2015 Earth, Cosmos & Life Calendar

2015 Earth, Cosmos & Life Calendar

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An absolute stellar year with many Moons and holidays that occur on weekends, and several great convergences. An Imbolc/Candlemas/Groundhog Day Full Moon, a Spring Equinox New Moon, a Beltane Full Moon, and a Full Moon Thanksgiving and Christmas. The biggest convo of them all in Sept: Supermoon – Full Harvest Moon – and a Lunar Eclipse in the perfect hours …

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Jad Abumrad,  Zoe Keating & Gut Churn: Cherish Your Doubts

Jad Abumrad, Zoe Keating & Gut Churn: Cherish Your Doubts

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The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s #thinkspeak series kicks off with Jad Abumrad of NPR’s Radiolab, featuring cellist Zoe Keating. by Amy Martin, published Tuesday, May 19, 2015   Dallas — There is a gap, between the creative ideal in your head and the reality it becomes. In that sea of doubt lives Gut Churn, the title of Friday night’s inaugural …

Amy at Texas Faith: Profiting from war

Amy at Texas Faith: Profiting from war

Question by Rudolph Bush   In a recent news report Pope Francis was quoted as saying “Many powerful people don’t want peace because they live off war.” “Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms. It’s the industry of death.” An unexploded bomb, an unused bullet, is an economic dead end to military manufacturers. America has been …

North Texas Wild: New book on poison ivy offers relief for the itchy

North Texas Wild: New book on poison ivy offers relief for the itchy

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GreenSourceDFW columnist Amy Martin shares excerpts from her new book Itchy Business: How to Prevent Exposure to Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, Treat the Rash, and Eradicate the Plant, set for release next month. By Amy Martin Hitting the trails again after a cold winter is a joy, like seeing old friends. Oaks unfurling delicate new light green leaves, dewberries blooming with …

Amy at Texas Faith: Hillary, hormones and the presidency

Amy at Texas Faith: Hillary, hormones and the presidency

Question by  Joel Thornton   A Dallas marketing and PR executive was blasted with criticism recently when she wrote on her Facebook page that she would rather live in Canada than remain in the U.S. if Hillary Clinton is elected president. Cheryl Rios gave religious reasons for not wanting a female commander-in-chief. She said she backs “equal rights,” but told …

Amy on Texas Faith: What is the point of ecumenism?

Amy on Texas Faith: What is the point of ecumenism?

Question by Rudolph Bush Published: April 15, 2015   Every couple of weeks, we gather here on our blog to discuss matters of life and afterlife, of faith and struggles with faith. We have a polite community of dialogue we all enjoy. But, if we’re being honest, we acknowledge that we have among us fundamental disagreements about faith and salvation. …

North Texas Wild: Stalking edible ‘urban’ wild plants with survival expert Mark Suter

North Texas Wild: Stalking edible ‘urban’ wild plants with survival expert Mark Suter

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March 31, 2015 By Amy Martin I ate Fair Oaks Park. Not all of it, but a fair portion of it in a three-hour foraging walk around the Dallas park. Better known for its sprawling sports fields and nearby trash transfer station, the venue offered students of Mark Suter’s Primitive Texas wild edible plants class plenty to eat during a mid-March hike. We …

Amy at Texas Faith: To lead or follow, lessons from the University of Oklahoma

Amy at Texas Faith: To lead or follow, lessons from the University of Oklahoma

Question by Rudolph Bush Published: March 17, 2015 1:21 pm The news that has absorbed our part of the world recently revolves around a bus full of frat boys at the University of Oklahoma spouting a racist chant in some weird fraternity ritual. When two of the young men’s names were revealed, both said they were just repeating what they …

Jeanne Robertson: Over 70, all clean, still funny — even in a rocking chair

Jeanne Robertson: Over 70, all clean, still funny — even in a rocking chair

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Southern Charm Humorist Jeanne Robertson, known from SiriusXM’s Blue Collar Comedy Channel, slays the audience at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House   by Amy Martin published Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Dallas — Jeanne Robertson has a soft spot for Dallas. Five years ago, the now-71-year-old humorist was convinced to branch out into social media by posting one of her …

The madness of Miniature Curiosa — Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

The madness of Miniature Curiosa — Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

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The aptly named Miniature Curiosa reveals a method in the madness with An Excrutiatingly Ordinary Toy Theater Show at Out of the Loop. by Amy Martin published Sunday, March 8, 2015 Photos: Miniature Curiosa   Addison — “Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.” Zach Dorn, or at least the character he portrays in Miniature Curiosa’s An Excruciatingly …

Alternative Comedy Theate: The Victims — Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

Alternative Comedy Theate: The Victims — Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

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The Victims and friends show how improv comedy is done at Out of the Loop. by Amy Martin published Sunday, March 8, 2015 Addison — The lovely folks at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival reserve seats for the press with excellent sightlines. The problem is that it gives improvisational comedians a direct line of sight and quick access …

Jenn Dodd in Melanchomedy: Funny Scenes About Sad Folks — Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

Jenn Dodd in Melanchomedy: Funny Scenes About Sad Folks — Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

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by Amy Martin published Sunday, March 8, 2015   Addison — Universally hated Time Warner Cable is always good for a joke. Jenn Dodd uses it to great affect in Melanchomedy: Funny Scenes About Sad Folks, running through Sunday afternoon at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. TWC’s ability to inflict misery upon humankind rivals the Black Plague. Try …

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