Nigerian Navy Spends USD 8 Million to Refurbish NNS Thunder

first_img View post tag: Spends View post tag: Nigerian Back to overview,Home naval-today Nigerian Navy Spends USD 8 Million to Refurbish NNS Thunder May 16, 2011 View post tag: Thunder View post tag: £8 View post tag: million View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Nigerian Navy Spends USD 8 Million to Refurbish NNS Thunder View post tag: Refurbish View post tag: NNS View post tag: USD The refurbishment of NNS Thunder F90 (formerly CGC CHASE), which was transferred to the Nigerian Navy by the United States Coast Guard on Fr…By Tokunbo Adedoja (thisdaylive)[mappress]Source: thisdaylive, May 16, 2011; Share this article Industry news View post tag: Navylast_img read more

SPEAK on trial

first_imgAnimal rights activist Mel Broughton has appeared in court accused of conspiring to burn down parts of Oxford University.Broughton, aged 47, is one of the founding members of Speak, the animal rights campaign group which has protested against the recently-opened animal testing centre on South Parks Road.He pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to commit arson, possession of “an improvised incendiary device or devices” and keeping an explosive substance with intent, during a hearing at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday.Mel Broughton was arrested in November 2007. His trial is expected to start on Monday.last_img read more

Extra Troopers Will Be Patrolling This Memorial Day Weekend…Buckle Up!

first_img Indiana State Police and area law enforcement agencies are participating in the “Click it or Ticket” enforcement campaign through the Memorial Day weekend and would like to remind all motorists the importance of doing their part to help ensure everyone’s safety.AAA predicts that 37.6 million Americans will travel by car this weekend to destinations including the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, marking a 3.6 percent increase from last year.Troopers will be watching for unrestrained passengers in cars and trucks and for dangerous and impaired drivers. Overtime enforcement is paid with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).Troopers are offering the following safety tips:Ensure you are well rested before driving. A fatigued driver is a dangerous driver.Follow other vehicles at a safe distance.Always utilize your turn signals when changing lanes and when turning.Avoid “hanging out” in the left lane unless you are actively passing or preparing to make a nearby left turn.Avoid driving while distracted.Ensure everyone is properly buckled up.Don’t drink and drive.Motorists that observe a possible impaired driver are encouraged to contact 911 immediately. Please be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, license plate number and route of travel.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

