Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cranberry Juice Anyone?

Cranberry Juice Anyone?

Cranberry Juice Anyone?

Posted: 14 Oct 2014 10:52 AM PDT

Captured this great shot as the cranberry bog was being flooded on Cape Cod.

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Very strong storms passing through Tallahassee, FL

Posted: 14 Oct 2014 09:28 AM PDT

We were under tornado warnings all morning. I set up my cameras by the window and sat in the safe room in the house with my dog. We had some serious rain and wind that we constantly heard. NWS sent alarms to all phones in the area to take shelter. Since I am signed up for so many alerts, I was getting text messages, emails and phone alerts from State of Florida, National Weather Service, Weather Channel. It got loud but thanks God no tornados close to where we live. This is a 30 sec timelapse to give you an idea what it looked like.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2014 08:39 AM PDT

Photo by @iamseankevin

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Hurricane Gonzalo Cat 1 in St Martin

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 09:46 PM PDT

Enviado desde mi iPhone

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Ben's Chili Bowl Washington DC

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 09:12 PM PDT

Ben's Chili Bowl located at 1213 U Street, next to Lincoln Theater has been a Washington DC landmark for fifty-six years.
Opening on August 22, 1958 by Mr. Ben Ali and his fiancee Virginia Rollins.They were married seven weeks after the opening.
Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Miles Davis would often stop by for a bite after performing at the U Street clubs.
The little restaurant survived the 1968 riots and the decline of the neighborhood from the mid 1970's to the mid 1980's.
Ben's chili bowl survived not only because of the delicious chili, half smokes and hot dogs but because of a great and faithful customer following.
It has been said Ben's was like the neighborhood Barbershop. Here people gathered to chat and review the news of the day. It had a real family feel to it.
The opening of the U Street Metro Station across the street from the restaurant led to to a revitalization of the battered neighborhood and Ben's Chili Bowl became so popular it is most often hard to find a seat without waiting. The following grew tremendously.
October 7, 2009, Ben died at the age of 82.
Ben's Chili Bowl was turned over to Ben and Virginia's sons .
The following and faithful customers continue to grow.


I spent a gorgeous fall day in DC last Sunday.
While photographing the old row houses I walked past Ben's Chili Bowl. Had I not just had dinner I most definitely would have stopped in for their famous vegetarian chili and a shake.
Instead I admire the murals painted on both sides of the restaurant. The side closest to Lincoln Theater, on the brick walls of the Ali Way. President Obama, Comedian Bill Cosby radio celebrity Donnie Simpson and Chuck Brown, God Father of Go Go by local artist Aniekan Udofia was getting a lot of attention from those passing by .
On the other side of the restaurant, murals called the 'Alchemy of Ben Ali', by Eric B. Ricks and the Murals DC graced the Ben Ali Way on that side.
I could have admired all the paintings all afternoon had I not had to catch up with my dinner partners.
I paused for a moment and thought of 56 years in business through very turbulent times in Washington DC.....

Still a landmark, still excellent food and still a huge following of patrons.


Photography Janie Lambert
October 12 2014
Washington DC

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The Costumes and Creations of New York Comic Con

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 08:58 PM PDT

New York Comic Con 2014 was the place to be this past weekend if you wanted to see amazing costumes and creativity on display, all in one joyous, jam-packed place.


Thousands and thousands of fans of comics, video games, various t.v. shows and more converged on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for this year's NYCC, with panels, screenings, and every gathering place filled to capacity the whole weekend. But possibly the most entertaining thing to do at the convention had nothing to do with the scheduled events, and everything to do with those in attendance.


Cosplay, or costume play, is a way to represent a character or idea from various media sources (comics, television shows, movies, cartoons, etc.) via costumed roleplay. Many of those attending NYCC and other similar conventions go in cosplay, or at least in costume, and the craftsmanship and creativity involved is remarkable.


Here are just a few of the creatures and characters who roamed the floors of the Javits Center at this year's NYCC. The convention only seems to get bigger and better every year, and you never know just how many Elsas, Poison Ivy's or Ghostbuster's will be there.


New York Comic Con 2015 is currently scheduled for October 8th-11th, 2015.

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Hurricane Gonzalo update.

