FEMINIST FRIDAY

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This is a reprint of an article I wrote some time ago.  With the anniversary of 9/11 on Monday,  and with all the heroic work that first responders have been doing for the last few weeks, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to a hero, Moria Smith.  Moria selflessly gave her life so that many others could live.  What follows is an article by a man who was probably one of the last people to see her alive.

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I was one of the last people to see Police Officer Moira Smith before she perished in the collapse of the World Trade Center. I remember her very vividly because my experience was personal, intense, and unique. This is to document what she was doing in those final minutes.

I have to background this story by saying that my wife has been a flight attendant for a…

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 16/17

It’s Friday again and time for your Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. I just got back from Ottawa a couple of hours ago after an unexpected extra night’s stay. The doctor wanted to observe Alex for the night. But good news: all is well. Here’s your SoCS prompt for this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “vol.” Find a word with “vol” in it, and use it in your post. Have fun!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here at this week’s prompt page and check to make sure it’s here in the comments so others can find it and see your awesome Stream of Consciousness post. Anyone can join in!

To make your post more visible, use our SoCS badge! Just paste it in your Saturday post so people browsing the reader will immediately know your post is stream of consciousness…

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Leaving Suddenly, Great Blue Heron

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Most birds will give a signal, a consistent motion, when they plan on taking off. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen really fast, but at least you have a fighting chance of getting the shot.

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The bird above is alert, but that’s probably a good thing considering where he lives.

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And then it’s a quick bend. Great Blues tend do drop lower than other wading birds. Maybe it’s the big wing span. It makes for an extra moment to get the shot.

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Most times bird’s prefer to take off into the wind, it helps with lift off.

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Exceedingly Flavorful Chaos – Baked Wontons

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“Where are the hornless dragons which carry bears on their backs for sport? Where is the great serpent with nine heads and where is the Shu-Hu?” (Zhuangzi ca. 3rd-2nd centuries BCE).

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The dragon, it seems, is right here, but both Shu and Hu have gone visiting. Their host is none other than Mr Chaos, as Confucius scathingly calls him, otherwise known as Hundun, Hun-Tun, Wantan, or  – you got it! – Wonton. It all depends on your Chinese pronunciation, Beautiful People.

“The emperor of the South Sea was called Shu [Brief], the emperor of the North Sea was called Hu [Sudden], and the emperor of the central region was called Hun-tun [Chaos]. Shu and Hu from time to time came together for a meeting in the territory of Hun-tun, and Hun-tun treated them very generously. Shu and Hu discussed how they could repay his kindness. “All men,” they said…

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Where’s The Water ?

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The most famous, and photographed, spot in Charleston went down after Hurricane Irma. I saw no damage so I’m sure it was just in need of a cleaning.

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Water did breach the sea walls here.

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The Charleston fountains are kept incredibly clean, children are encouraged to climb in and play in all the fountains.

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