Hurricane Preparedness 2018

..with focus on North Carolina and South Carolina

With Hurricane Florence coming, likely landfall by Thursday, September 13, 2018, I wanted to provide some links about preparedness, especially for those in North Carolina and South Carolina. I have family and friends in the likely impacted areas, and I know they will be getting ready. Hurricane preparedness is something you do if you live in those areas of the East Coast, and can make a big difference to people in an impacted area. My own preparedness experiences was mostly the wildfires in Southern California area. Good planning and preparing makes a lot of difference, and can save lives…

Screenshot, 9/10/18, The Weather Channel

Screenshot, 9/10/18, The Weather Channel

North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness (PDF)

South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness (PDF)

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHE), Hurricanes and Floods Web site

Ready NC Web site (includes link for app)

NC 2-1-1, Disaster Preparedness and Assistance

Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) Hurricane Guide

Hurricane Preparedness, Mecklenburg County, NC (Charlotte)

Hurricane Preparedness, Oak Island, NC

Hurricane Preparedness, Myrtle Beach, SC

Hurricanes, Emergency Management, Horry County, SC

National Hurricane Preparedness, National Weather Service (NWS)

Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Digital Toolkit (

Hurricanes (FEMA) (includes link to app)




The joyless president

Teri Carter's Library

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The day I tour Monticello, the beloved, mountaintop home of Thomas Jefferson, our current president is holed up with his iPhone, tweeting in his habitually artless manner. “The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead,” he blurts, and then, “THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY.”

I sigh, turn my phone off. And I wonder, what would Jefferson—a man who found so much joy in books, art, history, science, architecture, and the philosophical debate of ideas—make of a man like Trump?

Regardless of party, we hold, in our collective American consciousness, joyful images of presidents. There is Ronald Reagan on his Santa Barbara ranch, riding his horse next to wife Nancy. There is George H.W. Bush, playing golf with this grown sons in Kennebunkport. There is Barack Obama hosting the cast of “Hamilton” at the White House.  There is Bill Clinton playing with his…

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LVCVA : Las Vegas Celebrates Dean Martin: The King of Cool

“LAS VEGAS — Elvis Presley once told Deana Martin, “They call me the King of Rock and Roll, but your dad is the King of Cool.”

From his solo career to his appearances with the Rat Pack and his infamous Celebrity Roasts, Dean Martin made the Las Vegas stage his home. Known for his smooth and effortless style, Martin has become a timeless Las Vegas icon. Dean Martin would have turned 100 on June 7. We celebrate the “King of Cool” with this tribute featuring photos and video from the Las Vegas News Bureau archives. In addition, the News Bureau has produced an exhibition in the Las Vegas Convention Center featuring exclusive photographs from its archives and rare Las Vegas memorabilia.”

Source: LVCVA : Las Vegas Celebrates Dean Martin: The King of Cool

Out In The Garden Bee-Dazzled And Bee-Dizened And Bees Showing Their Knees

Bees are special and important.. thanks Tish!

Tish Farrell





I popped out in the garden at lunch time, armed with my little Canon Ixus, and found it was all go on the bee front. The header flower, Helianthus Capenoch Star was proving very popular. I’d only bought it the other day, to go in the back of the flower bed that I said was ‘officially full’, and it is still in its pot, waiting for a slightly cooler moment to plant it out. In the meantime, it is being much visited. But then that goes for most of the other flowers: zinnias, cosmos, liatris, doronicum, echinacea, rudbeckia, and the self-sown purple toadflax. So many happy buzzing souls.



And then there was also the hoverfly:


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