown positive effects for rheumatoid arthritis and general pain and inflammation. Curcumin has also been shown to block the growth of certain kinds of tumors. Positive effects have noted on diabetes and viral infections.]

CAUTION: As with any herbs, extracts, supplements, and vitamins, one should check with their doctor prior to taking to ensure there will not be  negative interactions with prescription medications one might be taking.

Many herbs and vitamins have side effects. Side effects for most herbs, extract, supplements, and vitamins can be found on WebMD.com.

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A Red Letter Day with Henry Miller

Clichy in Miller’s Time

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Dr. Fred Kummerow – Cholesterol Myths Debunked

 

Click on the book cover below to purchase a copy on Amazon.com

Dr. Kummerow passed away at the ripe old age of 102 in 2017.

Click here to visit Dr. Mercola’s website.

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Looking for a Gift for the Book Collector in the Family?

Buying a book for a serious collector with refined tastes can be a daunting task.

However, there is one company that publishes some of the finest reproduction books in the world, books that most collectors wouldn’t mind having in their collection no matter their general preference or specialty.

Patrimonio Ediciones, located in Valencia, Spain, produces exquisite copies of ancient books and uses real gold and jewels in the illumination of the pages and production of the leather covers.  Many of their books have been presented to heads of state and royalty.

The books are expensive; however, payment plans of a minimum of $75 per month may be arranged to purchase one of their editions which can run into the thousand of dollars.

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The Intaglio Processes for Audubon’s Birds of America

Notes on the intaglio processes of the most expensive book on birds available for sale in the world today.

The Audubon prints in “The Birds of America” were all made from copper plates utilizing four of the so called “intaglio” processes, engraving, etching, aquatint, and drypoint.   Intaglio processes are those by which the design to printed is cut down into the surface of the plate, and will yield an impression in relief.

The design is rendered upon the plate either with a tool or by the action of an acid eating into the copper plate through an acid resistant coating called a “ground.” Continue reading The Intaglio Processes for Audubon’s Birds of America

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Audubon’s Art Method and Techniques

Wild Turkeys – John James Audubon

Audubon started to develop a special technique for drawing birds in 1806 a Miill Grove, Pennsylvania. He perfected it during the long river trip from Cincinnati to New Orleans and in New Orleans, 1821. Continue reading Audubon’s Art Method and Techniques

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History of the Cabildo in New Orleans

The Cabildo – photo by wikipedia user: infrogmation

The Cabildo houses a rare copy of Audubon’s Bird’s of America, a book now valued at $10 million+.

Should one desire to visit the Cabildo, click here to gain free entry with a lowcost New Orleans Pass.

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Naval Stores – Distilling Turpentine

Chipping a Turpentine Tree

DISTILLING TURPENTINE
One of the Most Important Industries of the State of Georgia
Injuring the Magnificent Trees
Spirits, Resin, Tar, Pitch, and Crude Turpentine all from the Long Leaved Pine – “Naval Stores” So Called.

Dublin, Ga., May 8. – One of the most important industries of Georgia is the distilling of turpentine.  Here and there among the thick tracts of yellow pines, so numerous in South Georgia, can be found many turpentine farms, more properly called stills, which are fast sapping away the life of the magnificent timber in that section.  A visit to one of these stills is well worth the time. Continue reading Naval Stores — Distilling Turpentine

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On the Origin of Species – Natural Selection by Charles Darwin

ON

THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES

BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION,
OR THE
PRESERVATION OF FAVOURED RACES IN THE STRUGGLE
FOR LIFE.

BY CHARLES DARWIN, M.A.,

FELLOW OF THE ROYAL, GEOLOGICAL, LINNÆAN, ETC., SOCIETIES ;
AUTHOR OF ‘JOURNAL OF RESEARCHES DURING H.M.S. BEAGLE’S VOYAGE
ROUND THE WORLD.’

LONDON: JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1859.

LONDON: PRINTED BY W. CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET,
AND CHARING CROSS.

ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES.

INTRODUCTION.

