Democracy/Capitalism

Democracy. In the West, we make a colossal mistake taking it for granted. We see democracy not as the most fragile of flowers that it really is, but we see it as part of our society’s furniture. We tend to think of it as an intransigent given. We mistakenly believe that capitalism begets inevitably democracy. It doesn’tfire work  445

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Something New Something Changed

Well it has been awhile  since there have been some new clock designs here at Auburn/Gray designs ETSY store , Not that we’ve been slacking well maybe we have a little. So we will be adding these designs over the next few weeks.new things  Also we are adding to are open face clock line a new surface material, This is a polyester fabric that give the clock face a texture look, while still providing a durable surface. There have also been some been some minor changes to some old favorites. We are still committed to providing you with a unique addition to any decor that is functional art and a quality time piece, so all your times can be interesting.

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Over the counter

There is an epidemic that has caused 18,893 deaths last year and this epidemic is heroin, and this number does not include deaths from prescription opioid abuse. There is a war on drugs but like most wars the body count only increases. Ohio based Kroger stores have made the decision to make Naloxone an opiate blocker that is used by paramedics and first responder across the America to save lives available over the counter.  “We want families dealing with addiction to know that they can count on having the drug available in the event that they need it,” Jeff Talbot, Kroger vice president of merchandising, said in a statement. I applaud this company that decided it was time to take a stand..  7 4 13 a

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Albert Einstein is proved right yet again!

 

One hundred years ago Albert Einstein hypothesized gravitational waves, ripples in space and time.  Scientists said they first detected the gravitational waves last Sept. 14. They said the waves were the product of a collision between two black holes 30 times as massive as the Sun, located 1.3 billion light years from Earth.  The scientific milestone was achieved using a pair of giant laser detectors in the United States, located in Louisiana and Washington State, capping a long quest to confirm the existence of these waves. The two laser instruments, which work in unison, are known as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). They are able to detect remarkably small vibrations from passing gravitational waves. This usher in a new way to explore our universe to hear the cosmos.

They heard two black holes go bump in the Night.      einstein-big-idea-merl

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: Bali — island of gods

 

 

 

 

019b3f4a15a9492d598cfed005305cf78c1e64be_254x191Melati and Isabel Wijsen: started a campaign to ban plastic bags in Bali. Their story is about hope, The power of children, and wanting to make a difference, and most important of all learning. And their story is about success. And creating local jobs. They still have a lot of work to do, but know that they wil not stop until the first question asked when arriving at the Bali airports will b

“Welcome to Bali, do you have any plastic bags to declare?”

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There are times

I have a business that involves photography, and at times I take photographs with nothing but that in mind. I see the subject and in my minds eye I see a product. The only way I am even able to be even somewhat successful at that is that I forget about that part of it. And I remember that photography is about light, and shadow, and color that simplicity is the answer. Thee are times when light and shadow and a dash of color is all I need. 245_2112 copy

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Got It’s 10 th. favorite

This 16 inch wall Clock From auburn Gray Designs  Golden Satisfaction Orchid  ( which was a a stand out entry at the St. Louis Botanical Garden Orchid Show) Just got it’s 10 th. favorite

Source: Got It’s 10 th. favorite

Got It’s 10 th. favorite

This 16 inch wall Clock From auburn Gray Designs  Golden Satisfaction Orchid  ( which was a a stand out entry at the St. Louis Botanical Garden Orchid Show) Just got it’s 10 th. favoriteoricid ornage

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listings missing

I sell clocks and hardly any of my listing show up in the browser. and the one that do are on like page 40, and they are at least 2 days old. I got use to my five minutes of fame on being on the front page of my category. that is how I got noticed by customers. This has been going on for at least two weeks that I know of. The front page used to change hourly as new listing came in you moved farther back that is how it was. Now the front changes very little if at all over the course of a day. This is killing my numbers favoring other sellers is singing to the choir I need to be seen in the browser it get sales , as any one else noticed this

Had the chance to take a few days and do something I haven’t done in over 10 years , take a multi day hike on a The Appalachian Trail . So me and two friends threw our packs in the back of a pick up truck and off to the Smoky Mountains for  a three day Hike. I checked my ETSY shop one last time before I turned the computer off, an order had just come in, well nothing for it. Will and Donnie  waiting in the truck I will send them a note when I get back and let them know it will be a little late. I made sure there was no birthday or wedding deadline, I get those occasionally.

The view from Clingmans  Dome  was magnificent and the hike to the first shelter was on, and I realized as I walked, long over due.  We hiked together talking and taking pictures for a while. but I learned a time ago you hike at your own pace if possible and do not try to match somebody’e else s pace be it faster or slower. So Will being younger was faster, Donnie is almost my age but a little slower  so that left me in the middle with long stretches of solitude. So here I am hiking the Appalachian Trail on a beautiful summer day singing the Beatles  When I’am 64 , because I am 64, but I could not remember all the words like the grands kids  names, because I am 64.  So for three days I left my cares down in the low lands breathed clean air, drank water from mountain streams, slept under the stars, and hung out with two good friends. I talked to people I met along the trail, some like us out for a few days,  day hikers, and some long distance Hikers ( The thru hikers had already passed through where we were months ago.)  and met my first Ridgerunner, A young woman who works for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy  and who had thru hiked the trail several years ago, Showed me how the cables worked shared a little about her thru hike and made the lunch stop at Double Spring Gap a whole lot cooler.  20 miles and two nights later back in the truck and heading home.

Back home the first thing is to custom print the clock face for that last order. The big Epson printer didn’t get to go a vacation so it decided to throw a hissy fit but I got it printed anyway. I then sent the customer a short note apologizing for the delay in contacting them but that I had been out of town and that there new clock had been printed and would ship as soon as possible. The next morning I had a short note from thanking me for getting back to them.

A few days later   as I am putting the last of my camping gear away and marveling that I have no new pains or blisters and seem none the worse for wear and  lost only a pair of sunglasses and a few pounds. As I check my shop I find that the customer from West Virginia whose clock was a little late as posted the best review I have ever received. I some times need to be reminded to be grateful, a great hike in beautiful weather, and healthy enough still to do that, good friends, a great review for one of products and most important of all, I got sing “when I’am 64 ” on the Appalachian Trail  which was my major goal for this year. and no one heard my off key singing ,How cool is thatinto lightFC  022 Monarch ButterFly

Knew it would be late

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