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Monday, August 31, 2015

Hot enough for ya?

The globe’s changing climate will boost temperatures across the state, causing widespread economic, environmental, public health and even recreational changes, said James Shortle, professor of agricultural and environmental economics and lead author of the multidisciplinary report.“The scientific data is clear,” said Shortle. “Climate change is happening, and there will be impacts to Pennsylvania.”

''The 2015 Climate Impacts Assessment report, released Thursday, uses new scientific findings, data and analysis to predict Pennsylvania will be 5.4 degrees warmer in 2050 than it was in 2000. That means Pittsburgh’s climate will be similar to that of current-day Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia’s will resemble current-day Richmond, Va. The 198-page report updates studies done in 2009 and 2013 for the state Department of Environmental Protection in response to a 2008 legislative directive to assess the long-range impacts of climate change in the state. It says changes in the state’s climate will likely:
• Worsen air quality, increasing pollen concentrations, smog and asthma attacks.
• Increase insect-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease.
• Create more favorable conditions for agricultural pests and weeds.
• Increase storms and flooding, causing threats to safe drinking water and reliable energy supplies.
• Produce less snow, with the result that ski resorts “are not expected to remain economically viable past mid-century.”

...and it goes without saying (but I draw your attention to it, just to be clear) that fracking will only accelerate the overall local effects of climate change, adding methane toxins and all the other frackingcrap into the worsening air mentioned above. And to the water, andandand... .

...2050 is so-o-o-o-oooo far away, why should i care, they'll figure something out to make it all go away, climate change isn't real because it messes with my portfolio and/or my to-the-death allegiance to the forces of free market economics-at-any-cost (even to life itself)....

Sound familiar? This thinking will harm this country and our lives more than any threats from outside "The Homeland."

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oliver Sacks, human being, 1933-2015

Oliver Sacks. His book Awakenings inspired the Oscar-nominated film of the same name which starred Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. (Photograph: Adam Scourfield/BBC/AP Photo/AP)

''I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight. This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world. But there will be time, too, for some fun (and even some silliness, as well). I have been increasingly conscious, for the last 10 years or so, of deaths among my contemporaries. My generation is on the way out, and each death I have felt as an abruption, a tearing away of part of myself. There will be no one like us when we are gone, but then there is no one like anyone else, ever. When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death. I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure."

Saturday, August 29, 2015

horses for healing

Catherine Markosky of Ligonier was initially a skeptic of hippotherapy, a form of therapy that uses horseback riding to nurture people with temporary or permanent disabilities.
A therapist suggested the treatment for Markosky's son Mason, 14, who has Costello syndrome and cerebral palsy. Markosky, 46, worried about her son, a toddler at the time, possibly falling off the horse or getting hurt, but 12 weeks into his therapy, he could sit up, and his once stiff, rigid body started to relax.
“Once he started to sit, we were able to play with him and he could sit on a therapy ball,” she said. “He could sit in a chair at the television or sit at a chair at the table. His quality of life was changing so much.”

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Picking The Wings Off Butterflies

"Blithely returning to the scene of (one of) his crimes, a grinning, dancing, shamelessly tone-deaf George Bush visited New Orleans on the 10th anniversary of Katrina to rewrite history, honor a rebuilt school, and celebrate what one former lackey called "the almost unimaginable renaisssance" of a city that for thousands of hardscrabble survivors remains ravaged. Bush has evidently, conveniently forgotten what one historian has called the "confluence of blunders" - from a disastrously inadequate rescue effort to his fly-over on Air Force One to his infamous "Heckuva job, Brownie" - that led furious residents to display Bush effigies at local carnivals for years after Katrina.
Bush wasn't the only one turning a blindly revisionist eye to the realities of Katrina. Before a planned visit by Obama, Louisiana's moronic Gov. Bobby Jindal wrote an open letter urging the Administration to avoid "inserting the divisive political agenda of liberal environmental activism" by mentioning the C word - climate change. "The temptation to stray into climate change politics should be resisted," he lectured, straying into politics. Besides, he added, "The people of Louisiana have already agreed upon a pragmatic and bipartisan approach to preventing and mitigating the damage of future weather systems," though he failed to note that the people he's accusing of having all these stupid ideas about how hurricanes happen are the same people paying for that solution."

Friday, August 28, 2015

to the readers of Ligonier Living

Hey, I'm sorry I've been so absent.  I'm sorry that your regular read,  if you still read, is a steady diet of Elizabeth's articles.  It's not my cup of tea, but I still believe in freedom of speech and LL is still here though I am rarely.

