“Bix and his Rhythm Jugglers – Davenport Blues (1925)”


Holiday coming.  Prepare to have fun!

The Joys of Waiting

Elizabeth Fountain, Author

I hate waiting. Most people I know hate waiting. Life is full of waiting: we wait for loved ones to come home, we wait for movies to start, we wait in lines at groceries, banks, or the DMV. We wait to hear the results of tests at school, and the results of tests about our health.  Right now my love is waiting to find out if a new job will come through, unable to make commitments until he does. As writers, we wait for the muse to strike, we wait to hear back about a submission, we wait to see if anyone will discover our work, and we wait to learn if they love it as we do. All this waiting creates an often excruciating sense of anticipation, anxiety, or dread. It puts us in a state of suspended animation, of limbo: we understand, while in this limbo, why Dante…

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Soup with Preserved Green Mustard and Tofu 咸菜豆腐汤 / The love from my mom (Part 2)



There is no complete Chinese dinner without a soup, says me. 😀 As mentioned before, a classic Chinese home dinner is a combination of 3 dishes plus 1 soup. No matter if it is for two, three or four people. This combination is a hidden sign of welcoming the guests, a proper polite gesture from the host. In Malaysia, sometimes it can be more expensive to cook at home than to eat out, especially when a soup is prepared. My mom, the soup master usually puts a whole chicken, a few of dried scallops, dried oysters, dried jujubes, dried goji berries together with some Chinese herbs or root vegetables in a medium size pot and cook for hours. As you can probably imagine how intense the flavor would turn out, no MSG nor salt are needed for her soups. I simply love her chicken soup, a healing effect for my…

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Are you a boy or a girl?


“Are you a boy or a girl?” my mom whispers into the phone, afraid her roommate might hear her question.

“A girl,” I say.

“You ARE?” she asks, as if she can’t believe it, as if it’s deeply upsetting for her.


“How long have you been a girl?”

“I’ve always been a girl, Mom.”

“I never knew all this time that you were a girl,” she says, a note of shock in her voice. “Does it bother you to be a girl?”

“No, Mom.”

“Does everyone else in the family know you’re a girl?”


“No one ever told me.”

I don’t know what to say to that.

“Do you look like a girl?” she asks.

“I guess so.”

“Do you have long hair?”

“No, I have short hair.”

“Do you dress like a girl?”

“Umm … yes.”

“Do you get your period and that kind of stuff?”


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France: U.K. Vote Doesn’t Thwart Plans to Hit Syria

Poll: Americans Support Limited Action in Syria


A new poll from NBC released Friday shows that Americans are divided over U.S. intervention in Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Fifty percent of those polled by NBC said that they oppose military action and 42 percent said they support it. When asked if they favor a limited strike, like the use of cruise missiles fired from U.S. naval ships, 50 percent said they were in favor and 44 said they were against. Nearly eight in ten Americans polled said President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval before taking action. And only 21 percent said that an intervention against the Syrian government would be in the national interest of the United States.

[NBC News]

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Vote in Britain Could Lead to Different Kind of Regime Change


As the U.S. administration rushes to assess the damage and disruption caused by Britain’s unexpected punitive strike on its plans for Syria, officials might consider the fate of the man who yesterday failed to deliver parliamentary backing for U.K. involvement in a U.S. military intervention. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron had been careful ahead of last night’s House of Commons vote to make clear that the ambitions of any such intervention would be limited. Neither Britain nor the U.S. sought regime change. Regime change may yet result from his botched maneuver, however, as Britons question his leadership.

In the hours since Cameron’s 285-272 defeat on a motion calling for “a strong humanitarian response … [that] may, if necessary, require military action,” his critics have queued up to excoriate his lax party and coalition management (39 of his Conservative colleagues and Liberal Democrat partners voted against the motion). There are…

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Test Driven: 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith, Nick’s Take (9.5/10)

Mind Over Motor

2014 Rolls Royce Wraith

Back when Rolls Royce and Bentley sailed under the same flag, it was often said that a Bentley was a car to drive and a Rolls Royce was a car to be driven in. The two companies have now been split up for over a decade, with Bentley owned by Volkswagen and Rolls Royce under BMW. Since their separation both brands have had to branch out a bit, but for Rolls Royce, branching out has come to mean venturing into some unexplored territory.

Rolls Royces have traditionally been focused on the concerns of their rear occupants, aiming to preserve comfort at all costs, even if the chauffeur goes completely mad. The car you see here, Rolls Royce describes as being a “gentleman’s grand tourer”, and the most powerful car they’ve ever made. It is the new Rolls Royce Wraith, and no part of it has anything to do with being…

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WATCH: Baby Panda Mei Xiang Plays with Mom


The National Zoo’s live camera feed captured this moment between mother panda Mei Xiang and her 6-day-old cub.

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3 strikes

Bell Book Candle

Being a woman now in America is strike one.

Being black now in America is strike two.

Being gay now in America is strike three.

Being a gay, black woman now in America is being truly f****d.


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