County Prosecutor Touts Programs to Fight Drug Abuse

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiJoseph Landis, who grew up in the notorious drug-infested Kensington section of Philadelphia, makes no attempt to hide his father’s troubled past.“My dad is a heroin addict, but is clean now,” he said.Last year, he attended the funerals of two cousins who died of drugs. Other members of his family have battled addiction, he noted.Landis is a lieutenant with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. While it might seem that a senior law enforcement official such as Landis would prefer a tough “lock ’em up” approach toward drug addicts, he actually favors a much different philosophy – he wants to help them.“That junkie is somebody’s kid, somebody’s mom, aunt or uncle,” he said, putting a human face on addicts instead of demonizing them.Landis and Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland spent 90 minutes Saturday telling an audience of local residents about a series of county programs that are intended to prevent drug abuse, and, if it happens, how addicts can get help rather than simply being thrown in jail.“It’s just as important preventing it as it is arresting people,” Sutherland said during a Fourth Ward community meeting at the Ocean City Free Public Library.Lt. Joseph Landis favors helping drug addicts get into treatment programs over simply locking them up in jail.Landis oversees the community outreach program in the prosecutor’s office and serves as a representative to the county Drug Court, also known as Recovery Court.After speaking at Saturday’s meeting, Landis gave audience members a tour of the prosecutor’s Hope One van, a vehicle that allows a team of professionals trained in mental health and drug treatment to get out into the community to help addicts.“We want to get to the people before they’re picked up by the criminal justice system,” Sutherland said.Using forfeiture money seized from drug dealers who were arrested by the prosecutor’s office, Sutherland spent $50,000 to convert the van into a specially equipped, mobile facility offering access to drug prevention and treatment services.“The goal of Hope One is to provide the community with information, resources, and immediate access to services and treatment facilities to get back on the road to recovery,” the prosecutor’s office says in literature about the van.Ray and Cindy Endres, a married couple who live in Paramus, N.J., and bought a vacation home in Ocean City last year, were impressed with the van while taking the tour. They also sat in for the community meeting with Landis and Sutherland, coming away with what they said was a better understanding of the opioid crisis in Cape May County.“It’s a shame this program wasn’t available 20 years ago,” Ray Endres said.Lt. Joseph Landis gives Ray and Cindy Endres, who have a summer home in Ocean City, a tour of the Hope One van operated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.Altogether, about 30 local residents attended the community meeting. Ocean City Councilmen Keith Hartzell, Antwan McClellan and Michael DeVlieger also were on hand for Landis and Sutherland’s remarks.Since becoming county prosecutor in December 2017, Sutherland has made the opioid epidemic a major focus of his office. He emphasized that the county has been making strides with its education and prevention programs for drug abusers. Simply putting them in jail as punishment should be the last resort, he said.“It’s really important to attack this on all fronts,” Sutherland said.In 2017, there were 206 drug overdoses and 33 drug deaths in Cape May County. The overdose antidote, Narcan, was used to save 98 drug victims in 2017.Through Dec. 21, 2018, there were 175 overdoses and 26 drug deaths for the year countywide. Narcan was used 114 times to save lives in 2018, according to statistics provided by Landis.Both Landis and Sutherland said the decline in the number of overdoses and drug deaths from 2017 to 2018 suggests that the county’s drug programs are working. They also credited the partnership the prosecutor’s office has established with Cape May County-based drug prevention and treatment organizations, such as Cape Assist and Cape Counseling.“I think the education part is huge, and being proactive on the street,” Landis said.Of the 206 overdose victims in 2017, just one was under 18 years old, Landis revealed. He believes that is an unmistakable sign that the prosecutor’s community outreach program in the local schools is having an impact.“It shows me that the kids are listening,” he said.Landis explained that when he speaks in the schools, he stresses a particularly harsh warning to students: “Opioids are going to kill you. Heroin is going to kill you,” he said.From left, Ocean City Councilmen Keith Hartzell, Michael DeVlieger and Antwan McClellan talk after the community meeting.Sutherland and Landis also pointed to the Drug Court as another progressive way that Cape May County has been addressing the opioid epidemic. The Drug Court program is a step-by-step process allowing addictions to get sober.After they graduate from the Drug Court program, they can file to have their criminal records expunged and also seek help in getting jobs.“It’s a process of getting them out of the cycle and back into society,” Sutherland said.Cape May County has recently added a diversion program for military veterans who are battling drug abuse. Sutherland hopes to expand the program to help veterans who may also be struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder or economic hardship.“I really think it’s going to be a successful program,” he said.After outlining the county’s drug programs to the audience members, Sutherland told them that they, too, could help fight the opioid crisis simply by properly disposing of their expired or unwanted prescription medications. That way, the drugs will be kept out of the hands of addicts, he said.Cape May County’s local police departments, including Ocean City, offer medicine drop boxes where residents can quickly and anonymously dispose of any unwanted prescription drugs.Medicine drop boxes like this one are located at local police departments throughout Cape May County, allowing residents to safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs. Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland tells the audience that community outreach is an important component of drug prevention and treatment.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Brings “Whipping Post” To Guest-Filled Night At The Wolf Trap