Getting over the loss of an almost lifelong companion has been tough and the mind needs to be occupied in ways that preclude opining on the issues or watching the news.

If there is a hurricane coming, I hope you'll let me know because I'm just not paying attention.

I work. I eat. I sleep.  I play guitar and sing.  I scoop the cat litter and smoke the occasional cigar.

I listen to lots of music, some provided by friends who introduce me to tunes I might otherwise not know. That's always a a nice gift.  [Thank you L aka R. I did send you an email but I think it must have gone into the techno black hole.]

We have lots of good musicians in these here hills, professional and casual.  Music is the universal language and it brings people together.  I love music.  I love to sing.  If I could I would sing hello to you now, but instead I'm just saying hey.

So, hey, Ligonier.  You're still a frame of mind and don't you forget it.  ;)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

And the nation ducks...again. (amended)

"Politicians call for background checks because it’s the least they can possibly do to respond to yet another mass shooting and, besides which, there’s growing support for background checks even as general support for gun control declines. It doesn’t even matter that there’s no good way to use America’s incredibly flawed mental health care system to somehow populate a database of people too ill to own guns without turning them on other people. It doesn’t matter that the meagre background check system in place now flagged Charleston shooter Dylann Roof’s reported marijuana arrest, but an arrest isn’t enough to disqualify one from gun ownership. Background checks are apparently the only answer to mass shootings, because it’s the only answer politicians can offer and still get reelected. When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns, the gun lobby helpfully opines – but at least then we would be able to tell the difference. Now, you don’t know until someone starts shooting. (Especially if you frequent restaurants preferred by so-called “open carry” advocates.)

There will be another mass shooting soon enough, of course. There will be another period of mourning in which any talk of doing something about just how many guns we have will be shushed by conservatives eager to not politicize the deaths of some new number of innocents. There will be another video to shock us and fulfil our collective voyeuristic instincts – maybe even, as happened on Wednesday in Virginia, a first-person documentation of another person’s brutality and inhumanity, filmed from the only end of a gun on which we’re supposed to want to stand. There will be another round of political promises, another round of legislative failure, another period of time in which we all duck behind our cars until the fear eases just enough to carry on with our regular lives. And then someone else with yet another gun will murder yet another group of people, and we’ll start the cycle all over again. And you’ll be watching.

Now what are we going to do about it?"

And now this, from the Second Amendment supporter father of victim Alison Parker, Andy Parker:

"And I know that the NRA, their position is going to be -- I can hear it now. They're going to say, 'Oh gee, well, if they were carrying, this never would have happened,'" Parker said. "I've got news for you: If Alison or Adam had been carrying an AK-47 strapped around their waist, it wouldn't have made any difference," he added. "They couldn't have seen this thing coming. So I don't want to hear that argument from the NRA, and you know that's going to happen. And I'm going to take it on."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Journalism's Junk Food: The Donald

"Spray-tanned face and white teeth exploding through the front pages of newspapers and magazines. Implausible hair."
"Politically divisive at home, Trump unifies internationally. My utterly subjective sense is that he is the American many global citizens have been waiting for since the end of the George W. Bush presidency: an American the world can look at and ridicule, a symbol of US arrogance and anti-intellectualism. Paul Thomas of the New Zealand Herald put this view best when he wrote that, “Trump personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America: casual racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandizement, vulgarity on an epic scale. He is the Ugly American in excelsis.” [...]

Breathless reports of a depoliticized American citizenry fawning over a cartoonish autocrat make for good reading, but they are also de-contextualized. Trump is polling in the low 20s for a party that will likely get in the high 40s in a national election (in 16 months) where the voter turnout will be in the mid-50s. Yes, that’s still a lot of people, but there are also millions of Americans disgusted with the political status quo as represented by the Republican and Democratic parties. By ignoring those millions in favor of media-friendly crackpots we relegate principled challenges to corporate-dominated politics in the US to a mere footnote in our public debate.''

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

...will you have heavy chemicals with your salad, ma'am?

 "No one expects their lettuce to contain heavy chemicals from fracking wastewater."
Irrigation water appears to be a major loophole in the USDA's organic food safety program.  

