Yang is making sense!

Yang is making sense!

Andrew Yang is making sense. Last night’s debate demonstrated to this voter why Yang deserves our full attention. Two main Yang points that make sense to me, Universal Income and how the Robot Apocalypse can bring our divided nation together.

Suitcase portable Solar Panel system on Sale Now!

Suitcase portable Solar Panel system on Sale Now!

Adjustable, Corrosion-Resistant aluminum stand as well as a heavy-duty handle and latches for longevity. Folded size: 19. 9 x 27. 2 x 2. 8 inches. Ideal output: 500 Watt-hours per day (depends on sunlight availability)
Compatible with gel, sealed, Lithium, and flooded batteries. Charge controller with an LCD display for displaying operating Information and data

The Singing Detective May help

The Singing Detective May help

A word of caution, Singing Detective is so damn good; watch Episode one at your own risk as you will be compelled to watch all 6 in one sitting. Best for family sanity and your own to savor this serial drama over a number of days or Sunday nights.

Pureland Project

Pureland Project

Pureland Project promotes physical and spiritual well-being through recognizing human interdependent relationship with nature. We leverage best practices to support Tibetan nomads in Tibet and spread their wisdom to the Western world. Our aspiration is to support sustainable living practices in Tibet & the Americas utilizing the ancient Buddhist principles of Purblind Meditation.

Smarthome Electronic Gifts for the Holidays!

Smarthome Electronic Gifts for the Holidays!

Smarthome is one of the world’s largest home automation retailers, becoming an easy-to-use source for thousands of affordable lighting, security, and home entertainment products that the average do-it-yourselfer can safely install. Our team of product specialists strives to deliver the newest cutting-edge products at the best possible prices.

Joni Mitchell Coyote

Joni Mitchell Coyote

Joni Mitchell is a painter first, musician second. Here are a few examples of my favorites.

Coyote from the The Last Waltz with the Band

Rage On Black Friday thru Sunday Sale!

Rage On Black Friday thru Sunday Sale!

RageOn, based in San Francisco, Los Angeles, & Cleveland, has sought out 30 of the most skilled expert advisors and employees from Pinterest, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Uber, Google, Twitter, Airbnb, eBay, Oracle, Stanford, and MIT that share a common love for the mission of making merchandising easy for the creators of this world.

Apple TV 4K or Amazon Firestick 4K?

Apple TV 4K or Amazon Firestick 4K?

Apple TV 4K lets you watch movies and shows in amazing 4K HDR — and now it completes the picture with immersive sound from Dolby Atmos. Stream your favorite channels live. Enjoy great content from apps like Amazon Prime Video, HBO NOW, Hulu, and Netflix. And thanks to Siri, you can control it all with just your voice.

Say Something

Say Something

Not much to add other than we like this number from Justin Timberlake. You may think, guilty pleasure. Pleasure in any flavor is a pleasure. You must give yourself credit as he has paid his dues-and the guy is a clever-A perfect timing comedian on SNL. With the right...
Warby Parker: Buy a Pair, Give a Pair

Warby Parker: Buy a Pair, Give a Pair

started buying glasses from Warby Parker online, early 2015.I love this business model. Choose 5 pair of glasses online, Warby Parker ships them to you, postage paid. YOU HAVE 5 days to try them on, model them to friends and family (instant marketing plan). Once you narrow down your choice to one pair, logon to Warby Parker and order your choice.

Mushrooms as Medicine

Mushrooms as Medicine

Leading mycologist Paul Stamets (full bio) shares his work exploring the diverse role medicinal mushrooms may have in activating our immune systems and helping treat cancer, to new data supporting the role of fungi in biosecurity and the health of the bees that pollinate our planet.

Kilted Yoga for your viewing enjoyment

Kilted Yoga for your viewing enjoyment

Kilted yoga – need we say more?! This video has it all – beautiful scenery, astounding yoga poses, and men in kilts. Finlay is a yoga instructor from Dundee, and Tristan is one of his students. Together, they took to the wilds of Scotland to be at one with nature, and practice some yoga. Men in kilts and yoga – a perfect combination!

Wetrock Farm, Durham NC Opportunity

Wetrock Farm, Durham NC Opportunity

Wetrock Resources, LLC is a North Carolina real estate development company specializing in sustainable land development. Our mission is to provide resources and deliver value for partners interested in building exceptional places for people.

Shamanic Services by Susan

Shamanic Services by Susan

This medicine path has changed my life in indescribable ways. When I found this work, my life changed forever – I gave up my teaching career to commit myself fully to this path. Miracles occurred that opened the doors and cleared the way, I had found my calling. Since my professional training that took years, with shamans in Peru, Canada and the United States, this work has really taken off. Through remote sessions I’m able to meet and work with people all over the world.

Fkj -Super Human-multi instrumentalist!

Fkj -Super Human-multi instrumentalist!

This video rolled up, ala algorithm, on the heels of James Vickery, Until Morning Colors performance. This is what lovers do, sometimes an Algorithm is your natural ally, anticipating, serving your aural needs. This week we are back, like so many others in the funk of it

Have you listened to Trevor Hall?

Have you listened to Trevor Hall?

Trevor Hall was born November 28, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music is a mix of roots, folk, and reggae. Many of the artist’s themes revolve around spirituality and life exploration. His album, KALA, written in Hawaii and recorded in Los Angeles, was released on August 21, 2015. It debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart.

One stop for all things Jon Seskevich!

One stop for all things Jon Seskevich!

Jon “Vasu” Seskevich is a Great 100 in NC Nursing award winner in 2005-06″] , was nominated for the Fetzer Foundation Norman Cousin’s Mind/Body Medicine Award in 1996. In 1998 he received the Friends’ of Nursing, “Excellence in Nursing Practice” award, and the “Alumnus of the Year” award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, Alumni Association in 1997.Jon has given over 300 presentations, lectures, workshops and classes that teach stress reduction, mind-body, and complementary therapies to hospital patients, health care professionals, community and church groups, and high-school and college students.

Shawn James hosts My Self Reliance!

Shawn James hosts My Self Reliance!

My name is Shawn James and I am a Canadian outdoorsman, photographer, self-reliance educator, blogger and freelance writer for Ontario Tourism and outdoor magazines. In 2017 I began building a log cabin in the Canadian woods without power tools and I documented my journey on Youtube. Below are some of my videos.

Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Purchased this Hiking shoe after several friends suggested Merrell as the best all-around hiking sneaker/shoe. The reviews are strongly positive and after two weeks of routine walking, light hiking, I can confidently say these are the most comfortable shoes (out of the box) I have ever owned.

Poets and Poems we love!

Poets and Poems we love!

East of me, west of me, full summer.
How deeper than elsewhere the dusk is in your own yard.
Birds fly back and forth across the lawn
looking for home
As night drifts up like a little boat.

The Habit of Ferocity-Steven Kotler!

The Habit of Ferocity-Steven Kotler!

If you’re passionate about personal transformation, it may sometimes feel like your brain is your worst enemy. “What If You Could Rewire Your Brain To Reject Mediocrity – And Automatically Choose
Transformational Growth Instead?”

Why we Love Brew Doctor Kombucha!

Why we Love Brew Doctor Kombucha!

While investigating online some of the benefits and side effects of Kombucha consumption I came across this very inspirational and unique Kombucha business startup launch success story. Homebrewing

NC beach sand re-nourishment consequence

NC beach sand re-nourishment consequence

Who wants to be a buzz kill about our beautiful NC beaches, especially one who loves the ocean as much as yours truly? Yet it is my love of our gorgeous NC beaches that drives me to share this well known beach re-nourishment consequence

Colleen Van Lent, PHD

Colleen Van Lent, PHD

Coursera courses provide one the opportunity of watching the teacher’s lectures/lessons more than one time, stop at junctures to take notes, and there is a transcript below each lesson video, including PDF lesson formats to refresh one at later dates.  Dr. Van Lent’s video lessons demonstrate a teacher who loves the subject matter and relish the opportunity to share her passion with others.   This has made learning fun! 

Potato Salad memories

Potato Salad memories

This evening an overwhelming desire for potato salad overcame me. Something wafting through the olfactory Proustian memory channels triggered this insatiable yearning for the comfort of my mom’s or German paternal grandmothers’s potato salad. Either recipe would suffice to quell the desire. You don’t have moments like this?

Durham downtown rising Housing costs?

Durham downtown rising Housing costs?

The rising costs of downtown living in cities like Durham NC are not unique. Check any city with an educated workforce, unique neighborhoods, limited housing supply and great restaurants like Durham has and you find rising home costs. What about Durham is unique vis-a-vis affordable housing?

Merge Records of Durham 25 years

Merge Records of Durham 25 years

Martin Frawley of Twerps announces solo debut album, Undone at 31, due February 22 NOVEMBER 14, 2018 Whether one seeks it out or it simply presents itself, change is an inevitability.

Dog Friendly Durham establishments

Dog Friendly Durham establishments

A former restaurant owner made me aware of a little known Durham Health Department double standard, dogs and any other companion animals are not permitted in establishments that prepare and sell food from a kitchen yet when food is procured from a food truck parked outside your establishment dogs are allowed to frolic and sit at your feet while you chow on savory pork buns from pork bunnies food truck

Daily Contemporary Fiction Challenge

Daily Contemporary Fiction Challenge

    Contemporary literature is defined as literature written after World War II through the current day. Each day Durham Cool Media will include a quote, book or author question.   The first individual or team to correctly identify the answer will be...
Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis

Happy to have her with us as she may be one of the best pop song composers (singer-songwriter) artists working today.A strong voice booms out of this slight body.

Transcendent Music from Van

Transcendent Music from Van

This August 2018 article is coming up today the result of a Youtube recommendation. This Ian Rankin interview of Van is the best I have watched, most likely due to the common ancestry and cultural mutual respect of Mr. Rankin and Sir Morrison

I love Tsamma Watermelon Juice

I love Tsamma Watermelon Juice

There I discovered, what is now at the top of my tasty beverage list, Tsamma Watermelon juice. I was so thirsty I opened up the bottle and drank it down before completing the rest of my shopping. What an incredible thirst quencher! This juice is the nectar of the gods, said my inner holy Hyperbole! Tsamma Watermelon juice is 100 percent juice and has no added sugar.

Rapid Biohacks for Exceptional Health.

Rapid Biohacks for Exceptional Health.

“Why is it so damn hard to get into shape?”

Because let’s face it, you have probably made commitments to get a little fitter, or a little slimmer, or a little stronger… but you weren’t able to stick to them.
The problem is, the fitness industry has fed you a lie.
A lie that has told you that you can “out-fitness” yourself to good health.

2019 Apple Products and Services.

2019 Apple Products and Services.

While reviewing options for a new 2018 iMac it was quickly clear that an external Hard drive would be necessary to avoid excessive additional costs and issues with Fusion drives and Mac OS High Sierra file management system.

9 Degree Courses that can be taken completely online!

Coursera for Business

This Specialization will help you switch from a top-down leadership, with the emphasis on authority, to an open leadership based on trust and sense.

This new approach of leadership, taught to HEC MBA’s student and top executives, encourages relationships between people in spite of their differences of opinion and enables better team leadership.

The Savoir-Relier protocol is based on more than 25 years of research and practice. It has been implemented with positive impact on individual and teams in companies like Apple, L’Oréal, LVMH, Sanofi or Pernod Ricard for example.

