Friday, December 18, 2015

short story slam week 35, and ABC Wednesday, on Wildcats of Nu

Carpe Diem #882 beneath the stars of the deep north: low tide crossing, July
Love Fails when Emotions Change Colors

 Christmas blue
Kera Joe, Mary Oliver , so and so,
Ryan Field offers cure
Sherrield United,
Northwestern Wildcats meow,
a go for Morton and Julio.
angry waves splash
the bay of Lake Michigan sheds tears
with 2015 winter snow
how contradictory it is
as new year of sheep flips over
and the year of monkey hits
what course is Jinping Xi sails
this colorful season in Kensha of Illinois
that Liyuan opera house sings 

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mac's Quik Lube

home magazine
sara payne keyes
molly payne
joyce abrams
allen cobbie
zackri whitlow
john cooper
farm gypsy
bridget mason
cheryl payne
judy adams
zak dyer
craig skinner
chris hawkes
melissa hembree
kami koontz
jason young
dan martin
jake flint
eric aubrey
brad fielder
jared deck
marco tello
cale lester
pam potts
copa reeter banel
steve pryor
andrea macmullin
joe baxter
cody woody

Saturday, November 21, 2015

shadow shot sunday, six word saturday, black lake haiku, and weekend town photos

 the old faithful, the most famous geyser, 
yellow stone park, teton county, Wyoming

Old Glory 

Six Word Saturday

I Count My Blessings, Today, Tomorrow 

 My Memory Art
Kind Words Walk,  Sweet Smiles Spread

Carpe Diem #863 Black Lake (Khar Us

Thinking of Old Faithful Geyser, I claim to be the one,
Seeing the water erupting, I become a Wyoming sun,
after the day falls quiet, I imagine myself as a breeze, and
when a rooster begins to crow, I know it is Dawn coming

I am a thinking machine, that's for a good reason

when Boomer lake wells up, I am the full moon,
when black and white photo develops in a dark room, i am the magician,
when I reach the cloud and fly south for a winter migration,
I realize that freedom is always my life time passion

I am thinking of airplanes, that's a thing for moving

under the similar concept of inner peace, friendship, signs of shadow and rain,
huge emotion restores within, only pour out from some time duration...
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Comfort Food [Friday My Town Shoot Out Link-Up] 

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george street 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

short story slam week 32: unexpected quotes

Bluebell Books Twitter Club!

 a handbook from Vanderbilt University is nice,
that tells a story of a young high school senior's dreams,
a dream can be landed in Nashville, Tennessee,...

a Harvard student agrees with scientific formulas,
a MIT graduate has fun inventing wind mills,
a Northwestern freshman hopes to know economic theory,

my dream is to travel all over the world,
that's why I attend high school from north Dongting Lake,
and join Wuzi university at Peking city

Tom Steveshen dreams about computer science,
that's why he rejects Princeton Review's recommendation,
and opts on UCLA, CALtech, VU, UT at Texas, or UB at San Francisco

it seems like the cats at Memphis is cute,
cats from Yale university is cuter,
ans kittens from UCO is cutest

just kidding,
we do love Gators from University of Florida,
and we do seek permissions from U-Penn from Philadelphia.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

short story slam week 31 and six word saturday

during my sleep last night, I hear lots of people, everyone exams someone else's pockets,
making arrangements trying to connect, so that the porridge is mixed, and  the taste is fair

when Charles Brown draws his favorite cartoon, he thinks of those lords
who disagree, thus he adds dark haired witches, bold head Australians, and yellow
haired Koreans, or headless ghosts

I read so many people, accepting too many philosophy, yet I wake up at Quizinos,
looking at a big box of tiny sandwiches, and feeling the urge to eat one, yet
I am forced to sit, without doing or eating, and I swallow a big round peach, and
use my painted figures picking up mixed nuts from planter, all occur
natural and the dream is real, I am space traveling to WITCHLAND
and get too many visual dots on my face...Jenny Matlock won't continue her short story 
collection, Missy Storm quits, glad that Michelle Wallace joins us.
Six Word Saturday at  Show My Face.