first_imgPhoto: Rob Wallace A few stops into their Wheels of Soul Tour, Tedeschi Trucks Band brought another monstrous show to Vienna, Virginia at the Wolf Trap with support from Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers. For the first time this tour, the 12-piece ensemble welcomed their guests to share the stage for a number of songs. The Wheels of Soul Tour traditionally welcomes these exciting collaborations, as the husband and wife duo bring only their favorite acts to share the road with.The headlining set started extraordinarily strong with a “Do I Look Worried” and “Midnight In Harlem” emotional pair directly after the “I Want More” opener. The New Orleans-inspired “Don’t Know What It Means” came to follow, into “Get What You Deserve,” “How Blue Can You Get,” and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” which was also performed at their previous show following an Allman Brothers’ cover of “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More.”“Bound For Glory” closed the streak of TTB purity, as they welcomed Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady for a cover of the blues classic “Key to the Highway.” After contributing their skills to the stage, the two departed, leaving the Tedeschi Trucks Band to close with an immaculate surprise. Starting with “I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free),” the band returned to its roots for “The Storm” which led into another Allman Brothers staple, “Whipping Post” to close the set.The band returned to the stage once again, as Susan Tedeschi performed a touching duet with Carey Frank, the keyboardist and vocalist filling in for original member Kofi Burbridge who is currently recovering from a major heart attack that he suffered from several weeks ago. “A Song For You” led into “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” with The Wood Brothers to close the show.Listen to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s guest-filled performance below, as uploaded by JamBuzz:Check out some video highlights below, or head to YouTube user Tom Libera‘s page for more. Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Wolf Trap | Vienna, Virgina | 7/5/17I Want More, Do I Look Worried, Midnight In Harlem, Don’t Know What It Means, Get What You Deserve, How Blue Can You Get, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Bound For Glory, Key To The Highway ^, I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free), The Storm > Whipping PostE: A Song For You*, You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere $Notes:– Wheels of Soul Tour: Hot Tuna played first, then Wood Brothers followed by TTB– Carey Frank played keys in place of Kofi Burbridge.– ^ with Hot Tuna– * Susan and Carey duet– $ with the Wood BrothersEnjoy the full gallery by Rob Wallace.center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

In 1932, this opera was a hit. Why has no one seen it since?

first_imgDavóne Tines ’09, a bass-baritone with American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), stepped to the microphone in the Horner Room, a rehearsal space at Radcliffe Institute, and began to sing:Listen to the distant tom-tomAnd answer quickly when they call youBeat more loudly on your tom-tom|And tell us if there’s danger near.These are the opening lines of “Tom-Tom,” a three-act opera that hasn’t been performed since 1932, when the Cleveland Stadium Opera Company premiered the work by African-American composer Shirley Graham before a weekend crowd of more than 25,000.“This is a dream come true to see this come to fruition,” said James T. Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American History, who came to hear the workshopping of “Tom-Tom” and to celebrate the research of his former student Lucy Caplan ’12.,Caplan, who is working on her Ph.D. at Yale, found “Tom-Tom” while poking around the Schlesinger archives as a junior in search of a topic for her College essay. Composed by Graham, who had studied at Oberlin College and Conservatory and would later marry W.E.B. Du Bois, the opera tells the diaspora story of African-Americans, beginning in an unnamed West African village, traveling to a Southern plantation, and ending amid the Harlem Renaissance.“The most exciting aspect for me is the ambition and scope of ‘Tom-Tom’; it’s an epic piece,” said Caplan. “It covers amazing historical terrain, and the music reflects all of those locations. Graham’s dad and brother worked in Liberia, and you can hear that influence. The second act has spirituals, and the third, where one of the characters is a cabaret singer, features early jazz sounds.“But Graham also had studied at a conservatory so she brings in the Western classical tradition, too. You can hear her playing with all these historical and musical elements and turning them into a giant work. She didn’t go for some narrow or miniature story. She went for all of it at once.”Also extraordinary about “Tom-Tom” were Graham’s progressive ideas about community engagement. The opera featured local church choirs and a nearby museum held a related exhibition. The set design came by way of a contest for Cleveland students with a $50 prize.,“We think of community engagement as new for musical institutions, but Graham was thinking in those terms a long time ago and building them into the structure of the piece,” said Caplan. “It’s a really different way to think about what it means to be a composer on the most fundamental level.”Graham, the daughter of an African Methodist Episcopal minister, married Du Bois in 1951, and moved to Ghana with him in 1960, never to return permanently to the U.S. She died in 1977, 14 years after her husband.“Tom-Tom” arrived at the Schlesinger in 2001 when Radcliffe and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research (now the Hutchins Center) jointly acquired Graham Du Bois’ papers from her son, David.“Her husband was such a towering figure and she supported his work, but she had this whole career before, during, and after her life with him,” said Ellen M. Shea, head of research services at the Schlesinger. “She was an extraordinary combination of artist and activist, and her collection documents a rich and multifaceted life.”Scholars aren’t sure why “Tom-Tom” vanished from the stage after its successful Cleveland debut. Caplan, who is writing her dissertation on 20th-century African-American opera, cited many factors, including the Depression. But she believes the opera’s permanent sidelining was more a result of race, gender, and politics.“Opera companies also would have been hesitant to put on a work by a black female composer affiliated with the communist party,” she said. “For what a remarkable work it was as the first opera by an African-American woman, and performed in such an incredible way, there’s a limited amount of scholarly work and clearly more needs to be done. ‘Porgy and Bess’ gets performed again and again and again, and it’s a white man’s version of black life. That a black woman’s vision of black life has not been performed says a lot about the state of opera.”A revival of the opera could happen with a small-scale company open to adventure, said Caplan. AMOC’s Tines hoped performing the excerpts at Radcliffe last month might inspire further interest in the work.“Being an African-American vocalist, it’s unique and exciting to present it to an audience for the notion of exposure and to ask: What does it mean to look at possible parts of the canon that aren’t part of the canon?”last_img read more

