Sunday, January 14, 2018

Gardens Glorious Gardens: live and breathe herbs and flowers

This was the road over which Antonia and I came on that night when we got off the train at Black Hawk and were bedded down in the straw, wondering children, being taken we knew not whither. I had only to close my eyes to hear the rumbling of the wagons in the dark, and to be again overcome by that obliterating strangeness. The feelings of that night were so near that I could reach out and touch them with my hand. I had the sense of coming home to myself, and of having found out what a little circle man’s experience is. For Antonia and for me, this had been the road of Destiny; had taken us to those early accidents of fortune which predetermined for us all that we can ever be. Now I understood that the same road was to bring us together again. Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.
— Willa Cather, My Ántonia

Heading back to the office? Bring these plants with you.
Office plants can do wonders for health and wellbeing in the workplace, given how long many of us spend in unnatural indoor environments. Researcher Danica-Lea Larcombe explains why some species are better than others.

Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History

The $3 kitchen staple, black pepper, that scientists say could stop you gaining weight

SCIENTISTS believe this kitchen staple, which is found in pretty much every Australian home, could stop you gaining weight

“In a world of instant communication, we are constantly exposed to the latest cures for whatever ails us – the latest wonderdrugs. Most are costly and many come with dire risks and side effects. Yet sometimes age-old simple cures can work wonders too. Gardening is turning out to be one of the best drugs available for both body and mind. So, do you want to shed pounds, build muscles, look and feel great while having fun, save money and help out the planet? Do you want to be more resistant to disease and injuries? Here’s why science is proving gardening to be a top choice for illness prevention and healing.”

Source: Blog

How Australian English Derives All Those Weird Nicknames And Slang Words

Dan Nosowitz (that would be Dazza to an Ozzie) explains what the sentence “I had an avo sammie in the arvo with my sparky mate Daz at the servo” actually means and why an Australian would formulate it that way.

A writer’s private preoccupations emerge in his writing. Take D.H. Lawrence and posteriors. They are “like hillocks of sand.” They are “globes.” They “thrust" Analogy of Forest Metaphors  

EXCLUSIVE: How the UK’s Cop Became a Committed Drug Legalization Activist Sputnik. Chuck L: “Of course, since it’s at Sputnik people will dismiss it. But the MSM probably wouldn’t take it since too many institutions and people have vested interests in continuing the unwinnable drug war.”

170 Million in U.S. Drink Radioactive Tap Water. Trump Nominee Faked Data to Hide Cancer Risk EWG

This Is How We Do It is a children’s book by Matt Lamothe that follows the daily lives of seven real kids from different countries around the world (Japan, Peru, Iran, Russia, India, Italy, and Uganda).

In Japan Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda Daphine likes to jump rope. But while the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days — and this one world we all share — unites them. This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as a mirror reflecting our common experiences. 

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.”

Over 110,000 images are available, organized into hundreds of albums. You could easily lose an entire afternoon in there.

P.S. While the Biodiversity Heritage Library doesn’t appear to be an official participant, Flickr’s The Commons project remains one of the under-appreciated gems of the Web.

 Jia Tolentino on Amazon’s stores.

The store’s biggest shortcoming, though, is that it is so clearly not intended for people who read regularly. I normally walk into a bookstore and shop the way a person might shop for clothes: I know what I like, what generally works for me, what new styles I might be ready to try. It was a strange feeling, on Thursday, to do laps around a bookstore without feeling a single unexpected thrill. There were no wild cards, no deep cuts, no oddballs — just books that were already best-sellers, pieces of clothing I knew wouldn’t fit me or that I already owned.
Californian man dies hiking Australia’s sweltering outback Reuters