"The US Department of Agriculture's organics standards, written 15 years ago, strictly ban petroleum-derived fertilizers commonly used in conventional agriculture. But the same rules do not prohibit farmers from irrigating their crops with petroleum-laced wastewater obtained from oil and gas wells—a practice that is increasingly common in drought-stricken Southern California. As I reported last month, oil companies last year supplied half the water that went to the 45,000 acres of farmland in Kern County's Cawelo Water District, farmland that is owned, in part, by Sunview, a company that sells certified organic raisins and grapes. Food watchdog groups are concerned that the state hasn't required oil companies to disclose all the chemicals they use in oil drilling and fracking operations, much less set safety limits for all those chemicals in irrigation water. A spokesman for the USDA's National Organics Program confirmed that it has little to say on the matter. "The USDA organic regulations do not directly address the use of irrigation water on organic farms," said the spokesman, who asked to be quoted on background, "but organic operations must generally maintain or improve the natural resources of the operation, including soil and water quality."' 

Fracking is like a dam, a dam that looked so secure, appeared to be such an improvement...until it began to spring leaks and crumble. Because, turns out, like a poorly constructed dam that holds back lots of destruction and promises great things like hydroelectric power, fracking's implications weren't well thought out. The many implications - like the crippling drought in CA fields resulting in irrigation OF OUR FOOD with frack waste water, for god's sake - are like thousands of leaks in a poorly constructed dam, more leaks than we can plug up.

Mistake, people...fracking is a not-so-slow-motion train wreck, happening before our eyes. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Super Sell Us Fractured Justice Pipeline Export Outrage

To the tune of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”...

Super Sell Us Fractured Justice Pipeline Export Outrage
Even though the truth of it belongs on every front page
What goes in is what comes out: the same old corp’rate sewage
Super Sell Us Fractured Justice Pipeline Export Outrage
Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle ay
Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle ay
Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle ay
Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle ay
Neu-ro-tox-ins, mu-ta-gens, and en-do-crine dis-rup-tors
First you fracture, then you pipe it through the infrastructure
Methane gas gets vented by the pipeline and compressor....
Neu-ro-tox-ins, mu-ta-gens, and en-do-crine dis-rup-tors!
Blood dis-or-ders, car-di-o, car-cin-o-gen-ic mixture
Ra-dio-ac-tive, res-p’ra-tor-y ir-ri-tant emit-ter
If you say it fast enough, the citizens won’t twitter
Blood disorders, cardio, carcinogenic mixture!!
Super Sell Us Fractured Justice Pipeline Export Outrage
Even though the truth of it belongs on every front page
What goes in is what comes out: the same old corp’rate sewage
Super Sell Us Fractured Justice Pipeline Export Outrage!
Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle ay
Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle ay
Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle ay
Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle ay

Friday, August 21, 2015

Would someone please open a's warm in here

"The world is warming. It is continuing to warm. That is being shown time and time again in our data," said Jake Crouch, physical scientist at NOAA's National Centres for Environmental Information.

Firefighters work to dig a fire line on the Rocky Fire in Lake County, California July 30, 2015. This week, three scientific agencies announced that July was the hottest month on Earth since records were started in 1880. (Photo: Reuters/Max Whittaker)
"We’ve recently entered a new point in the Earth’s climate history. According to reconstructions using tree rings, corals, and ice cores, global temperatures are currently approaching—if not already past—the maximum temperatures commonly observed over the past 11,000 years (i.e., the time period in which humans developed agriculture), and we are flirting with levels not seen in more than 100,000 years.
But this is the scary part: The current level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any point since humans first evolved millions of years ago. Since carbon dioxide emissions lead to warming, the fact that emissions are increasing means there’s much more warming yet to come. What’s more, carbon dioxide levels are increasing really quickly. The rate of change is faster than at any point in Earth’s entire 4.5 billion year history, likely 10 times faster than during Earth’s worst mass extinction—the “Great Dying”—in which more than 90 percent of ocean species perished. Our planet has simply never undergone the kind of stress we’re currently putting on it. That stunning rate of change is one reason why surprising studies like the recent worse-than-the-worst-case-scenario study on sea level rise don’t seem so far fetched."

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ken and Judy are going to Kenya.