Just as them, as an executive, manager or individual, you will practice the Savoir-Relier method and discover that when done with courage, empathy, humility and resilience, it stimulates creative initiatives, and creates meaning to foster action and results. It will help you to overcome difficult situations with resilience and navigate complex systems.

Leilani Wolfgramm

Leilani Wolfgramm

This video had me from the visual alone and then the harmonious collaboration of extraordinary groove masters working together. Yet what about the lead singer, Leilani, hiding under a hoodie sporting black engineers opticals, with such beautifully strong vocals. We had to know more.

Why is the right B-12 critical to your health?

Why is the right B-12 critical to your health?

VeganSafe B-12 is a certified organic blend of methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, the two most bioactive forms of vitamin B-12. Vitamin B-12 is a vital nutrient that supports normal energy levels, cardiovascular health, and the nervous system

Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt

“Tift is an important Artist”] in my life for a myriad of reasons.   TIft Merritt is one of the first artists I caught live in Durham, NC at the Americana music series at Fowlers Gourmet Market loading dock.   From the moment I heard her sing the first note I was smitten.  TIft has such a great Southern roots/rock/blues/country/ (see Americana) impossible to pigeonhole voice.  So many comparisons to great singers of the past yet her voice is her own-unique blend of styles and nature.   Did I mention the conversational persuasive style TIft employs when conveying the subtly nuanced emotions in her songs

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Robotics: Aerial Robotics Specialization

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Robotics: Aerial Robotics Specialization

How can we create agile micro aerial vehicles that are able to operate autonomously in cluttered indoor and outdoor environments? You will gain an introduction to the mechanics of flight and the design of quadrotor flying robots and will be able to develop dynamic models, derive controllers, and synthesize planners for operating in three-dimensional environments.

IKC Hot Sauce!

IKC Hot Sauce!

Made with kombucha and crafted with natural ingredients, this hot sauce is an aged cayenne pepper sauce that is the perfect blend of hot, tangy, and savory. Full of flavor with a nice kick, but not too hot to really taste and enjoy. The kombucha vinegar makes the flavor truly unique.

Coursera co-founder, Andrew Ng, has a new course: AI for Everyone

Coursera co-founder, Andrew Ng, has a new course: AI for Everyone

What will students learn?

The meaning behind common AI terminology, including neural networks, machine learning, deep learning, and data science

What AI realistically can–and cannot–do

How to spot opportunities to apply AI to problems in your own organization

What it feels like to build machine learning and data science projects

How to work with an AI team and build an AI strategy in your company

How to navigate ethical and societal discussions surrounding AI

Dirtwire

Dirtwire

Who is Dirtwire? I first heard this incredible assemblage of World musicians, dressed hat to toe in Southwestern black cowboy coolness, when they backed Trevor Hall on the track, Strength in One

Design Your Ultimate Life-Lifebook Online!

Design Your Ultimate Life-Lifebook Online!

The Lifebook process begins by triggering a crucial paradigm shift in your mind, all through one key question:

“Is my idea of success really my own? Or is it a projection forced on me by society and the limiting beliefs I’ve been conditioned with?”

Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan

Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan

The sparring, flirtation, of Lisa Hannigan and Damien on Volcano; a palpable attraction. The torment of lovers whose voices blend together so well-brings the lyrics alive. Lisa Hannigan is an easy voice to love.

Equifax Data Breach Settlement – You may be eligible for cash, free credit monitoring, and more

Equifax Data Breach Settlement – You may be eligible for cash, free credit monitoring, and more

While I breezed through the form with a clear understanding of who Equifax is, what they do, what my rights as a consumer are, and how to best complete the claims form, I realized that my 23 years in the financial services sector, primarily in management, gave me considerable advantage most do not possess. The obligation to share my “wisdom” was the impetus for starting this website 7 years ago. Here we go.

Professional Certificates Start Today!

Professional Certificates Start Today!

Today, Coursera announced its new Professional Certificate product line. Picture these Professional Certificates similar to Specializations, but even better. Check out more details below!

Get Job-Ready with Professional Certificates

Learn from top companies and universities with programs starting at $39 USD per month
Get started right away and learn at your own pace
Apply your new skills to hands-on projects that you can share with recruiters and hiring managers
Earn a credential and get access to career support resources

Google IT Support Professional Certificate

Google IT Support Professional Certificate

About this Professional Certificate This five-course certificate, developed by Google, includes innovative curriculum designed to prepare you for an entry-level role in IT support. A job in IT can mean in-person or remote help desk work in a small business or at a global company like Google.

Zak Abel stands out

Zak Abel stands out

A deeper dive into why Zak Abel stood out from the recent review of up and coming British Soul Artists. We explored his live performamces at Sofar in London.

Pete Townshend-Acoustic

Pete Townshend-Acoustic

The primary songwriter for the Who who sang backup mostly to Roger, turns out to be the better singer over time. Voice survived in the background.

New Reinforcement Learning Specialization!

New Reinforcement Learning Specialization!

The Reinforcement Learning Specialization consists of 4 courses exploring the power of adaptive learning systems and artificial intelligence (AI).

Harnessing the full potential of artificial intelligence requires adaptive learning systems. Learn how Reinforcement Learning (RL) solutions help solve real-world problems through trial-and-error interaction by implementing a complete RL solution from beginning to end.

Kennedy Center Honors Bettye LaVette “Love Reign on Me”

Kennedy Center Honors Bettye LaVette “Love Reign on Me”

Kennedy Center Honors Bettye LaVette “Love Reign on Me”Perhaps this is your first experience with the great voice of Ms. Lavette. You may have a legitimate excuse for missing this American treasure on her first run, but after watching this performance you have no reason not to share this with all of your friends and loved ones.

NC Launches free Solar panels for Middle-Class Homeowners.

NC Launches free Solar panels for Middle-Class Homeowners.

The Sign and Shine program is an innovative new way to power your home and it’s now available for North Carolina homeowners! With this program, you can get solar installed for $0 out of pocket, save money on your electric bills, and generate your own clean energy. Thousands have signed up for this program and, as a North Carolina homeowner, so can you.

Healthy weight loss: What to eat, what to avoid.

Healthy weight loss: What to eat, what to avoid.

Healthy weight loss is not a mystery. There are a few, simple rules to follow with regard to your diet, and if you stick to them, you’ll almost certainly lose weight. Of course, exercise will increase the rate of weight loss and help you feel better, but following a basic, low calorie, low-fat diet is key. While such a diet is also good as maintenance, you can certainly add in more calories when you reach your goal weight and are maintaining an appropriate activity level

Krishna Das Live experience

Krishna Das Live experience

We are happy to share this professionally filmed and recorded video of Krishna Das singing “Om Namah Shivaya” live with you! There are lyrics in the video too, for you to sing along!

The Americana Music Association emerging Artists

The Americana Music Association emerging Artists

Courtney Marie Andrews is an American singer-songwriter originally from Phoenix, Arizona, United States. She released her first album, Urban Myths, in 2008, and she has released five albums since.
Born: November 7, 1990 (age 27 years), Phoenix, AZ

Smart Home Kits work with Alexa, Apple, Google Home

Smart Home Kits work with Alexa, Apple, Google Home

iDevices IDEV0012 Smart Home Essentials Kit
Everything You Need to Create Your Smart Home
Include five indoor light switches, three light bulb socket adapters, and two dual outlets for outdoor uses
Control and monitor iDevices device from wherever you are using your iPhone or Android device
Compatible with both Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa
Personalized concierge support, exclusive only to Smart Home Essentials members

SQL for Data Science-UC Davis

SQL for Data Science-UC Davis

As data collection has increased exponentially, so has the need for people skilled at using and interacting with data; to be able to think critically, and provide insights to make better decisions and optimize their businesses. This is a data scientist, “part mathematician, part computer scientist, and part trend spotter” (SAS Institute, Inc.). According to Glassdoor, being a data scientist is the best job in America; with a median base salary of $110,000 and thousands of job openings at a time. The skills necessary to be a good data scientist include being able to retrieve and work with data, and to do that you need to be well versed in SQL, the standard language for communicating with database systems.

Freelon Family News

Freelon Family News

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I am proud to announce that I am running for North Carolina State Senate. My wife and I are life-long residents of Senate District 20, and the parents of two beautiful children who were also born and raised here. It would be a privilege to serve this community, which has given our family so much!

Bending Reality by Vishen Lakhiani-Free Course on Mindvalley now!

Bending Reality by Vishen Lakhiani-Free Course on Mindvalley now!

Do you believe that hard work is what it takes to be successful?

If you follow entrepreneurship channels on social media that champion simplistic, motivational ideas like “Embrace the hustle” or “Work harder than your competition” you’d be inclined to believe so.

But your success, your fulfilment, and virtually every aspect of life, hinges on just ONE thing — And it’s NOT how much or how hard your work.

Durham’s Identity

Durham’s Identity

When I first arrived in Durham, October 1995, I lived on East Trinity between Mangum and Roxboro streets, across from the Grace Baptist Church. Durham in 1995 was not the Durham of 2015. In 1995 you could still smell tobacco curing downtown. The sweet odor of curing tobacco scented the streets.

What is the power of forgiveness?

What is the power of forgiveness?

Every spiritual practice has important teachings on the subject of forgiveness. Many of us have the experience of forgiving another for what may be commonly considered modest transgressions, but what about big infractions like murder, rape and or sexual assault? Not so easy.

Boost Body Energy!

Boost Body Energy!

You know that everything is energy. But how do you apply this to your life? Join us in this Mindvalley Masterclass for an eye-opening demonstration where you’ll witness firsthand how energy actually runs our reality and walk away with at least 4 different energy medicine techniques. Prepare yourself for an eye-opening demonstration with this FREE Masterclass. Share With Your Friends This Masterclass is being celebrated with friends and family. If you would like to invite someone to Donna Eden on The Secrets of a Master Practitioner today,

SinuSave new customers take 15% off today!

SinuSave new customers take 15% off today!

Chronic sinusitis is debilitating. The congestion brought about by inflammation of nasal passages is merely a prelude to a host of other symptoms like headaches, pain and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, and nose and interrupted sleep cycles. Sufferers often move about in a haze of pain, nausea, and fatigue.

To alleviate symptoms, patients turn to nasal sprays to find relief. Studies show that nasal washing can help reduce the suffering so that people do not necessarily have to resort to surgical options to resolve their problem.

Buddhist Prostrations

Buddhist Prostrations

Buddhists believe one should prostrate at least 10,000 times during his lifetime. There are several popular Buddhist sites to prostrate or kora, four most important ones are Jokhang Temple, Bharkhor Street, Mount Kailash, and Lake Manasarovar.

What to do

What to do

The rain becomes you. I held the door for an older gentleman the other day as he exited B&N. He was slow on the way out and lacking stability so I stayed with him for a moment. I asked him if he was alright, and he replied “Trying to decide, what the weather is going to do” as we both looked westward towards Orange County.

Insteon Outdoor Lighting Kit with Insteon Hub

Insteon Outdoor Lighting Kit with Insteon Hub

Easily Manage Your Outdoor Lighting and Appliances
Control lighting from almost anywhere by using the Insteon Hub and downloading the Insteon App
Automate landscape and other outdoor lighting in minutes
Set scenes, schedules, and routines to walk in the door with the lights on

Laura Misch-Runs in the Family tradition!

Laura Misch-Runs in the Family tradition!

The music gene in the Misch family profile is clearly dominant. While watching videos of brother Tom Misch during Tom breaks out article and the performance with multi-instrumentalist, Fkj we came across sister Laura Misch

James Vickery-British Soul 2019!