WHEN on board H.M.S. ‘Beagle,’ as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the inhabitants of South America, and in the geological relations of the present to the past inhabitants of that continent. These facts seemed to me to throw some light on the origin of species—that mystery of mysteries, as it has been called by one of our greatest philosophers. On my return home, it occurred to me, in 1837, that something might perhaps be made out on this question by patiently accumulating and reflecting on all sorts of facts which could possibly have any bearing on it. After five years’ work I allowed myself to speculate on the subject, and drew up some short notes; these I enlarged in 1844 into a sketch of the conclusions, which then seemed to me probable: from that period to the present day I have steadily pursued the same object. I hope that I may be excused for entering on these personal details, as I give them to show that I have not been hasty in coming to a decision. Continue reading On the Origin of Species — Natural Selection by Charles Darwin

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A Summer Memory

Here, where these low lush meadows lie,
We wandered in the summer weather,
When earth and air and arching sky,
Blazed grandly, goldenly together.

And oft, in that same summertime,
We sought and roamed these self-same meadows,
When evening brought the curfew chime,
And peopled field and fold with shadows.

I mind me of our last fond tryst:
The night was such a night as this:
And standing here, breast-high in mist,
We sealed our parting vows with kisses.

Ah, trust misplaced! ah, last false kiss!
She with another mate tomorrow;
And now my uttermost of bliss
Is made my uttermost sorrow.

I wrestle sore in bitter strife,
For night draws round me dull and darkling,
And in my darkened sky of life
No single star of hope is sparkling

Anonymous – Published in Harper’s Weekly Oct. 4, 1873

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Clairvoyance and Occult Powers

CLAIRVOYANCE AND OCCULT POWERS

By Swami Panchadasi

Copyright, 1916

By Advanced Thought Pub. Co. Chicago, Il

INTRODUCTION.

In preparing this series of lessons for students of Western lands, I have been compelled to proceed along lines exactly opposite to those which I would have chosen had these lessons been for students in India. This is because of the diametrically opposite mental attitudes of the students of these two several lands.

The student in India expects the teacher to state positively the principles involved, and the methods whereby these principles may be manifested, together with frequent illustrations (generally in the nature of fables or parables), serving to link the new knowledge to some already known thing. The Hindu student never expects or demands anything in the nature of “proof” of the teachers statements of principle or method; in fact, he would regard it as an insult to the teacher to ask for the same. Consequently, he does not look for, or ask, specific instances or illustrations in the nature of scientific evidence or proof of the principles taught. Continue reading Clairvoyance and Occult Powers

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Clairvoyance – Methods of Development

CLAIRVOYANCE

 by C. W. Leadbeater

Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Pub. House

[1899]

CHAPTER IX – METHODS OF DEVELOPMENT

When a men becomes convinced of the reality of the valuable power of clairvoyance, his first question usually is, “How can I develop in my own case this faculty which is said to be latent in everyone?”

Now the fact is that there are many methods by which it may be developed, but only one which be at all safely recommended for general use—that of which we shall speak last of all. Among the less advanced nations of the world the clairvoyant state has been produced in various objectionable ways; among some of the non-Aryan tribes of India, but the use of intoxicating drugs or the inhaling of stupefying fumes; among the dervishes, by whirling in a mad dance of religious fervour until vertigo and insensibility supervene; among the followers of the abominable practice of the Voodoo cult, by frightful sacrifices and loathsome rites of black magic. Continue reading Clairvoyance — Methods of Development

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Sir Peter Francis Bourgeois and the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Noel Desenfans and Sir Francis Bourgeois, circa 1805 by Paul Sandby, watercolour on paper

The Dulwich Picture Gallery was England’s first purpose-built art gallery and considered by some to be England’s first national gallery.  Founded by the bequest of Sir Peter Francis Bourgois, dandy, the gallery was built to display his vast picture collection and dedicated to public viewing, something that had not been done before in Great Britain as art collecting was considered a folly of toffs. Continue reading Sir Peter Francis Bourgeois and the Dulwich Picture Gallery

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Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words…

— Mark Twain