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Portals_VFOx6Most of you in the Vast Legion that follow this site (and it’s myriad spokes in the social media universe) have seen some of the images I’ve created from my photos of the medieval ruins of England and Scotland, the series I call “Portals of Stone.”

Now you can display some of these images on the desktop of your computer.

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Really, I Wish They Wouldn’t Encourage Me

Study Shows: Dark chocolate ingredient may prevent obesity, diabetes

I do prefer dark to all the other chocolates.  And "white chocolate" is an oxymoron in my book.

Too bad the source is Fox News:

Dark chocolate is rich in flavonols, a type of antioxidant shown to improve cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow. In order to determine whether flavonols also have a protective effect on weight, researchers placed lab mice on a high-fat diet rich in flavonols.

Their results, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, demonstrated that a flavonol known as oligomeric procyanidins (PCs) seemed to have the greatest protective effect on health.

 I do prefer dark to all the other chocolates.

And “white chocolate” is an oxymoron in my book.

Dawn Awaits The Thunder

Two Sundays ago (that would make it March 23rd), I hauled my ass out of a bed in a Deerwood Inn in Erin, TN before dawn.

And what, you are surely wondering, was I doing in Erin, TN, let alone getting out of bed well before first light?

I was there for the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Donelson, and was on my way to meet “General Grant” at the Federal troops campground as it came to life.I did some interesting close-up photos of “the General,” who does me the great honor of referring to me as “The Matthew Brady of the Re-enacted Civil War.”  I’ll have some of those photos to share in the week ahead (I’ve been busy, and it’s almost all more or less photography-related), but here’s one I processed yesterday that I’m rather pleased with.

Dawn Awaits The Thunder

Dawn Awaits The Thunder

All of this is in preparation for the release later this spring of Volume 3 of The 1861 Project.  Stay tuned…

Stolen Moment…

Restolen:

@racbarn makes surprise appearance w @marcuswhitney @TEDXNashville #tedxnashville #besttalksofar

What follows for a few entries are some photos I shot from my seat at the TEDx Conference held here in Nashville this past Saturday.

This is my friend Marcus Whitney, whose talk combined his personal journey with the lessons he found in the movie “American Hustle.”  I have to say, Marcus got a lot more out of that movie than I did….

Here’s a recap of some of the highlights of the day.

We Really Need…

…. to have this conversation…

@DanHogan kicks off @TEDxNashville w matters of #Life and #Death #TEDxNashville #digest

This is the talk that started the day at TEDxNashville 2014. The magazine cover Dan Hogan is pointing to tells the whole story.

Denial of Death. At some point, it does become pointless.