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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown’s highly anticipated sequel to The DaVinci Code - was released today, 9/15/09. With a first printing of 5 million copies, there’s no doubt that Symbol promises to be the publishing event of 2009. A 509-page puzzle, the book is set in modern-day Washington, D.C., and is driven by a Masonic legend: hidden in our nation’s capital is a map or portal that leads to a body of secret knowledge… visit the web site for more details.

And here's a related article about how the Freemasons are anticipating being the center of so much attention, including a couple of video interviews with the author.

9/26 - Just finished the book - definitely a page-turner with lots of surprises!

Diabetes Drug Fights Breast Cancer

Here's something interesting - and I'm actually taking Metformin:

Diabetes Drug Fights Breast Cancer

The Body Count at Home

Thanks to Virginia for sharing this...

Op-Ed Columnist - The Body Count at Home - NYTimes.com

Friday, September 11, 2009

Never Forget

Carla Sings

Who says libraries are quiet and dull? I stayed after work last night for a live bluegrass/folk band performance featuring Carla VanHoose in the library's Community Room. Very enjoyable... unfortunately I didn't get the name of the female fiddler, but she was just superb.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Bourbon Trail

Today's Lexington Herald-Leader features a story about Kentucky's Bourbon Trail: Tour of Eight Kentucky Distilleries Gets Acclaim from National Geographic Traveler. (Thanks to brother James for the link!) I toured Labrot & Graham's Woodford Reserve Distillery last summer, and it really is fascinating to see (pics at left from my visit). The samples at the end were great, too! First class tour and product... mmm, spoiled now! Hope to continue the trail eventually.

I recently learned about another use for the white oak wooden barrels... making TABASCO® Sauce!

Jockeys

Jockeys: Horse Racing, Thoroughbreds, Racehorses - Animal Planet
Just discovered this show - haven't seen it yet, but definitely looks interesting, and the web site has lots of info about the industry. There's a good review from the NTRA here, and some colorful wallpaper here. (Maybe I can persuade the library to get the DVD of the first season; second season is just starting.)

Here's a good story about the current jockey to beat - Calvin Borel: How a Common Man Rode to Greatness. Plus photos and video of his latest win, a thrilling ride on Rachel Alexandra at Saratoga yesterday, the first filly to win the Woodward Stakes! And just one more link - a very touching blog about a dad and his daughter rooting for Rachel.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Breathitt Floods of 2009

Moving from olden days to modern, here is another sad chapter for Breathitt County... scenes of devastation from earlier this year, set to a haunting rendition of Amazing Grace - who is the singer, does anyone know? (Thanks to Cousin Bill for the link.)

Robyn and James agree that the singer is Leeann Rimes.