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

Mosquito Madness: monitoring spray plans / do not spray list / reporting possible West Nile

Mosquito Madness: monitoring spray plans / do not spray list / reporting possible West Nile

How to monitor City of Dallas mosquito spraying plans Bookmark and check this page regularly: City of Dallas West Nile alerts http://spwebext1.dallascityhall.com/departments/codecompliance/WestNile/Pages/default.aspx Bookmark and check this page regularly: Dallas Citizens for Safer Mosquito Control https://www.facebook.com/groups/500647603298628/ Sign up for spraying alerts through the city hall news service, but don’t be surprised if you get none. Go to http://spwebext1.dallascityhall.com/Pages/default.aspx Scroll to the …

Amy at Texas Faith: Are gay rights, religious rights on a collision course?

Amy at Texas Faith: Are gay rights, religious rights on a collision course?

question by Joel Thornton   It’s been three weeks since the Supreme Court ruled for same-sex marriage, and most of the hoopla has died down. But that doesn’t mean the pro- and anti- sides are any closer together on one of the most contentious issues in a generation. A common theme from Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton …

Playthings by Circus Freaks: Walking on ceilings and other fun

Playthings by Circus Freaks: Walking on ceilings and other fun

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Circus Freaks offers striking visuals and circus feats at Festival of Independent Theatres, but the narrative of Playthings needs work.   Dallas — Some astounding characters appear in Playthings, the latest stage presentation from Circus Freaks, boasting jaw-dropping costumes and clever hair and make-up. The simple stage features only a small mad-scientist work zone and a colorful five-foot tall Jack-in-the-Box …

This Terpsichorean Life — Ira dances!

This Terpsichorean Life — Ira dances!

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Anna Bass was attracted to dance “because there’s no talking.” So Ira Glass asked her to talk, of course, posing those This American Life questions that probe deeply, but non-confrontationally, with an open casualness. Snippets of that recorded conversation unfurled as Bass danced with her creative partner of 12 years, Monica Bill Barnes. We learned Bass’ thoughts on compatibility and …

Bob Newhart: Stand-up to Sitcom and Back Again

Bob Newhart: Stand-up to Sitcom and Back Again

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Bob Newhart shows that, at 86, he’s still got it with a familiar but still funny performance at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie.   Grand Prairie — A half-hour prelude of light, big band jazz with the Rodney Booth Band set the perfect retro mood to see comedian Bob Newhart, now 86, for the jokes never went past 1988. But …

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 & …

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