Oops. I have burned my mittens

Friday, October 2, 2015

Welcome to Derby Public Schools; Craig Wilford


Welcome to Derby Public Schools!   We are proud to serve the children of our community and provide them a rigorous, relevant curriculum in an environment that promotes positive relationships.

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District News & Announcements

  • Derby Public Schools is hosting a Public Online Auction for excess furniture and other supplies from the Sixth Grade Center and old central kitchen.  We will be accepting online bids from 12:00PM Saturday, October 3, 2015 through 12:00PM Monday, October 12, 2015.  Read More

  • Derby High School Homecoming
    Derby High School invites you to the 2015 Fall Homecoming Football game and parade. The Derby Panthers will host the Newton Railroaders on Friday, October 2. Prior to the game Derby High School Student Council will present a new parade format inside Panther Stadium starting at 6:00PM.

  • Friday Night Football Traffic and Parking
    Due to construction at Derby Middle School, parking and foot traffic routes at Panther Stadium will be limited on Friday nights. Entry to the parking lot will be limited to the single Madison street entrance. Exits will be onto Madison or Market streets. Please plan accordingly and arrive earlier if needed. We appreciate your patience!
    Go Panthers!

  • Address Locator Tool
    If you would like to know which school your child will attend click HERE to use our address search. 

  • October Bond Update
    Click HERE to view in larger pdf format. 

  • Derby North Middle School/Derby Recreation Commission Bus Option
    Families have the option to purchase a student Bus Package for morning and afternoon transportation to and from the DRC and Derby North Middle School. Read More

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Stone Barns & Blue Hill Partnership


Blue Hill at Stone Barns is a world-renowned, award-winning restaurant located in one of the historic stone buildings at Stone Barns Center—and it plays a vital role in helping advance our mission. The partnership between Stone Barns Center and Blue Hill is mutually reinforcing and supportive: a nonprofit organization and a business working hand-in-hand on the same land toward the shared goal of changing the way America eats and farms.
The chefs at Blue Hill partner with the farmers at Stone Barns to demonstrate innovative farm-driven cuisine for our visitors and program participants, bringing the field and pasture to the plate and increasing awareness of our shared philosophy. Farmers, chefs and educators all work together to advance innovation and experimentation in sustainable agriculture and the creation of delicious, nutritious cuisine. As a celebrated restaurant, Blue Hill wields a strong influence on the food-system dialogue in which other chefs, suppliers, corporations and eaters are taking part.
Some examples of our unique partnership:
  • Stone Barns farmers work closely with Blue Hill chefs in seed trials, in which new varieties of vegetables are grown and harvested on the farm and then prepared in imaginative ways for diners—a collaboration that can help open up new markets for small farmers.
  • Chefs and farmers make new discoveries together, such as the sweetness of a certain variety of parsnip, and then collaborate on inventive preparations. In the case of the parsnip, people crave it like chocolate.
  • When we convene key audiences, we work together through farming, food and ideas to spark the imagination of people who are working to bring change to their own communities.
  • Blue Hill experiments with using heat generated from farm compost to fuel cooking and creativity.
  • Through Stone Barns Center’s public education programming, Blue Hill staff teach in-the-kitchen classes for children and adults, featuring seasonal ingredients from the farm.
  • Blue Hill purchases approximately 70% of what’s grown and raised on the farm at Stone Barns. (Blue Hill also buys from other farmers and producers in the region.)

