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“Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah,”

April 30th, 2015 Comments off

Alex the Lion Stroke-King  
British wildlife expert Alex Larenty, 50, calms the savage cats with gentle foot-rubs.

Alex, originally of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, moved to South Africa in 1999. He started massaging Jamu, nine, after putting insect repellent on him one day.

He said: “I gave him a scratch and massage and he rolled around with his tongue out. Now he adores massages — his favorite game is This Little Piggy.”

source: Milky Way Scientists

Noise in the Night Rattles the ‘Marm from sleep

April 30th, 2015 1 comment

Photo on 2013-12-19 at 09.56 #2In the middle of the night I heard a loud noise. I grabbed the little flashlight by my bed and started making the rounds. Nothing was amiss. hmmmm

Then I remembered that my friend LaVonne in her late 80’s started hearing loud crashing noises in the night that startled her terribly.  She told her doctor and he said it wasn’t anything to worry about even tho’  it is called ‘brain explosion or exploding head.’

Wikipedia says:

Exploding head syndrome is a form of hypnagogic auditory hallucination and is a rare and relatively undocumented parasomnia event in which the subject experiences a loud bang in their head similar to a bomb exploding, a gun going off, a clash of cymbals, ringing, or any other form of loud, indecipherable noise that seems to originate from inside the head.

 This noise usually happens at the onset of sleep or within an hour or two of falling asleep, but is not necessarily the result of a dream. Although the sound is perceived as extremely loud, it is usually not accompanied by pain. Attacks appear to change in number over time, with several attacks happening in a space of days or weeks, followed by months of remission. Sufferers often feel a sense of fear and anxiety before and after an attack, accompanied by elevated heart rate. Attacks may also be accompanied by perceived flashes of light (when perceived on their own, known as a “visual sleep start”) or difficulty in breathing. The condition is also known as “auditory sleep starts”. The associated symptoms are varied, but the benign nature of the condition is emphasized and neither extensive investigation nor treatment are indicated. Sufferers may experience an inability to vocalize any sound, or mild forms of sleep paralysis during an attack. There is no known treatment.

So, in the darkness of night I assumed I would just have to live with it, the way LaVonne had. Disconcerting thought.

Maybe not . . . This morning I gazed at my bedroom wall, what’s missing?

AHA!  Behind a bookshelf I saw the decoration that had slid down the wall and crashed in the night.  Sigh of relief! Thank the Lord, I have not added another quirk,you know I have plenty already!

Dumadi, 2 Months old at Denver Zoo – Thanks to Becca McCloskey and Gwen Jankowski. (FB)

April 29th, 2015 Comments off
 This little tapir was born in Toyota Elephant Passage to mother Rinny on September 3, 2012.
Dumadi is alive and doing well thanks to the heroic efforts of two Denver Zoo staff members, Assistant Curator of Toyota Elephant Passage Rebecca McCloskey and staff veterinarian Gwen Jankowski.
First time mother Rinny was unsuccessful in her attempt to free Dumadi from his amniotic sac, so staff members stepped in to free him from the sac and provided rescue breathes to help him start breathing.
The first birth of his species at Denver Zoo, he loves to swim and dive in his indoor pool. Like all tapir calves, his coat pattern resembles a watermelon, brown with white stripes and spots.
Visitors can see Dumadi and his mom in the tapir yard at Toyota Elephant Passage, when the weather allows.

April 28th, 2015 Comments off

Our Heavenly Father,  we have been reminded again that our days are numbered, that we have just so many.   Help us as we live the days that we are given, so that we may know you better .  Give us understanding hearts and  wisdom as we navigate our time on this earth.  Help us to truly believe that within the plans for our lives  The creator has another dimension of existence for us where death is unknown, sorrow, pain, heartache, are  no longer a part of who we are. we thank you God for what you have planned for us,  an expression of your love. In Christ’s name we pray, amen

The Amazing Odetta “I’ve Been Living With the Blues”

April 28th, 2015 Comments off

From the Lens of Bill Stice

April 28th, 2015 Comments off



Bill Stice“A Paphiopedilum orchid from Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, North Carolina. The other plants that were surrounding it remind me of the tropics where it grows. It is a member of the Lady’s Slipper group.”

