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Sunday Afternoon at the Confluence: Naptime Edition

Wow.  What a night.  All I can say is I did not get much sleep and I’m already on the verge of passing out.  To accompany your journey through the rest of our virtual Sunday paper, I’m leaving you some donuts and coffee which is about all I can muster. Enjoy!


Funny & Addictive Websites

*If you thought trucks just spilled chemicals and food, think again.  This website provides photographic evidence of some unusual and some pretty gross Truck Spills, including horse blood, entrails, and rocket parts.

*Find out what stories were on the cover of Time Magazine when you were born at this site: Time Magazine Covers.  Just put in the week of your birthday and viola’, the archived cover for that time period will appear with a click.

Arts & Leisure

*img-Kempton 0221Female Artist Profile: This week’s artist is Greta Kempton, (1903-1991) known as the American DaVinci.

Greta Kempton was one of the greatest unheralded artists of the 20th century. Though she excelled in high society portraits, she also painted florals, still lifes, landscapes, and character studies. With a command of a diverse range of styles, her work has been compared to Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir and Degas.

Her portraits, such as those of the Truman family are considered national treasures, earning her the title of The Capital’s Court Painter.

A lady Leonardo da Vinci of American art, Greta Kempton was a national treasure, revered in her time as “the Capital’s Court Painter.” Though best known for her portraits of President Harry S Truman and his family, she painted political leaders, corporate giants and everyday people in a style that has been compared to the best works of Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir and Degas. Kempton was elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, was a Life Fellow of the International Kappa Pi Art Fraternity, and a Life Member of the Empire Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters, Washington, D.C. Her works are in the collections of the White House, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Harry S Truman Library, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, the National Portrait Gallery, and many other institutions.

Many of her paintings can be viewed at this link.


*Andy Warhol’s painting of Michael Jackson sold at auction this week for an undisclosed amount.  The amount is rumored to be 1 million; however, collectors have paid as high as $71 million for one of Warhol’s paintings, with Marilyn Monroe’s image holding the portrait record take at $28 million.


*These sculptures by Peter Jansen bring motion to life.


*One man’s mold is another man’s art.  This Russian photographer has found a way to express the beauty in these images of Slime Mold.


*When traveling to the beautiful and mountainous national parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite, I tend to get a tad bit nervous about the dangers of being so close to 3000 foot drop offs.  While my family finds my anxiety humorous, it appears my fears may be well found.  In Michael P. Ghiglieri’s new book Tales of Yosemite’s Fatal Attraction, the foolishness of forgetting nature’s dangerous landscape is detailed – and I feel vindicated.


For those who can’t get enough of the porcelain water closet, this week’s weird place to visit is the American Sanitary Plumbing Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts.  This collection of all things toilet will certainly satisfy any potty lover’s quest.


*If you’re ever in Canada’s Yukon Territory, you might want to stop by the Sourdough Saloon in Dawson City for a Sour Toe Cocktail.

There’s even a bit of history behind the “first toe.” (just in case you were interested)


*After seeing this slideshow of strange and often grotesque sea creatures, I’ve decided to cross swimming in the ocean off my vacation things-to-do list.

Food & Wine

*Yum! (or as Rachel Ray says, Yum O!) Who doesn’t love peanut butter? An article in this week’s New York Times offers some history about and ideas for enjoying the beloved spread.


*Feeling like getting a little bit exotic in the kitchen?  Why not try cooking with culinary lavender?  If you’ve never tried it, now’s your chance.   I’ve made this and it’s delicious!  Lavender Creme’ Brulee.  All you need (in addition to that torchie thing) is:

  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided

Or for an intriguing substitute for cocktail “simple syrup,” try whipping up some Lavender Syrup.

Some things to make you go hmmm…

*Try these tips on “How to Win Any Argument.”  Suggestions run the gamut from “make things up” to “using snappy and irrelevant comebacks” and of course the ubiquitous “compare your opponent to Hitler.”