Phalaris’s Bull Set for Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Phalaris’s Bull: Solving the Riddle of the Great Big World Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 16, 2016 Phalaris’s Bull: Solving the Riddle of the Great Big World will make its world premiere off-Broadway. Conceived and performed by Steven Friedman and directed by David Schweizer, the production is scheduled to play a limited engagement from December 12 through January 16, 2016 at The Beckett Theater at Theatre Row.Harvard-educated, molecular biologist, visual artist and provocative underground philosopher, Friedman has the answers to life’s big questions. This theatrical event—neither play nor lecture—staged to reflect Friedman’s prismatic and eclectic vision of the world, uses personal narrative, poetry, art and science to tell the story of a contemporary philosopher’s quest to fulfill Einstein’s ambition “to solve the riddle of the great, big world.”The production will feature scenic design by Caleb Wertenbaker, lighting design by Jimmy Lawlor, sound design by Ryan Rumery and projection design by Driscoll Otto. View Commentslast_img read more

Catfish Festival.

first_imgPhoto: Peggy Greb, USDA-ARS Catfish production is becoming big business in Georgia. It will be fun, too, at the Catfish Festival and Trade Show April 7 in Wrightsville, Ga. The Catfish Festival and Trade Show will bring a day of fun, fins and fenders to Wrightsville, Ga., April 7.The celebration will include an arts-and-crafts fair, motorcycle and antique car shows and plenty of entertainment and good food, including (of course) fried catfish.The trade show will be at the American Legion Fairgrounds on Highway 15 south of Wrightsville. Companies from all over the Southeast will display catfish equipment, feeds and supplies from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Seminar Is SeriousFrom 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a seminar will focus on commercial catfish production. Classes on building ponds and raising catfish will include a look at the NWAC-103, Mississippi’s new fast-growing catfish.To learn more about the Catfish Festival and Trade Show, call Mark Crosby (912-864-3373) at the Johnson County office of the University of Georgia Extension Service. Or e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

