Your Soul Food Friday for June 12th 2015: Grads with Pomp and Circumstance, Character Matters, Eco Houses, Lost Posture, Newspapers, & Mosaiculture

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

‘Tis the Season for Graduations with Pomp and Circumstance

What you may not know about the music…

The 19th Character Matters Conference at USD

We can’t foster Civic Leadership without Character…

Eco Houses

Meet The Woman Building Stunning Sustainable Homes From Bamboo

Lost Posture:

Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain

Subject: Newspapers

A guide to keeping the political news as reported by our newspapers in perspective:

  1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
  1. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.
  1. The New York Times is read by people who think they should runthe
    country, and who are very good at crossword puzzles
  1. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country
    but don’t really understand The New York Times.  They do, however, like
    their statistics shown in pie chart.
  1. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the
    country, if they could find the time — and if they didn’t have to leave
    Southern California to do it.
  1. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the
    country and did a poor job of it, thank you very much.
  1. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s
    running the country and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat
    on the train.
  1. The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who are running the
    country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while
  1. The Chicago Tribune is read by people that are in prison that used to run
    the state, & would like to do so again, as would their constituents that
    are currently free on bail.

10.The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country,
but need the baseball scores.

  1. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure if there is
    a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that
    they stand for.  There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are gay,
    handicapped, minority, feminist, atheist dwarfs who also happen to be
    illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course, that
    they are not Republicans.
  1. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery
  1. The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and
    need something to wrap it in.
  1. The Texas papers are read by Texans trying to find out how screwed up the rest of the nation is so they’re ready to defend themselves.


Once every three years, there is an international competition in
horticultural sculpture, called “Mosaiculture” in a major city in the
world…the last one in Montreal.

This is not topiary, but rather creating sculptures out of living plants.
The greatest horticulturalists in the world, from 20 different countries,
submit plans a year in advance.

Steel armatures were then created to support the works (some 40 feet high);
they are then wrapped in steel mesh and filled with dirt and moss and
watering hoses.  Then they 3 million plants of different shades of green and
brown and tan were ordered, and these were grown in greenhouses all over

The horticulturalists came to Montreal and planted all of their plants in
the forms at the Montreal Botanic Gardens.
There were 50 major sculptures along a path two miles long…and are
incredible.  Click to view:

Thanks this week go to Public Radio, Ed D and Patty M, Glenda O and Barbara SB, Sean D and Rachel L & Larry H.

Pay it Forward!!



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