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It has been an incredible, beautiful, day. What a great start to a holiday weekend celebrating the birth of our country.

I will be at my cousin’s BBQ, I love the taste of burnt meat.

Speaking of burnt/fired food we don’t have to look at the wording on the sign to know what country this county fair is being held, and I want one of everything.

People at the San Diego county fair visit food stalls selling a certain type of American cuisine: deep fried butter, chocolate-covered corn dogs and chocolate-covered bacon. (Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters )

Man, I would love to join these kids playing with giant giant bubbles as the sun sets at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, Calif. (Photo Mike Blake/Reuters)

Everyone have a great weekend. I’ll leave you with some good old American country music.

Sugarland – These Are The Days

1) Tony Campolo, of the Red Letter Christians Blog, writes of truisms we should live by. I am an Atheist not a Christian but I belive they apply to everyone on the planet http://tinyurl.com/3c2hq7u

1.You have no control over what you get; only over what you give.
2.You have no control over how long you live; you only have control over how well you live.
3.Play the hand that you are dealt. If you look at it closely, it’s a better hand than you think you were dealt.
4.It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. In other words, it’s never too late to become what you might have been.
4.“It’s not what you do that makes you great,” said Henri Nouwen, “it’s how you do it.”
5.Mother Teresa said, “We can’t all do great things, be we all can do small things with great love.

2) The “It Gets Better” project was started by syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage, http://tinyurl.com/2dvusvc

“Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can’t imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.

Justin Aaberg. Billy Lucas. Cody Barker. Asher Brown. Seth Walsh. Raymond Chase. Tyler Clementi. They were tragic examples of youth who could not believe that it does actually get better.

While many of these teens couldn’t see a positive future for themselves, we can. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.”

This video by 13 US Senators shows some of our politicians are supporting this project of acceptance, and equality.

3) World In Pictures

a. In Jordan women get all the good jobs.

“A Jordanian female deminer uses a detector to clear a minefield in the northern Jordanian- Syrian border area, near Ramtha city.” (Nader Daoud/AP)

b. A picture of children playing should make us laugh. This one makes me cry.

Children play on waste products at a tannery, Dhake, Bangladesh (Andrew Barij/Rueters)

4) Music – Sugarland “These Are The Days”

1) I haven’t posted a music video in a while.  This is a great song, “Tonight”, from Sugarland’s new Album , “‘The Incredible Machine”, featuring the amazing voice of Jennifer Nettle:

2) I love the world of modern art because it can be so whimsical.  Whether we laugh or cry probably doesn’t make any difference to many artist, as long as we react.

What is your reaction to the following?

Marcus Coates’s Shamanic Costume, for Consultation in Elephant and Castle.

Darren Lago’s Happy Shopper, an intriguing marriage of vintage bike and alien lifeform

3) Getting to Not Know You

A study conducted by two University of Basel psychologists, Benjamin Scheibehenne and Jutta Mata, working with psychologist Peter Todd of Indiana University, soon to be published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, finds that couples married for an average of 40 years know less about one another’s food, movie and kitchen-design preferences than do partners who have been married or in committed relationships for a year or two.

It was a relatively small study involving 38 young couples aged 19 to 32, and 20 older couples aged 62 to 78.

Do you agree with the findings of this study?

The expiration date on all my relationships is six months, so there isn’t an issue I would know less about, except rasing children. 🙂

From an article in Science News:

http://tinyurl.com/239zwds

“That wasn’t what we expected to find, but this evidence lends support to a hypothesis that accuracy in predicting each other’s preferences decreases over the course of a relationship despite greater time and opportunity to learn about each other’s likes and dislikes,” Todd said October 13 during a visit to the University of Basel.

Older couples’ knowledge decline partly reflects a tendency by partners to pay increasingly less attention to one another, because they view their relationship as firmly committed or assume that they have little left to learn about each other, the researchers propose. Consistent with that hypothesis, long-term partners in the new study expressed more overconfidence in their knowledge about each others’ preferences than people in short relationships did.

In long relationships, partners may also come to perceive an unduly large amount of similarity between themselves, the scientists add. Members of long-term relationships often attributed their own food, movie and design preferences to partners who had different opinions.”

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