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, along with its sister restaurant in Manhattan, Blue Hill, is owned and managed by Dan, David and Laureen Barber. Click here for more information.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Deng Yaping


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is a Chinese name; the family name is 邓 Deng.
Deng Yaping
Deng Yaping.jpg
Deng Yaping at Summer Olympics 1996
Personal information
Native name 邓亚萍
Full name DENG Yaping
Nationality  China
Born February 5, 1973 (age 42)
Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Deng Yaping (simplified Chinese: 邓亚萍; traditional Chinese: 鄧亞萍; born February 5, 1973 in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China) is a Chinese table tennis player, who won six world championships and four Olympic championships between 1989 and 1997. She is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.



Deng began playing table tennis at age five, and four years later she won her provincial junior championship. She was age 13 when she won her first national championship.
Despite her success, she was initially denied a spot on the national team because she was so short (she stood only 1.5 metres [4 feet 11 inches] tall). Her talent, however, could not be denied, and she was finally included on the national team in 1988. She teamed with Qiao Hong to win her first world championship title in the women's doubles competition in 1989. Two years later in 1991, Deng won her first singles world championship.
At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, she won a gold medal in both the singles and doubles competitions and repeated the feat at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, USA. She also earned singles and doubles titles at the 1995 and 1997 world championships.
When she retired at the age of 24, she had won more titles than any other player in the sport, including four Olympic gold medals, and had been World Champion 18 times. From 1990 to 1997, she retained the title of world No. 1 ranked female table tennis player for 8 years. She was voted Chinese female athlete of the century, and joined the International Table Tennis Federation Hall of Fame in 2003.


  • 40th World Table Tennis Championship (1989) Women's Double Gold.
  • 1st Table Tennis World Cup (1990) Women's Team Gold.
  • 41st World Table Tennis Championship (1991) Women's Single Gold, Women's Double Gold.
  • 2nd Table Tennis World Cup (1991–1992) Women's Team Gold, Women's Double Gold.
  • 25th Olympic Games (1992) Table Tennis Women's Single Gold, Women's Double Gold.
  • 42nd World Table Tennis Championship (1993) Women's Team Gold, Women's Double Silver.
  • 43rd World Table Tennis Championship (1995) Women's Team Gold, Women's Single Gold, Women's Double Gold, Mixed Double Silver.
  • 4th Table Tennis World Cup (1995) Women's Team Gold
  • 26th Olympic Games (1996) Table Tennis Women's Single Gold, Women's Double Gold.
  • 44th World Table Tennis Championship (1997) Women's Team Gold, Women's Single Gold, Women's Double Gold, Mixed Double Silver.

Life after retirement

After retiring at the end of the 1997 season, Deng served on the International Olympic Committee's ethics and athletes commissions. She is also a member of the elite Laureus World Sports Academy, and a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
She gained a bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University, a master's degree from the University of Nottingham, and as of March 2006,[1] was continuing to study for a PhD. in Land Economy at the University of Cambridge (Jesus College). Her research work coincides with her professional focus on the marketing, management and development of the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a member of the Beijing Organizing Committee.
In 2007, she married Lin Zhigang, also a table tennis player, and later gave birth to a baby boy.
In 2008, she received a PhD degree from Cambridge. Her thesis title is: "The impact of the Olympic Games on Chinese development: A multi-disciplinary analysis".
In 2010, she attracted controversy due to comments she made. A student asked her, "how can one get promoted quickly?" She answered, "when your personal value overlaps with the interests of the state, you value will be enlarged without limit."[2] Later, she also said, "in the 62 years since the establishment of The People's Republic of China, the People's Daily have not published a single piece of fake news."[2]

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lawrence, Nassau County, New York


