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Earth Day History

“What if, long after all of nature has been finally ground up in the garbage disposal of the technologic sink, it becomes clear that there are indispensable genetic needs for many of these components of nature?” –Hugh Iltis, in a letter to science In 1916, Gaylord Nelson was born into the forest of Northern Wisconsin. Like many kids from his time, his youth was spent between the trees and his curiosity fed by ever-changing landscapes, scurrying critters and Earth’s pools. His interest in life and the inspiration from political speakers he’d seen in town would eventually mix to create a …

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Regally ANASTASIA at the Times Union

Anastasia is based on the long-held myth that Grand Duchess Anastasia and her younger brother, Tsarevich Alexei, escaped the family’s assassination in 1918.  In the mass grave that held the parents, only three of the four sisters were found.  Spoilers!  The fourth sister and Alexei were found in 2007, ten years after the animated movie release.  Although the mystic Rasputin (in the movie, but not the play) makes for a great bad guy, he was actually assassinated two years before the Romanovs.  Last, but not least, the Dowager Empress never lived in Paris.  She traveled to England to live with …

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Dear Dumbs,

My wife and I love your podcast. In fact, we’ve listened to last weeks three times now. You both inspire us. I’ve been asked to be the Best Man for my friends wedding. He’s very traditional so we’re doing all the pain in the ass wedding stuff. I mean, by the book. One of my many requirements is the thing everybody’s waiting for, the speech. In the speech I’m supposed to talk about and share stories of, what a perfect couple they are. How he’s changed since meeting her. Well, he’s changed a lot. She has taken away any dream …

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In This Climate?! – Green Gentrification 

Joseph Guiffre There was a time in my life where I found myself in a predicament. One that dictated, among other things, a few days out of the week I had to take a bus from McDuff Avenue to downtown. The route traversed McCoy’s Creek Blvd from west to east. The times I would become impatient waiting and walk to my destination outnumbered afternoons spent riding the bus. Wandering along the sidewalk, which runs parallel to the path of McCoy’s Creek, I was struck by this mostly untouched waterway in the heart of the city within sight of the tall …

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Dog Gone!

Emily Nunez, State Representative Candidate  Winston Churchill said, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Looks like Jacksonville didn’t get Winston’s memo.  Large salaries and lavish spending, along with fraud and abuse, has been a recurring theme in Jacksonville, especially with leaders of non-profit organizations and elected officials.   In 2013, then Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned when Allied Veterans, a charity for veterans which she widely championed and was the public face, was helping themselves to money meant for veterans. Carroll was not ultimately charged, although most of the $300 million raised was spent by …

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March Film Reviews

Harry Moore The Batman With a new decade comes a new interpretation of the Batman (and it’s safe to say this one does not dance) in what may be the darkest big screen adaptation of the character yet. An elusive serial killer (Paul Dano) is murdering the elites of Gotham City, leaving riddles at the crime scene addressed to the Batman (Robert Pattinson) that tease the identity of the next victim and threaten to reveal a conspiracy involving the city’s most powerful figures. With the help of Police Commissioner Jim Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) and the seductive cat burglar Selina Kyle …

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Weird Wild Stuff #3

Here we are, not even three full months into the year yet, and Florida Man already approaches his mid-season form. And he is NOT alone, as you’ll soon see. Let’s begin with our colleagues at Orlando Weekly, who delivered the good word about Publix, which recently cut ties with a company called Chaokoh, who used to be their plug for coconut milk—well, one of them; you can never have too many connections for coconut milk. What caused the cancelation? Monkey slaves. A PETA operation in Thailand two years ago uncovered evidence that monkeys were being chained to used tires and …

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Words and Dishes fly in August: Osage County

The Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine has staged Tracy Letts’ dark comedy (a Pulitzer and Tony-winner), a portrait of Americana that captures the quarrelsome Weston clan who have gathered to pay their last respects to one of their own—and disrespects to each other.  According to Mr. Letts, it is based on family history.  His grandfather committed suicide when Letts was 10 years old. August: Osage County begins with a scene that almost seems out of context with the rest of the show:  Alcoholic patriarch Beverly (Rich Nowell) quotes T.S. Eliot in the opening segment ae he is hiring a caretaker, …

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Eat Your Yard Jax

Kale Boucher I’ve long romanticized gardening. As soon as I got my hands on “The Adventures of Peter Rabbit” I was fixated by the idea of growing your own food. It’s only recently I’ve made the leap from childhood dreaming to tangible learning and practice. In this, I’m not alone. The concept of Urban Agriculture, or gardening in city spaces, has exploded in popularity in recent years. Urban Farming is not a new idea; there’s evidence of urban growing as far back as 3,500 BC Mesopotamia. However, it’s current resurgence is due in large part to the desire for more …

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Leprechaun: Good or Bad?

Every year around the globe people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th as what many consider a cultural and/or religious celebration to honor the feast day of St. Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland. What was once celebrated with feasts and religious services is now considered a day full of festivities, like drinking Irish beer and wearing green, for those who immigrated from Ireland bringing the Irish holiday with them. So, this day is spent honoring saints and drinking beer, but who came up with the idea of little green men hoarding pots of gold? According to Irish …

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april, 2022

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