State Energy Efficiency Scorecard: Vermont fifth best

first_imgVermont has been ranked fifth among states in energy efficiency efforts. Even as Congress failed to take major action on climate and energy legislation in 2010, states across the United States achieved major new strides in energy efficiency, according to the 2010State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the nonprofit and independent American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).Among the major state advances highlighted in the fourth edition of the ACEEE Scorecard are: a near doubling of state energy efficiency budgets from 2007 spending levels; the adoption or active consideration by over half the states of Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) that establish long-term, fixed efficiency savings targets; and a one-year doubling of the number of states that have either adopted or have made significant progress toward the adoption of the latest energy-saving building codes for homes and commercial properties. (See details below.)The key state-specific rankings in the 2010 ACEEE Scorecard are as follows:The four most-improved states – Utah (tied for #12, up 11 spots from 2009), Arizona (#18, up 11 spots), New Mexico (#22, up eight spots), and Alaska (#37, up eight spots) – climbed at least eight spots since the 2009 Scorecard. In general, the Southwest region demonstrated considerable progress from 2009 to 2010.California retained its #1 ranking for the fourth year in a row, outpacing all other states in its level of investment in energy efficiency across all sectors of its economy. The balance of the top 10 states: Massachusetts (#2, holding steady) ;Oregon (#3, up from #4); New York (#4, up from #5); Vermont (#5, up from #6); Washington (#6, up from #7); Rhode Island (#7, up from #9); Connecticut (tied for #8, down from #3); Minnesota (tied for #8, holding steady); and Maine (#10, holding steady).The 10 states with the most room for improvement in the Scorecard (which includes the District of Columbia) are:Louisiana (#42, down one spot); Missouri (tied for #43, down two spots); Oklahoma (tied for #43, down four spots); West Virginia (tied for #43, up two spots); Kansas (#46, down seven spots); Nebraska (#47, holding steady); Wyoming (#48, up three spots); Alabama (#49, down one spot); Mississippi (#50, down one spot); and North Dakota (#51, down two spots). ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel said: “Even as Washington dawdles on climate and clean energy, states are moving ahead with considerable vigor on these vital matters, with energy efficiency initiatives leading the way. In particular, states are moving forward and advancing energy efficiency policies and programs in an effort to create jobs and stimulate their economies during a period of considerable economic uncertainty. While $11 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds was helpful in this process and there were setbacks in a few states, the overall story here is one of states getting done what Congress has so far failed to do.”New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary James Noel said: “New Mexico has taken a number of steps under the leadership of Governor Richardson to improve energy efficiency, including making sure new buildings are constructed to higher energy-saving standards and boosting utility energy-saving programs and services. These steps will save consumers energy and money and create good local jobs that can’t be outsourced.”DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan said: “States have a critical role to play in supporting job creation and economic growth as part of America’s clean energy economy. Under the Recovery Act, states across the country are making major investments in clean energy technologies and innovative approaches to improving energy efficiency that will continue to benefit our homes and businesses for years to come.”Arizona Corporation Commission Chair Kris Mayes said: “Arizona’s move up in the ranks this year reflects the state’s hard work doing everything possible to help citizens lower energy bills and increase the state’s energy security through greater energy efficiency.”OTHER MAJOR FINDINGSTexas (#32) and New Hampshire (#22) dropped the farthest in the 2010 Scorecard, down nine spots each.State budgets for energy efficiency in 2009 are almost double the level of spending in 2007, increasing from $2.5 billion to $4.3 billion. Reported electricity savings from energy efficiency programs across all states increased 8% between 2007 and 2008 (the most recent available data).27 states have adopted or have pending Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) that establish long-term, fixed efficiency savings targets – double the number of states in 2006. These states account for two-thirds of electricity sales in the U.S.20 states have either adopted or have made significant progress toward the adoption of the latest energy-saving building codes for homes and commercial properties – double the number of states in our 2009 Scorecard.While federal transportation efficiency policy has progressed significantly this year with the adoption of new fuel economy standards and plans to set standards out to 2025, states are taking the lead to fill in the gaps in transportation opportunities. California, Massachusetts, and Washington have implemented transportation-specific greenhouse gas reduction targets while several other states have adopted policies to encourage the creation of compact and transit-oriented communities.While steady progress on energy efficiency is evident across most of the country, several leading states, includingConnecticut, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia, have made plans to divert millions of dollars of energy efficiency funds to balance the budget or reduce deficits, robbing their citizens of future energy savings and a more secure energy future.The injection of more than $11 billion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds directly to state energy efficiency has helped stimulate significant progress in funding and creating new energy-saving programs that are saving consumers money and putting people to work. The full report is available online at www.aceee.org/research-report/e107(link is external).ABOUT THE REPORT/METHODOLOGYThe fourth edition of ACEEE’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard is a comprehensive state energy efficiency policy Scorecard to document best practices, recognize leadership among the states, and provide a roadmap for other states to follow. The Scorecard benchmarks state efforts on energy efficiency policies and programs with the goal of encouraging states to continue to raise the bar in their efficiency commitments. While several states have been pursuing energy efficiency for decades and are leading the way, several new leaders are quickly emerging by adopting and implementing innovative new efficiency policies. The Scorecard finds that many states can accomplish much more to encourage energy efficiency and cannot afford to be left behind.The ACEEE report provides a comprehensive assessment of policy and programs that improve energy efficiency in our homes, businesses, industry, and transportation sectors. The Scorecard examines six state energy efficiency policy areas and presents these results in six chapters (1) utility and public benefits programs and policies; (2) transportation policies; (3) building energy codes; (4) combined heat and power; (5) state government initiatives; and (6) appliance efficiency standards. States can earn up to 50 possible points in these six policy areas combined, with the maximum possible points in each area weighted by the magnitude of its potential energy savings impact.ABOUT ACEEEThe American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (www.aceee.org(link is external)) is an independent and nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection. ACEEE was founded in 1980 by leading researchers in the energy field. Projects are carried out by ACEEE staff and collaborators from government, the private sector, research institutions, and other nonprofit organizations. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visit www.aceee.org(link is external).SOURCE American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Mountain Mama: Handling Outdoor Addiction