Between 2005 and 2009, Ken Clark, 63, of Ligonier did three tours in Iraq as a civilian contractor driving supply convoys. After 32 months and 522 combat missions, Clark saw a country in need.
“No matter what your political viewpoints are, Iraq was destroyed,” Clark said. “After I left, I thought to myself, if I ever get the chance to help build up a nation and its people, then I will.”
Clark has not been able to return to Iraq, but he is planning a mission trip to Kenya, Africa at the end of October. He launched a fundraiser in July on the crowd-funding website GoFundMe. Clark's goal is to raise $5,000 by Sept. 25.
The Masai Medical Mission aims to deliver medical supplies to the Masai people. Clark will take all of the funds raised to Kenya where they will be converted to Kenyan shillings. Funds will be used to stock medical supplies— vaccines, medicines and antibiotics— in the Ewaso Clinic and the ZamZam Center in Masai Land. The $5,000 goal will allow both clinics to be fully stocked for six months.

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Lacy In Hsinjin!

Lacy is in her new city, Hsinjin, to continue processing paperwork. It's progress and a relief that we seem to be nearing a visible end. Welcome Home Lacy banners could be flying, at least by September 18 or probably sooner.
Both cell phones continue to intermittently function. Big progress has been made in Mountain Palace as Pam Hunt and Kevin Smith painted two coats of Costal Villa paint on interior walls last night and finished it!
So What Is Going On At Mountain Palace?
New walls by Kevin Smith awaiting clear coat. Broken computers and fickle cell phones. Major efforts to nicen Mountain Palace. The never ending struggle to launch Happy Healthy Inc, the Mission.
Hand/Homemade Northern Chinese Dumplings by Yuzhen - Some still available
$20.95 for 40
$8.45 for 13
724 288-3872

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

our shoe size...True Cost Economics: Ecological Footprint

An ecological footprint is the amount of productive land area required to sustain one human being. Globally, there are about 1.9 hectares of productive area per person, but the average ecological footprint is already 2.3 hectares. So we would need 1.5 Earths to live sustainably. The largest footprint belongs to citizens of the US, at 9.57 hectares. Five Earths would be needed if everyone in the world consumed at that rate. People in Bangladesh, on the other hand, need just 0.5 hectares. And China is somewhere in the middle, at 1.36 hectares.

But what will it look like in a few decades, when China has a population of 1.5 billion? Supposing that Chinese levels of consumption then are equivalent to American levels now, the Earth doesn’t stand a chance. If the US provides the benchmark for global consumption, 25 Earths will be needed to satiate everyone’s wants.

Calculate your own personal ecological footprint: 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

1000 people speak for the majority and say 'No Further!'

'People want a future free of climate change and...if you're not going to solve it for us, we're going to solve it for you.'

 Activists place their bodies before a Bagger 288 digger, "the heaviest land vehicle in the world," halting operations, and stopping over 700,000 tons of dirty lignite coal from being extracted.

"In a stirring act of mass civil disobedience, roughly 1000 protesters stormed the gates of RWE's coalfields in Rhineland, Germany on Saturday, successfully shutting down operations for Europe's biggest carbon polluter. Under the banner Ende Gelände, which means "here and no further," activists descended on the mine to send a direct message to officials that such extraction will no longer be tolerated amid the encroaching climate crisis.

According to reports, early Saturday morning, an estimated 1,500 faced off with police wielding batons before roughly two-thirds of the protesters broke through and managed to enter the opencast lignite, or brown coal, mine. Lignite is a particularly dirty fossil fuel due to its high moisture content. "Lignite is the number one climate killer worldwide," one activist said, "what's emitted from the lignite here is having a direct impact on the climate."" 

Monday, August 17, 2015

1000s of medical people call for divestment

"...many of these companies continue to use their considerable influence to delay political action, as tobacco companies have done previously," they continued. "Shell’s lobbying against binding EU renewables targets and its decision to drill for Arctic oil, which cannot safely be burned, give additional cause for alarm."

"Adding their collective voice to a growing campaign, nearly 1,000 health professionals from around the world on Friday released an open letter calling on one of the world's largest health charities, the U.K.-based Wellcome Trust, to honor the principle of "do no harm" by divesting from the fossil fuels industry. The letter notes that "divestment rests on the premise that it is wrong to profit from an industry whose core business threatens human and planetary health, bringing to mind one of the foundations of medical ethics—first, do no harm." 

Coordinated by the non-governmental health organization MedAct and the Climate and Health Council, the letter came five months after the Guardian initiated a campaign urging the world's two largest charitable funds—the Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation—to divest their endowments from 200 fossil fuel companies over the next five years to bring their practices in line with their stated commitments to combat climate change. Since then, over 226,000 people have joined in the pressure campaign.''