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 05:35 PM PDT

As Gonzalo increases in strength the power remains on and rain bands are getting stronger and more frequent. Wind is fairly mild at this point. The traffic was heavy this morning with people rushing to stock up on food and water. The last hurricane to impact the territory was hurricane Earl. A small but powerful storm that was briefly a cat 5 before weakening to a cat 4 before landfall in the BVI's. Gonzalo will be a test for WAPA the islands Water And Power Authority. The power lines are in poor condition and they have several of their generators down for conversion to propane by GE. With the highest rate per kw/h in the Caribbean and the most blackouts it almost sure to be a dark night. Several of the resorts have backup generators,but many don't and almost none of the locals have generators.

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UNC-Chapel Hill student gives child 3D printed prosthetic hand

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 02:18 PM PDT

Jeff Powell, a UNC-Chapel Hill biomedical engineering student, is using 3D printers at UNC to print prosthetic hands for children.

Holden Mora is the first child in Chapel Hill to receive one of the hands. Powell wants to start a nonprofit organization that raises funds for children like Holden, whose hands are deformed.

Watch the video above to learn more about the project.

If you know a child in need of a prosthetic hand, or would like to help the cause, email Jeff Powell:

You can learn more about Holden and his family here:

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My #cnnireport story

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 07:59 AM PDT

Image submitted by @humanalbatross
Re-uploaded at the request of @cnnireport so I can tag it with #partsUnkown - Shaniece, here you are and I emailed info as well. Many thanks!

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Greek Life Got Me Through College

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 06:39 AM PDT

I was a mixed girl from the suburbs who preferred her books to people. My mother is Filipina and my father is African American. They raised me a loving middle class suburb household with my two brothers. Still, I had never felt like I really fit anywhere. Don't get me wrong, I had friends and was social, but I never thought my friends could really support me. I was always there to pick people up when they were down, but felt lost in seeking the same help for myself. This continued during my first and second year in college. I was caught up in the college life and lost myself, or maybe I had just never really found myself.
Then my junior year, I was deep into my computer engineering degree and I got an email for recruitment. I just ignored it. I mean I was an engineer, we had our own sorority and I wasn't interested in being part of that (but really I love my AOE sisters). Long story short, I was feeling bored and lonely so I signed up at the last minute and went. What a stroke of fate that was.
The first 3 months were a blur of being overwhelmed by over a 100 girls. I didn't really understand what it meant to be a Kappa Delta. I went through the motions and probably would have dropped if my life hadn't fallen apart first. I had never been around so many women in my life. I didn't realize how much that sisterhood would mean to me.
The next semester I was in a crisis. I didn't know if I wanted to be an engineer. I had blown a semester and was struggling to keep with my classes. I retreated into myself. Stopped going to class and stopped going to work. The only thing I really did was teach my lab on campus and go to my sorority events, because I would get in trouble if I didn't. It was not long before sisters started asking me about how things were going and why they weren't seeing me around as much. An alumna sister who taught on campus called me in to talk. She sympathized with me, helped me look into other course options and helped me withdraw from the semester without penalty. Ultimately she encouraged me and told me tough times mean we work harder. She led me on a semester of exploration and discovery which led me right back to engineering.
Without my sisters, I would have dropped out and moved home. I would have gone back to my restaurant and been a manager. But, they motivated me to come back. Told me that they missed me. I found the support I had always looked for in sisterhood of strangers. Without them I would have become just another statistic. Another girl who got lost in the shuffle of a major university. Another drop out. It was the support of women who barely knew that got me through. Not my best friend and roommate from the last 8 years of my life. Not my parents, not that they didn't try. It was my sisters. My guardians. My Kaydees.

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Greek Life Unlike Any Other

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 09:54 PM PDT

When I originally looked into Greek life at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, I had the stereotypical idea of fraternities (and sororities) in my head: drunken ragers, intense hazing of new members, and bitter rivalries fueled by hatred. What I found was much different.

First off, Greek life at UNK is truly unlike most other colleges. Our overall GPA is higher than non-Greek students; a majority of Greeks are apart of/head different organizations on campus; our philanthropies raise thousands of dollars every year (and often times, all fraternities and sororities are present at each other's events for support); and the volunteer hours Greeks serve in the community are almost too high to measure. In Kearney, the Greek community has proven that we are here to better individuals, the campus, and the community.

When I first pledged Phi Delta Theta, I was anxious to begin the education process. To me, it sounded like a typical hazing period in which I would be subjected to physical and psychological abuse in order to "prove myself worthy." I was (pleasantly) surprised when I discovered that those ideas were far from the truth. Our brotherhood is the strongest, closest bond I believe any young man could have the honor of joining in college. We strive for academic success, and enforce study hours in order to attain that goal. Many of our brothers belong to the Honors Program or the Thompson Scholar Learning Community, and are very active in those programs.

