The Daily Norm

When you live in a city, like I do, here in the big smoke of London, every inch of greenery becomes important. When I travelled down to Glyndebourne the other day, surrounded by all of those lush green hills, and the conspicuous silence interrupted only by the occasional sheep cry, it made me realise just how lucky rural dwellers are to be surrounded by that constant beauty and tranquility. Yet it is only human nature not to appreciate what we have when we’ve got it. For all I know, the residents of those sussex country manners probably envy we Londoners who have the whole cultural world right on our doorstep.

I do like to count my blessings however, and I actually think writing a blog, which encourages one to reflect more on one’s life, making the most of occasions, events and opportunities for the sake of sharing and recollecting interesting…

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Joyroots

By Jake and Stefy

The reason for this blog

The writers of this blog (my fiancé and I) decided to create this because many parts of the world don’t make sense to us, and we decided we might as well share our questions and developing thoughts in case others are wondering about the same. When talking about the world I don’t mean the literal rock of course (that would be a geology blog), but rather the way we—us, other humans—live and organize our lives within it. I think it often goes unappreciated how far the set of assumptions that govern our daily lives have changed in an astoundingly brief period of time—about ourselves, about the nature of reality, about what constitutes a right to a thing and how exactly it is that we are meant to relate to each other and the other living things around us. When my mother…

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Fuelfed®

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After we got in trouble for upsetting commuters’ trek home at the last Evening Coffee & Classics, we worked out a plan with Winnetka’s finest to keep things civil and safe. We now have Lincoln blocked from Pine south to Elm with police barricades. And we think it helped a lot. Only classics were allowed in and the door-dinging mini vans kept out. Enthusiasts and spectators were able to move about without caution to traffic.

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Classics filled both sides all the way up Lincoln. Several shop owners opened early to entice the less interested spectators in.

But the real thrill is the continued high level of European classics that continue to amaze. Each month brings 50% different cars. We’ve been told that no other Chicagoland show (remember we’re not a show, but an enthusiast gathering) pulls the varied European metal out like Fuelfed Coffee & Classics. AMG…

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Rosemary's Blog

Yesterday was the 2012 Georgetown Garden Walk.  My friend Carol and I strolled around, map in hand, enjoying the garden ramble.  We re-visited old favorites from last year’s Walk, and eyed a few new surprises.  This year the Garden Walk was made extra special by art in the gardens, a co-event called “Cross Pollinate.”

My absolute favorite part of the Georgetown Garden Walk was Jon B. Dove’s garden cottage.  I would love to have a garden retreat like this to write, paint, and work on my blog. Here are some photos:

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Truth and Cake

TMI. LOL. BFF. TTYL. It’s fair to say that communication has changed drastically over the last couple of decades. Where once we would pick up the phone to call a close friend and dish about the latest news, we now fire off a 140 character message and broadcast that same info to hundreds or even thousands of friends and followers.
 
We all want to feel good about ourselves, so our natural inclination is to share the fantastic aspects of our lives: the fun concert, the cute baby pic, a job promotion, a photo of ourselves on a really good hair day. We focus on the best version of the truth, editing out the bad parts and instagramming the rest until we look shiny and gleamy and well-adjusted. Research supports our motivation to look good: “People with high self-esteem posting positive status updates [are] rewarded with more comments and…

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