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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No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. ~ Robin Williams

Hippie funerals: Homegrown grieving

Hippie funerals: Homegrown grieving

I’ve become quite the expert in hippie funerals. By experience, alas. The early-to-go baby boomers, the ones felled by cancer, too many of those, and folks like my friend Stu, who we still don’t know what happened. And those perished in car accidents — so sudden and relatable, we all drive. The unaffiliated flail a bit as we learn to …

Get Some Big Sexy… Weekend of Improv

Get Some Big Sexy… Weekend of Improv

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A quick preview for Alternative Comedy Theater’s 7th Annual Big Sexy Weekend of Improv by Amy Martin published Friday, June 26, 2015   Big Sexy Weekend of Improv returns for its seventh year, spanning two locations: Margo Jones Theater in Fair Park for most of the festival and Pocket Sandwich Theater for the late shows. A co-production of the Alternative …

North Texas Wild: Be mosquito-free outdoors with these eco-friendly insect repellents

North Texas Wild: Be mosquito-free outdoors with these eco-friendly insect repellents

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June 24, 2015 The deadliest insect on Earth, a mosquito is a formidable opponent that’s had 200 million years to perfect its game. Here’s how to win with natural and non-toxic approaches to bug repellents. By Amy Martin Hiking and enjoying the outdoors should not be a bloodletting affair. Getting a serious blood-borne disease is even worse. Along with sunscreen …

Amy at Texas Faith: When racism becomes terrorism

Amy at Texas Faith: When racism becomes terrorism

The Charleston church shooting weighed heavily on our panelists this week. Here’s what they have to say about this unspeakable tragedy. Read the Panel AMY MARTIN, president emeritus, Earth Rhythms States a headline from the Onion satirical enterprise: ‘No way to prevent this’ says only nation where this regularly happens. Comedian John Oliver points out: “One failed attempt at a …

From the floods, a watershed of wonder

From the floods, a watershed of wonder

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photo: Wikicommons by Amy Martin “A river is a river… always changing and always on the move. And over time the river itself changes too. It widens and deepens as it rubs and scours, gnaws and kneads, eats and bores its way through the land.” ~ Aidan Chambers, This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn The Trinity River, …

Mosquito Proof Your Yard

Mosquito Proof Your Yard

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Lessen your mosquito load with this NoSkito Campaign. Amazon and Drugstore.com links provided, but you can buy these products in many places.   Yard Treatments Treating your yard will not 100% trounce mosquitoes, but will reduce them enough that bug suckers, candles and personal repellents have a vastly greater chance of working effectively. Prevent Larvae from Hatching Mosquito Bits & …

Amy at Texas Faith: Moral living in an amoral world

Amy at Texas Faith: Moral living in an amoral world

Texas Faith: When society’s morals shift Question by Rudolph Bush   The writer Rod Dreher recently opined that America is no longer a true home for Christian people… He suggests that our nation is on a confused path of the sort that drove St. Benedict away from Rome and into the woods during the empire’s decline. Conservatives, he suggests, should …

Dallas Solo Fest Review: …And Then I Woke Up

Dallas Solo Fest Review: …And Then I Woke Up

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Photo: Robert Hart Kris Noteboom has some promising moments and material for his solo performance debut at the Dallas Solo Fest, but could still work out the kinks and nervousness. by Amy Martin published Saturday, June 6, 2015   Dallas — It’s a toss-up as to what was more entertaining: Kris Noteboom’s full-length solo performance debut in …And Then I …

Baron Vaughn: A theatrical experience of stand-up comedy

Baron Vaughn: A theatrical experience of stand-up comedy

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Photo: Anya Garrett The comic and Grace and Frankie co-star returns to his theater roots while confounding assumptions of race and stand-up comedy. He does two performances at Amphibian Stage Productions this weekend. With ticket giveaway.  by Amy Martin   Fort Worth — Baron Vaughn dances the line between stand-up comedy and acting. A lot of comics get screen roles …

Amy at Texas Faith: Percent of Nones rises as Christian numbers decline

Amy at Texas Faith: Percent of Nones rises as Christian numbers decline

Texas Faith: Are there cracks in America’s Christian foundation? Question by Joel Thornton   The latest Pew study on religion wasn’t great news for America’s Christian churches. In the last seven years, the percentage of adults identifying themselves as Christians has dropped from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent… But the group making the biggest splash is “Nones” – atheists, agnostics …

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 …

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