James Vickery-British Soul 2019!

While listening to a track from Zak Abel I googled British Soul Artists to watch 2019 and once again a Truly soulful voice is discovered (belated) with 12MM views on Youtube, James Vickery.

Python for Everybody Specialization, enroll for Free!

Python for Everybody Specialization, enroll for Free!

This Specialization builds on the success of the Python for Everybody course and will introduce fundamental programming concepts including data structures, networked application program interfaces, and databases, using the Python programming language. In the Capstone Project, you’ll use the technologies learned throughout the Specialization to design and create your own applications for data retrieval, processing, and visualization.

Kurama Kool

Kurama Kool

Kurama; How many times have we uttered this / met there / threw down quick or celebrated long? This place is a gem and still somewhat of a small, best kept secret. Known for sure by foodies, local chefs and most certainly by the Japanese community…this hibachi joint on 15-501 business in Durham on the service road across from Target is a favorite of mine and many others.

Falkirk Wheel Boat-Scottish Ingenuity!

Falkirk Wheel Boat-Scottish Ingenuity!

Falkirk Wheel boat lift at night in Falkirk, Scotland The Falkirk Wheel connects two canals, linking Edinburgh on Scotland’s coast with Glasgow, nearly 50 miles inland. Water powers the machine to lower or raise boats, like a Ferris wheel, from one canal to the other....
Stamets 7 Host Defense Review

Stamets 7 Host Defense Review

I ordered the Host Defense Stamets 7 Daily Immune Support from Amazon based on the solid reviews and trust gained by watching these videos and interviews with Paul Stamets.

Straw Valley Integrative Health an Oasis on 15-501

Straw Valley Integrative Health an Oasis on 15-501

​Restoring Balance is a group of passionate professionals with 30+ years of experience and wisdom committed to supporting and empowering women and their families before, during, after delivery and beyond!

Our collective understanding and fresh perspective have shown us that women in the childbearing year need caring support and a nurturing community to enhance their sacred experience and overall well-being.

Pho and Poke – Vietnamese food on Erwin Road

Pho and Poke – Vietnamese food on Erwin Road

Here in Durham we have a few choices for Vietnamese food and I’m glad to say that if you live in West Durham or near Duke or downtown …you don’t have to travel far anymore. At 2816 Erwin Road # 207 on the front side of the building facing Erwin Road is Pho and Poke.

Applications now Open for the BSc in Computer Science!

Applications now Open for the BSc in Computer Science!

When you graduate, you’ll be able to:
Build and maintain reliable software to meet the sophisticated demands of today’s market
Develop innovative and creative approaches to problem solving
Work independently with confidence
Apply for roles at the cutting-edge of the tech sector such as application programmer, mobile app developer, web developer, video game developer, SFX and post-production, and systems analyst

Wild West End

Wild West End

Next up, a few live versions of the seminal song, News. Dire Straits is required listening for any knob with ears, but especially those wannabe gear heads. Mark Knopfler is on everyone’s best guitar maestro short list for good reason.

Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder-Aidu Du

Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder-Aidu Du

Musicologists may wax poetic about the connection between West African music and American blues, but this GRAMMY®-winning 1994 release—a genius collaboration between a Malian guitar legend and an American multi-instrumentalist/producer—was a groundbreaking proof-of-concept. Touré’s hypnotic melodies (sung in 11 languages!) float over shimmering acoustic and electric guitars from Cooder and notable guests (including John Patitucci and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown). Dusky, entrancing, and stunningly gorgeous,

Do you know LP?

Do you know LP?

I am a little late to the LP fandom. Readers may rightly argue that my interests lie squarely with Artists who earned their stripes in the late 60s or early 70’s. My argument is always that quality transcends genre, gender, time period, et al. lP is quality.

Business Foundations

Business Foundations

n this Specialization, you’ll develop basic literacy in the language of business, which you can use to transition to a new career, start or improve your own small business, or apply to business school to continue your education. In five courses, you’ll learn the fundamentals of marketing, accounting, operations, and finance. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply the skills learned by developing a go-to-market strategy to address a real business challenge.

Best Buy

Best Buy

Best Buy is the #1 retailer and most trafficked website for consumer electronics. You can always count on Best Buy for fantastic customer service and competitive prices on the best electronics, entertainment, and appliance products.

Master of Applied Data Science

Master of Applied Data Science

Applicants for the degree program must have:
An undergraduate degree
A score of at least 100 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for non-native speakers of English
A good basic knowledge of Python programming language and introductory statistics (Applicants will take two assessments)
No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or other exams required

Drain weasel works!

Drain weasel works!

Sometimes a product comes along in your life, so simple and ingenious, to solve a problem so ordinary and routine, that you have no choice but to crow about it! This week that product also shares a moniker for what I call myself when I do something so stupid there is no other nomenclature that suits, it is the Drain weasel.

Silvia Perez Cruz for my mom!

Silvia Perez Cruz for my mom!

Two YouTube videos which capture the natural flow of life in the surrounds, while this angel, incarnated here on earth, lifts us up over the small talk and petty postures of ego into the sublime. Explain to me how you could not be moved by this Perdoname Luna performance by Las Migas, fronted by Silvia Perez Cruz. Listen to the birds singing in harmonic/discordant response in the Perdoname Luna (2nd video) while this flamenco group, Las Migas performs; a private concert shared with the world. This is a masterclass in vocal performance, with tenderness and strength expressed as the lyric required. Watch the video closely several times in quick succession.  Each time your eye will catch each musician’s fealty to the effort, each other and especially the featured voice- leading all with humility and qualified mastery.  This is one I will not tire from.  Linger in joy along with me.

Who is Zendaya?

Who is Zendaya?

You notice on Google trend reports that Zendaya is trending high today due to a new “Real” teen life series on HBO called Euphoria that Drake is co-producing

A good carpenter is hard to find

A good carpenter is hard to find

“A good carpenter is hard to find” has never been more true than Right now. We are in a boon of new construction and growth. So many contractors in our area are excellent craftsman but consider the number of “skilled” carpenters in our area?

Global Master of Public Health- Imperial College London-Coursera

Global Master of Public Health- Imperial College London-Coursera

A research-driven, flexible degree for the next generation of public health leaders.
The Global Master of Public Health from Imperial College London is a high-quality online degree program from one of the top 10 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019). As a Global MPH student, you’ll study biostatistics, epidemiology, health systems and more. You’ll also hone your research skills by exploring issues that affect your own community.

New Python Specialization

New Python Specialization

Python Data Products for Predictive Analytics Specialization
Build Predictive Systems with Accuracy. Collect, model, and deploy data-driven systems using Python and machine learning.

Learn Faster, Forget Less-Masterclass with Jim Kwik

Learn Faster, Forget Less-Masterclass with Jim Kwik

Discover Jim Kwik’s 10 Powerful Hacks To Unlock Your Superbrain So You Can Learn Faster, Retain More and Forget Less
Join the foremost expert in memory improvement and brain performance in a Masterclass that will transform the way you think, learn, and live.

IBM IT Fundamentals for Cybersecurity Specialization-

IBM IT Fundamentals for Cybersecurity Specialization-

There are a growing number of exciting, well-paying jobs in today’s security industry that do not require a traditional college degree. Forbes estimates that there will be as many as 3.5 million unfilled positions in the industry worldwide by 2021! One position with a severe shortage of skills is as a junior cybersecurity analyst.

Introducing Elina Ivashchenko

Introducing Elina Ivashchenko

This is one of the most passionate song performances, executed by a 14-year-old vocalist, that I was left with little choice but to publish it on Durham Cool. Please let me know if you share my appreciation for this precocious talent.

Whiplash Film

Whiplash Film

I just watched the first film by Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land, called Whiplash. A great film. Before you stream La La Land (not available yet to stream), stream or purchase a Blueray copy of Whiplash.

Sunday, early evening outside Nosh Cafe

Sunday, early evening outside Nosh Cafe

These beautiful large pots outside of Nosh Cafe, across from Duke West Campus, earned a post on Durham Cool for their stand-alone aesthetic value. It is early evening and the birds are singing each to each. I have admired these pots for many years and now it is due time to bring them to you in this simple photo essay.

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

If you don’t know Lucinda Williams, my sincere apologies. Never too late to learn about such a fine artist. Here is a quick introduction by way of Charlie Rose. The next video, a track from Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, 2 Cool 2 B Forgotten, was the closer for many a memorable porch party. Amazing track.

Doing what comes from deep within

Doing what comes from deep within

When the Hungarian government cracked down on refugees in late August, herding them into holding camps and barring their passage to Germany, Hans Breuer knew he needed to act. Many Austrians have shown compassion for refugees, but for Breuer, it was personal. He is the son of an Jewish refugee from the Holocaust.

The Best NC Chef for Fall dishes

The Best NC Chef for Fall dishes

For Andrea Reusing—an award-winning chef, a leader in the sustainable agriculture movement, and a working mother—”cooking in the moment” simply means focusing on one meal at a time. Tender spring broccoli given a smoky char on the grill, a summer berry pudding with cold cream, or a cider-braised pork shoulder served with pan-fried apples on a frosty night—cooking and eating this way allows food in season to become the foundation of a full life. Cooking in the Moment is a rich, absorbing journey through a year in Reusing’s home kitchen as she cooks for family and friends using ingredients grown nearby.

A strong, independent CFPB helps the consumer-Why?

A strong, independent CFPB helps the consumer-Why?

President Trump and Acting Director Mick Mulvaney have charted a dramatically different course for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren that was created in 2010 to curb predatory practices and lending problems.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg-RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg-RBG

An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women. I

Your 1st Amendment Rights

Your 1st Amendment Rights

First Amendment: An Overview The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference.

Healer John Lee Hooker with Carlos!

Healer John Lee Hooker with Carlos!

Listen to this track, regardless whether this is your first or 157th listen, with beginner’s ears and mind. Let the flow of Carlo’s guitar notes wash over you then John Lee Hooker’s emotive lyric preacher chant. This is a track on should play upon walking each day or before shutting your eyes at night. “The blues is a healer all over the world”.

Coursera co-founder, Andrew Ng, has a new course: AI for Everyone

Back by popular demand: Machine Learning with founder Andrew Ng

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, effective web search, and a vastly improved understanding of the human genome. Machine learning is so pervasive today that you probably use it dozens of times a day without knowing it. Many researchers also think it is the best way to make progress towards human-level AI. In this class, you will learn about the most effective machine learning techniques, and gain practice implementing them and getting them to work for yourself. More importantly, you’ll learn about not only the theoretical underpinnings of learning, but also gain the practical know-how needed to quickly and powerfully apply these techniques to new problems. Finally, you’ll learn about some of Silicon Valley’s best practices in innovation as it pertains to machine learning and AI.

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson solo is not to be missed-live! I attended a Richard Thompson solo concert at DPAC 5 years back and it was the most potent solo performance for singer/songwriter/master guitarist this lad has ever witnessed. Richard Thompson OBE (born 3 April 1949) is...
The Essence of all Vedanta

The Essence of all Vedanta

Vedanta is one of the world’s most ancient religious philosophies and one of its broadest. Based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India, Vedanta affirms the oneness of existence, the divinity of the soul, and the harmony of religions.

Mindful Monday/Psychic Readings

Mindful Monday/Psychic Readings

At the beginning of each month, I open up my Mindful Monday Program to new members. As a subscriber to the program, you receive a personalized reading via email each Monday morning during the month. Your reading arrives between 8-10 a.m. EST, is 4+ sentences long, and offers insight for your week.