Bill Stice

Robert Bowlin

April 27th, 2015 Comments off


Robert Bowlin performs his composition, “Eleven Point Sunset”. The song is on his Cd, “Six String Soliloquy”. He is playing his new Whipple Creek Guitar made by Terry Whipple. . More information is available at or . Video by Phil Bankester.
My personal connection with Robert was as a student teacher in his third grade class.  I remember him well; he was a sharp little cookie even then with a personality and wit that were hard to resist.  It is my pleasure to share his story and his talent with you.
Robert Bowlin started at age one and a half playing the ukelele, graduated to his dad’s guitar at age five, and has been creating unique and beautiful guitar music ever since.
He won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship in Winfield, KS in 1979 and got 2nd in the Flatpicking Guitar Contest in 1978. His professional career has included stints with artists such as Maura O’ Connell, Kathy Mattea, Tom T. Hall, the Osborne Brothers, Bill Monroe, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Faron Young, Ricky Van Shelton.
He was a session guitarist and fiddler in Nashville for countless recordings. He has played onstage with artists such as BB King and Ricky Scaggs, Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, and Vassar Clements.
He has performed his original music on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.He has a new cd of solo guitar instrumentals entitled “Six String Soliloquy”.

Just Being Jana

April 27th, 2015 Comments off

150746_919795478031303_3057510041544554291_nI called a local business and as soon as they answered the phone and heard my voice they started cracking up and said “It’s Jana”, laughing uncontrollably. This was followed by “I can’t believe it’s you, we were just talking about you.” followed by more laughter. Well…Laughter is contagious so at this point I’m quite engulfed in my own little laughing spell and said…..

ME: “What were you talking about?” 
HER: “Well, two of us just had our yearly gynecologist appointments and we thought of you.” 
ME: *Silence…………
*It’s times like this you can see your true impact on society….



Why did the Chinese Government Build ‘The Piano House’?

April 26th, 2015 Comments off



To promote and increase tourism to a newly developed area in Huainan, China, the local government built a house that resembles a giant classical piano. 

The house even has a giant transparent violin, which serves as the main entrance and staircase to the building. 

Other than promoting tourism, the house also serves as a music facility for music students in a nearby college.


Before Disneyland and Knotts’ Berry Farm Southern California had . . . ostriches?

April 26th, 2015 Comments off

Yes, Ostriches! Back in the late 1800s, these birds were considered tourist attractions. 

A photographer for the Dick Whittington studio captured this scene for the Southern California Fair Association in 1929. 

Among the most visited was Edwin Cawston’s farm, which opened near Norwalk in 1886 and in 1895 relocated to South Pasadena. Located conveniently along a Pacific Electric interurban rail line, the farm attracted so many visitors that Cawston eventually moved his breeding operations to Perris, reserving his South Pasadena location exclusively for tourism.

Also popular was the Los Angeles Ostrich Farm, which opened in 1906 next to the California Alligator Farm in East Los Angeles (since renamed Lincoln Heights).

In the 1910s, the market for ostrich plumes collapsed, but tourists continued to flock to the farms well into the twentieth century. Visitors rode in ostrich-drawn carriages and wagons or even, in some cases, rode the birds bareback.

One highlight was feeding time, when tourists would gawk at the birds as whole oranges slid down their gullets. Before leaving, many guests stepped into the farms’ gift shops, which sold boas and other souvenirs made of ostrich feathers.

Eventually, tourists found new sources of diversion, and the ostrich farms gave way to amusement parks with more elaborate and thrill-seeking themed attractions. The famed Cawston farm in South Pasadena shut its doors in 1934, and the Los Angeles Ostrich Farm — the last of its kind in Los Angeles — closed in 1953. 

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