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Travel Theme: Close Up: It’s Time for Chickens

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It’s a great time of year.  It’s chicken time:

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These eggs are part of a life cycle unit that a friend of mine who is second grade teacher teaches this time of year.  It is getting close to the end of the year, so it is harder to keep the kid’s attention as the weather get nicer.  This unit however, is fascinating, and a highlight of the second grade school year.

So, this is one of my first photos of this year.  The next step will be for these eggs to go into incubators.  As you can tell, there will be a variety of chickens hatching this year.  This is, in part, to show the kids the diversity that can exist among a species.  The chickens that hatch will eventually go to local farms.

You may wonder why I chose this for this week’s

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Originalism and Town of Greece v. Galloway


Professor Michael Ramsey has a very good post on the degree to which Justice Kennedy’s opinion for the Court in Town of Greece v. Galloway is (and is not) an originalist opinion. He concludes that it reflects a kind of original expected applications originalism. I have always had more sympathy for original expected applications originalism than most, and the points in favor of using this methodology made by Professor Ramsey seem persuasive to me in this context. At any rate, take note, my Fall ’14 students in Constitutional Theory! A bit from Prof. Ramsey’s fine post:

It’s not (typically for Kennedy) an exclusively originalist opinion, but this is a strong originalist element. My question: is it the right sort of originalism? Answer: yes and no. Kennedy’s principal contention (following Marsh) is that the people who proposed the First Amendment also authorized sectarian legislative prayer, so the Amendment must permit…

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How To Be A Good Public Speaker

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When you do something scary or stressful — bungee jumping, public speaking, etc. — do you prefer to be surrounded by friends or by strangers? Why?

This is an interesting question.

I do a fair share of public speaking and I feel just as relaxed or stressful before strangers of friends. I have found that what determines relaxation or stress is not so much the audience as it is the knowledge and command of the subject.

Fear of failure is most likely the reason for stress. Feat is lessened by being well-prepared. A rule of thumb given to me some years ago was the practice a presentation or speech one time for every minute it length. I found that to be a minimum. If you have been asked to speak on a given subject it is likely those who invited you already consider you an expert. So your knowledge…

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Airbnb joins in support of Ellis Act reform and the stakes may be higher than they seem

May Breeze

wabi sabi ~~~ poems and images

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may breeze –
her memory touching me
where it hurts


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