Mondays can be fun days!

Learning How to Learn

Learning How to Learn

his course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.

Tom Misch-breaks out!

Tom Misch-breaks out!

You noticed it, in the video with Tom and Fkj-Losing My Way. U.K sensation, Tom Misch’s sultry vocal performance-incantive, subtle, riveting, strong? Misch and Fkj voices together-tao te ching-the Yang and Yin of musicology.

Spiritual Pathways, Rev. Violet Schonhardt

Spiritual Pathways, Rev. Violet Schonhardt

As a dedicated seeker of truth, Rev. Violet Schonhardt has been involved in many different aspects of Metaphysics since 1980. She is a gifted speaker, healer, teacher, medium, and spiritual coach who considers herself a life long learner.

32 Short Films about Glenn Gould

32 Short Films about Glenn Gould

This video is from one of the best independent films I have ever watched, The 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould. A brilliant musician, child prodigy, eccentric misanthrope, misunderstood artist in every sense of the phrase.

Lars Oliver Salon

Lars Oliver Salon

Lars has been in the triangle since 1972 and for the last 2 decades has been making his way in the beauty industry with great success.

Sub Ek: All One-Ram Dass

Sub Ek: All One-Ram Dass

Most of Maharaji’s devotees were householders, people who were very involved in daily life. They had children, jobs, all kinds of stuff. And he would just go from house to house, village to village, town to town, constantly wandering from place to place, visiting with people.

Pedrito Martinez Group

Pedrito Martinez Group

Feb. 20, 2019 | Felix Contreras — Something happens when you get a chance to see Afro-Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez perform. First of all, his smile radiates. It’s hard to imagine someone happier than he is to make music in front of people; and as we saw during his turn behind Bob Boilen’s desk, he mesmerizes with this almost otherworldly talent on congas. His hands can be a blur because they move so quickly. To the untrained eye, it’s hard to see exactly what he is doing to draw out the sounds he does from his drums. I even know a little about playing hand drums and it still doesn’t make it easier to fathom his remarkable talent.

Vegan Flava Cafe Review

Vegan Flava Cafe Review

This past Sunday, my family visited Vegan Flava Cafe on Guess Road. Some of you may remember the former location of Vegan Flava Cafe on Chapel Hill Blvd, near intersection of Westgate Drive. The blessed Durhammites who enjoyed the Vegan entrees prepared by Vegan chef, Yah-i, while he worked at the Durham Coop on Thursday evenings know first hand how delicious Vegan cuisine can be when prepared by an inspired chef.

Durham 150 News and Events!

Durham 150 News and Events!

Since the debut of Durham 150 merchandise at the Opening Celebration, we’ve been asked by locals and visitors alike how to get a t-shirt or hat of their own. We’re pleased to share the Durham 150 online merchandise store with you: durham150.org/store.

Micro-plastics are in everything from Beer to Fish: How you can help minimize plastic pollution?

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to ocean health worldwide. In spite of society’s many efforts to properly dispose of plastic waste, between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year—enough to cover every foot of coastline on the planet. And that amount is expected to more than double in the next 10 years. Let that sink in for a moment.

Thule Urban Glide 2 Stroller

Thule Urban Glide 2 Stroller

Thule Urban Glide 2 Jogging Stroller A lightweight, all-terrain stroller perfect for jogging or strolling through town Swivel front wheel locks into place for jogging Large 16″ rear wheels plus suspension for an ultra-smooth ride One-handed, compact fold to...
Nike Air Monarch

Nike Air Monarch

Leather and Synthetic
Imported
Rubber sole
Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch
Leather upper features overlays for support and perforations for airflow
Full-length encapsulated Air-Sole unit cushions for comfort and support
Solid rubber outsole is durable and provides traction over varied surfaces
Men’s NIKE air Monarch cross trainer iv shoe sets you up for comfortable training with durable leather on top for support. A lightweight foam midsole with a full-length encapsulated air-sole unit cushions every stride.

Behind our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded-Dalai Lama

Behind our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded-Dalai Lama

In many ways, there has never been a better time to be alive. Violence plagues some corners of the world, and too many still live under the grip of tyrannical regimes. And although all the world’s major faiths teach love, compassion and tolerance, unthinkable violence is being perpetrated in the name of religion.

And yet, fewer among us are poor, fewer are hungry, fewer children are dying, and more men and women can read than ever before. In many countries, recognition of women’s and minority rights is now the norm. There is still much work to do, of course, but there is hope and there is progress.

Walk it back

Walk it back

On a recent long car trip to visit family in the northeast, I let my Itunes go and ran across this brilliant song by REM. The only track I recorded from Collapse… Sometimes Michael Stipe, says it better than anyone can

Why Buddhism is True

Why Buddhism is True

The Dalai Lama has said that Buddhism and science are deeply compatible and has encouraged Western scholars to critically examine both the meditative practice and Buddhist ideas about the human mind.

E-Commerce startup process.

E-Commerce startup process.

Within just 6 months of starting her first ecommerce business, it was generating $600,000 USD per month (without funding or investment). She was then instrumental in launching another ecommerce business generating $100,000 USD on the first day.

The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes

The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes

This exhibition will showcase many unpublished Ernie Barnes original paintings, as well as artifacts from his life. Barnes was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. After five seasons as a professional football player, he retired at age 27 to pursue art. Known for his unique style of elongation, energy, and movement, Barnes is the first professional American athlet

Durham Smart Initiative

Durham Smart Initiative

The SmART Vision Plan reimagines the rapidly-transforming Blackwell, Corcoran, and Foster Street north/south corridor as a vibrant arts and entertainment district that reflects the city’s unique character.

Dreambly-Laundry Revolutionized!

Dreambly-Laundry Revolutionized!

Dreambly Laundry Sheet Ingredients: Purified water, renewable sourced surfactants (coconut oil), organic stabilizers, natural sequestering agents, natural enzymes, essential oils for fragrance, and SynTech (our patented, FDA-approved natural nanotechnology that is certified 100% biodegradable within 10 days).

Carpet Crawlers-Gabriel Genesis-Peter and Phil sing together.

Carpet Crawlers-Gabriel Genesis-Peter and Phil sing together.

Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins (both natural leaders of the band called Genesis -different approaches and styles-yet quite complimentary when in sync) Notice how they work together on these two different live versions of the same track. Please keep an eye on the histrionic antics of Mr. Gabriel versus the football player charm of Phil Collins.

Why Kombucha?

Why Kombucha?

This year, I’ve been doing a lot of research on how to help my clients who keep telling me about certain symptoms that they are struggling with and it seemed to boil down to “poor gut health”. Our daily diets are wrecking havoc on our bodies and our bodies are not happy with us.

Our body is responding in the form of pain, discomfort, weight gain, and disease. I truly believe that if we can improve our nutrition, we can heal and fix a lot of problems that are going on with our bodies or at least allow our bodies to make it easier for the medication and treatments to have an environment to truly work and do their job.

In this video I answer the questions:
1. What is Kombucha?
2. Why is it important for Gut Health?
3. What does it do?
4. Where can I buy it?
5. What are my favorite flavors and brands?
Do you drink Kombucha? What other questions do you have about it?

Disclaimer: I’m not saying it cures anything, but I do think that you should give it a try if you are having issues with your GI, digestion, weight or low energy. Also, talk to your doctor more about it if you have a pre-existing condition.

The Truth about Horse Racing

The Truth about Horse Racing

There are essentially three types of people in horse racing. There are the crooks who dangerously drug or otherwise abuse their horses, or who countenance such conduct from their agents, and who then dare the industry to come to catch them.

Steve Winwood John Barleycorn Must Die

Steve Winwood John Barleycorn Must Die

John Barleycorn” is a British folk song. The character of John Barleycorn in the song is a personification of the important cereal crop barley and of the alcoholic beverages made from it, beer and whiskey. In the song, John Barleycorn is represented as suffering indignities, attacks and death that correspond to the various stages of barley cultivation, such as reaping and malting.

25th Birthday & Pie Social at SEEDS-Volunteers Needed!

25th Birthday & Pie Social at SEEDS-Volunteers Needed!

SEEDS is happy to announce our 25th Birthday Celebration and Pie Social will take place on June 1! This event will be a special celebration highlighting SEEDS’ history over the past 25 years and will raise support for SEEDS to continue working with youth in Durham for years to come! We are in need of volunteers for many different capacities for this event, so please sign up if you’d like to be a part of this special event!

Best Reasons to Create a Vision of the Future You

Bon Iver-I Can’t Make you love me

Bon Iver’s third LP is as bold as it is beautiful. Made during a five-year period when Justin Vernon contemplated ditching the project altogether, 22, A Million perfects the sound alloyed on 2011’s Bon Iver: ethereal but direct, layered but stripped-back, as processed as EDM yet naked as a fallen branch.

Dave and Late Night crew at their best-We miss Dave!

Dave and Late Night crew at their best-We miss Dave!

Angry enough, after watching Dave and crew exasperate over licensing costs to play live any of the Eagles songs, to watch this 60 Minutes Australia overview of the band and its history? Why not watch it before the Eagles and their licensing company (team of lawyers) pull this video off of YouTube.

Madman Across the Water

Madman Across the Water

A close friend burned a copy of Elton John’s Tumbleweed album for me last night and I could not stop listening to track 12 (Madman Across the Water) on the drive home and for the next 24 hours. Elton John, during this period, was creatively unstoppable and musically unrivaled.

John Coltrane Quartet

John Coltrane Quartet

Any newly discovered music from a legend on the order of John Coltrane is an event. But the reason advance buzz has been particularly feverish for Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, a previously unissued session from March of 1963, is that it comes from the era of his so-called Classic Quartet.

John Coltrane: Afro Blue

John Coltrane: Afro Blue

I heard Afro Blue for the first time when the choreography for the Dayton Dance Company ADF performance featured this track at Stewart Theatre back in 1996. I was mesmerized by the dancer’s hypnotic synchronized movement to this Afro Blue Coltrane track. Such an incredible tour de force the way it builds momentum, from a very subtle intro, middle, and crescendo (inspirational)!

So What- Miles Davis

So What- Miles Davis

Let’s imagine you’re seeing, listening to this live track of Miles Davis “So What”, for the first time? Say, you just landed from another planet and this was the track playing on the video screen in Times Square where you transported to, so what?

Mingus

Mingus

The first time I heard a Charles Mingus composition I was instantly mesmerized by the organic melody and improvisatory order of his music. . It’s a mix of be bop, soft bop, hard bop, and a little bit of old 30’s Chicago jazz. It was apparent that this was superior music that touched one at a soul level; music that invited a close immersion in mindful listening.

What is the Magnitsky Act and why is so Important To Putin?

What is the Magnitsky Act and why is so Important To Putin?

Investor Bill Browder has long framed himself as Vladimir Putin’s top enemy. “He has hunted me down through Interpol, made numerous requests of the British government to extradite me,” said Browder, who was briefly detained in Spain two months ago. “Putin made it clear I was his No. 1 foe in Helsinki a week ago, and it’s been the case since 2012.

A Case of you

A Case of you

A Case of you, Joni Mitchell and cover by Brandi Carlile     written & produced by Joni Mitchell | from the album Blue (1971) | live version from Wembley Arena, London (1983) | additional audio/video post-production by sonicboy19 | A Case of You The...
Joey Alexander

Joey Alexander

When a baby grand piano rolls into the office for a Tiny Desk concert, you expect something special. But none of us could have imagined what it’s like to see 15-year old Joey Alexander play that piano with such mastery.

