There are days for sunny morning walks in the garden, where dew-bejeweled roses release their fragrance on the light breeze.
These are not those days. These are days of harsh realities demanding sharp answers. This is now … time for thorns.
Yes, this is an ancient church made partly of peat. Iceland wasn’t exactly awash with other materials for building, and the low-slung buildings were efficient to build and maintain, and the turf offered superior insulation in a very cold climate. This photo gives you a better idea of the basics of building such a structure. Look at the rest of the gallery while you’re visiting.
Many of today’s earth-sheltered homes borrow heavily from such structures. There are not many of these little jewels left.
One of the telescopes at the La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken a lovey photo of Star cluster NGC 3532, which was actually the first target ever observed by the Hubble Space Telescope back in the 1990’s.
More conventionally known as the Wishing Well Cluster or Football Cluster, this grouping is 300 million years old, which means it is entering its twilight years in astronomic terms. Not to worry — it’s still bright and big, even from 1,300 light-years away, but until you’re in one of the places on earth you can see it from, enjoy this beautiful shot of the cluster.
His Oneness has flunked the Thanksgiving proclamation test yet again, as expected. I confidently predict that he will fail it twice more, since he has no real understanding of the holiday’s meaning.
The good news is that the traditional turkey dinner will cost a little less this year. The bad news is that nearly one out of every five families will have to do its celebrating on food stamps. If you can pay for it, a fitness guru assures us that it’s okay to pig out this once.
Never one to resist the opportunity to be snotty, His Oneness used the annual turkey pardon to remind us of his overwhelming legal authority for his executive pardon of millions of illegal aliens. Chuck Norris researched Obama’s Thanksgiving declarations against those of other presidents and found him wanting, especially when compared to George Washington. We should be thankful for all of our Founding Fathers.
Juan Williams is thankful for government. Stephen Moore is thankful for other things. I’m happy to know why a bird and a country have the same name. Like Rich Lowry, I am grateful to be living in what is still a wonderful nation, despite the best efforts of Obama and the Democrats.
Charles Cooke offers a progressive guide to Thanksgiving conversation, tongue firmly in cheek I hasten to add. Katherine Timpf has more in a similar vein. Of course, it might be smarter to avoid political discussions altogether, which wouldn’t matter if you avoided your family and stuck to friends. I enjoy being with both family and friends, and in some cases they are one and the same.
Lighten up with some wild and wonderful links from Debby Witt at The Corner, then read this Jewish prayer for Thanksgiving from 1941, which has not only held up well with the passage of time, but is now sorely needed again.
UPDATE: Some not wild, but still wonderful links from Debby Witt.
A 3-D printer on the International Space Station has turned out a part: a faceplate of the casing of the printer extruder. Other than adhesion working a bit differently in space, the test seems to have worked well.
I knew 3-D printing would change multiple industries, but I never anticipated the extraordinary applications which would be devised in the field of medicine. This is simply astonishing.
There’s tolerance, there’s compassion, and then there is a complete failure of the little gray cells to fire. Reality will apparently have to deliver a royal rough-up to this Georgetown student before it seeps through his over-indoctrinated skull sufficiently to force him to think. One thing is clear — this young man certainly isn’t getting much value for his $60,000 education.
By the way, “bless his heart” is a distinctly Southern expression of pity for someone who is hopelessly clueless. Southerners are generally far too polite to say a person is stupid beyond belief, so we apply this euphemism with sincerity.