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,My boyfriend is crazy. During the polar vortex, when temperatures hovered in the single digits, he went kayaking. We fought. I worried about that icy water, about him getting hypothermia, or worse, drowning. I begged him to stay home – warm, cozy, and safe, with me. Despite my tears, he paddled. What gives? Does he have a river addiction? Will he always chose the water over me?Yours,Lonely Heart Dear Lonely Heart,It’s been said that some men have a need to look death in the eye. Not once, but time and again, the way some women have a need for chocolate. They say men either paddle hard whitewater or kill a barnyard animal.  A primal need wells up inside of them, becoming toxic and overflowing until it seeps into every other aspect of their lives. Simply put, some men need to paddle in order to live well, including putting their best foot forward in their relationships with significant others.Maybe some women have that need too. Not me. Any time I think of death or injury on the water, my mind turns to my shadow life on shore, the one where my toddler waits for me. Always I chose the safety of staying on dry land, of feeling the weight of my little boy in my arms one more time.But there are days when I need to get outside. Not to defy death, but to celebrate life. After forty-eight hours cooped up at home with my son last week, I called everyone I knew to babysit so I could go cross country skiing, using borrowed gear. The sensation of gliding over snow felt so good after not exercising for more than a day. Breathing in that cold air refreshed my lungs.As the evening became blanketed by darkness, stars appeared. So many stars shone down on us that night that it seemed possible to pluck one from the sky, if only I reached high enough. Our friend who knows the position of the planets like the back of his hand explained how space stretches out into infinity. Gazing from an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, my mind grappled with the concept of forever, of beginnings and ends, and of space, that perhaps neither starts nor finishes.Standing underneath the starlit sky, I realized how big the universe is, and my own impossibly tiny place within it. The stars reminded me of how far-reaching my dreams are, and how connected, even though distant, we are to every other thing in this world. The bright light pulsed through me, emanating joy, hope, possibility, smallness, forgiveness, and fear, all at once. I’d never felt that sensation before, and searched for a word. My brain finally settled on one – prayer.I went home that night to the sweet sound of a quiet house, my son fast asleep. The babysitter commented on how blissed out I looked, and I told her why. I was pretty sure I glimpsed God on the Parkway that night. Being outside is the place where I go to know my own spirituality, a sacred place to get better acquainted with higher powers.Lonely Heart, I can’t begin to speculate on why your own dear man needed to go to the river that day. But what I can say is that it’s almost always better to let him go, without any guilt, without a fight. Whether he’s got to stare down death and come out ahead, or he’s got a date with Mother Nature, either way he’s bound to come back a happier partner. And that, Lonely Heart, will result in a happy ending for both of you.Cheers!Mountain Mamalast_img read more