Heavenly Day by Patty Griffin.

Heavenly Day by Patty Griffin.

Let’s say you’re angry with someone or at odds with a loved one, someone you’re having difficulty with; listen to this track with an open heart and your anger will at the very least, dissipate.

Padmamalla

Padmamalla

A hundred scholars and a thousand yogis can say all they want to say about the nature of mind. But all can be summed up by this teaching of Jigme Lingpa

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings on Sessions At West 54th Street (1997) and then some

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings on Sessions At West 54th Street (1997) and then some

Well beaten musical critic paths with a surplus of well deserved laudatory language praise the lyrical integrity for this dynamic duo, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. One need only sit through a few live performances of “Revelator” to realize the “truth” of these great partners in song. Gillian’s voice and Dave’s guitar mastery are often cited, but what of their seamless harmonies and sharp lyrics?

Earthlings Documentary, Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix

Earthlings Documentary, Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix

Earthlings is a 2005 American documentary film about humanity’s use of other animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research.
Covering pet stores, puppy mills, and animal profession, Earthlings includes footage obtained through the use of hidden cameras to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, …

2019 Apple Products and Services.

Best Durham Computer Repair Service

Please don’t throw away your old PC or Laptop before talking with Ken Romano, skilled computer technician. Ken has breathed life back into laptops that I thought were beyond hopeless. When I pick up a repaired computer from Ken it not only arrives working like new but also clean like the first day it came out of the box. Ken has extensive experience, practical knowledge and the credentials to work on any PC, Apple laptop or desktop computer. Don’t go to the box store and pay more for what you don’t need before calling Ken.

Joy Speight

Joy Speight

thebullsofdurham
🐂Love, Love, L❤️VE this photo of @SpeightJoye! Her personality shines through.
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Joye is a Durham native. Her grandfather Theodore Roosevelt Speight started Speight Auto Services, one of the few original Black Wall Street businesses still operating today in Durham. Her Bull City roots run deep.
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What’s the first thing Joye wants folks to know about Durham right off the bat?
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“Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad thing. I think Durham is misrepresented a lot. I think that Durham has in the past and probably even still now gets a bad rap for something that maybe a minority, a small group of people, will do. They paint the whole city that way. Really, it’s just about understanding.

Who is Silvia Perez Cruz?

Who is Silvia Perez Cruz?

Silvia Perez Cruz (born 15 February 1983) is a Spanish singer. In 2012, she recorded her first solo album, 11 de Novembre, which was nominated for album of the year in both Spain and France. One of her compositions, “No Te Puedo Encontrar”, received a Goya Award for best original song. In 2014, she released her album Granada. Both releases have been in collaboration with Raül Fernández Miró.

The Beauty of a Treadmill Desk

The Beauty of a Treadmill Desk

Treadmill desks manufacturers include companies like Steelcase, Trekdesk and Lifetime Fitness. Steelcase is a 100-year old office furniture company that consulted with James A. Levine, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic to design their Walkstation, a really attractive, contemporary desk attached to a treadmill. (http://store.steelcase.com/brochures/treadmill-desks-walkstation/). The company makes several models of treadmill and standing desks that are well-designed, the result of research on ergonomics and office viability.

Durham 150 Event of the Week-

Durham 150 Event of the Week-

The Museum of Durham History, The Sierra Club and the Old West Durham Neighborhood Association present : Old West Durham Neighborhood Hike | March 30th | 10 AM | Across from White Star Laundry, Ninth and Green Streets, Durham, NC 27705 | FREE

The Comet is Coming

The Comet is Coming

The London based trio The Comet is Coming-Made up of the saxophonist King Shabaka, the percussionist Betamax, and the keyboardist Danalogue

Why learn Python?

Why learn Python?

Python My 5 favourite Coursera Courses for Python, Data Science and Machine Learning           How good is learning Python for 2019 fresher jobs? Why learn Python for career pursuits in 2019? I recall discovery conversations about Python 6...
Coursera Specializations

Coursera Specializations

A specialization is a series of related courses designed to help you master a specific topic. Some shorter Specializations include as few as three courses and only take a few months to finish. Longer Specializations can include ten or more courses and take up to a year.

World Water Day

World Water Day

Each day 1 billion gallons of clean, safe drinking water flows from the Catskill Mountains to NYC residents. #Cornell expertise helps make it possible.

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Sometimes blowing away the noise and residual dust is a necessary act of Catharsis for all. Please listen to everything Hakeem has to say about the “Witch Hunt” before you close your ears and mind to the facts.

Rick Danko

Rick Danko

Rick Danko (R.I.P.) is my favorite male crooner voice, hands down. This beautiful vocal performance, from the Last Waltz,

Happy Pi day!

Happy Pi day!

Happy Pi Day! Enroll in select math and data science Specializations and your first month is only $3.14 or less! Drive innovation. Incorporate design thinking and creativity into your everyday business practices with HEC’s new Managing Innovation and Design Thinking Specialization.

Trevor Hall’s favorite songs right now!

Trevor Hall’s favorite songs right now!

Bon Iver is one of my biggest inspirations. He takes sound and music to places I never thought it could go. This song is one of my absolute favourites just because of the journey he takes us on and the deeper story of how this song came about.

Rene Russo, easy to love!

Rene Russo, easy to love!

We find ourselves drawn to Rene Russo and believe you will succumb after watching her performance in these 3 key roles, Thomas Crown Affair, Get Shorty and Tin Cup.

Meet Jon Seskevich

Meet Jon Seskevich

About Jon Seskevich RN, BSN, BA, CHTP Jon Seskevich is a nurse clinician in one of the country’s foremost medical centers. Since 1990, Jon has provided a stress and pain management education and consultation service for patients, families and staff. He works throughout the medical center with patients who have complex and challenging health conditions. Jon serves as a resource for hospital staff in dealing with the challenges inherent in the changing health care system.

New art from David Terry

New art from David Terry

David Terry’s drawings and paintings range from evocative landscapes and portraits to intricate, multi-image montages. In addition to Terry’s work in Fine Art, he illustrates regularly for a number of national magazines and newspapers. Since 1997, he has completed 26 published bookcovers, many advertising pieces, and numerous privately commissioned works.

Tom Swain Durham Electrician

Tom Swain Durham Electrician

I will work on is anything from lighting and fans, fishing wires for new circuits, ventilation fans, any 120 volt power to 240 volt appliance/ motor electrical issues, panel upgrades and change-outs, bonding and grounding, gfci receptacle issues, home inspection reports,

A Decade of DPAC

A Decade of DPAC

Updates since this 2016 DPAC article ran . Fast Facts:
3,966,647 tickets sold
1,987 performances
230 full and part time employees
No.1 best-selling performance: Adam Sandler on April 13, 2017 (Neil Young No.2’on April 15,2011)
No.1 best-selling week Broadway performance (8 shows)- Book Of Mormon, February 18-23, 2014
No.1 Best selling multi-week Broadway week

Daniel Goleman on Focus

Daniel Goleman on Focus

Filmed at the Royal College of Music on 25th October 2013. Psychologist Daniel Goleman shot to fame with his groundbreaking bestseller Emotional Intelligence. The premise of the book, now widely accepted, is that raw intelligence alone is not a sure predictor of success in life.

Three Coursera Learners Share their experience

Three Coursera Learners Share their experience

I have taken and completed over 20 courses and or specializations on Coursera and can say with confidence Coursera has changed my life and kept my mind alert and active. I enthusiastically endorse the Coursera platform for quality learning at its best! Here is the...
The Egg

The Egg

Yes. It is true. The story I am about to tell you will be probably one of THE BEST short stories you’ll read in your life. I have no doubt about that.

All that you have is your soul

All that you have is your soul

If you have not heard this track you’re in for a, to the bones chill, treat! If you have listened to this track, then listen again for a renewed shot of inspiration, straight to your True Heart. Honest, American icon voice. Truly brilliant, in every sense....
Kate Bush explored for you

Kate Bush explored for you

Why resurrect and revitalize a Kate Bush article from 2016 on 12/19/18? KATE Bush warrants a Durham Cool celebration. The Enduring, Incandescent Power of Kate Bush article in today’s online New Yorker by Margaret Talbot was a notable inspiration. This time an even deeper dive for so many of our new readers to discover. While we celebrate the up and coming British pop notables it is wise to look back on the singer/songwriter groundbreakers of British music. Kate Bush was the first UK # 1 with own penned song, Wuthering Heights (referencing the Bronte novel of the same name).

Anthony Bourdain, RIP

Anthony Bourdain, RIP

Enjoying food is 80% community and 20% presentation and cuisine quality. Anthony Bourdain demonstrated this each day with his writing and television shows centered around the essence of the place he and his crew were visiting on each episode.

Don’t Waste Durham

Don’t Waste Durham

Here is the “About” for Durham Green to go.com and Don’t Waste Durham. We are a group of Durhamites who want to reduce consumer waste in our community. We represent a wide variety of sectors and backgrounds (small business, non-profit, local government, faith community, academia, artists, concerned citizens, etc.) OUR PURPOSE:

Yo Yo Ma, Bach Project 2018-19

Yo Yo Ma, Bach Project 2018-19

Continuing the Durham Cool tradition of featuring music posts on the Weekends, here is A sublime sonic selection from Yo Yo Ma, Bach-Suite for Cello in G Major. If you have not heard this prior, close your eyes and drink this fully into your heart and mind. Same advice for the initiated.

Walker Percy 2019

Walker Percy 2019

Walker Percy, Obl.S.B. (May 28, 1916 – May 10, 1990) was an American author from Covington, Louisiana, whose interests included philosophy and semiotics. Percy is known for his philosophical novels set in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, the first of which, The Moviegoer, won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. He devoted his literary life to the exploration of “the dislocation of man in the modern age.”His work displays a combination of existential questioning, Southern sensibility, and deep Catholic faith.”

My addiction

My addiction

.The first book I read as a child that I truly recall was Rudyard Kipling’s Kim in Miss Axelrod’s accelerated reading section, first grade class. Great story, strong protagonist, and definitive hero’s journey (see hooked). “Only in the Indian subcontinent could such a protagonist be found; of Irish descent, who is identified as English, speaks Urdu like a Muslim, is ministered to by Hindus and finally leaves everything in search of salvation with a Buddhist monk.

Who is Gelek Rimpoche?

Who is Gelek Rimpoche?

Born in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1939, Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche was recognized as an incarnate lama at the age of four. Carefully tutored from an early age by some of Tibet’s greatest living masters, Rimpoche gained renown for his powers of memory, intellectual judgment and penetrating insight.

My Left Footed Buddhist Journey

My Left Footed Buddhist Journey

Before I began my Buddhist practice, it was as if my left foot was stretched out behind me, rooted in the past while my right foot was outstretched in front of me, standing in the future, thereby preventing

Roma-the new film by Alfonso Cuaron.

Roma-the new film by Alfonso Cuaron.

Alfonso Cuaron, who won an Oscar for directing 2013’s “Gravity,” is back in the awards conversation again this year with a very different kind of film, “Roma,” a clearly autobiographical tale that follows the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 70s.

