Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
"The Racine Common Council on Tuesday gave approval for Slide the City, a 1,000-foot-long 'slip-and-slide', to set up near North Beach on Saturday, Aug. 8. "Slide the City will use Hoffert Drive from Michigan Boulevard to
North Beach Park. Participants will pay to ride their inner tubes down
the hill in a family-friendly water party. Single-day attendance is
capped at 5,000. "Real Racine, the county’s destination marketing
organization, is bringing the attraction to the community. Real Racine
is paying for the water and park rental fees. "Slide the City will
announce pricing and registration details within a few days. In the
meantime, check out this recent Wow Summer Adventures segment from 'The
Today Show' HERE
Posted 12:56 pm, June 2, 2015, by AP Wire Service, Updated at 12:57pm, June 2, 2015
"NEW YORK — A year-long celebration marking guitarist Les Paul’s 100th birthday kicks off in Times Square next week.
"It’ll begin with Neal Schon of the rock band Journey accepting a
proclamation from the Les Paul Foundation declaring June 9 as Les Paul
Day. "Organizers say other cities around the country also will declare Les Paul Day proclamations that day. "A 53-foot-long interactive mobile exhibition called Les Paul’s Big
Sound Experience will then open to the public — for one day only before
going on a national tour. "That evening, the Hard Rock Cafe New York will host performances by musicians including Joe Bonamassa and Steve Miller. "A Les Paul memorabilia exhibition will run at the same venue through June 15. Paul’s hit songs include 'How High the Moon.' He died in 2009."
Les Paul was born and grew up in Waukesha. Essentially, he is the inventor of the electric guitar, along with a myriad of other electronic exotica and toys. Gibson's signature electric model is the "Les Paul" guitar. It's what B.B. King played for all those years.
Les also had a career with Mary Ford. The duo was responsible for the sale of thousands of records.
"The man is a damn hero, yet a Florida science teacher is in
some hot water over his decision to not take crap from his students
Teacher of The Year
"Dean Liptak, who teaches at Fivay High School in Hudson, Florida was
sick and tired of student’s cell phones ringing, beeping and
interrupting his class. So he did what anyone who has had to sit behind
teenagers at a movie theater wishes they had thought of. He bought a
cell phone jammer… and those little bastards’ phones stopped buzzing.
"There is a lot of rage between people who use their phones at
inappropriate times and those who 'aren’t going to take it anymore.'
This week on Break we saw a motorcyclist tell a driver to stop texting
in the car only to get run over by that driver in retaliation.
That is why it is great to see a teacher standing up for himself and the
respect of his classroom; after all, simply telling them not to use
their phones in school would only make them want to do it more. Liptak
thought the jammer would work only for his classroom. Unfortunately that was not the case;
"A spokesperson from the Pasco County School District, Linda Cobbe
told local reporters: 'Verizon had come to the school saying someone had
a jamming device, because the cell phone service was being interrupted
in the area.'
"Mr. Lipta is going to get some silence for at least one week
of school as he has been reprimanded and given a five day suspension
without pay over the incident. While cell phone jammers are not illegal,
they can be if there are harmful consequences in their use; such as
stopping service in the nearby neighborhood. Hopefully these kids
learned some kind of lesson from all of this. I know one science teacher
that would have made these kids show some respect."
Do you think all schools should use cell phone jammers to stop kids from going on their phones during class?
Hello, my doves and hawks!How are you?Are you enjoying
your ride on the weather rollercoaster?My God, it’s changeable these days.One day I wear shorts, the next day I’m donning my winter coat.One friend told me that this seems more like
fall than spring to him.To me, June
means summer.This June means forties
for the temperatures.Another friend
says that he remembers 4th of Julys so cold that the parade-goers
wore long pants and jackets.Deep down
inside of me is a ball of fear that we’ve messed up the climate
permanently.Our existence is entirely
dependent upon the climate.Dying
honeybees and major swings in the climate scare me.They scare me for Junior’s future.They scare me for everybody’s future.
This is the first year I’m considering letting Junior go out
for “real” football at school.He’s
played his share of flag football and I hope he’s ready for the discipline of
the real thing.They’ve already started
practicing.He comes home from practices
exhausted.He’s earned his share of
bruises.As long as no arteries are
severed or bones broken, I’m going to try not to worry too much.(Sigh, as if any mother can stop worrying
about her children.)
Thank you, Ms. Tender Heart Bear, for the wildflower blog
I love the beauty of spring, but loathe
the temperatures, snow, and ice of winter.While we’re on the subject, I’m going to make a plug for the Chicago
Botanic Garden (which isn’t even in
http://www.chicagobotanic.org/.I’ve been there numerous times, at different
times of the year, and the beauty is breathaking.If you plan on visiting and eating, I suggest
that you pack your own lunch.The food
in the cafeteria is great, but the prices are astronomical.I realize it’s for the Garden, but I won’t
(can’t) pay their prices.
