The Teatown-Kitchawn Trail, with my hiking buddy Jeanne Marie in charge. This looks to be a nice, not too demanding at all, walk. We'll probably do about two thirds of it - John Hand Park to Kitchawan - with cars at both ends.
Here are more pictures from our May 3rd pretty amazing hike on the Popolopen Torne loop and to the Torne summit. Great walk, and the summit with it's memorial cairn is amazing and inspirational. At some point I'm going to go back up and then do a whole posting on the summit and the cairn. And try to further get the word about it out on all the social media.
Here are the three amigos, Brigid, Judy, and hiking buddy Jeanne Marie.
Much of the walk on the way up was quite pastoral - Brigid took this - you can spot my big rear.
After about three hours - the last part of the summit had a rope - assist already in place.
And the annoyingly very fit Jeanne Marie was the first person to the top!
And close behind -
The cairn is a memorial to troops who have been lost mainly in Afghanistan and I believe also in Iraq. I do want to come back and take some extensive pictures - only going to post a few of the ones that I took this time of the cairn.
Unobstructed views, in all directions.
And looking southwest -
There are two granite benches at the summit, each inscribed with the name of a West Point man - must have been a bitch very difficult to get them to the summit. They were carried, not helicoptered in ...
1LT Daren M. Hidalgo, killed by an IED. He had been injured two weeks earlier by an IED, but refused medical tratment - wanted to stay with his men: News story, Military Times tribute
Sobering. There are many other inscribed rocks, signs, and insignias in the cairn.
Now, getting down the other side of the summit. The hike was a loop - no retracing.
A little hairy. Some sliding on bottoms for the first part. And then it got easier.
Detect a pattern? Jeanne Marie always at the front... You go girl!
The bridge is a prefab one, brought in when the prior bridge was washed away in the 2012 hurricane.
Looking back at the summit - through a fairly long zoom lens.
The bridge had taken us over the Popolopen creek, which we then followed.
And then back to civilization as we head north on 9W, over the Popolopen creek bridge (which has construction going on) to the parking area a few hundred yards north of the Fort Montgomery Historic site.
Finally, Brigid has a funny way of carrying her trekking pole as a swagger stick. Is she a Brevet Major in the British Army?
Great hike. Going to do it again in the next few months.
According to offering documents, Lazard has laid out a scenario whereby the News goes from losing $30 million a year to break-even in three years based on capturing more digital ad dollars.
But James Dolan, CEO of Cablevision, is among the skeptics of such a scenario. Dolan decided against submitting a $1 bid for the paper and its presses because, according to sources, even at that price, he did not think he could make a profit on the News.
Finkelstein’s group joins supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis as the only suitors to submit a bid for the News.
$1? That's what Newsweek sold for, a few years ago.
“Nash’s insight into the dynamics of human rivalry -- his theory of rational conflict and cooperation -- was to become one of the most influential ideas of the twentieth century,” his biographer Sylvia Nasar wrote in her 1999 book “A Beautiful Mind.”
Nash transformed economics, Nasar wrote, just as “Mendel’s ideas of genetic transmission, Darwin’s model of natural selection, and Newton’s celestial mechanics reshaped biology and physics in their day.”
More to follow on this, but I gave him his diploma (since i was also a graduate of Stepinac, and as such was invited to give Tim his diploma - as were many other relatives of grads) and then snapped a quick selfie of the two of us. Much to the amusement of the large - well over 1,000 - crowd. Had to be quick since I didn't want to slow up the proceedings.
Well, great picture of Tim - I always look pale next to him.
Who died along with another fellow, base jumping in Yosemite on Sunday, the 16th.
Last night Brigid and I watched the two hour Valley Uprising documentary on the Discovery Channel. We'd taped it on April 24th. It's about the evolution of rock climbing and other extreme sports in Yosemite. And Dean Potter was heavily featured in the last third of the show.
Here's the LA Times article on Potter and the other base jumper who was killed.
Glad I hardly ever do these updates anymore - especially since this blog was originally all about my adventure with lymphoma and chemotherapy.
Anyway I had a two-fer on Friday; saw my internist - a woman who'd taken over for the great Dr. Sheehy when he retired two plus years ago - as well as my lymphoma guru Dr. Zelenetz.
Report was 99% good. The 1% was an elevated LDH enzyme which could mean a number of things and I'll have another blood test this Friday. Dr. Z. thinks it's an "artifact" and not important; but going to re-do the test anyway.
A good thing was my weight - 161 lbs. I was afraid I'd gained weight, but I haven't. So I spent the weekend gorging on chocolate. Why waste calories on anything else?
Drifting from the American philosophy of incessant consumption, some have adapted to a system of interdependence and sharing – and eating for free is just the first step.
Marie lives a New York middle-class life spending less than $5,000 a year. Kalish, who travels more, needs $10,000. They work, eat, have a home, but there’s no rent bill or grocery shopping. No regular salary, even. Money isn’t their currency.
Marie is a petite, black-haired French woman who looks just like the conventional fortysomething Brooklynite. But she has no job, no visa, and lives in a three-story house for free. Living in the US also comes with an additional bit of daring: she’s an illegal immigrant. For privacy reasons, she asked to be identified with her first name only.
She's bought a one way ticket and will head back to France sometime soon - or so she says.
In the floor debate in the House to ban abortions after 20 weeks. It passed in the House, with 4 Republicans voting against it and only 4 Democrats voting in favor (so... 180 Dems voted in favor of late term abortion/infanticide). The Bill will go to the Senate, where it's likely to be passed, and then vetoed by the President.
A short essay by Russell Moore, an important educator and theologian in the Southern Baptist Convention. The essay reminds me of the comment by the Catholic theologian Karl Rahner - prominent during and after Vatican II - that the concern is not atheists, but rather Christians who live their lives as practical atheists.
