Archive for December, 2011


Let’s begin the new year with something sublime:

Icon by Mother Anastasia

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More Hobbit Houses

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If I Was A DJ

I grew up listening to WABX, the “underground” radio station out of Detroit. So called underground stations, for those of you who are too young to remember, were local independent stations that had no format or station jingoes or the other trappings of commercial radio. The djs played whatever they wanted, which meant that you heard things that were pretty far off the beaten musical path. And sometimes, if you can imagine, albums were played in their entirety. And it meant that sometimes the djs would put a lot of thought into the sets, which often had thematic or musical traits in common.

All that is gone now, aside from the occasional college station that has resisted the lure of rap.

But if I was an underground dj I would play these two songs together:

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A Hobbit House in Wales

I want to live here:

More: http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2011-12-21/man-builds-fairy-tale-home-for-his-family-for-only-3000/

Thanks to Mark Shea

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So You Think It’s Organic?

When is “USDA Organic” not organic? More often than you probably realize. The USDA keeps a “National List” of inorganic products that can legally go into foods labeled as organic. The casings for those tasty USDA Organic sausages can come from conventionally raised animals that have been fed antibiotics. The hops in your favorite organic beer can be sprayed with all manner of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Strawberries can be labeled as organic even if they had their start in a conventional nursery.

According to USDA rules, if 95 percent of a product is made up of organic ingredients, it can be called organic. If it’s 70 percent organic, the label can read “made with organic ingredients.”

More: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/12/how-much-of-your-food-labeled-as-organic-is-actually-organic/250301/

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And a very cool animated Nativity story from Russia; the animated icons at the end are really nice:

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The Fire of Christmas

“The children of the Old Covenant who walked in the fire, yet were not burnt, prefigured the womb of the Maiden, which remained sealed when she gave birth in fashion past nature.”

A meditation in preparation for Christmas by Fr Stephen:


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