Oldest nerd in Guatemala types with his Eyes to Modernize Industries

Oldest nerd in Guatemala types with his Eyes to Modernize Industries

The 60-year-old data analyst is well-known in Guatemala’s business community, especially after he helped modernize the banking industry by bringing ATMs to the country 20 years ago. But even as the then-40-year-old’s career was blossoming, his muscles were beginning to fail him. In 1998, Knoke (pronounced kuh-NO-kuh) was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, and was told he had two years to live.

Alicia Keys and John Mayer

Alicia Keys and John Mayer

Here in Times Square Concert (9 October 2016)

Alicia Keys invited the guest artist Questlove on the stage to play the drums, and performed a medley “If I Ain’t Got You” (2004) and “Gravity” (2006) as a duet with John Mayer, who also played the guitar.

Bats are Terrifying: Here’s Proof

Bats are Terrifying: Here’s Proof

Facts About Bats For Kids 6-8 Incredible Full-Size Pictures and Amazing Animal Facts (Clouducated Blue Series Nonfiction) Cindy Bowdoin View More by This Author This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. Description Meet The Masters Of Echolocation!

Student Loan Crisis and the College Degree dilemma today

Student Loan Crisis and the College Degree dilemma today

ABC News’ Diane Sawyer spoke with Rohit Chopra, the former assistant director at the Consumer Financial Bureau, and Sheila Bair, the former president of Washington College and a former FDIC chair, as well as recent graduates and student loan borrowers about the student debt crisis in the United States.

New Music Tuesday

New Music Tuesday

New, maybe, to DC readers? Miguel has been here but ended up in the Tuesday Vahaus music spin for vous. The women in the Stockholm crowd far outnumber the men, and they are more talkative, too. The men tell me they are here for their girlfriends; they don’t have much to say about Miguel.

Do you like The Police?

Do you like The Police?

The Police-Zenyata Mondatta This is the album that solidified The Police as pop/rock sensations and is as vibrant today as it was when it came out in 1980.

Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Bryan Carey

Patanjali Yoga Sutras and Bryan Carey

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Patañjali Statue (traditional form indicating kundalini or incarnation of Shesha) The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are 196 Indian sutras (aphorisms). The Yoga Sutras were compiled around 400 CE by Sage Patanjali, taking materials about yoga from older traditions.

Pleasure Reading

Pleasure Reading

I was a voracious pleasure reader from the start. My advice for this precious life: take every stolen moment to read a few pages of your favorite book. Please go anachronistic with me and buy the printed book for a walk down memory’s spine. Careful readers will...
What is Minimalism?

What is Minimalism?

So what is this minimalism thing? It’s quite simple: to be a minimalist you must live with less than 100 things, you can’t own a car or a home or a television, you can’t

My top 10 Films watched in 2018

My top 10 Films watched in 2018

MOLLY’S GAME is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

One Minute Meditation

One Minute Meditation

Take an inward journey of self-discovery as you follow this beginner’s meditation practice with certified lyengar yoga instructor, Maritza.

Durham Cool Media

Durham Cool Media

Looking for a Durham based web design and marketing company with 6 years of web design experience, look no further than Durham Cool Media. 1) WordPress Savvy 2) complete portfolio of websites designed (including this website) 3) Marketing background -managing 7...
The Reluctant Yogini

The Reluctant Yogini

I am reluctant yogini. I resisted yoga my entire adult life. As a woman and a social worker, surely yoga would seal my fate as predictable. I grew up with my dad, once a Marine, doing headstands in our living room. A girl’s gotta resist her father’s influence.

Education for undocumented immigrants

Education for undocumented immigrants

What are your thoughts on this important topic, education for undocumented immigrants? There is an easy “Ten Word response” we often hear from politicians who give us the Ten-word answers to complicated issues like health care and immigration. Yes, “repeal Obamacare” but replace it with What? Not so easily done as this congress has just demonstrated. Now wisdom tells us we need to fix what is not working with ATC and not throw out the healthy aspects of this legislation.

I Love Morning Glory Muffins

I Love Morning Glory Muffins

I recently discovered Morning Glory Muffins. My epiphany happened one morning at Whole-foods market. I was fully had at first bite into this crumbling mess of scrumptious muffin. Morning Glory indeed!

Van Into the Mystic

Van Into the Mystic

Lyrics We were born before the wind Also younger than the sun Ere the bonnie boat was won As we sailed into the mystic Hark, now hear the sailors cry Smell the sea and feel the sky Let your soul and spirit fly Into the mystic And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home, mmm mmm

How would Forgiveness Change your Life?

How would Forgiveness Change your Life?

How Would Forgiveness Change Your Life? There was a time not so long ago when my relationship with my brother was strained at best. I’m talking 5 minutes in a room together and we were both gritting our teeth and ready to bolt. I would go to his home each Thanksgiving because “that’s what families do.” And as soon as I parked my car in his driveway, the countdown clock to my departure would begin in my head.

The Whirling Dervish is back!

The Whirling Dervish is back!

In this complicated and demanding world, we can all benefit from someone to back us up: to be an extra pair of hands on a job needing four, to be in that ‘other place at the same time’. Whirling Dervish can be your extra set of hands and the person on the go to pick up, drop off, purchase and return.

Merge Records, a Durham company for 25 years

Merge Records, a Durham company for 25 years

On World Cafe’s Sense Of Place trip to North Carolina, we discussed the DIY beginnings and subsequent growth of Durham, N.C.’s Merge Records with co-founders Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan. Founded in 1989 as a way to release their band Superchunk’s music — and, later, albums by their friends — the label has become a powerhouse thanks in part to artists like Spoon and Arcade Fire.

Auditions for the next Big Bird

Now that Big Bird’s original puppeteer Caroll Spinney is leaving Sesame Street after 50 years, people are wondering who can possibly step in to fill his big orange shoes.

La Vita Yoga resumes normal Schedule The Durham Hotel rooftop

La Vita Yoga resumes normal Schedule The Durham Hotel rooftop

Great News, Yogis! We have a completely regular schedule this weekend! Come do some yoga on The Durham Hotel Rooftop: Thursday @ noon Friday @ 9am Saturday @ 9am Sunday @ 9am ***As it gets colder, make sure to bring comfortable layers! Remember, we have heaters and adjustable walls to make it nice and comfortable up there! And at Bull City Ciderworks (BCCW): Sunday @ 10:45am Sign up for class here! La Vita Yoga with Jessica Collette · 2408 Huron Street · Durham, NC 27707 · USA Yoga-Wheel Banner

Why these Nov Mid-Term elections are so important

Why these Nov Mid-Term elections are so important

Trump Voter: afraid of Dictator in the White House
Durham Cool has kept to a policy of no divisive content or speech on this website that only serves to divide us. This is an important mid-term election for a myriad of reasons and a multitude of critical issues before us. This video captures some of the frustration Independent Trump voters feel about the current state of our executive and legislative branches.

Proposed sidewalk on Duke Street event: Durham wants your input!

Proposed sidewalk on Duke Street event: Durham wants your input!

Proposed North Duke Street Sidewalk Facilities Meeting October 11, 2018 Braggtown Baptist Church Fellowship Hall 3218 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704 5-7pm (919) 682-3583 The City of Durham Public Works Department is now preparing designs for pedestrian facilities along North Duke Street from West Murray Avenue to North Roxboro Street,

What’s Happening at Guglhupt?

What’s Happening at Guglhupt?

We don’t know about y’all, but after this past week we are ready to belly up to the bar! With our new bar as the focal point connecting the patio with the indoor dining area, we are shifting our focus to a more casual ‘Biergarten’ style of dining at Guglhupf during evening hours.

Big ole Hurricane is coming our way!

Big ole Hurricane is coming our way!

The early sign was the long queue of cars coming from Whole Foods North down Broad Street. Next, the congested lot at Amazon market. Inside, the express lines of prepared foods and customer service were snaking round and tempers, at 4:40PM, were resigned but positive.

Silvia Perez Cruz; an understandable obsession

Silvia Perez Cruz; an understandable obsession

The Silvia Perez Cruz voice: plaintive, lush, passionate, unbridled, aloft, soaring, lyrical, redolent of love lost, conquer, sadness, history. The terra firma, air, and water of Spain! We are justifiably held in abeyant amor. Forgive the lurid, purple prose as it seems justified in this case. Love; the art transcendent. Silvia Perez Cruz suitors get in line behind the Durham Cool team.

Save the Grizzlies

Save the Grizzlies

I’ve spent the last 50 years working to protect the Yellowstone grizzly. When the Trump administration removed the grizzly bear from the endangered species list, I knew the courts could be a place to fight for the great bears, and that Earthjustice could help

The Doctor from India Film @Varsity Chapel Hill August 29 7PM

The Doctor from India Film @Varsity Chapel Hill August 29 7PM

THE DOCTOR FROM INDIA is a meditative and immersive portrait of the life and work of Dr. Vasant Lad, the holistic health pioneer who first brought the ancient medical practice of Ayurveda from India to the west in the late 1970s. Integrating his gifts as both a healer and a mystic, Dr. Lad has dedicated his life to sharing what is considered the oldest healthcare system on earth in the complex medical landscape of the United States.

You feel it too?

You feel it too?

Time to follow your heart and not the onslaught of news, Twitter posts, or Social media.
Gather your tribe around you and perform a Gestalt scream session, heads tilted back, shouting to the heavens. Open your windows, like Network and shout, “I can’t take this anymore”! Then breathe, sit down comfortably on a pillow or in a chair, straighten your spine, tongue at roof of mouth where palette meets the back of your front teeth.

Tedeschi Trucks Thursday has come round again

Tedeschi Trucks Thursday has come round again

Yes we bring back Tedeschi Trucks Band Tiny Desk Concert
This band is so great they even make it large in the smallest of places. This NPR tiny desk concert is not the best live show, more like live to tape in a very cramped studio space.

Peter Gabriel with Paula Cole “Don’t Give Up”

“Don’t Give up” is such a deeply inspirational, uplifting song for me. I truly loved the original studio version, featuring Kate Bush yet truly enjoyed the Paula Cole duet on Secret World Live after watching the video. I love the secret world lineup so much I find myself watching the YouTube videos regularly. There is so great chemistry and apparent carmadarie on this tour I highly recommend purchasing the Secret World video from Amazon Instant video as I will today.

Shaking the Tree

Shaking the Tree

Shaking the Tree- is what we need to do with everything
Drop Everything in your mind and life and hit play! Dance around the Room or yard and shake free of all your worries and fears-! Shake the tree!

Seeds of Durham August news!

Seeds of Durham August news!

Fall is just around the corner, read on for all of the goings-on at SEEDS this month!
Harvest Dinner 2018

On September 27, SEEDS will celebrate 25 years of growing, cooking, and sharing food with the Durham community at our annual Harvest Dinner! Harvest Dinner 2018 promises to be a beautiful and delicious evening featuring Durham’s leading chefs, bartenders and breweries: a celebration of the best of the season.

Tickets are on sale now and going fast – get your tickets today to reserve your seat!

SAPlings Middle School Open House

Next weekend, SEEDS will be hosting an open house and interest meeting for this coming year’s SAPlings Farm Club for middle school students!

SAPLINGs is an empowerment internship for Youth of Color grades 6-8. Our program empowers youth and dismantles institutionalized racism in the Food System by teaching participants how to grow and cook food, by sharing food with their families and communities, and by providing the opportunity to sell the produce they grow at market and to our partners.

Know a middle schooler who would be a great fit for this program? Check out our website and come by from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM on August 17 to learn more and sign up for this coming year. All youth programs are completely free.

