DID SOMEONE SAY #TBT?

$(KGrHqJHJ!4E8+iZ5cl8BPRDzP73bw~~60_12Scan 45 Scan 44Mom’s teaching certificate from Danbury Normal School, 1936

Note: The term “normal school” originated in the early 16th century from the French école normale. The French concept of an école normale was to provide a school with classrooms to model teaching practices to its student teachers.The children being taught, their teachers, and the teachers of the teachers were often together in the same building. Although a laboratory school, it was the official school for the children.

 

Toni 5/28/15

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: BROKEN

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WordPress Genius Cheri Lucas Rowlands says, for this challenge, capture something broken. I love this divine boody garden.

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The island is sirenically seductive. Majestic caldera walls, multicolored cliffs soaring over indigo Aegean water, infinite azure skies, high-priced crumbling caves. Yes, caves.

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I saw these unique historical houses on the island of Santorini. Called “cave houses”, many have been preserved and renovated in the town of Oia.

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The early residents of Santorini worked in sea trading and exports. In order to be close to their work (and spot unfriendly ship invasions), they chose to live on the caldera edge. Wealthy ship captains built mansions on the island proper but ship hands and sailors built hyposkafa, or “cave houses”, carved into the soft pumice stone of the cliffside.

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Hyposkafa were easy to build and provided protection from the harsh winter winds and weather. The natural insulation of the earthen walls regulated the interior temperature year-round. It was simpler to excavate the mountain than to carry (by mule) or buy the building materials.CIMG0111

The cave size was fitted to the needs of the family but limited by natural obstacles, like big rocks. When young adults were ready to start their own families, they would either build an additional room or, if there was enough space, build a new cave house next to the old one.

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Today the caldera area is protected by very strict building regulations in order to keep the traditional look and architecture.

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Original cave entries, openings framed in volcanic stone, dot the cliffside, tucked into the renovated luxury digs that float through time between the last volcanic eruption and the next.

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Today ~ fixed and better than before

Toni 5/26/15

DID SOMEONE SAY “DAAAAAY-VID LEH-TERRRR-MAAAAAAAAN!”? A MEGASTAR #TBT

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 David Letterman, a.k.a.The Big Man

 

Blast-of-fresh antics. Seismic style. Nothing off limits. Ever.

Goofy, vulnerable, snarky.

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Published about three years into the production of the show, Markoe’s book takes the cake and eats it too. Frozen moments from the early seasons.

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Dave and his Grauman’s-bound team

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Oh, take one last look at the place that you are leaving
Take one last look.

 

A scraggly lullaby for Dave, Tom Waits nails it. Gulp.

“Take One Last Look”

Let’s watch the sun come up in another town
Try our luck a little further down
Leave the cards on the table
Leave the bread on the plate
Put your hand on the gearshift
Put your foot off the brake

And take one last look
At the place that you are leaving
Take one last look
Oh take one last look
At the place that you are leaving
Take one last look

I beg for something that the wind can carry
There are all points of ways across the waiting prairie
This car looks like it could give us a good run
A choice to leave was a good one

And take one last look
At the place that you are leaving
Take one last look
Oh take one last look
At the place that you are leaving
Take one last look

Let’s look forward to the lights that are new,
The world is a ribbon of road for you
All towns have churches and tire stops
They put up speed limit signs and they hire cops
I love to see the wind in your hair
All we ever need we can get anywhere

And take one last look
At the place that you are leaving
Take one last look
Oh take one last look
At the place that you are leaving
Take one last look
Oh take one last look
Oh take one last look

Toni 5/21/15