We also believe that in order to build a strong, loving brotherhood, hazing has no part in our organization. Our fraternity practices a strict "No Hazing" policy, and adheres to that. In place of such activities, we participate in many events to strengthen our brotherhood, such as: attending sporting events, vacations, game/movie nights, and, as we call them, "family dinners". Campus easily recognizes our bond as brothers, and we receive numerous comments on the level of friendship we possess. I can say without any hesitation, that these men are more than "friends I paid-for", they are FAMILY.

When it comes to alcohol, our fraternity has a nation-wide "alcohol free housing" policy. Phi Delta Theta recognizes that alcohol is the root of many issues that arise with college students. Greek life is often associated with insane parties that lead to accidents, injuries, and sadly, sexual assault, many times as a result of alcohol. To combat that, Phi Delta Theta made the decision to be the first fraternity to issue a nation-wide policy banning alcohol from the premises of any Phi Delt house. Our chapter even enforces a "no drinking in letters" policy. As gentlemen, we believe association with Phi Delta Theta should be a positive, memorable experience untainted by alcohol.

Possibly the greatest part of joining Phi Delta Theta was not the improvement of academics among our members, not the family I have gained with the brothers, and not the enjoyment of avoiding alcohol-fueled disasters; it's the change I have seen in myself as a man. When I first pledged, I thought I was a pretty outstanding young man: I was involved and I was dedicated to my studies...but that was it. I went to class, went to my organization's meeting, and went back to my dorm. After joining Phi Delt, I realized how little I was actually putting in to my college experience. I became more involved, eventually becoming President of my major's organization. I saw an increase in my GPA: from a 3.73 overall to a 3.802. I began volunteering around the community more than I had before. I completed an undergraduate research project that was selected to be presented at a national conference. I was a part of the Homecoming court. But most of all, I became a man that my parents are proud to call their son. Phi Delta Theta's slogan is "Become the Greatest Version of Yourself". If I had listened to the twisted and inaccurate description of Greek life that the media portrays, I would have missed out on the most loving, supportive, and remarkable community that the University of Nebraska at Kearney has to offer. Phi Delt has allowed me to evolve into a leader, an intellectual, and a gentleman. Phi Delta Theta, I thank you for investing a love in me that I have never known. We are not some "frat"; we are truly a family.

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A few bad apples: how greeks receive a rotten reputation

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 04:49 PM PDT

When looking at the history of higher education in America one can most certainly argue that the introduction of Fraternities and Sororities is what led to the social and co-curricular activities of colleges and universities today. Yet throughout the years Fraternities and Sororities have constantly been portrayed in a negative spotlight in popular media. Now I'm sure a headline reading, "Fraternity suspended for brutal hazing," will draw more attention to a popular media source than, "Fraternity donates more than 300 hours of service to surrounding campus community." However, the truth of the matter is the second headline happens more often. How many other campus organizations have a set of standards that align directly with that of a universities mission statement? Sure each fraternity and sorority have a different set of standards, but they mostly deal with becoming a better person holistically, creating and understanding interpersonal relationships, serving the community that you are a part of, and constantly feeding your mind with new knowledge. For instance my fraternity follows three cardinal principles: friendship, sound learning and moral rectitude. But why are fraternities and sororities getting this bad rep? Because of a few bad apples?


From my own fraternal experience I know my chapter has had some members who didn't fully agree with all the rules and regulations put into place by the university and national governing board of the chapter. And that I'm certain is true across the board. But what people need to realize is that we cannot predict what a member will or will not bring to the chapter. We can educate them to the best of our abilities, but as with everything, you cannot predict human behavior; we are not mind readers. Any potential new member can have the perfect pitch at a recruitment event, go through all of the education process perfectly, and still end up being the source of a problem in the chapter. How are we, as current students going through different developmental stages ourselves, supposed to be able to weed out those rotten apples? Especially since the school wasn't able to do so through their application process.


Sure, fraternities and sororities aren't perfect, but to generalize and say that they are the problem isn't helping anyone out. Hazing, sexual misconduct, exclusivity; it all happens in any area of a college campus, from sports to the residence halls. Fraternities and Sororities traditionally have the most involved students, with higher GPA due to stipulations of being a member. Each organization has a national philanthropic endeavor that they donate time and money too. And most importantly, they stick true to tradition. While of course times are changing and some traditions must be molded, fraternities and sororities have stuck the test of time. All the way since the beginning of this great nation we were in existence and we are here to stay.

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