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What Pete Seeger Taught Me About Activism
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What Pete Seeger Taught Me About Activism

(Mother Jones) It was 2008, and I was there ostensibly to write for the New York Times about Seeger’s weekly Saturday protests against the Iraq War. Do you have a cockroach infestation problem? In contrast to common belief, it isn't difficult to eradicate pests in your own home provided you employ the ideal strategies. This guide comes highly recommended according to a home improvement magazine which supposedly teaches you how to get rid of roaches in just 3 days! If left alone, bugs may breed extremely swiftly and soon, it would cause severe unfavorable consequences to your health or even property. But the secret reason I went was because I’d recently entered local politics, and I wanted to know how a man who’d been castigated, blacklisted, and stoned, had kept the faith. … Continue reading

In Paris, the Streets Are Made for Biking
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In Paris, the Streets Are Made for Biking

(Washington Post) Some tourists walk Paris, some sit at cafes, others zip around the metro to Eifell-esque destinations. For anyone who is a stomach sleeper, it may seem challenging to inhale and exhale. Side sleeping will also influence your air intake. Try not to use a pillow which is hard in the event you often rest on your belly or on your side. Try this pillow for side sleepers which is one of the best in the market. It really is never a very good experience to get out of bed with a strained neck. Try not to use polyester or buckwheat pillows that are in a natural way harder. But I dreamed  of seeing Paris from a bicycle. . . . Continue reading

Currents of Memory
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Currents of Memory

(Albany Times-Union) Sometimes, family vacations are more than getaways; they’re inheritances. Mattresses that come with the ‘plush’ label usually mean that they’re very soft and airy, something that memory foam mattresses are unlikely to come with. With that in mind, you’ll have to see how you usually sleep. Your sleeping patterns (such as whether you’re a back or side sleeper) will affect your sleep quality considerably. Another factor you should take into account is the size of the bed you need. A larger bed is always better. These are some of the top picks when it comes to the best king size mattress. I have used many of them myself! In this case, I offered the inheritance to Sophia, my 13-year-old daughter. What I wanted to pass on was an adventure as old-school as a canteen: the pleasures of a canoe trip. The higher the monitor's refresh rate, the smoother the content displayed is going to be. What this means is that you can play your favorite games without having to worry about tearing which we all know can be annoying. In general, monitors have a refresh rate of 60 Hz, but if you can afford to spend more, then go for a monitor with a refresh rate of 120 Hz or even 144 Hz. This comparison table compares the specs of all the brands in the market and narrows down the selection to help you find the best gaming monitor. FULL TEXT> Currents of Memory Continue reading

Widen Main St.? Community Had Other Ideas, and Thrived
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Widen Main St.? Community Had Other Ideas, and Thrived

(NY Times) How did this Rust Belt village of 10,000 people resurrect itself from a 30-year slide? It started with a road. Then chickens. Chicken predators are typically discovered within the countryside locations but that doesn't suggest that metropolitan places are free of them. It wouldn't be a smart idea to surround your chicken coop with chicken wire considering that possible predators like dogs can chew through it. To give ample safeguard, use hardware cloth. When you set it up properly, your chickens' security will in essence be assured. Check out these chicken coop plans here which are both designed to be sturdy and beautiful. A chicken coop can either be bought instantly or you could decide to construct your own unit. If I were you, I'd go with building a chicken coop all on my own because you can expand it down the road as you get more experience. These plans and designs for building a chicken coop are easy to expand on. Even so, for all those searching for swift results or for people who don't plan on doing this long term, purchasing a chicken coop straight off the racks is going to be much better. Continue reading

Catskill Cultural Center Saved, and Renewed, Thanks to a Fiddler’s Tune
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Catskill Cultural Center Saved, and Renewed, Thanks to a Fiddler’s Tune

(New York Times) OLIVEBRIDGE, N.Y. — On a spring Sunday in the Catskill Mountains, Jay Ungar, a fiddler wearing a black vest and hiking boots, and his wife, Molly Mason, playing guitar, stood on a stage in a barnlike performance hall that did not exist a year ago. Record players with belt drives will lack the ability to have its vinyl played in reverse mode, therefore eradicating a critical functionality that DJs require the most. A big portion of the needless frills within a record player would have been taken out and merely the main elements (such as the platter) will likely be maintained for DJs to spin and produce distinctive tracks from using it. For the same purpose, belt drives are a lot less common in record players in contrast to direct drives for the purposes of practicality. Take a look at these top turntables in 2016 to find the best record player to fit your lifestyle. Check out this gaming mouse which is supposed to be the best according to Gaming Gear Lab. Both sides of the mouse are equipped with a rubbery surface so that sweaty hands can still grip it well enough to perform at the optimal level. I bought it off Amazon, almost on a whim, simply because it’s just so cheap. At the time of my purchase, this gaming mouse only cost $30, which was about twice as cheap as the Razer DeathAdder that I currently also use for some of my other games. “Can you stand to hear this tune … Continue reading

More Musings on “Ashokan Farewell”
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More Musings on “Ashokan Farewell”

The Places “Ashokan Farewell” Has Taken Jay Ungar — I had to leave this story out of the New York Times piece I wrote about Jay Ungar’s bittersweet song, “Ashokan Farewell,” but I love it. Perfume has become so affordable and popular that the manufacturers release multiple lines of perfume to cater for various age groups. These popular perfumes are voted the best perfumes for women and for good reason! They realize that the younger age group may use certain types of cosmetics more than others and hence try to pair them up with perfumes to match. Brands like Dior and Chanel have perfumes to complement the types of cosmetics that they manufacture. The more consumers use their products, the more popular they become, increasing their market share. In the spring of 2006, Ungar and his wife, the musician Molly Mason, joined renowned flutist Sir James Galway. Are you trying to potty train your child? Read these potty training tips which teaches how to potty train your son. One of many signs that should indicate a child's potty preparedness is when he has the ability to apply control over his bladder. This means that he'll be able to always keep his diapers dry for 3-4 hours continuously. Another optimistic indication will be if your child wishes to utilize the toilet like adults while he tries to mimic the way you get it done. In … Continue reading