Richard “Dick” N. Keene - The Lincoln County NewsFriday, April 13, 2018
He loved to sail, was the life of the party, had fun telling jokes, loved people, was always busy, and loved his family.Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his parents; a baby daughter; and brothers, Fred, Maurice and George.He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Ava; daughters, Marie L. Ferrin of Bremen, and Sandra J. Keene; grandchildren, Melissa (Luis) Da La Cruz of Fairfield, Cal., Michelle Ferrin of Vallejo, Cal., William R. Spencer Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla., Benjamin Heller of Corrington, Ky., and Elisabeth Heller of Biddeford; great-grandchildren, Gabriella (Zachary) Marmonte, of Vacaville, Cal., Kristopher Ferrin of Bremen, Alexander Da La Cruz and D’angelo Da La Cruz of Fairfield, Cal., Shian Starks of Bremen, Raylonnia Foster and Makayla Foster of Fairfield, Cal., and Wylie Spencer of Tallahassee, Fla.; great-great-granddaughters, Scarlette and Raven Marmonte of Vacaville, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as special friends, the David Autio family.A celebration of Dick’s life will be held later in the summer.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Miles & St. Andrew’s Home Health and Hospice, ? Development Office, 35 Miles St., Damariscotta, ME 04543.Condolences, and messages for his family, may be expressed by visiting www.StrongHancock.com.Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta.Share this:...http://lcnme.com/obituaries/richard-dick-n-keene/
Updated: North Iowa neighbors we've lost in 2018 (with photos, video) - Mason City Globe GazetteFriday, April 13, 2018
Unit in Mason City. Local city officials remembered him as a man of great integrity, kind spirit and a well-respected figure in Ventura and its surrounding communities.Clear Lake Police Chief Pete Roth remembered Benson as a kind person who was always looking to help his fellow citizens."He would always have a big old smile on his face," Roth said. "He was a great guy to know, and meant a lot to this community."Council members also said Benson was also a snowmobile enthusiast. Brian Vaage said Benson was part of the North Iowa Snow Seekers club, and helped organize a couple events for the group.He was mostly known around Ventura and North Iowa for his excavating work, for which he gained a great amount of respect because of his work ethic.And even as he battled cancer for several years, Councilman Dar Avery said he was surprised when Benson stated he wanted to be Ventura's mayor — but added he was fully committed to its responsibilities. Quintas and Vaage said he frequented the gas station in town to catch up with fellow Ventura residents."He wanted this job," Avery said. "He wanted to serve."And according to Ventura City Administrator Else Taylor, Benson's respect for the position — which he held for over four years — was evident."He had a quiet authority about him that few people possess," Taylor said. "He ran Ventura with integrity and had a great sense of humor."Council members said Benson's commitment to serve was in part to give back to the community, and also to partake in some of the annual festivities — including riding in the Fourth of July parade.Benson, a Forest City native, graduated from Fo...http://globegazette.com/news/local/updated-north-iowa-neighbors-we-ve-lost-in-with-photos/collection_3cc60297-f373-5606-aa44-0b558121f6b4.html
WOLFGANG LAIB with Phong Bui - Brooklyn RailFriday, April 13, 2018
Agnes Gund, April 29 – July 22, 2018), it must have been in the Fall of 2007, I immediately felt a particular sense of serenity in relation to the other works of art in her collection, including a Rothko painting. I came to see the difference: while Rothko has his own silence, steeped in the transcendental sides of both emotional tragedy and spiritual ecstasy in the tradition of romanticism—I always felt as though I’m the monk standing in the great Caspar David Friedrich painting The Monk by The Sea. Whereas the energy, or I should say the aura of silence that derived from your Rice House reminded me of a similar silence I experienced in Buddhist temples that my grandmother took me to every weekend growing up in Hu?, Vietnam. Do you think that aura of silence was initiated the first time you experienced Brancusi’s studio at the Palais de Tokyo, when you were fifteen?Rice House, 1995-96. Marble and rice, 18 7/8 x 12 1/2 x 58 7/8 inches. Courtesy the Artist and Sperone Westwater, New York." Wolfgang Laib, Rice House, 1995-96. Marble and rice, 18 7/8 × 12 1/2 × 58 7/8 inches. Courtesy the Artist and Sperone Westwater, New York.Laib: Yes, in my childhood Brancusi was very important. My parents were interested in Brancusi and he was considered in our family like a demi-god. I can’t offer you a specific reason except that we all felt strongly something otherworldly in his work. In the ’60s, it was the first time you could see it publicly in Paris, and then in the ’70s the studio was moved to the front of the Centre Pompidou. That was my favorite place for a long time in Paris.Rail: And what led you to start making art in the middle of medical school?Laib: I was four years in medical school, and then I did my dissertation for my studies about the hygiene of drinking water in India, where I stayed for half a year. I came back and made my first Brahmanda(Egg of the Universe), which took two or three months to chisel it into shape. It was a black boulder from the region, brought there by glaciers of the ice age, which means it was extremely hard to work on. I made some smaller ones before, but this was the main piece that had a strong spirit in it. I had the fundamental skills of chiseling and carving so I was able to conceive the form very gradually. I began when I came back from India in September, and just before Christmas it was finished. It was a life-changing experience.Rail: And from that point on you decided to be an artist; but the tension must have existed long before, being caught between the attraction to Eastern culture and the given Western tradition.Laib: Yes, the tension was always there. My family was always interested in Indian art and culture. In the ’60s, there were some exhibitions that my father saw in Europe of tantric art, abstract drawings and so on from the 16th or 17th century. He thought they were like Mondrians, so he bought a few of these drawings and said, “I want to see the country where this is coming from.” That was his first interest in going to India. Rail: Your father was also a doctor, who also had been interested in Eastern philosophy through these drawings of tantric art. So it’s fair to say he had a significant role in shaping your own simila...