Secularization in America means that we have fewer incognito atheists. Those who don’t believe can say so—and still find spouses, get jobs, volunteer with the PTA, and even run for office. This is good news because the kind of “Christianity” that is a means to an end—even if that end is “traditional family values”—is what J. Gresham Machen rightly called “liberalism,” and it is an entirely different religion from the apostolic faith handed down by Jesus Christ.
Now, what some will say is that the decline in self-identified Christians is a sign that the church should jettison its more unpopular teachings. And in our day, these teachings are almost always those dealing with pelvic autonomy. First of all, even if this were the key to success, we couldn’t—and wouldn’t—do it. Christianity isn’t a political party, dependent on crafting ideologies to suit the masses. We received this gospel (Gal. 1:11-12); we didn’t invent it. But, that said, such is not the means to “success”—even the way the sociologists define it.
The Pew report holds that mainline denominations—those who have made their peace with the Sexual Revolution—continue to report heavy losses, while evangelical churches remain remarkably steady—even against some heavy headwinds coming from the other direction. Why?
We learned this answer 100 years ago, and it reminds us of what we learned 2,000 years ago. Two or three generations ago, Christians who held to the Virgin birth of Christ were warned that their children would flee the faith unless the parents redefined Christianity. “If you want to win the next generation,” they were told, “you have to make Christianity relevant, and that means dispending with miracles in favor of modern science.” The churches that followed that path aren’t just dying; they are dead, sustained by endowments and dwindling gatherings of nostalgic senior adults with a smattering of community organizers here and there.
People who don’t want Christianity, don’t want almost-Christianity. Almost-Christianity looks in the mainline like something from Nelson Rockefeller to Che Guevara at prayer. Almost Christianity, in the Bible Belt, looks like a God-and-Country civil religion that prizes cultural conservatism more than theological fidelity. Either way, a Christianity that reflects its culture, whether that culture is Smith College or NASCAR, only lasts as long as it is useful to its host. That’s because it’s, at root, idolatry, and people turn from their idols when they stop sending rain.
Christianity isn’t normal anymore, and that’s good news. The Book of Acts, like the Gospels before it, shows us that the Christianity thrives when it is, as Kierkegaard put it, a sign of contradiction. Only a strange gospel can differentiate itself from the worlds we construct. But the strange, freakish, foolish old gospel is what God uses to save people and to resurrect churches (1 Cor. 1:20-22).
We do not have more atheists in America. We have more honest atheists in America. Again, that’s good news. The gospel comes to sinners, not to the righteous. It is easier to speak a gospel to the lost than it is to speak a gospel to the kind-of-saved. And what those honest atheists grapple with, is what every sinner grapples with, burdened consciences that point to judgment. Our calling is to bear witness.
The future of Christianity is bright. I don’t know that from surveys and polls, but from a word Someone spoke one day back at Caesarea Philippi. The gates of hell haven’t gotten any stronger, and the Light that drives out the darkness is enough to counter every rival gospel, even those gospels that describe themselves as “none.”
Whereas previous recoveries have enabled monetary and fiscal policymakers to replenish their ammunition, this recovery — both in the US and elsewhere — has been distinguished by a persistent munitions shortage. This is a major problem. In all recessions since the 1970s, the US Fed funds rate has fallen by a minimum of 5 percentage points. That kind of traditional stimulus is now completely ruled out.
He's right. Five more paragraphs if you hit the link.
King notes that this far into the recovery, there's a lack of "traditional policy ammunition." For instance, Treasury yields have not risen, the budget deficit is not falling, and welfare payments are still on the rise.
As much as anything, the Facebook deal is a concession by Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. that the paper's app strategy failed to produce the turnaround the company hoped for. Now the Times is throwing its fate into Facebook's hands. "This is really about the crown jewels," a senior media executive familiar with the deal told me. "The stakes are that high."
But that figure is down from 2007 when 78.4 percent called themselves Christian, Pew said in its 200-page study, titled "America's Changing Religious Landscape."
The decline is seen across many segments of American society, including whites, Latinos, women, men and those with or without a college education.
But it is particularly marked among younger American, and concerns Roman Catholics as much as mainstream Protestants.
Roman Catholics, who in September will welcome Pope Francis on his first papal visit to the United States, number 51 million, down three million from 2007.
At the same time, the proportion of Americans claiming no religious affiliation -- the so-called "nones" -- has grown from 16.1 percent to 22.80 percent.
That group -- with a median age of 36 -- is increasingly younger, while non-Evangelicals and Catholics -- median age 52 and 49 respectively -- is trending older, the study found.
Non-Christian faiths grew in proportion from 4.7 percent in 2007 to 5.9 percent last year, with growth particularly robust among Muslims and Hindus, albeit from a small base, it said.
and here's a bit more -
Those who name no religious affiliation have grown from 16.1% to 22.8% in this 7 year period. That segment is broken down into 3 groups: atheist, agnostic, and "nothing in particular." The "nothing in particular" people dominate. 15.8% of Americans affiliate with nothing religious, up from 12.1%. Atheists have broken through to 3.1%, up from 1.6%, but they're still trailing the agnostics, who've made it to 4.0%, up from 2.4%.
Here's the Yogi-ism, from Dave Kaplan who is involved with the Yogi Berra Museum -
Everyone enjoys a good Yogi-ism, or has a favorite Yogi Berra story—whether or not it’s actually true. Here’s mine: One spring, when Yogi was managing the Yankees, a streaker darted onto the field in nothing but a pair of sneakers and a paper bag. Asked later whether the streaker was a man or woman, Yogi purportedly replied, “I don’t know, they had a bag over their head.”