Cepek has been jailed in Westmoreland County since June 2 for bilking other clients out of tens of thousands of dollars for bus tours and vacations that she never arranged. She was charged this week with scamming 44 additional customers out of $56,967. The Potankos lost about $6,100.
Working out of an office on North St. Clair Street in Ligonier, Cepek allegedly took money from the clients to pay “personal expenses unrelated to any tours or trips scheduled by the victims,” county Detective Will Brown said.
Cepek formerly lived in the South Fork area of Cambria County. For about a month this summer, she was transferred from the Westmoreland lockup to the Cambria County Jail for violating her parole for a 2009 bad check scheme in Cambria and Somerset counties.
Brown and Ligonier police Chief John Berger filed the new complaints this week before Mt. Pleasant District Judge Roger Eckels.
“The majority of these new cases are people who have come forward because of the publicity surrounding the case after she was originally arrested,” Brown said.
Berger and Brown wrote in the affidavit of probable cause that the 44 victims thought they were making payments on bus tours, vacations or trips throughout the United States and the Caribbean between Nov. 11, 2014, and this spring when she was arrested.

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Oh geez....they're changing the Diamond

The focal point of Ligonier Borough is inching closer to a makeover because council approved a concept design for renovations to the iconic Diamond area.
Engineer Greg Elliott from the EADS Group presented to council a packet of eight concept drawings reviewed by the project's committee and a large poster of the design most liked by the panel Thursday night. Council approved the committee's favorite unanimously and asked that Elliott move forward with researching the project's potential cost.
“Now, this is a concept plan,” Elliott said. “This is not the final design.”

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

the pig days of summer...

Stay cool, friends...!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Back to school, time to make lists...

Back-to-school list:

Gas Mask

Don't think this won't happen in our backyard, Ligonier. The oil and gas industry (and its lackeys/apologists) want you to stay asleep/distracted/ignorant of the truth, and the truth is fracking is a penny-wise, pound-foolish load of crap. A few investors/landowners get the money and the region absorbs the blowback. The kids get sick, the wells fail, the air quality plummets. We don't even get to keep the ding-dang goes to Japan, sold by the industry for massive profits.

Short term, meager benefits, long-term harm. See the latest health news related to fracking at

Get busy.

Make a Get To Work list, and have "join the good people fighting the destruction of our valley and the Highlands" on it.

Friday, August 14, 2015


Green-lighting drilling in the Arctic while promoting the need to protect it is 'like shooting rhinos to save them,' says climate campaigner

 A 2013 action in Jerusalem calling on Obama to reject Arctic drilling proposals.

"Alaskans are on the front lines of one of the greatest challenges we face this century: climate change," President Barack Obama said in a video posted on the White House website Thursday, in which he announced an upcoming trip to the state to highlight the crisis of global warming. "Climate change once seemed like a problem for future generations. But for most Americans, it’s already a reality." The words are nice. But some environmentalists have seized on the hypocrisy of Obama's rhetoric, given that he recently gave the final go-ahead for Royal Dutch Shell to drill for Arctic offshore oil in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska.Climate activists and scientists alike have warned that Shell's spotty safety record, combined with carbon that would be unlocked through drilling and extraction, pose severe danger to the ocean ecosystem, climate, and frontline communities."

Just yesterday, Oil Change International and Greenpeace released a report stating plainly that in order to stave off "climate disaster," Arctic oil must stay in the ground. Arctic drilling is "inconsistent" with efforts to keep global warming to less than 2° Celsius, according to the assessment, which echoed similar findings by other researchers. "The bottom line is that there is no room for Arctic oil in a climate safe world," OCI's Hannah McKinnon wrote. "By allowing Shell to drill in the U.S. offshore Arctic Ocean, the Obama Administration is ignoring the world's best scientists, as well as millions of concerned citizens in North America and beyond."
Eye infection responded to treatment! Finally:)
August 17, which comes earlier there, fortunately, she returns to her "New City" of Hsinjin where she had last worked as a physician in China prior to going to Japan for the Ph.D. So it's a bit of a process to move paperwork through a bureaucracy. I reminded her a retirement application is not the same as an emergency room. Most people retiring as a physician are applied months in advance.
So, Mountain Palace has
Frozen Hand/Homemade Northern Chinese Dumplings!
40 for $19.95
13 for $8.45
724 288-3872
Delivery May Be Available

Thursday, August 13, 2015

the biggest little town

Fifty years ago this week, Ligonier became the “biggest little town in the nation” when Arnold Palmer brought the Professional Golfers of America championship tournament to the Laurel Valley Golf Club. The Aug. 12-15, 1965 event was just what the town needed to move forward on major changes planned for the streetscape of Ligonier that made it what it is today.
After years of research and study that began in the late 1950s, a new master plan for the community of Ligonier was finally submitted to its borough council in 1962. Within the next three years, the community would witness the initiation of that plan, including the “colonialization” of the Ligonier Diamond.