Questions? Email jhowell@seedsnc.org

Applications open for SEEDlings Fall 2018

If the heat of July is making you wish for the cool breeze of fall, we’re right there with you! Applications are now open for our upcoming year of SEEDlings After-School Programs for families of K-5 youth in Durham. To apply, click here! For more information about our upcoming year of programming, please reach out to Jeff at jhowell@seedsnc.org.

New Volunteer Opportunities at SEEDS

In order to better serve our youth programs, we have recently updated and clarified our volunteer opportunities for adults, youth and groups! Check out all of the ways you can get involved at SEEDS this fall by checking out our Volunteer Opportunities page!

Bound for Glory-Tedeschi Trucks

Bound for Glory-Tedeschi Trucks

This one features solos from almost all members of the band..   Why so many posts about this band on Durham Cool?  A great band like this one only comes around…. A desire to share?  When this band shows up in your town, don’t hesitate,...
Confirmation to all who have paid for Upcoming Sharon Salzberg Talks

Confirmation to all who have paid for Upcoming Sharon Salzberg Talks

Saturday Sept. 24 9:30am-4:30pm a workshop “Finding Balance with Sharon Salzberg” Dear People, This email is going to everyone who has pre-registered for either or both of our programs in Raleigh. We have your payment, thank you very much! I’ve attached a poster of our program with Sharon, a map to the venue, & nearby restaurants and this confirmation letter.

Dr. West

Dr. West

Dr. Cornell West, Transcendent Humanist?
Love, Logic and Reason from Dr. West. A voice, at this contentious hour, that deserves elevation.

Watch and Listen-The tax Plan-The Facts.

How would the Republican tax bill impact different types of taxpayers? We took a closer look. As Congress nears passage of a Republican-backed tax bill, there’s been a lot of discussion about who will benefit and who won’t. Here is some data about the winners and losers under the bill. We’re using data from two sources

Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell

Do you know Bill Frisell? I was familiar with his unique sound before watching a Amazon Prime Documentary on this incredible musician.

Flamenco Men

Flamenco Men

When I was very young and even more impressionable than I am today at age 53, I watched a Spanish dance company from Madrid perform a Traditional Flamenco dance at my Elementary School. Right away I was hooked by the palpable sensuality/romance and sharp staccato movements of hand and stomping foot.

Confirmation to all who have paid for Upcoming Sharon Salzberg Talks

Sharon Salzberg comes to the Triangle

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and, Real Love, her latest release by Flatiron Books. Acclaimed for her humorous, down-to- earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible.

Support Food Bank of NC

Support Food Bank of NC

Support a noble cause in your great North State
Mission & Goals

Mission

No One Goes Hungry in Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Goals & Strategies, Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Nourish People

Receive, sort, and distribute 70 million pounds of nutritious food—59 million meals—to people in need through a network of more than 800 partner agencies and direct distributions;
Serve 13,000 children with over 1 million wholesome meals through our Kids Meals & More child nutrition programs;
Provide 3,900 older Americans with food every month through our targeted senior nutrition program.
Build Nutrition

Praying Mantis are Durham Cool.

Praying Mantis are Durham Cool.

Do you remember the first time you saw a praying Manitis? Better yet, what about the first time you noticed the sly bugger blending in with the scenery; Praying Mantis attached to a tall blade of grass in an open field? Did it mesmerize your childhood eyes?

Local Hero

Local Hero

Known for his calming voice and unique role at Duke University Hospital, Jon Seskevich, RN, BSN, BA, CHTP, has dedicated his life to helping patients cope with the stress of illness. “In 1987, I began helping pain unit patients deal with the stress of weaning off of their pain medications,” said Seskevich.

Durham University, Durham City, UK

Durham University, Durham City, UK

Durham Cool Media received the following article, written by Holly Keevil, an undergraduate of Durham University, UK. Here is a great opportunity to learn more about the UK Durham City and the prestigious Durham University.

Sutra of Golden Light

Sutra of Golden Light

Listen to this recitation in its entirety, best in meditative stillness and receptivity, to this reading of the sublime, Golden Light Sutra. You may listen the 2nd and 108 time, while washing dishes or working on a project. I recommend one download the Sutra and recite it all the way through at least one time during this lifetime. Often I will listen to the Sutra as a final practice at the end of each day.

Japi Hw 3

Japi Hw 3

Hearing enables one to remember. To remember is to agree with the God inside of yourself; remembrance is beyond definition. Nevertheless remembrance is encoded in our DNA, and experienced in our whole being.

Kelly Willis

What occurred to Nashville and mainstream country music is our fault. Our collective fault due to the passive way we comply when our music devolves to a corporate advertisement rather than a human expression drawn from “real” lives.

Music Creation and Copyright Senate Hearings

Music Creation and Copyright Senate Hearings

Smokey Robinson delivers his opening statement at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Music Licensing, Copyright and Royalties. “Musicians who recorded before February 15, 1972 deserve to be compensated the same was as those who recorded after that date.” Watch full hearing here: https://cs.pn/2KsNk03

Baba Neem Karoli

Baba Neem Karoli

Neem Karoli Baba (Hindi: नीम करौली बाबा[2]) or Neeb Karori Baba (Hindi: नीब करौरी बाबा) (1900 c. – September 11, 1973), also known to followers as Maharaj-ji, was a Hindu guru, mystic and devotee of the Hindu deity Hanuman.[

Music Unlimited

Music Unlimited

Amazon Music Unlimited Any song, anywhere Tens of millions of songs with new releases from today’s most popular artists. Listen ad-free with unlimited skips. Download for offline listening. Product features Curated playlists and stations, and personalized recommendations Play artist and albums on-demand from your app Music that is always ad-free and with unlimited skips Canada customers visit

Jonatha Brooke Red Dress

Jonatha Brooke Red Dress

Another Saturday music blog on Durham Cool, hurrah! Jonatha Brooke makes her way onto Durham Cool in due time. A Jonatha fan since this super talented singer/songwriter artist performed in The Story and now late into her solo career.

Tift Merritt Stitch of the World.

Tift Merritt Stitch of the World.

I won an autographed copy of Tift Merritt’s latest release, Stitch of the World, and after playing a few times it found itself remaindered to the pile of CD’s to play on long car trips.

Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick

Growing up to the smooth soundtrack of Dionne Warwick
Dionne Warwick-who else compares? Who comes close after, Walk on by?

Prince: Nothing Compares 2 you

Prince: Nothing Compares 2 you

The following is previously unseen rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution from the summer of 1984. It was in this very room at Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota that Prince created and committed to tape one of his most beloved and iconic
compositions, which six years later would become a worldwide hit for Sinead O’Connor. Prince’s original studio version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is presented here for the first time.

Building Bridges through Good Faith

Building Bridges through Good Faith

Building Bridges through Good Faith Exhibit Opening Apr. 20 at 6PM DON’T FORGET: Tomorrow, Friday April 20th from 6:00-8:00PM, the Museum of Durham History will host its opening event for the Building Bridges through Good Faith exhibit.

Durham Cool Media review by David Terry

Durham Cool Media review by David Terry

Among all the chores involved in opening a B&B, the one I dreaded most was somehow managing to create a website for the business. It would be an understatement to say that my ignorance of such matters is nearly total, and that my techno-phobia is appallingly obvious.

The Music Never Stopped Film review

The Music Never Stopped Film review

I just watched, The 2011 film, The Music Never Stopped on Amazon prime. The tale of a father who struggles to bond with his estranged son Gabriel, after Gabriel suffers from a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. With Gabriel unable to shed the beliefs and interests that caused their physical and emotional distance,…. Henry must learn to embrace his son’s choices and try to connect with him through music.

How to Level the College Playing Field

How to Level the College Playing Field

This morning, while reading the Sunday Times education section I was left with dire conclusions about the current state of our 4 year public/private College level delivery model, excluding recent improvements to Community and 2-year college programs (financial aid and quality).

Coach K

This commentary by Coach K about Coach Jeff Capel says alot about both men. Durham Cool may have a favorite in the crosstown rivalry but I can personally attest to the way Coach K behaves when the cameras are off and he is greeting fans, talking about his family and sharing a laugh with a loyal UNC fan.

Nirvana-Where Did you Sleep last Night

Nirvana-Where Did you Sleep last Night

I chose this video as much for the on stage banter between close friends who happen to comprise the best band alive at that moment as for the unmistakeable Kurt Cobain cigarette growling croon. Who alive at anytime prior or now sounds like Kurt Cobain?

Short Term 12

Short Term 12

This is the second film this year I have watched featuring Brie Larson this year and it is no surprise that she is winning accolades and rewards for her performance in The Room. 

Durham Cool Media

Durham Cool Media

Many of you already know that Durham Cool Media is a company that develops websites, business Facebook pages and cultivates desirable traffic for business owners across all pertinent social media platforms . Now Durham Cool Media has a new FB page. Visit the new Facebook Page Here.

Here is a recent post from one of Durham Cool Media’s clients:

“Among all the chores involved in opening a B&B, the one I dreaded most was somehow managing to create a website for the business. It would be an understatement to say that my ignorance of such matters is nearly total, and that my techno-phobia is appallingly obvious.

A Walk in the Woods with Johnny

A Walk in the Woods with Johnny

My brother John (AKA Johnny) is a science teacher at East Granby Middle School located in East Granby, Connecticut and part of East Granby School District. John Langan’s 13 teacher reviews contributed to East Granby Middle School’s ranking of 1 in Connecticut. Additionally, the average teacher rating at East Granby Middle School is 3.96 stars. John’s average rating is 4.05.

Johnny is my older brother. We are a family of three brothers

Mary J Blige makes makes it right

Mary J Blige makes makes it right

I have admired Mary J Blige for awhile and for good reasons. There is no denying her vocal chops. She may not have the most flashy uber octave range but for my money she has the most honest and pure vocal performance of any artist working today.

The Jam: how could we skip over the Jam?

The Jam: how could we skip over the Jam?

The prominent bass line in “Down in the Tube station at Midnight”, coupled with the brilliant lyric was enough to sell me. The fervency, and bluesy vocal front man command of Weller was an obvious strong point. I came to appreciate the Jam asynchronously after a full swing with the Style Council.

An Epic Lip Sync Battle on the Tonight show

An Epic Lip Sync Battle on the Tonight show

You, no doubt, have seen this one? Regardless, it deserves a second viewing. The inimitable, Emma Stone vs. Jimmy Fallon:

This is Durham Cool for those keeping tabs. Durham cool has something to do with people, comedy, live music, swimming holes, beautifully clean rivers, and streams, all-night diners and of course, Emma Stone.

Local Hero

2018 calendar of events Jon Seskevich

Sharon Salzberg will be returning to the Raleigh-Durham area
Friday evening Sept. 21st lecture:
Real Love: the Art of Mindful Connection
Saturday Sept. 22nd workshop: Finding Balance
Unity Church of the Triangle, 5570 Munford RdRaleigh
More info coming the beginning of March
Click on links for more info:

Pink covers “Me and Bobby Mcgee”

Pink covers “Me and Bobby Mcgee”

Pink is a very good singer. Most close listeners know this, though some are surprised that such a popular pop star can sing, without the aid of simulators and othe misc. electronica. It is certainly so and has been from the start as evidenced by this pared down performance.

More Joni

More Joni

The years 1967-1971 were a vibrant period for so many Artists, not least of whom Joni Mitchell. This was the period of the album Blue and many fans first exposure to this Canadian Creative artist.

