About the Big Dipper

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I look at the Big Dipper nearly every evening. The BD is¬†comforting somehow. But I’d forgotten that it has been a symbol for people for nearly ever. In the 1800s, according to Wikimedia, runaway slaves used the Big Dipper (which they referred to as the “drinking gourd”) to find their way to the north.

More about the Big Dipper

In American Indian lore, the Big Dipper with the North Star represented three cubs following their mother. This configuration appears on some tribal flags and on the Alaskan state flag.

The Bible refers to the Big Dipper as “the seven stars,” although there sometimes are said to be nine stars (the extra two might be Messier objects).

In Ireland and Great Britain, the Big Dipper is known as The Plough.

No matter the origin, these seven stars (septentriones) mean “north” in many languages.

Sleeveface photographs

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If you haven’t discovered sleeveface photography yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s a great way to recycle old album covers! And for some purposes, DVDs work just fine, too. Check out more sleeveface photographs.

That’s just not going to happen

Julia Child and producers, circa 1963

Julia and producers, circa 1963

Today I’ve been making Julia Child’s boeuf bourguignon for a Julie and Julia party tonight. I’m not sure how I got volunteered for this esteemed role (after all, it’s the dish that Julie flops in the movie), but I’m giving it my all. (more…)

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