A Brief History of Attempted Russian Assassinations by Poison - Foreign Policy (blog)Thursday, March 15, 2018
Russia is not alone in deploying nerve agents against its enemies. Last year, North Korean agents assassinated leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother using the nerve agent VX. And in 1997, Israeli agents attempted to assassinate a Hamas leader, Khaled Mashal, with a lethal dose of fentanyl. Yet the list of Russian men and women targeted for assassination after falling afoul of the Kremlin includes quite a few felled by poison. The tactic sends a clear message to those thinking of defection or dissent, says Steve Hall, who up until his retirement in 2015 ran Russia operations for the CIA: “We’ll find you.”Alexander LitvinenkoA picture of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko is pinned to flowers outside the University College Hospital in central London on Nov. 23, 2007. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)Far and away the most famous example of an assassination by poison is Alexander Litvinenko. The dissident Russian spy was killed in 2006 when he ingested polonium-210, a highly radioactive substance, that had been slipped into his tea. Litvinenko fled Russia in 2000 and established himself as a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s security services. He authored a book accusing the Russian FSB — the successor to the KGB — of complicity in the 1999 apartment bombings that Putin blamed on Chechen separatists, served as the pretext for renewed military operations there, and acted as Putin’s springboard to power. The use of polonium to kill Litvinenko served another purpose. “It’s a terrible way to die,” Hall says. “It sends a particularly strong message.”For all that, Litvinenko probably was none too surprised. ”The view inside our agency was that poison is just a weapon, like a pistol,” Litvinenko told the New York Times two years before his assassination. ”It’s not seen that way in the West, but it was just viewed as an ordinary tool.”Vladimir Kara-MurzaRussian activist Vladimir Kara-Murza arrives for a U.S. Senate hearing on Capitol Hill on March 29, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)The Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza holds a distinction he would probably like to do without: He has survived attempted assassination by poison not once, but twice.The first incident came in 2015, when he suddenly fell ill during a meeting. “In the space of about 20 minutes, I went from feeling completely normal to having a rapid heart rate, really high blood pressure, to sweating and vomiting all over the place, and then I lost consciousness,” Kara-Murza told the New York Times in 2016. Doctors told h...http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/03/09/a-brief-history-of-attempted-russian-assassinations-by-poison/
What's in a Home? - CityLabFriday, April 13, 2018
He was astonished by Peru’s diversity, both in terms of geography and inhabitants, as he traveled around the country.Thomas Dworzak travelled around the world—Bavaria, Georgia, Iran—to capture the places he had called home: places that he says still burn within him. Of Tblisi, Georgia, in particular, Dworzak wrote in the forward to his photo set, “I force myself away for longer periods but am sure to always come back. And still, I will always remain a foreigner…I think I will never gain the same level of understanding, the language, the dialect, the humor, than whenever I return to visit my father in that place I left so desperately 30 years ago.” Dworzak photographed his father in the Bavarian village from which he was deported as a child; his wife in Tehran; his friends in Tblisi. While Dworzak also included images of location and scenery, it is clear that, for him, home is haunted by the people who inhabit it.It is impossible for “home” to be interpreted exactly the same way by different people, influenced as we are by entirely different things: the way light strikes the wall of our favorite diner, the curve of our grandmother’s cheek, the way it feels to walk the same street for years. But the book proves that there are many ways to think about a home, and even more ways to visualize it.Home is available for purchase at the Magnum shop.
