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Bird of the Day: Boreal Chickadee (Denali National Park, Alaska)

July 24, 2014

Peaberry Coffee

July 24, 2014

Mostly standard coffee beans (some Peaberry beans may have snuck in!)

A friend from the Doka Estate (on Doka see our most recent post on coffee) visited Xandari yesterday to tell us more about the process of growing and preparing coffee from seedling to cup. We’ll go into what we learned in more detail in another post, but for now I wanted to share something interesting I learned about different types of coffee–specifically about the type of coffee called “Peaberry” (or caracoli). Read more…

The Yamfly Butterfly

July 24, 2014
Photo credit : Jose K

Photo credit: Jose K

Yamfly butterflies are found across India and are commonly seen in the Western Ghats. They are especially numerous during the monsoon season in damp forest patches. This species has reddish orange bordered with black on the upper sides of the wings and a lighter yellow on the bottom. At the back of the wing, Read more…

Musical And Photographic Patrimony

July 24, 2014

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We are always moved by exhibitions that intersect our interest in cultural and historical patrimony, as in the case of this event at the Foley Gallery (which comes to our attention thanks to the New Yorker‘s coverage of the arts):

Lisa Elmaleh first heard Appalachian folk music in 2010, and “it stirred something in my soul,” she told me. Since then, she has followed folk musicians from Ohio to Georgia, capturing them with her nineteen-forties Century Universal 8 x 10 camera and the hundred-and-fifty-year-old tintype process. Read more…

Yes, We Can

July 24, 2014
Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Food trials at 51 are a permanent condition, thankfully, because we are on the constant search for ever-better vegetarian meals.  This definitely qualifies:

A GOOD APPETITE

The Ultimate Veggie Burger

It’s difficult to make a veggie burger with great flavor and a firm, succulent texture. This is how you do it.

Bird of the Day: Lineated Woodpecker (Xandari Resort, Costa Rica)

July 23, 2014

Photo Credit: Seth Inman

If You Happen To Be In Florence, Alabama (USA)

July 23, 2014
Robert Rausch for The New York Times. Tom Hendrix at the Florence, Ala., memorial he built for his great-great grandmother, Te-lah-nay, a Yuchi Indian.

Robert Rausch for The New York Times. Tom Hendrix at the Florence, Ala., memorial he built for his great-great grandmother, Te-lah-nay, a Yuchi Indian.

Thanks to the New York Times for this coverage of a moving tribute to one man’s lineage and his peoples’ heritage:

Off Alabama’s Beaten Path, Tribute to a Native American’s Journey Home

Tom Hendrix has built a mile-long stone wall to memorialize his Native American great-great grandmother, who was displaced during the Trail of Tears.

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