After their brother Louie’s funeral, the three surviving Hermes sisters (Rhoda Behr 94, Zita McGibbon 98, and Clare Eldredge 85) visit the grave site of their mother and father, Louis and Louise Hermes. The men with them are (from left to right) Bill and Mark McDonald, and Clare’s husband Bill. It was a fitting end to a long, eventful funeral day.

After their brother Louie’s funeral, the three surviving Hermes sisters (Rhoda Behr 94, Zita McGibbon 98, and Clare Eldredge 85) visit the grave site of their mother and father, Louis and Louise Hermes. The men with them are (from left to right) Bill and Mark McDonald, and Clare’s husband Bill. It was a fitting end to a long, eventful funeral day.

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I took these pictures of the Elks Motel last week while driving through #Winnebago, Minnesota. This old motel reminded me of a few days I spent with my Dad when I was eight or nine years old, over fifty years ago.
If I remember correctly, in the late 1950’s my Dad worked for a business called Cook’s Farm Directory, and he would travel rural Minnesota selling farm related services and products. Most weeks he would leave Monday morning and return home Thursday or Friday evening.
One week, in the summer of 1959 or 1960, my dad took me along with him on his job for a few days. During those few days we would travel from town to town, visiting farmers and businesses. My Dad’s Plymouth had no air conditioning, no clock (neither of us had watches—my Dad said he could tell the time by the position of the sun in the sky), and maybe no radio either. So a lot of time was spent with the windows down, the sun shining down on us, and the smells of rural farm towns circling us.
The first evening on the road, we spent the night in Winnebago, Minnesota at a very nondescript motel. I had brought a baseball and my baseball glove, and the one thing I remember of that evening is playing catch with my Dad outside the motel. Looking at the picture of the Elks Motel today, I can visualize the area where my Dad and I played catch that night, over fifty years ago.
An additional note about this motel. When I was taking these pictures, a gentleman in his seventy’s walked up to me. At first he seemed a little suspicious of me and my camera. But when I told him why I was taking pictures, he warmed up and told me a little background on the motel. Nothing noteworthy, but he recalled that the motel was built in the mid 1950’s when he was in high school. So if I had any doubts if it was the same motel, his memories erased those.
I also believe that in recounting those facts about a nearly sixty year old, weathered, little motel on Highway 169 in Winnebago, Minnesota, that this gentleman, who obviously has spent his entire life here, had rekindled some old memories. As I left, I felt that this stranger and I shared a little something in common.

newyorker:

Casey N. Cep on her personal connection to the Postal Service, and the recent agreement between Amazon and the U.S.P.S.: http://nyr.kr/17yGO36

“I remember watching my mother’s careful hands sort the mail for customers on her route, listening as my aunt assisted clients at the clerk’s window, and studying the conveyer belts full of packages and envelopes as machines read Zip Codes while my godfather supervised the local processing plant. That any envelope or scrap of paper found its way from one coast of the country to the other struck me as a miracle when I was a child; frankly, it still does.”

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Getty.

newyorker:

Casey N. Cep on her personal connection to the Postal Service, and the recent agreement between Amazon and the U.S.P.S.: http://nyr.kr/17yGO36

“I remember watching my mother’s careful hands sort the mail for customers on her route, listening as my aunt assisted clients at the clerk’s window, and studying the conveyer belts full of packages and envelopes as machines read Zip Codes while my godfather supervised the local processing plant. That any envelope or scrap of paper found its way from one coast of the country to the other struck me as a miracle when I was a child; frankly, it still does.”

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Getty.

(Source: newyorker.com)

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Typhoon Haiyan, devastation and destruction in the Philipines. 

Typhoon Haiyan space images.


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The fascinating and little-known story of how Dorothea Lange almost didn’t take her Migrant Mother, one of the most iconic photographs in history.

explore-blog:

The fascinating and little-known story of how Dorothea Lange almost didn’t take her Migrant Mother, one of the most iconic photographs in history.

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nprmusic:

I want to ask you about the Super Bowl halftime show in 2012. This was a huge audience, an American audience, a world audience. And on camera, you gave us all the middle finger. Why did you do that?
It’s the Matangi mudra.
What is that? Why does that explain it?
Well, you know gang signs — in America you have gang signs, and people throw up initials and stuff like that. Well, 5,000 years ago, there was thing called a mudra, which is your sitting position when you do yoga or you’re meditating or praying or whatever. And you have different ones based on what you’re meditating over. There’s not a lot of them that are named after gods and goddesses, but the middle finger is specifically named Matangi — the Matangi mudra.
So you were not giving America the middle finger? This was the Matangi symbol?
Yes. Do you like that? (Laughing) It’s good, isn’t it?
Something tells me that there might have been another meaning in that.
It’s cultural! In my country, it’s godly. OK?
Is the NFL believing that? I know they’re suing you.
Of course the NFL is not believing that, because the NFL does not believe in any other culture outside of the NFL. But it’s true; you can Wikipedia it. You can just say “Matangi” and “mudra,” and you’ll see it’s the middle finger.
Read M.I.A.’s full interview with NPR’s David Greene»
Photo: Daniel Sannwald

nprmusic:

I want to ask you about the Super Bowl halftime show in 2012. This was a huge audience, an American audience, a world audience. And on camera, you gave us all the middle finger. Why did you do that?

It’s the Matangi mudra.

What is that? Why does that explain it?

Well, you know gang signs — in America you have gang signs, and people throw up initials and stuff like that. Well, 5,000 years ago, there was thing called a mudra, which is your sitting position when you do yoga or you’re meditating or praying or whatever. And you have different ones based on what you’re meditating over. There’s not a lot of them that are named after gods and goddesses, but the middle finger is specifically named Matangi — the Matangi mudra.

So you were not giving America the middle finger? This was the Matangi symbol?

Yes. Do you like that? (Laughing) It’s good, isn’t it?

Something tells me that there might have been another meaning in that.

It’s cultural! In my country, it’s godly. OK?

Is the NFL believing that? I know they’re suing you.

Of course the NFL is not believing that, because the NFL does not believe in any other culture outside of the NFL. But it’s true; you can Wikipedia it. You can just say “Matangi” and “mudra,” and you’ll see it’s the middle finger.

Read M.I.A.’s full interview with NPR’s David Greene»

Photo: Daniel Sannwald

(via npr)

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Watch: Terrifying moment team of skydivers forced out of fiery planeBy Ashley Collman
It was meant to be a moment of perfectly-timed air acrobatics and exhilarating…View Post

soynadie:

Watch: Terrifying moment team of skydivers forced out of fiery plane

By Ashley Collman


It was meant to be a moment of perfectly-timed air acrobatics and exhilarating…

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A Partial Solar Eclipse As Seen In New York
Eyder Peralta, npr.org
If you were on the East Coast and got up very early this morn­ing, you may have got­ten a celes­tial treat.As the Cap­i­tal Weath­er Gang explained, this eclipse was a hybrid event, appear­ing as a total eclipse or annu­lar eclipse in some plac…

A Partial Solar Eclipse As Seen In New York
Eyder Peralta, npr.org

If you were on the East Coast and got up very early this morn­ing, you may have got­ten a celes­tial treat.

As the Cap­i­tal Weath­er Gang explained, this eclipse was a hybrid event, appear­ing as a total eclipse or annu­lar eclipse in some plac…