Thursday, April 17, 2014

Earth's cousin - only 500 light years away

Pack your bags to go look for sgns of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. - gwc
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Chris Matthews inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame

Chris Matthews, my Holy Cross classmate, was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in March.
He follows Bill O'Reilly, my fellow Levittowner, who apparently had to leave for work right after his induction speech.   Chris hs some fun at Bill's expense and then follows with some appropriately modest remarkst.

Friday, April 11, 2014

11 Organizations, NJ and NY Elected Officials File Legal Briefs Opposing LG's Tower - Protect the Palisades


11 Organizations, NJ and NY Elected Officials File Legal Briefs Opposing LG's Tower - Protect the Palisades:

The New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the Palisades Park Conservancy, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Regional Plan Association, the New Jersey Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and five other respected park and preservation organizations joined infiling a “friend of the court” brief today in New Jersey Appellate Court against LG Electronics’ plans to erect a 143-foot tower less than 60 yards from Palisades Interstate Park. Separate legal papers expressing opposition to the tower height were also filed by four New Jersey mayors and several key New York elected officials, including Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Icebergs journey slate

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Video: Overboard Yachtsman Rescued from Pacific Ocean - gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News

Video: Overboard Yachtsman Rescued from Pacific Ocean - gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News: "A crewmember from an around-the-world amateur yacht race is lucky to be alive after spending 90 minutes in the stormy Pacific Ocean after falling overboard.

The race organizers said that the “Derry~Londonderry~Doire” crewmember, 46yo Andrew Taylor, went overboard Saturday afternoon in rough weather, with winds of 35 knots and heavy waves."

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Digging Deep | America Magazine

My mother -  from whom I learned the love of language -  sent me this beautiful tribute to Seamus Heaney by a parish priest, born in Ireland, now serving in poor Camden, New Jersey.  I've posted the ending below but it's worth reading from the beginning, so click through to it.  Ireland is still a place where masses mourn a poet, and a poet can be President.  - gwc

Remembering Seamus Heaney, weaver of words

His poem “Requiem for the Croppies” touches on the tragic losses suffered by the Irish people in the 1798 insurrection for independence. Here are a few lines:

The pockets of our great coats full of barley—
Terraced thousands died, shaking scythes at cannon.
They buried us without shroud or coffin,
And in August—the barley grew up out of our grave
This poem inspired the peace monument that parishioners at Sacred Heart Parish in Camden, N.J., one of America’s poorest cities, erected in 2009, at a busy intersection near our church. I was honored that they’d chosen it to mark the golden jubilee of my ordination. (I serve as pastor there.) The monument is eight feet high, a huge open seed with the kernel, PEACE, in large letters within it. The base is the earth with barley growing up, and hands reaching up out of it to broken weapons.
“I am moved to know that ‘Requiem for the Croppies’ figures in the peace monument,” Seamus Heaney wrote to us.
Heaney’s last words were written in a text to Marie, his wife, moments before he died: Noli timere (Don’t be afraid). It is good advice for those of us still on this side of the grave. This past fall, I made the journey to St. Mary’s Church and its graveyard, where he lies under the fresh green sod of Bellaghy. His grave is in a corner, under an ash and a sycamore tree. An old wall on two sides has ivy on the unmortared stones, holding their own. It is near the tombstone of Christopher and his parents. I poured blessed water from the Sacred Heart church in Camden on his grave, which will be a destination of inspiration for centuries. It is a place to recall his words:
History says, don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.
Rev. Michael Doyle, a native of Longford, Ireland, is pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Camden, N.J.

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The Brooklyn Bridge from the Manhattan Bridge

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Philippe Petit vs. James Brady - tight rope walk or jump from the WTC

Not that they were competing but James Brady and his buddies who jumped from the new WTC tower inevitably invoke comparison with Philippe Petit's tight rope walk between the two towers.  The accomplishment of Petite is unfathomable.

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Chesapeake Homecoming -

Twelve years ago Travis Croxton and his cousin Ryan took over the family oyster beds in Virginia.  Business is booming. on the  Rappahannock -gwc

A Chesapeake Homecoming -


by Julia Moskin

TOPPING, Va. — When Travis and Ryan Croxton first went to New York City in 2004 to market their homegrown oysters, one of the few seafood places they had heard of was Le Bernardin, so naturally they just showed up with a cooler at the kitchen door.
“We really Forrest Gumped it,” said Travis, 39. “We had no idea what we were doing.”
Chesapeake oysters were so rare then that the chefs wanted to try them on the spot. But neither Croxton, both of whom had master’s degrees, knew how to shuck an oyster. “Finally the chef took it out of my hands and did it himself,” Travis said.
Oysters had almost disappeared from the Chesapeake Bay when the Croxtons, first cousins and co-owners of theRappahannock Oyster Company, graduated from college. And after decades of bad news about pollution, silt, disease and overfishing in the bay, many locals wouldn’t eat them raw. “A whole generation of Virginians grew up without virginicas,” said Peter Woods, the chef at Merroir, the Croxtons’ oyster bar here, where the Rappahannock River empties into the bay. “For oyster roasts, oyster stuffing, all these traditions, you just couldn’t get your hands on them.”

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