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I didn't think much of this movie when I saw in 1982... but I just saw it again for the first time since then, and this time I really liked it. Perhaps it's because I no longer find the premise (a three-way romance) far-fetched... but also, I've become fascinated by this film's setting: the Greek island of Santorini. I recently became convinced (by an A&E special) that this island's volcanic destruction (circa 1500 BC) was the inspiration for the myth of Atlantis. So now, I'd like to go there. This film provides a good vicarious visit.

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Thursday, June 13, 2002
by the Wunderland Toast Society

What's New?

What's Going On? A Tour of Alison's Gardens

Origins is one week closer, but I don't really have any more to say about it right now than I did last week. So, instead of another corporate status report, this week we're going on a virtual walk around our house, to look at all the cool landscaping and gardening projects Alison has going on there. The grounds of Wunderland.Earth have come a long way since Alison took over, 3 years ago!

Here's Alison, inspecting the flowerbeds in the front yard. (More specifically, she's examining the 'Stella de oro' day lilies that she got from her boss at work.)

Alison installed these cute little stone steps on the corner last summer... this week, she added this terraced herb garden alongside the steps. (Did you notice the pyramid topiary in the background?)

As I mentioned a couple of months ago, Alison has begun building a pond in the backyard. Here you can see her progress in lining it with stones. (Note to burly locals: plan on helping move some of those really big boulders around when next you happen to drop by.)

Last year, Alison annexed part of neighbor Dan's yard, to start a vegetable garden in, and again this year, said garden is providing us with fresh salad greens and other veggies.

You can see spinach, garlic and snow-peas in the foreground, a gap with emerging watermelon, cucumber and carrots (covered with chickenwire to protect from squirrels) and a giant stray potato plant from last year in the background. Behind that, as you can see in the closeup ("Alison Loves Her Plants") are green beans and tomatoes, as well as red peppers, just out of the picture. Should be quite a haul, if it all produces well!

Check out this fresh garlic she just pulled up!

Have you played any games today?Andy

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Thought Residue
"If we discovered three drugs today and they were alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, there isn't an expert in the country who would recommend that marijuana be the one that is banned based on individual and societal harm." -- Dr. Patrick Smith, of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, to Canada's Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, June 7, 2002
"The time lost to jury duty on drug cases by otherwise productive citizens is just one of a profusion of hidden costs of the drug war. When you begin to consider these hidden and ancillary costs, you come to realize the true magnitude of the waste. The official, on the books cost of this war is $609 a second. The real cost is much greater and, because the economic distortions are so large, not really determinable." -- Geoffrey Norman, "Put These Guys in Rehab", Playboy Magazine, July 2002
"... marihuana is not addictive, not a gateway, and reports of harms of marihuana are unfounded ... those who have been smoking marihuana for a period of years showed no mental or physical deterioration which may be attributed to the drug." -- The Marihuana Problem in the City of New York (The "LaGuardia Report") (U.S.A., 1944)


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