August 2012 archive

Thursday’s Things

I can’t believe that moving day is finally here. Beacon Hill, here we come! I can’t wait to share our new neighborhood and place with you. Two words: rooftop deck.

Before I sign off for the weekend (besides Instagram), here’s a regular Thursday’s Things to give you a few interesting tidbits to read, look at and think about today.

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Imagine

1. Imagine that you were staying for a few weeks in Greece, in Ikaria to be exact. Well, that’s just what Sarah Wilson, an Australian media personality, journalist and blogger got to do. Read one of her takeaways from her stay here. A lesson on “taking time.” It was fascinating to me to read through her posts about Greece and the way people live and eat there (especially in Ikaria). Makes me want to travel….

Think

1. Do we live in a Surveillance State? Take a look and tell me what you think. This paragraph gave me the shivers: “Under current law, it isn’t allowed to monitor the communications of an American citizen or permanent resident without a court order. But it can collect data if one party to a communication is believed to be outside the United States. Recently, the office of the director of national intelligence admitted that on at least one occasion, the procedures that shield citizens’ and legal residents’ private information from spying eyes had been deemed “unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment” by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees such monitoring.” Does this make you nervous? Or are you not surprised?

2. There are more risks passed on by an older mother to her child than the father, right? Not necessarily, according to this new study. Although folks tend to joke that men can father children almost indefinitely and that women shouldn’t try to conceive later in life due to increased risks to the child, that may not be the case. “It also found that while a 20-year-old dad passes on an average of 25 new genetic spelling errors to his child, a father twice his age transmits about 65. Thus, every additional year of paternal age results in an average of two extra mutations in offspring. A mother, meanwhile, transmits a constant rate of about 14 de novo errors to a child, regardless of her age.” Interesting, huh?

Dream

1. As you know from my Instagram posts, I’ve been stocking up on library books lately. I can’t help it! I see books that strike me on other blogs, NPR, or just browsing through the catalog, and before I know it, I’ve reserved it and I’m picking it up the next day! I have a stack of 5 now. I love having stacks of books, don’t you? I’m reading The Alchemist now by Paulo Coelho. I remember maybe reading it years ago, but I don’t have distinct memories of it. It’s definitely captured me now. Have you read it? What did you think of it?

“Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives.”

Do you remember what your Personal Legend was? Or is? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about mine.

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Wishing you all a fabulous Labor Day weekend! See you next week.

Running Around…

Like a chicken with my head cut off, as my mom likes to say.

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Folks, this week is wild. Things are busy and all over the place. We’re moving tomorrow–exciting, but I have a million things on my to-do list. I’ll be here with a regular Thursday’s Things tomorrow, but will be away for the weekend to settle into the new place.

Details & photos to come soon. I’ll no doubt be posting on Instagram all weekend. Follow me there to see all the happenings. Username: tmerck.

Back soon!

– T

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