The gossip on the proposed raise for City Administrator Tom Freidel
is nasty.Mr. Freidel says he doesn’t
know if he’d stay if there is no raise.So offer him nothing more.If he
stays, he stays.That saves the city
$30K per annum.If he resigns, so what?Then it might be a good time to re-examine
the position.If it’s decided that we
still need an administrator, offer the position for $100,000 a year, a city
car. full benefits and perks.I betcha
Human Resources would be swamped with responses.Then again, if Racine’s
reputation proceeds us, maybe not.
The argument that that’s what other cities pay is
weak.As my mother would say, “If those other
cities jumped off a cliff, would you jump, too?”Every city mentioned is doing better than Racine.See, Mr. Mayor Dicker, results should get
rewards.So soon after screwing city
employees, Mr. Mayor has the nerve to suggest a major raise for his cousin.There’s no doubting his chutzpah.Mr. Mayor takes care of business, running for
governor after Mr. Walker wins the presidency.And “Machinery Row” is his gift to Racine,
his legacy, if you will.If you won’t,
he might end up wearing jail orange.
Thank you my dears for reading my blog.These are the ranting of an old woman who
more than once has been labeled a fraud.It doesn’t matter here.This is
our safe zone.
Enjoy the good days, weather-wise, and try to stay dry the
other days, Have fun in the sun, but don’t forget to keep your eyes open.Y’see that guy across the street with the sticks
of TNT wrapped around his waist?There’s
something very suspicious about him.
"RACINE — What
direction should be given to the Committee of the Whole when it meets to
consider the extension of City Administrator Tom Friedel’s contract and
a proposed 31 percent raise for the position was the source of debate
during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
"Aldermen debated whether
signing off on the Finance and Personnel Committee’s vote to have the
request sent to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation
supporting the proposed raise would mean the council itself was actually
supporting that recommendation.
"Alderman Sandy Weidner made a
proposal to table the finance committee’s recommendation so the
Committee of the Whole could meet to discuss the extension of Friedel’s
contract without a recommendation on what kind of raise he may or may
"Mayor John Dickert and even City Attorney Rob Weber
seemed to have different understandings of what tabling the item — a
move alderman supported 8-7 — might actually do.
the body take a five-minute recess, after which City Council President
Dennis Wiser made a direct referral to send the item to the Committee of
It has been a very long month for us since last month was migration for the birds. It is very slow for the wildflowers with the temperatures going up and down. With that happening the flowers will not be coming up right away. I just hope that it will warm up so I can get more pictures to share with everyone. I hope everyone will enjoy the pictures I do have to share with you.
This is called Blue Eyed Grass and the picture was taken at Chiwaukee State National Wildlife Area in Pleasant Prairie Wi.
This is called a Rose Trillium and the picture was taken at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Lomira Wi.
This is called Eastern Red Columbine and this picture was taken at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Brighton Wi.
This is called Dimpled Trout Lily and the picture was taken at Colonial Park in Racine Wi.
This is called Jack-In-The-Pulpit and the picture was taken at Colonial Park in Racine Wi.
This is called a White Dwarf Lilac Bush the picture was taken at Chiwaukee National Wildlife Area in Pleasant Prairie Wi.
There are two new ones to my list this time so I hope everyone enjoys the pictures as I do enjoy going out taking the pictures to share with everyone.
"The Racine County Eye is hosting a forum on bullying from 6 to 8 p.m. June 3 at the Bray Center, 924 Center Street.
"We’d love for you to be there because we know how important children
are in this community. And for us, the issue of bullying has become too
important to ignore. "After 15-year-old Caledonia resident Cameron Langrell committed suicide
in April after he was bullied when he came out as transgender, Heather
Asiyanbi and I started talking about how the community reacted and what
we can do to help people have better discussions about this issue. We
noticed the need for information: How bullying is addressed in the
community, what resources are available, and what to do if your child is
being bullied or is the bully. "We noticed that parents often feel almost as isolated as their
children do when their children are being bullied and we’d like to help
change that. This is a forum on bullying of all forms, not just kids
that are transgender."
Good, good, good. I wish this type of awareness was around when I was in school. I vote for branding bullies with a "B" on their foreheads. To this day, when I see a video where a bully gets beat up, I admit to feeling a visceral joy.
From rhe Shepherd Express
, Art Kumbalek comes with his column "Art For Art's Sake," more or less every Tuesday. Art's been doing this for more than 30 years, so he must have something to say.
Dear Madame Zoltar
Every Wednesday, Madame Zoltar responds to your queries and comments in her blog, Dear Madame Zoltar. Are the stars in your favor? What to do with that 401K? Find out by sending your questions and thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The famed Bald Eagles from Decorah, Iowa are back on their nest and ready to start a new family! World famous and live streamed via the internet by the Raptor Resource Center, anyone can view the parents raise their eaglets from egg to fledglings from the comfort of their homes. Using infrared cameras and microphones, the eagles can be seen around the clock during the nesting season, which starts in January or February and runs till June."
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