Why I’m not surprised that Justin Trudeau wore blackface — NBC News Top Stories

People can do racist things but believe they’re not racist in part from conditioning that says burning crosses and lynchings are racist but little else is.

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Eddie Money, Archetype Of Rock Radio, Dies At Age 70 — News : NPR

The singer, whose singles “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” helped define a certain 1980s pop sound, died Friday of esophageal cancer.(Image credit: Kevin Foley/Courtesy of the Money family)

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Ireland. Farming in the Good Old Days. — IRELAND – MALTA – TRAVEL

Ireland of the past was truly an agricultural economy. A century ago two thirds of Irish farms were owner-occupied and this trend was to gather pace in the following decades. The size structure of farms was heavily weighted towards smaller holdings: about 230,000 farms were less than 30 acres in contrast with around 50,000 today. […]

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Two-headed baby rattlesnake found in New Jersey Pine Barrens — NBC News Top Stories

“The venomous snake was named “Double Dave” because of its two heads and the two Daves who found it.

The two-headed timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus).

The two-headed timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus). NBC News  

By Minyvonne Burke
Two New Jersey herpetologists exploring an area known for its timber rattlesnakes stumbled across a rare find: a newborn two-headed rattlesnake slithering across the ground.
“I was totally blown away. You hear about things like that … but it’s extremely rare,” Herpetological Associates’ regional manager Dave Schneider told NBC News on Friday. “It was pretty crazy.”

Schneider and his colleague, Dave Burkett, found the snake about two weeks ago in the Pine Barrens, a heavily forested area in the southern part of the state, after they were told that a female timber rattlesnake had recently given birth.

As Schneider was snapping photos of some of the baby serpents, Burkett spotted the two-headed creature.”

Extracted from: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/two-headed-baby-rattlesnake-found-new-jersey-pine-barrens-n1050826?cid=public-rss_20190907

Meet the Cornish Black Bee — The Cornish Bird

Could the Cornish Black Bee be an answer to the decline in bee population in the UK? The sad fact is that bees are in real trouble. In recent years the news coverage of their plight has become increasingly worrying. It is now estimated that of the roughly two thousand species of bee in Europe…

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Feed Good Sunday: Video ~ Hummers in Slow-Mo — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

We are going to do a little side-step today and play with something a tad bit different. This may not be about horses, wild or domestic, but it is about the love of God’s wild creatures and that is what my wife, Terry, is all about. Terry is both a certified Master Gardner and also, […]

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The beauty of water

I’ve often wondered if water has memory. Does water flowing downstream via waterfalls, rapids and streams remember from where it came? When freshwater meets saltwater, do both waterbodies acknowledge the other as foreign?  There’s something mesmerizing and awe inspiring about water that goes far beyond its life-giving properties.  Water calms, beckons, intimidates, thrills and overwhelms.

I’ve lived on the water’s edge in Central Ontario for more than 45 years and to this day I am filled with wonderment and joy each morning as I look out upon the lake. The lake is always beautiful, always calling me to come sit on the dock, walk on the shore and look at the waves or the mirrored images shining brightly on a still morning.

I feel equally small standing at the ocean’s edge as at the lake’s shore.  There’s no doubt that home is where the heart is and for me, home and water take up equal space in my heart.  The lake will be here long after I’m gone from its shore, I can only hope that it will remember me.