A blog with no real theme; whatever I find interesting, beautiful--mostly nature, art, and men. Enjoy :)

 

did-you-kno:

A New York police officer saved a 2-year-old boy’s life by driving to the hospital while simultaneously reaching backward through the SUV’s glass partition to perform CPR. Source

did-you-kno:

A New York police officer saved a 2-year-old boy’s life by driving to the hospital while simultaneously reaching backward through the SUV’s glass partition to perform CPR. Source

At least for now, however, learning German might be the best financial choice an American high school student can make.

Germany abolishes college tuition fees. (via think-progress)

did-you-kno:

When Steve Fugate lost his 2 children to suicide and overdose, he hiked across the U.S. for 12 years with a sign that said “Love Life” to remind people that they can overcome life’s hardships with the right mindset. Source

did-you-kno:

When Steve Fugate lost his 2 children to suicide and overdose, he hiked across the U.S. for 12 years with a sign that said “Love Life” to remind people that they can overcome life’s hardships with the right mindset. Source

twloha:

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” - Christian D. Larson 
Image by Blissworks Design Company 

twloha:

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” - Christian D. Larson 

Image by Blissworks Design Company 

did-you-kno:

Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper annually. Switching to bidets could save billions of gallons of water and an estimated 15 million trees per year. Source

did-you-kno:

Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper annually. Switching to bidets could save billions of gallons of water and an estimated 15 million trees per year. Source

whitehouse:

"I’m always willing to work with anyone, Democrat or Republican, to get things done." —President Obama at NorthwesternU on working with Congress to expand opportunity for more middle-class families

natgeotravel:

Blue light bathes cliffs near Bonifacio, Corsica.
Photograph by Marc Dozier, Corbis
 

natgeotravel:

Blue light bathes cliffs near Bonifacio, Corsica.

Photograph by Marc Dozier, Corbis

 

todaysdocument:

Symbols of Significance: The Pediments of the National Archives Building

October is American Archives Month!  To celebrate the month dedicated to all things archives, our Prologue blog will feature weekly posts on the history of the National Archives: 

Measuring 118 feet wide and 18 feet high at their peaks, the pediments on the north and south sides of the National Archives Building are the largest in Washington, DC. These grand pediments depict scenes that convey the purpose of the National Archives and contain rich symbols of the Archives’ significance to the nation.

When he set out to design a national hall of records, architect John Russell Pope sought to create a neoclassical building of monumental size and design. This meant that the structure would be embellished with ornate, symbolic sculptural details, inspired by the art and architecture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Pope wrote, “In view of the classic spirit in which the design of the building was conceived, it was considered essential by the architect and the sculptors that allegory rather than realism be the means of conveying the significance of the sculptural decoration.”

Together with the building’s other sculptures, these pediments make the National Archives Building the most ornate building in the Federal Triangle. The pediments’ powerful symbols and monumental scale speak to the significance of the National Archives’ purpose and evoke President Herbert Hoover’s statement that the National Archives Building would serve as “a temple of our history.”

Read more at Prologue: Pieces of History » Symbols of Significance: The Pediments of the National Archives Building

think-progress:

Wow, no one is really getting much off… 

American workers are putting in more and more hours each week, as the supposedly 40-hour workweek has stretched to 47 hours. At the same time, they’re getting very little paid time off of work to recharge.

think-progress:

Wow, no one is really getting much off…

American workers are putting in more and more hours each week, as the supposedly 40-hour workweek has stretched to 47 hours. At the same time, they’re getting very little paid time off of work to recharge.