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    Not to be confused with Lawrence, St. Lawrence County, New York.
    Lawrence, New York
    Village of Lawrence
    Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
    Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
    Lawrence, Nassau County, New York is located in New York
    Lawrence, Nassau County, New York
    Location within the state of New York
    Coordinates: 40°36′34″N 73°43′36″WCoordinates: 40°36′34″N 73°43′36″W
    Country United States
    State New York
    County Nassau
     • Total 4.7 sq mi (12.2 km2)
     • Land 3.8 sq mi (10.0 km2)
     • Water 0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)
    Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
    Population (2010)
     • Total 6,483
    Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
     • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
    ZIP code 11559
    Area code(s) 516
    FIPS code 36-41553
    GNIS feature ID 0955101
    Lawrence is a village in Nassau County, New York in the USA. As of the United States 2010 Census, the village population was 6,483.
    The Village of Lawrence is in the southwest corner of the Town of Hempstead, adjoining the border with the New York City borough of Queens to the west and near the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Lawrence is one of the "Five Towns", which consists of the villages of Lawrence and Cedarhurst, the hamlets (unincorporated areas) of Woodmere and Inwood, and "The Hewletts", which is made up of the hamlet of Hewlett together with the villages of Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor and Hewlett Neck, along with Woodsburgh.[1]


    Old Lawrence

    Old Lawrence, or Back Lawrence, is a part of the Village of Lawrence, comprising many large homes, mansions, beach side villas and former plantations with very large property, a few dating back to the time of the American Revolution. This area, like Hewlett is unique because its rural affluence is similar in character to the more well known Gold Coast of the North Shore instead of being more urbanized like the rest of the South Shore of Nassau County. An interesting pre-Revolutionary home on Long Island, Rock Hall, was home to two prominent families, the Martins and Hewletts, and is now an active museum.
    During the second half of the 19th century, it was a main vacation spot for the rich families until the 1890s. A series of hurricanes and nor'easters altered the coastline considerably and destroyed a large beachfront hotel. Lawrence could no longer boast direct access to the sands along the Atlantic Ocean. At the same time, Lawrence began to become more like a modern suburb, a village with schools, public facilities, better roads and a large town area that expanded into what is now today.
    Lawrence, or most notably Old Lawrence, was formerly home to a large upper class of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant families that lived there since the time of the American Revolution. From the 1940s to 1980s, it became a center of Reform and Conservative Jewish life that included the largest Reform synagogue on Long Island (Temple Israel). Many noteworthy residents grew up in Lawrence during this period.
    In the late 1980s, it saw a large migration of Modern Orthodox Jews. The Orthodox Jewish communities are close to the more Haredi nearby center of Far Rockaway which has more yeshivas for the children and younger members as well as a variety of kosher restaurants and communal organizations. Central Avenue in Lawrence (and its continuation in Cedarhurst) has a large and growing number of kosher restaurants and other business catering to the Orthodox community.


    U.S. Census Map
    Lawrence is located at 40°36′34″N 73°43′36″W.[2]
    According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.1 km2), of which, 3.8 square miles (10.0 km2) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.2 km2) of it (17.91%) is water.


    Historical population
    Census Pop.
    1890 626
    1900 558
    1910 1,189
    1920 2,861
    1930 3,041
    1940 3,649
    1950 4,681
    1960 5,907
    1970 6,566
    1980 6,175
    1990 6,513
    2000 6,522
    2010 6,483
    Est. 2014 6,553 [3] 1.1%
    U.S. Decennial Census[4]
    As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,522 people, 2,113 households, and 1,629 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,694.6 people per square mile (654.1/km2). There were 2,287 housing units at an average density of 594.2 per square mile (229.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.2% White, 1.1% African American, <0.1% Native American, 1.7% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.
    There were 2,113 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.7% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.62.
    In the village the population was spread out with 32.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.
    The median income for a household in the village was $104,845, and the median income for a family was $129,779. Males had a median income of $99,841 versus $41,094 for females. The per capita income for the village was $51,602. About 4.3% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.


    The Village of Lawrence is governed by an elected Mayor and Board of Trustees. The present Mayor is Martin Oliner, elected in 2010. The Board of Trustees consists of 5 members including the Mayor. Members of the Board of Trustees are as follows:[6]
    • Martin Oliner - Mayor
    • Michael A. Fragin - Trustee
    • C. Simon Felder - Trustee
    • Irving Langer- Trustee
    • Alexander Edelman - Trustee
    Lawrence recently enacted term limits for the Village Board. The Mayor may only serve three two year terms and trustees are limited to four two year terms.