Keukenhof Gardens: Discover a wealth of flowers - United States Army Friday, April 13, 2018
Dutch growers and a wealth of flowers, sorted by color. The Keukenhof, translated to Kitchen Garden, owes its name to Countess Jacoba van Beieren (Jaqueline of Bavaria), who had a castle at this location in the 15th century. She stayed there very often, because the area provided good hunting grounds. Herbs and vegetables were grown in the yard for her kitchen and these have given way to more colorful plants and flowers. Over six million flower bulbs provide beautiful scenic spots throughout the park. Large flower palaces are filled with oceans of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and smaller varieties of their species as well as orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and many more flowers. As the season progresses, the emphasis shifts to different groups of flowers. It is a display of colors and an overwhelming perfume.Endless varieties of tulips can be seen most of the time, but the best time to view them is mid-April. Other flowers bloom again at a different time. However, the park is always a colorful sight. The flower shops in the park can actually mail flower bulbs to the U.S. for customers.The park is open only in the spring time. This year, you can visit from March 22 to May 23. The Keukenhof is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ticket office closes at 6 p.m. Entry is €16 for adults and €8 for children age 4 to 11. Keukenhof is easy to reach via the A4 (exit Nieuw-Vennep) and the A44 (exit 3 Lisse). Follow the Keukenhof s...
Brautmode und Abendmode von Brautmoden TegernseeThursday, March 15, 2018
Maßanfertigungen.Die eigenen Brautmoden- und Accessoirekollektionen und Maßanfertigungen werden in der integrierten Manufaktur aus hochwertigen Stoffen und Materialien handgefertigt – Made in Bavaria. Zu den umfangreichen Brautserviceleistungen gehören neben einer ausführlichen professionellen Beratung in entspannter Atmosphäre auch ein Änderungs- und Individualisierungsservice. Brautkleider und Brautdirndl können nach den Vorstellungen der Braut entworfen und angefertigt werden oder das ausgewähltes Brautkleid kann zusätzlich individualisiert werden. Die Accessoires und der Schmuck werden auf Wunsch auf das Styling abgestimmt und in der eigenen Manufaktur handgefertigt. Die Brautausstattung wird so zu einem unvergleichlichen Unikat.Jedes Brautdirndl ein Unikat. Dirndleria® by Tali Amoo.Die Brautdirndl der Marke Dirndleria® by Tali Amoo werden auf Wunsch nach den Wünschen und Vostellungen der Kundin entworfen und mit Liebe zum Detail in der eigenen Manufaktur handgefertigt. Verwendet werden nur hochwertige Stoffe und Materialien. Jedes Brautdirndl ist dann ein edles Unikat. Es ist, genau wie die Trägerin, einmalig und unterstreicht ihre Persönlichkeit. Eine exklusive Besonderheit ist die zusätzliche nur bei Brautmoden Tegernsee erhältliche Individualisierung Glockenrüsche® by Tali Amoo, mit der die Dirndl und auch die Unterwäsche nochmals veredelt und individualisiert werden können.Abendmode von Brautmoden Tegernsee.Abendkleider, Ballkleider, Abiballkleider und Galakleider werden bei Brautmoden Tegernsee in der Manufaktur individuell entworfen und gefertigt. Die Maßanfertigungen sind unverwechselbare Unikate, so individuell wie ihre Trägerin.Seit dem Frühjahr 2018 führt Brautmoden Tegernsee die Abendkleidkollektionen von Christian Koehlert Paris. In der Kollektion werden von edel-klassisch bis glamourös-exklusiv hochwertige in verschiedenen Ausführungen erhältliche Abendkleider angebotenExklusive Serviceleistungen von Brautmoden Tegernsee.Brautmoden Tegernsee bietet für die Braut einen umfassenden exklusiven Premiumservice. Dieser Brautservice beinhaltet eine umfassende professionelle Beratung in entspannter Atmosphäre und ohne Zeitdruck. Das ausgewählte Traumkleid kann in der eigenen Manufaktur nach den Vorstellungen der Kundin geändert, angepasst, veredelt und individualisiert werden. Maßgeschneiderte Unikatkleider und eigene Kollektionen werden ebenfalls in der Brautmodenmanufaktur ...http://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&tid=AB1841C69D684A6BB9AE4108445FCE7C&url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.inar.de%2fbrautmode-und-abendmode-von-brautmoden-tegernsee%2f&c=5570751975389521761&mkt=de-de
5 facts about cannabis laws in Germany - Deutsche WelleThursday, March 15, 2018
The trade union representing Germany's criminologists has echoed these calls, describing the current law as "neither intelligent, nor constructive."Angela Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the CSU, remain stark opponents of legalizing, as does the far-right po...http://www.dw.com/en/5-facts-about-cannabis-laws-in-germany/a-42709969