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Clockwork Knotwork American Steampunk Band is coming back to theLigonier Tavern!!! 
We've been looking forward to seeing our PA Friends and jamming out on the beautiful Balcony of the old Victorian Manor/Restaurant. 
Break out your Steampunk Duds, grab a few friends and head on over to the Ligonier Tavern in Ligonier PA. 
Thursday, August 20th 8-11pm. 
Spread the word and we'll see you there!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Happy Birthday, Lacy :)

Happy Birthday, Sunshine!
Once again, I'm pretty sure you'll be sticking with the usual 28.3 years old explanation when asked if you are a lao ren. Of course, you did go to China to process retirement paperwork.
So, it's Lacy's birthday and about as absolutely abnormal as possible. Yesterday morning she had messaged her classmate from medical school had  insisted and took her to the hospital for eye infection and pain that had looked coming on strong last night our time. She has also been to her classmate's hospital now and received further medications. Says it "isn't getting worse."
She's probably tied up at another wedding. She had two last week, a niece and medical school classmate's daughter. The family one, Shau Ru, named by Aunt Lacy as an infant, progressed to what she considered some interesting wedding customs. She's working the mission, writing her life story with her other niece Furong transcribing in native Chinese to be  later translated into English.
Anyway, it's Lacy's birthday!
Her direct email if she is able to be connected and her cell phone is working:
She very much enjoyed that people had asked about her last week or so
Mountain Palace Remains Closed Until  End of August

Frozen Hand/Homemade Northern Chinese Dumplings
Are Still Available!

724 288-3872

wisdom for all ages

"Only when the last tree has died

and the last river has been poisoned

and the last fish has been caught,

will we realize that we cannot eat money."

a Cree saying

....and from some others who get it:

No water, no life. No blue, no green - Sylvia Earle

Without the land, the rivers, the oceans, the forests, the sunshine, the minerals and thousands of natural resources we would have no economy whatsoever - Satish Kumar

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia - Charles Lindbergh

If we once, and for so long, lived in balance with nature and each other, we should be able to do so again - John Zerzan

Make & Take Wednesday with Alison at Allegory Gallery

Later today, we've got a really fun project planned for our latest installment of Make & Take Wednesday with Alison.  She'll be showing how to make this whimsical necklace from 1PM to 4PM at Allegory Gallery.  This project takes approximately 25 minutes to make.  Drop in any time between 1PM and 4PM.  Instruction is completely free!  All you have to pay for is materials.  This necklace will cost approximately $19 to make.  If you are planning on coming in, give us a call (724-610-3770) or email us at  We will make sure to save you supplies.

Allegory Gallery is located at 215 East Main Street, right next to Scamps Toffee!

Hope to see you later today!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Native American Gathering

~ Announcing the 2nd annual Native American Gathering ~

Laurel Highlands Native American Gathering is a unique event. It isn’t a festival, or powwow, but something a little different. It takes place in StahlstownPA (Rt. 711) on August 15th and 16th from 10:00am – 6:00pm, rain or shine. Entrance fee- $5.00 (children under 12 free). The Gathering will feature many activities, including-
A dance circle (open to the public), drumming, story tellers, flute players, vendors, activities for children, Medicine Wheel Garden, Native American food  and opportunities to learn more about the Native American culture, too.  So, be sure to not miss this great, one of a kind annual event!

Looking forward to seeing YOU!  I’ll have my Natural Healing products, books and Newsletters, too. I’ll be up where the picnic tables are.  - Granny Earth, ND.

Directions- From the Turnpike, take exit 91 for Donegal- 31-711. Turn left on Rt. 31 East and proceed 3/10 of a mile. Turn left on PA-711 North and continue for 3.5 miles. Laurel Highlands Native American Gathering will be on your left.

Monday, August 10, 2015

If you'd like to explore Native American culture or rediscover your own Native American blood, this is a great week.

A Journey in Dance, Drums & Song
Starring: Kevin Costner, Robert Mirabel, Hawk Pope
This is an amazing combination of ancient native lore and new age rock. Robert Mirabal from Taos Pueblo is fantastic and a powerful role model for not just natives but anyone interested in meaningful story telling and music. If all grade school kids were required to see this video - there would be little racism towards native Americans and more admiration and understanding. What a beautiful culture - and how wonderful that it is shared with all of us in this video.

