I made this gif from the #wethenorth Toronto Raptors ad, I actually live near this court so once my rib heals up I want to play on it.
Hamamelis virginiana, known as common or American witch-hazel, is a species of witch-hazel native to eastern North America, from Nova Scotia west to Minnesota, and south to central Florida to eastern Texas.
The leaves and bark of the North American Witch-hazel Hamamelis virginiana may be used to produce an astringent, also referred to as witch hazel, and is used medicinally. This plant extract was widely used for medicinal purposes by American Indians and is a component of a variety of commercial healthcare products.
It’s mainly used externally on sores, bruises, and swelling. Witch hazel hydrosol is used in skin care. It is a strong anti-oxidant and astringent. It is often used as a natural remedy for psoriasis, eczema, aftershave applications, ingrown nails, to prevent sweating of the face, cracked or blistered skin, for treating insect bites, poison ivy, and as a treatment for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. It is found in numerous over-the-counter hemorrhoid preparations.
Icon of the Virgin Hodegetria, based on a prototype from the 14th century from the monastery of Vatopedi, Mount Athos. I have already blogged about the creation of this icon. You are not supposed to mail them so when my mother visited Ireland she was able to bring it back with her.
"He bit the chain that bound him, but the more his passion seethed, the more ecstatic his song, the more tender his talk, the tighter the chain. It was impossible for him to create a real relationship out of this misunderstanding; it would, in fact, leave her at the mercy of a perpetual fraud. To explain this confusing error to her, that she was merely the visible form, while his thoughts, his soul, sought something else that he attributed to her-this would hurt her so deeply that his pride rose up in mutiny against it. It is contemptible to delude and seduce a girl, but it is even more contemptible to forsake her in such a way that one does not even become a scoundrel but makes a brilliant retreat by palming her off with the explanation that she was not the ideal and by comforting her with the idea that she was one’s muse."
Søren Kierkegaard writing under the pseudonym Constatin Contantius giving advice to a young man dealing with problems not unlike those Kierkegaard was facing at the time. I really want to read more Kierkegaard soon.
So it seems as though I cracked a rib while playing basketball. It just felt like I got winded at the time and I didn’t even stop playing. Strange to think how fragile your body can be.
Paracord (a/k/a, parachute cord) is a soft, lightweight nylon rope originally used as suspension lines of U.S. parachutes. The paracord used in Rip & TiedTMproducts is “550 cord”, which is made up of a 32 strand woven nylon outer sheath with an inner core of seven, 2 ply nylon yarns. Because of the high number of woven strands, the exterior sheath has a smooth feel. Paracord has a diameter of roughly 1/8th of an inch.
All of Rip & TiedTM products are made in the U.S.A. with “Type III” paracord which is manufactured to have a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds. The paracord comes from a government contractor which supplies the military.
Although originally used as parachute cord, paratroopers found paracord useful for many other tasks. As such, it is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians. This type of cord was even used by astronauts during STS-82, the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
Currently, virtually all United States military units have access to paracord. It is used for many situations where light cordage is needed. Typical uses include attaching equipment to harnesses, as dummy cords to avoid losing small or important items, tying backpacks to vehicle racks, securing camoflage nets to trees or vehicles, and so forth. When threaded with beads, paracord may be used as a pace counter to estimate ground covered by foot. The threads of the core (commonly referred to as “the guts”) can also be removed when finer string is needed, for instance as sewing thread to repair gear or fishing line in an emergency situation. The nylon sheath is often used alone, the yarn in the core removed, when a thinner or less elastic cord is needed. Ends of the cord are almost always melted and crimped to prevent fraying.
Paracord is quick drying, and is rot and mildew resistant.