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Barack and Michelle Obama: “We’ll be back to work with you on the issues we care about”

From the Obama Foundation … and the Obamas: “What’s Next from Barack and Michelle Obama” The Obama Foundation will be a living, working startup for citizenship — an ongoing project for us to shape, together, what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century. We are based on the South Side of Chicago and will have projects all over the city, the country, and the world. We want to hear from you. Send us your ideas, your hopes, your beliefs about what we can achieve together. This will be your Foundation just as much as it is ours, so share your voice at obama.org. ×CloseYou need to login in order to like this post: click here

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President Obama’s Final Press Conference: “I think we’re going to be okay”

President Obama held the final scheduled press conference of his administration yesterday. He spoke of the role of the press, his plans for the future, including when he would speak out, and once again expressed his confidence in our institutions and the peaceful transfer of power. President Obama on the role of the press: I…

President Obama: “I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my remaining days”

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama delivered his farewell speech, marking the end of his time in the Oval Office. He will, however, always be Our President. President Obama: My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop. In fact, I will be right there with you,…

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Call the Whaaambulance!

Call the Whaaambulance! Harvard Republicans refuse to endorse Trump.

Here, I will save you having to click on that link:

“What happened to our beautiful party … the one built on the Southern Strategy, whistled to in Philadelphia MS, powered by the hateful racist rhetoric of Lee Atwater, and dedicated to crushing the poor, women, people of color, and the elderly??? We must reclaim it from the racist misogynist so that we can get back to the noble task of granny-killing, poor-starving, and sick-kicking Ryanism!”

Sad Republicans are Sad!

Okay okay … here is a real quote: “He isn’t eschewing political correctness. He is eschewing basic human decency.” Gosh, where would he get the idea that THAT was okay????

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The Torturous Tenacity of Trees: Nurse logs, stumps, and rocks

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The Royal British Columbia Museum’s Exhibit on Mammoths and Ancient Proboscideans

Mammoth reconstruction in diorama, Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, Canada I was fortunate to have been in Victoria, BC recently while their Royal Museum had a magnificent traveling exhibit from Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History: “Giants of the Ice Age.”  With a short ferry ride, my two brothers and I hit the jack pot…

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Oh Hai, the Returning Light!

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“Give Thanks for the Blessings”

Happy Lammas!! Hey, wait just a minute! Those are happy llamas … which is not the same thing at all! Today is August 1st, the pagan holiday of Lammas or First Harvest. It is the first of three harvest celebrations on the Wheel of the Year. But because this is a pagan holiday that does…

Summer Sunning!

Today marks the Summer Solstice. Astronomically, it looks like this: The Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. The seasonal significance of the Summer Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days. That will…

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Jolyon–Part II

Flung back in time to the Minoan Crete of 1450 BC, can Fiona adjust to such a different world? “Put your arms around me and hold on as tightly as you can,” Jolyon said. He stepped closer until just a breath separated us. I did as he instructed. A vast shudder rippled through us, after…

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The Invisibility Factor

The girl was snatched before their eyes—why didn’t the police respond to the women’s calls? It all happened so fast. One minute the young girl in the pale pink track suit, eyes cast down as she texted on her cellphone, was walking down the opposite side of the street from where Charmiele sat on her…

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The Obama White House Archives

As the Dark Times approach, we may need to re-visit the daily doings of the Obama White House: the speeches, the policy initiatives, the joy of watching the First Family living in the house that slaves built and fulfilling the promise of the founding fathers (little did they know what all men would mean!) and…

Final Weekly Address of President Obama – The Honor of Serving You as President

This will the final Weekly Address of President Barack Obama’s Administration. Thank you, President Obama. From the White House – Weekly Address This week, President Obama delivered his final weekly address thanking the American people for making him a better President and a better man. Over the past eight years, we have seen the goodness,…

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The Torturous Tenacity of Trees: Nurse logs, stumps, and rocks

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Republican Death Panel

These are the faces of the 12 men who will repeal the Affordable Care Act. They will be condemning 36,000 people a year to death by their blind obeisance to an ideology that places cuts in marginal tax rates for billionaires over the well-being of millions who will lose access to health care. None of…