What can we say about a man who virtually invented rock drumming with The Beatles and starred in the 1981 cult classic comedy, Caveman? Rock fans will see an absolute musical icon when Ringo Starr …
Ontario’s top court rejected Bryan Teskey’s complaint in August over how Roman Catholics continue to be discriminated against by the laws of British royal succession. Even though Ontario (along with many Commonwealth countries) recently removed some aspects of bias (ending the ban on the royal family’s marrying Catholics), Teskey pointed out that Canadian Catholics still don’t have a fair shot at becoming king or queen (though Teskey did not claim that he, personally, had been a candidate).
Among the suggestions of the Brisbane, Australia, company Pets Eternal for honoring a deceased pet (made to a reporter in September): keeping a whisker or tooth or lock of hair, or having the remains made into jewelry or mixed with ink to make a tattoo. Overlooked was a new project by the Houston space-flight company Celestis, known for blasting human ashes into orbit (most famously those of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry). Celestis, working with a California company, will soon offer to shoot pets’ remains into orbit ($995) or perhaps even to the moon ($12,000).
In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in August, Kevin Clarence, 20, was arrested for an inept attempt to rob a supermarket. He entered the store, and only then, according to witnesses, put a plastic garbage bag over his head and decided to wait in line for his opportunity to address a cashier. He quickly got tired of waiting and said, “I’ll be back,” but was caught by police minutes after leaving the store.
The recent dust-up has implications for next year’s election
Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and commandeered a list of about 1,500 purchasers of the company’s signature “tosatsu shoes” — shoes with built-in cameras. Investigators have begun visiting the purchasers at home to ask them to hand in the shoes (but, out of fairness, said they wouldn’t cause trouble for customers who could produce a legitimate reason for needing to take photographs and video by pointing the shoe at something).
“There is for everyone some one scene, some one adventure, some one picture that is the image of his secret life,” said Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Identify that numinous presence. Then celebrate and cultivate it. Give it special attention, pay tribute and shower love on it. Now’s an excellent time to recognize how important your secret life is – and make it come more fully alive than ever.
“Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way,” said philosopher Alan Watts. You’ve either recently made a personal discovery proving this true, or you’ll soon do so. The brain-scrambling, heart-whirling events of recent weeks have blessed you with lots of shiny new questions, vibrant replacements for tired old questions that kept at least one old dilemma in place.
Let’s discuss that thing you’re eyeing, coveting and fantasizing about. You can enjoy it without actually having it for your own. It’s best if you enjoy it without possessing it. There’s an odd magic at play here. If this thing becomes a fixed part of your life, it may interfere with you attracting two future experiences I see as more essential to your development.
Most birds don’t sing unless they’re up high, flying or perched somewhere. One species that isn’t subject to this limitation is the turnstone, a brightly mottled shorebird. As it strolls beaches in search of food, it croons a tune the Cornell Lab of Ornithology calls “a short, rattling chuckle.”