Free to the public - Sponsored by 
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley
1.5 miles East of Ligonier on Route 30 (Beside Ligonier Valley Beach)
 7:30pm Thursday, August 13th

Laurel Highland Native American Gathering

August 15th and 16th in Stahlstown
The event will feature dancers from across the nation, native drums, children’s programming, education sessions, entertainment, and games.
1559 State Route 711

trouble on the trail

Hi Diane - 
Thanks for hosting the site.  I'm not sure how to use it, but was wondering if this blog is a place where I could ask if anyone else is having trouble with a small band of adolescent boys who hang out down at the entrance to the Ligonier Valley Trail.  They're 14 or 15, usually 4 or 5 of them together, and probably waiting for the young girls who run the trail, but are making ridiculing comments about adult women as they pass by.  It's offensive that women would have to put up with this.

combine toxic industrial processes, ineptitude and vulnerable environments - all of which we will have here in Ligonier with fracking - and THIS is what you inevitably get

"Just days after workers with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally spilled a million gallons of toxic mine waste into a Colorado waterway, the free-flowing sludge that turned portions of the state's Animas River orange reached New Mexico, where health and wildlife officials say they were not alerted to any impending contamination.

As the cities of Aztec and Bloomfield scrambled to cut off the river's access to water treatment plants, they criticized the EPA for what they said was a lackluster effort in providing warnings or answers about the spill. The contaminants seeping into the river—at a rate of 548 gallons per minute—include arsenic, copper, zinc, lead, aluminum, and cadmium.

The Animas flows into the San Juan River in New Mexico, which in turn joins the Colorado River* in Utah's Lake Powell."

*provides most of the water that irrigates the fields that grow our non-local food. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Looking for a dentist...

Seems they have a bone to pick with him...or they soon will, once the great dentist-hunter is as defenseless as Cecil was when he was picked off.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


The Ligonier Valley Players, Oklahoma! Opens Aug.7,8, 14,15, at 7:30 pm Aug. 9, 16, at 2:30 pm Ligonier Theater

Friday, August 7, 2015

Mountain Palace - Closed Until End of August

Is that August 2015 or some other future year?

What is going on at Mountain Palace?

Lacy in China with a cold and fever in bed sleeping. Has a friend's daughter's wedding to attend in about 12 hours. :)
Clay totally lost it three weeks ago.
Nobody yet has shown up from mental health to do a thing with him!

We hope for some renovation assistance that is to take place this Saturday & Sunday. As far as being open on August 7, 2015, come at your own risk. You can get dumplings and Budweiser in red striped cans if you come early. Bring your own gloves, tools or cleaning stuff. Have fun, I am thinking retirement in Tahiti.

Frozen Hand/Homemade Northern Chinese Dumplings:
724 288-3872
Delivery Arrangements Possible

Get free money from the US government for fossil fuels! (video)

"Did you know you could get billions of dollars from the US government to be in the oil business? Or the coal industry? Or fracking? (F)amous American government grant guru Matthew Lesko shows how you too can get billions of dollars from the government to destroy the environment!
Seriously, fossil fuel companies are racking in billions from subsidies. More about that here " 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Heldup to August 17

Where are you? I cant find my coffee!
Lacy is still in her old city of Changchun, China today. She is planning to see some temples with her third brother. The school teacher with an artistic flair for erhu playing and stained glass and such. I am sure she will have a good time and hopefully some snapshots.
Mountain Palace
Closed Until August 17
Paperwork process in Hsinjin, her new city where she finished her medical career in China before leaving for Japan for Ph.D., will resume August 17.
She can certainly be sorely missed at moments.
Thanks for those of you who took a moment for her, she enjoyed hearing people had thought of her. Work on Mountain Palace is extraordinarily delayed of course. The Mountain Palace Manager (MPM) as he signs his emails to Lacy.
Thanks for your thoughts :)
Frozen Hand/Homemade Northern Chinese Dumplings
Still Available
40 - $20.95
13 - $8.45
724 288-3872
Delivery Arrangements Possible

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Make & Take Wednesday with Alison at Allegory Gallery

This week we've got a fun project planned!  Alison is showing how to make Totem Necklaces.  It's a wonderful way to reinforce positive affirmations... and look good!  She'll be conducting the Make & Take at Allegory Gallery (on Wednesday, August 5th) from 1PM to 4PM.  It'll take about 20 minutes.  Instruction is completely free.  All you have to pay for is materials.  (Cost for materials is about $18.)  If you are interested in participating, just drop by the shop!  RSVP to make sure we save enough supplies for you.  You can call us at 724-610-3770 or email us at  Hope to see you there!

