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Save a Gato


 Old San Juan Puerto Rico was plagued with feral cats, but rather than mass euthanization of the cats, a charitable organization was founded to trap, neuter, and release the cats. Now, when strolling along the streets of the old city, you will find cats who have received appropriate medical care and been neutered to curb the population. Folks put food and water along the path, and it's delightful to walk through his historic area.

Interested in learning more or in making a donation? Check Save A Gato. In the meanwhile, take a stroll through Old San Juan and see some of these kitties.







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The photography of Hugh L. Mangum


I recently saw a collection of photographs taken by an itinerant photographer named Hugh Mangum. He traveled along the eastern seaboard in the late 1800's and early 1900's. A series of the images he took would be developed on a large glass plate. He photographed a wide variety of people, both black and white, old and young, and occasionally he would photograph family pets.Upon his death, plates were stacked and stored in a barn. Many years later they were re-discovered and given to the manuscript department at Duke University. They are now preserved as part of a digital collection.

Because these plates were stacked atop each other and stored in an often hot and humid Durham, North Carolina barn, many of the images bled into each other, creating some interesting double exposure images. To learn more about Hugh Mangum, click here and here.










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I'm impressed.


Thanks to everyone who clued me in on how to block those aggravating spammers. I just emptied my spam box of more than 500 of the things, but since I followed your advice, there hasn't been a single one!






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Classical art


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A smattering of superrealism from the Nasher Museum of Art


I must admit that this sort of art isn't my first choice, but it's kind of interesting. What do you think?



A detail from the first painting.




The artist was demonstrating his opinion of politicians. I have to agree.



Once again, a detail from the previous painting.


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Home-made salami



I can't believe how simple this is to make!



In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together 4 pounds of lean ground beef (90% lean)with 1/4 cup curing salt, 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground pepper. Cover and chill for 24 hours.

Divide chilled mixture into fourths. Shape each into a compact 8" log and place each on a 12 x 18" piece of nylon net.Roll up tightly; tie ends with string. Place logs on broiler pan with a rack and bake in a 225 degree oven for 4 hours.

Remove from oven and take off netting. Pat well with paper towels to absorb excess fat. Cool slightly, then wrap in foil and refrigerate or freeze. Makes about 3 pounds.

The salami keeps in the refrigerator for up to three weeks or can be frozen.

A few tips I learned after making these -
  1. To wind up with less lumpy looking salami, roll the logs wrapped in plastic wrap, then remove the plastic and wrap in netting.
  2. Turn the salami over half-way through baking so it will brown evenly.
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On retreat in Washington DC

The chapel in the retreat center

Washington Retreat House

Retreatants gather toward the end of the weekend

The North Carolina contingnt of the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales


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