    Representation within wider government


    The Lawrence Public Schools, School District 15, serve the communities of Atlantic Beach, Cedarhurst, Inwood, Lawrence, and sections of Woodmere and North Woodmere.
    The Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, is a K-12 Modern Orthodox school where students study Jewish and secular subjects in a dual curriculum. The Pre-School, Kindergarten and Elementary schools are located on one campus on Frost Lane and Washington Avenue.
    The Brandeis School is a conservative Jewish Day School located in Lawrence.
    Mesivta Ateres Yaakov is a yeshiva located in Lawrence.
    Rambam Mesivta is also located in Lawrence on Frost ave. It is for grades 9-12 where students learn a dual curriculum of Jewish and Secular studies.
    Lawrence is also home to the Shor Yoshuv Institute, a Rabbinical College with several hundred students.


    The Lawrence station provides Long Island Rail Road service on the Far Rockaway Branch to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn with connections at Jamaica to other parts of Long Island.
    The n31 and n32 buses of Nassau Inter-County Express run down Central Avenue extending southwest into Far Rockaway (with a connection to the A train of the New York City Subway at Far Rockaway – Mott Avenue) and northeast to the Hempstead Transit Center in central Nassau County with connections to other parts of Long Island.
    A 5-mile drive up Rockaway Turnpike takes you to the Belt Parkway, the Van Wyck Expressway, the Cross Island Parkway, Southern State Parkway and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
    Lawrence is connected to Atlantic Beach to the south, across Reynolds Channel via the Atlantic Beach Bridge.

    Emergency services

    The Nassau County Police Department provides police services in Lawrence and most of Nassau County. Lawrence is part of the force's Fourth Precinct.[7]
    Lawrence is served by the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department. The LCFD consists of 85 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians[8] and provides fire protection to the villages of Lawrence and Cedarhurst, as well as the North Lawrence Fire District and East Lawrence Fire District. The LCFD also responds to alarms such as car accidents and aided cases on the Atlantic Beach Bridge.

    Notable residents

    Notable current and former residents of Lawrence include:


  2. Barron, James. "IF YOU'RE THINKING OF LIVING IN: FIVE TOWNS", The New York Times, July 10, 1983. Accessed May 20, 2008. "The basic five are Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Hewlett and Inwood. But the area also includes some unincorporated communities and two tiny villages, Hewlett Bay Park and Woodsburgh, that are not added to the final total."

  3. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.

  4. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.

  5. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.

  6. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

  7. Village of Lawrence Website

  8. 4th Precinct, Nassau County Police Department. Accessed August 20, 2007.

  9. Lawrence Cedarhurst Fire Department, Accessed March 9, 2008.

  10. "Burstein Brings an Edge to Attorney General's Race" - New York Times, August 7, 1994, Accessed May 3, 2008

  11. "INTERVIEW; Her Winning Way With Fashion", Van Gelder, Lawrence, The New York Times, October 16, 1977; Accessed September 15, 2008

  12. "'Bored? Creatively I'm Bored, But...'", Berkvist, Robert, New York Times, March 19, 1972; Accessed September 15, 2008

  13. "BRINGING IT BACK HOME. Steve Madden's new ad campaign focuses on his fashion center - Queens", Dominguez, Robert, Daily News (New York), October 19, 2006; Accessed September 15, 2008

  14. "FILM; 'Amongst Friends' Tops Off a Journey Of Self-Discovery", Lyall, Sarah, The New York Times, July 18, 1993; Accessed September 18, 2008

  15. "Nascent Hall of Fame to Welcome First Honorees", 'Fischler, Marcelle, The New York Times, October 15, 2006; Accessed November 26, 2007