*If you thought Michael Jackson was the only male celebrity with a plastic surgery problem, think again.  Here are 15 male celebrities who’ve jumped the shark with their facial do-overs.  Male plastic surgery gone awry.


*This collection of 10 photographs  bring you the last moments of some of the world’s most famous and/or notorious moments and people, including the last pictures taken of Marilyn Monroe and Hitler.  10 Fascinating Last Pictures Taken


*After you’ve viewed those “last photographs” check out these little known audio  recordings.  Here you’ll find mp3’s files with recordings of Florence Nightingale, Jim Jones, and a Russian exorcism.  10 Incredible Recordings.


* Oh goodness!  Maybe it’s time to clean out the fridge!  Exploding fridge wrecks woman’s house. Apparently the cause remains a mystery.

What I’d really like to know is where the heck did she find a kitchen appliance with an 8 year warranty?


*WTH?  Omarosa has a new “calling??”  Omarosa’s call to ministry not as odd as it seems. Uh, yes it is.  Methinks the celeb media was not paying enough attention to The Apprentice’s “mean girl.”


*This story gives new meaning to the phrase “cavity search”: Obese Texas inmate uses his flab to hide gun.


*Aww c’mon, it can’t be that bad can it?  Bride spends first night with a crate of vodka.

The Final Word

*Oooops!  Beloved husband & dad is mourned — too bad it’s not his body in the casket!

Eventually the mistake was discovered…But it gets worse.  The bungling morticians couldn’t even get the do-over right.


Happy Sunday everyone!  What’s on your mind today?


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  1. A nice tribute to Hillary from a foreign policy specialist in Wapo – yes, in Wapo.

    First two paragraphs.

    When it comes to Hillary Rodham Clinton, we’re missing the forest for the pantsuits.

    Clinton is not the first celebrity to become the nation’s top diplomat — that honor goes to her most distant predecessor, Thomas Jefferson, who by the time he took office was one of the most famous and gossiped-about men in America — but she may be the biggest. And during her first seven months in office, the former first lady, erstwhile presidential candidate and eternal lightning rod has drawn more attention for her moods, looks, outtakes and (of course) relationship with her husband than for, well, her work revamping the nation’s foreign policy.

    The full article is a must read. It may even merit a front page treatment.


    • He even mentions the sexist treatment she has received from the likes of “supposed supporter” Tina Brown!

  2. only in Philadelphia can you screw up a one car funeral.

    These links really state truth is stranger then fiction.

    thank you for the laughs



  3. Great links SoD! I can’t say which made me groan more-the vodka bride, the Dawson toe, or the Hitler how to win an argument….

  4. I remember when Jan Davis jumped off El Cap to prove that base jumping was safe. The local news was tipped off and had a camera crew there to film the event. They wouldn’t show her landing though.

    I thought she deserved a Darwin Award.

  5. Wake up, the next anti-Democrats meme is DEATH BOOKS for veterans on FOX NEWS tonight.

    Honestly, FOX NEWS and the GOP aren’t going to be happy until someone is hurt, with these sort of lies. It is inciting people and as journalists it is the height of irresponsibility.

  6. This story is a Sunday funny:


    Paterson blamed his political woes on racially slanted coverage and predicted the president would be the next “victim” of biased media.


    Gaspard wanted to know “why [Paterson] was dragging the president into” his troubles, said one source.


    Obama, who still enjoys popularity in the polls despite taking some hits on the health-care issue, has rarely touched directly on issues of race.

    Obama never blames his troubles on racism. (His supporters do it for him)

  7. A new breed of shyster, hearse chaser.

  8. Oh dear…

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. These figures mark the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President. The previous low of -12 was reached on July 30.

  9. “The casket had tilted and his leg was hanging out,” said Wearing, who believed they drove so fast, hitting bumps, that the casket opened.

    the mix up was bad enough…but seeing Dad look like a pile of old laundry ( I’ve seen the vid) …wow, that’s rough.

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