Allegory Gallery is located at 215 East Main Street, Ligonier, PA 15658.  Like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with our current events, classes, new products and MORE!  CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook page.

it's Mellow Mike night!

MELLOW MIKEmellow mikemellow mikemellow mikemellow mikeMELLOW MIKEmellow mike

tonight at the Ligonier Tavern 6:30 to 9:30

Monday, August 3, 2015

The scientists speak: No technofix will save it, folks...

"German researchers have demonstrated once again that the best way to limit climate change is to stop burning fossil fuels now. In a “thought experiment” they tried another option: the future dramatic removal of huge volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This would, they concluded, return the atmosphere to the greenhouse gas concentrations that existed for most of human history – but it wouldn’t save the oceans. That is, the oceans would stay warmer, and more acidic, for thousands of years, and the consequences for marine life could be catastrophic. The research, published in Nature Climate Change today delivers yet another demonstration that there is so far no feasible “technofix” that would allow humans to go on mining and drilling for coal, oil and gas (known as the “business as usual” scenario), and then geoengineer a solution when climate change becomes calamitous. [...]"
"...while change happens in the atmosphere over tens of years, change in the ocean surface takes centuries, and in the deep oceans, millennia. So even if atmospheric temperatures were restored to pre-Industrial Revolution levels, the oceans would continue to experience climatic catastrophe.“In the deep ocean, the chemical echo of this century’s CO2 pollution will reverberate for thousands of years,” said co-author Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, who directs the Potsdam Institute. “If we do not implement emissions reductions measures in line with the 2C (35.6F) target in time, we will not be able to preserve ocean life as we know it.”" 

Life on land will not be liveable for long with dead oceans...period. That reality goes way past whether or not Donald Trump and his pretenders have access to their lobster and sushi. Humans - especially first world residents, we heavy consumers of stuff - must stop playing games, must stop pretending there will be some way for our grandchildren to survive our excesses. 

"Business as usual" is murdering the future...without doing the much-deserved jail time. We are better than this.

still hope they win

The expansion remains the topic of two ongoing legal battles involving some of the YMCA's neighbors. North Fairfield Street resident Gay Wasserman is appealing the decision by borough officials to vacate an alley near her home and grant permission for the YMCA to build a parking lot as part of the expansion project. Wasserman claims in the appeal that the borough's action would have an “adverse impact” on her property.
Wasserman and residents Karen and William McCullough, whose homes also neighbor the YMCA, lost a similar appeal in Westmoreland County court, but that decision was overturned by a Commonwealth Court ruling in May. The trio claimed the borough did not follow proper procedure in changing the zoning on two properties and amending the zoning ordinance to permit construction of the parking lot. Though Westmoreland County Judge Anthony Marsili quashed the appeal, the Commonwealth Court concluded that the appeal's dismissal was unwarranted, stating the neighbors sufficiently set forth a basis for their appeal. The case has been remanded and reassigned to Judge Richard C. McCormick Jr.
In June, McCormick instructed the attorneys to submit briefs in both cases. Their deadline is Aug. 14, according to online court documents.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015


Alice In Wonderland
Olde Main
350 Main Street
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Tickets $10
August 14 7:00 pm; August 15 7:00 pm & August 16 2:00 pm
724 388-2392
Directed by Kalyee Mizakar & Jacob Lubic
Musical Direction by Diane Shirey & Jacob Lubic
Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Monster flare...coming soon to a township like Ligonier

Flaring of Range Resources' #11H Utica/Point Pleasant Shale dry gas well at the Claysville Sportsman's Club in Donegal Township, Washington County on December 5, 2014. 

Imagine the air and the water around this well, for miles and miles... . The club and the gas industry gets the money, while the people, animals and habitat for miles absorb the toxins. Now imagine it here in the Ligonier Highlands...ruining the water, polluting the air, dotting the beauty you see out your windows with pockets of toxic industrial blight. Blight that - where it has established a foothold, as in places in Washington County like Claysville - is sickening people and ruining property values.

Now. Get busy and fight this industry and the fracking apologists who have infiltrated our township.