Archive for January, 2011

The Post – Something for the Soul

January 28, 2011

Just one last thing today….a bit of a scattered day and mostly my focus has been on the scientific and nature topics. And of course all those things are “spiritual” in their way.

But here’s a gift for the soul this morning. Enjoy:

Deb Bailey and Spiritual Judaism- One People World United shared a link.

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http://playingforchange.com/ – From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes an incredible track written by Pierre Minetti performed by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it traveled the globe. “Don’t Worry” is the follow up to the clas
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The Post – The Continuing Saga of Scientific Method

January 28, 2011
A while ago I posted an article on my Facebook page from the New Yorker : the Truth Wears Off: Is There Something Wrong with the Scientific Method?” – http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/12/13/101213fa_fact_lehrer?currentPage=all
It was an very interesting article on the growing difficulty of reproducing scientific results.  I had no idea…
NOW, scientists from the Nature Conservancy respond to that issue:

http://blog.nature.org/2011/01/something-wrong-scientific-method-jonathan-hoekstra-jensen-montambault/

Is Something Wrong with the Scientific Method? Part 1 | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of

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http://blog.nature.org/2011/01/is-something-wrong-with-the-scientific-method-part-2/
Is Something Wrong with the Scientific Method? Part 2 | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of blog.nature.org  by Robert Lalasz. 

Conservancy scientists Rob McDonald, Doria Gordon and Joe Fargione respond to Jonah Lehrer’s New Yorker article.

And Jonah Lehrer – the one who started this discussion – adds some further thoughts from his blog:

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/12/the-mysterious-decline-effect/

 

So the saga of “do we trust scientific study results or not” continues…..

The Post – Some BEAUTIFUL, Award-Winning Sea life Pictures

January 28, 2011

It’s been a very hectic week, so hence, the quiet on the blog front. But it is Friday and just making it through the week deserves a “something special” gift for all of you. So here it is, from Carol Grant. You just HAVE to check out her pictures.

Carol Grant, winner of 2009’s Nature Conservancy Photo contest, explains her photographic motivation: “I want to help our underwater world because it is where I feel most at home.” To learn more about Carol, click here

Click on slideshow of her work to see some amazing shots of her underwater world view.

The Post – A Soulful Gift

January 25, 2011

A simple poetic gift to you all this morning, from the site: Spiritual-Judaism-One-People-World-United

A path, in the snow
Marked with,
crossed fence posts,
into eternity it goes.
……
Rose colored mountains,
behind the meadows.
Silhouetted in the evening,
with it’s shadows.

Snowy steps,
searching for the height.
Step after step,
leading to the light.

Life force in all,
one vibration.
Acceptance and celebration,
one happiness,
in our salvation.

 

The Post – Seagull Scape, Last pics

January 24, 2011

The malevolent eyes of the hunter….seeking stray french fries on the beach???

 

 

 

 

 

The disgruntled birds claiming territory….and any french fries….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ropes…..I saw them in my sleep after a while….little criss-crosses of fibers….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seagull scape, the final view…..and not a french fry in sight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have this thing about seagulls and french fries after nearly being attacked on the beach by a flock of hungry gulls who had a love of french fries…probably due to their living next to a restaurant.   🙂

I am pleased with the outcome of this painting and it will get added to my artist website: Debra Bailey Fine Art

The Post – LGBTQ Ally Week

January 23, 2011

Just starting to get back on track here for the new week. Last week we ate out a lot rather than deal with any new crock pot experiments. So I’ll be back on track soon with new posts.

I received this on my Facebook page, about an “Ally Week” event going on at Chapel Hill – University of North Carolina. While I can’t be present for it and don’t have a button to wear, I can still “put it out there” for all to be aware of and consider.

So click here to read about UNC’s event.

The Post – Meatloaf, The Aftermath….

January 19, 2011
Submerged the meatloaf in water to kill the smell, lit sandalwood incense, opened windows and turned on the furnace fans….the house has progressed to “wet dog”…
Never cook something overnight in a crock pot using a recipe never tried before….you wake up to that feeling of “if it smells like this all the way upstairs through a closed door…do I dare go down there?”

The Post – The Dear Departed Meatloaf……

January 19, 2011

Let us have a moment of silence for the dear departed meatloaf…..one should never do a meatloaf in a crockpot without “other things” and liquid – it’s juices do NOT constitute liquid…..windows open in the house on a cold mid-January morn……eating out tonight. By then I might be able to pry the meatloaf out of the pot….. for whatever talents I have in oil painting, writing, studying sea creatures and finding odd facts to share here….that talent does NOT translate to cooking skills….the kitchen is a no-man’s land this morning…..

The Post – Human Body in the Vacuum of Space

January 17, 2011

One of the things you might notice as you read my blog is that from time to time I’ll have odd facts, stories or strange nuggets of information. That’s that “mosaic broken bits” part of me that has a wide range of interests and loves trivia. So, here’s one for today:

I always thought that if you got exposed to the vacuum of space, even a tiny pinprick in your suit, that you were immediately dead due to your body exploding or boiling out. From NASA, it’s not quite like that :  click here

The Post – Seagull seascape progress #2

January 17, 2011

Update on the seagull seascape painting. Added a bit more to all of the seagulls, more highlights and shading to the pilings, and ropes around pilings and connecting them.

Now the painting needs to dry so I can then put a slightly greenish brown wash over the rope – give it that weathered, sea-algae coated look. Right now the rope is too white. The two gulls on the left are getting closer but need to dry before I can put in some defining highlights and shadows on the feathers, eyes and mouths.

The hovering gull is ’emerging from the canvas’ – feathers starting to be defined, beak and eyes starting to go in, darks and lights in the feathers getting stronger. Stay tuned for next progress shot.