Now the true magic of Joni and Jaco live

Now the true magic of Joni and Jaco live

Jaco Pastorius was a maestro of the electric bass. Fluid and dynamic, he made his bass sing with sinewy shamanic algorithms, sepentlike lines that ran sotto narritvo under, over, behind the high hat and the soprano soaring Joni altissimo.

Special Bordeaux Wine Tasting Event with Hors d’ oeuvres

Special Bordeaux Wine Tasting Event with Hors d’ oeuvres

pecial Bordeaux Wine Tasting Event with Hors d’ oeuvres
Friday, February 2, 2018 at 5:30pm
Special Bordeaux Wine Tasting Event with Hors d’ oeuvres
Southern Season and the Weathervane will host a special event with Laure Levesque, owner of Queen of Wines and Pauline Lurton, representative of Bordeaux Chateau.

Balls Found

Balls Found

I found my balls just where we thought they would be, in a box at the back of the shelf above my closet. Dust collected around and on top of the box and the balls themselves were at the very bottom of this large box container, beneath old Forgotten tomes, cds, cassettes, and New Yorker magazine issues.

The Mound Builders Score Four

The Mound Builders Score Four

Mound Builders The Mound Builders Scores Four!

“I was so in sync with each character’s vulnerability that when tensions explode, I was swallowed up by a verbal and emotional hurricane and had trouble staying in my seat.”

DUSTIN BRITT, TRIANGLE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
(scroll down to read the complete review)

Congratulations to this past weekend’s cast!
You can see them this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Come to Jon Seskevich talk at the Rhine Center

Come to Jon Seskevich talk at the Rhine Center

In a complicated and often challenging world how do we buffer all of the information we receive and maintain a level of compassion, not just for others, but ourselves?

Join Jon Seskevich as he shares his years of expertise about how to develop a healthy state of mind and reduce physical and mental stress. This talk will include the following topics and so much more. There is something for everyone.
Compassion is having the courage to touch pain with love.
Science and mind/body medicine.

Anti-Spam Clean Talk Plugin

Anti-Spam Clean Talk Plugin

One the best Plugins for WordPress websites is Anti-Spam by Clean Talk. I have used this great plugin on two WordPress sites for two years. SInce inception Clean Talk has prevented over 980 spam comments from posting on my site. This is an enormous achievement. I

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

t’s round again. The holidays in your heart, whether happy or sad, tinged with spirits or pure light. Durham Cool has made it through another year, perhaps wiser and less obsessed with the temporal lobe of politics and taking sides. Thank you DC readers, old and new, for visiting our pages. We have efforted to provide you original content and celebrate the local and national heroes.

Funny Funny Universe!

Funny Funny Universe!

This article first appeared on Durham Cool on November 21, 2014.  We bring it forward to you during this Holiday period 2017 as the subject is timeless and of particular importance during the Holidays. Funny Funny Universe! I just finished a Despacho Ceremony on...
Do I Dare to Cut the Hydrangeas?

Do I Dare to Cut the Hydrangeas?

  The familiar chirp of my phone indicating the presence of a text distracted me from my usual Saturday domesticity. Opening the message revealed a photo image of cut hydrangea, blue in color and spilling haphazardly out of the vase and the boarder of the face of...
Jon Seskevich updates

Jon Seskevich updates

Received a text from a friend reading a book and noticed a mention of “Nurse Jon” and “Relaxation Jon.” What a big surprise for us both! This book is powerful, like one of Stephen Levine, or Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ Living and Dying workshops. I read it on plane flight and trains in India! Right after she finishes about our interaction and an outcome of her practice, recovery from an anxiety, panic attack, she shares her relative, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Bright Hour story.

What the Net Neutrality FCC Vote means to you

What the Net Neutrality FCC Vote means to you

State attorneys general are now threatening lawsuits against the federal government’s repeal of “net neutrality” rules.

New York’s attorney general says he’ll lead a multistate lawsuit to stop the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. Democrat Eric Schneiderman has been investigating fake public comments submitted to the FCC during the net neutrality comment process.

Echo Dot  Holiday Special and review

Echo Dot Holiday Special and review

My close friend was one of the first 100 consumers to be offered a beta test of the Alexa Echo when they first arrived on the market, late 2014. I enjoy testing Alexa, whenever I visit him at his home, against Google and Siri. Clearly Alexa needs questions asked in a very certain format. She does surprise on occasion with precise answers to questions like her exact age and the distance from earth to the moon.

Lucinda Willliams

Lucinda Willliams

Lucinda Williams is beyond brilliant by any metric in the singer/songwriter category. Songwriting skills, lyrical content, performance, rock and roll performance muscle, choice of sideman musicians. Find me a stronger performer in any of the aformentioned categories and they will find a home on Durham Cool.

Pearl Jam Friday Night

Pearl Jam Friday Night

Why do we love Eddie Vedder’s voice so much? Easy answer, the guy can sing. Men and women alike sense it, the primordial baritone hits the reptile brain like a direct shot of adrenaline. Nothing compares.

Today’s Franklin Crawford images

Today’s Franklin Crawford images

Got a point n shoot camera in 2006 as a gift. Joined Flickr in April of that year. I kept upgrading as I learned more, but my images didn’t necessarily improve. It doesn’t seem that long ago, but cameras are everywhere now and they weren’t quite so ubiquitous as they are these days (Oct. 2014). My shooting remains as erratic as my organization

What Art and NATURE can do

What Art and NATURE can do

Observe this painting for 10 minutes. Set a timer if you think the occasion warrants. Give the painting enough time to settle over your restless mind. Allow the image to elicit an emotion, any emotion will do. Allow this new or familiar emotion to linger then move on...
Current offerings from David Terry Fine Art

Current offerings from David Terry Fine Art

David Terry’s drawings and paintings range from evocative landscapes and portraits to intricate, multi-image montages. In addition to Terry’s work in Fine Art, he illustrates regularly for a number of national magazines and newspapers. Since 1997, he has completed 26 published bookcovers, many advertising pieces, and numerous privately commissioned works. All of the work is done on paper. Tinting/painting is done with watercolor, pastel pencils, oil pencils, and inks.

Oak canopy study in 4

Oak canopy study in 4

When you have a 7 year live website dedicated to all things Durham Cool, eventually you end up with a photo essay entitled, “Oak Canopy Study in 4”. You do this not out of boredom or a slows new’s day filler, rather because your heart is fully open to such a quotidian living beauty, oft overlooked by all but the pair of playful squirrels who entertain us each evening at 5:26 pm.

Joe Henry at Duke University

Joe Henry at Duke University

JOE HENRY COMES TO DUKE PERFORMANCES FOR THREE-DAY RESIDENCY
SINGER, SONGWRITER, PRODUCER & AUTHOR JOE HENRY comes to Duke Performances for a unique three-day residency, featuing a talk at the Nasher Auditorium about his artistic predecessors, an intimate chat at SoundPure Studios about his songwriting and recording process, and culminating in the debut of his new album, Thrum, in concert backed by a full ensemble. Don’t miss this opportunity to look inside the creative process of one of American music’s essential living artists.

Skin and Bones

Skin and Bones

I’ve wanted to collaborate with Shirlette Ammons for a while now and Tamisha Waden has been singing with the Guitarheels for a few years, not to mention her work with The Foreign Exchange and her solo career. I had a song idea that worked to all of our collective strengths so we threw it together for y’all. Pay what you want and know that all proceeds will be going to Blackspace, a social/cultural/afrofuturist space where Durham youth learn everything from beat making to video editing and film making.

Tedeschi Trucks Band again for good reason

Tedeschi Trucks Band again for good reason

The reason Tedeschi Trucks is coming up again is due to the tremendous talent down to each member of this band and the fact the Durham Cool team loves this band! One could confidently say this about several other seasoned live bands who tour routinely and regularly yet this band, fronted by two outstanding superstar leaders, is something else!

Gadgets or Good Solutions

Gadgets or Good Solutions

Do you prefer gadgets to good ideas (solutions for our biggest existential problems)? I am guilty as most of us on losing myself in the latest and greatest technological audio/ video gadget. Yet, what about global warming? Does anyone not believe that global warming has already influenced and continues to catalyze the size and ferocity of our hurricanes, tropical storms, forest fires? We do have a few head in the sand non-believers and the national leader in chief to back em up. Wake up and take action today.

Tom Petty

Tom Petty

Sad news for all of us, especially those like my generation weened on his music in the seminal late 70’s early 80’s period. American Girl is the quintessential

Night Train

Night Train

Rock, poet Bruce Cockburn is known to you. Most likely he is on the periphery of your awareness or perhaps known to you for his mainstream radio hit, “Wondering where the Lions are”.

Durham Fall 2017 photo essay

Durham Fall 2017 photo essay

durham Nc 2017/09 image-4 Suman’s Bolly Monday Durham Sunset Motorco Durham Sunset over Motorco parking lot from Fullsteam Brewery Door 09/26/17 Door image Storage building door Fall series Fall 2017 storage building Durham Late Sept 2017 Durham Fall Durham Fall...
Lucinda

Lucinda

You don’t have to be drunk to listen to Lucinda Williams but it doesn’t hurt. Long road trips, maybe on the back deck with your new love. LISTENING, for the first time; spring, fall, summertime.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Walk with Me

Thich Nhat Hanh, Walk with Me

Walk With Me, a cinematic journey into the world of Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, will premiere in New York on August 18 at The Rubin Museum of Art. Screenings will be held through August 26, followed by the film’s nationwide release in theaters across the United States.

The film, directed by Marc J. Francis and Max Pugh, was filmed over three years at Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village monastery in rural France. The documentary visually explores monastic life, with insights from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals read by actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The film received its world premiere at the 2017 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in March.

House Cleaning Services

House Cleaning Services

Blanca Velazquez Home cleaning Services
Contact Blanca Velazquez
Phone: 919-265-8976.

23 years of direct experience cleaning big and small homes throughout The Triangle. Excellant reputation for cleaning your home like it was her own. References available.

Peter Gabriel’s Biko

Peter Gabriel’s Biko

Bantu Stephen Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977) was a South African anti-apartheid activist. Ideologically an African nationalist and African socialist, he was at the forefront of a grassroots anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 1970s. His ideas were articulated in a series of articles published under the pseudonym Frank Talk.

Ten Toes Tours pedicab service in Durham

Ten Toes Tours pedicab service in Durham

Durham Cool published this article back in October 2014, when this business had just launched. Since opening we have observed the pedicabs throughout the Bull city. Now we want to hear from the pedicab transportation ambassadors and you the patrons of this unique...
The Roman Spring

The Roman Spring

The Roman Spring is a Triangle, NC – based five piece, concocting dreamy, Americana tinged pop: think Band of Horses meets R.E.M., with a dash of Ryan Adams.After the demise of his rock outfit Colourslide, singer/songwriter Alex Lawhon decided to start a new band using some of the area’s best musicians:“I envisioned The Roman Spring to be much more than a solo project,” states Lawhon, “ I wanted it to be a band, but with an open door policy …

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

How do we forgive? Forgiveness is not a natural part of our culture in the west, yet we do have spiritual context for this critical life exercise. Easier said than done in our puritanical “blame” culture.

The Scientist the Trump Administration reasigned

The Scientist the Trump Administration reasigned

I pulled this video from YouTube, US scientist pushed out featuring a CNN interview with Joel Clement. Joel Clement was director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Interior Department until last week. He is now a senior adviser at the department’s Office of...
Weekly Open Heart Meditation

Weekly Open Heart Meditation

Many meditation techniques are about quieting your mind by concentrating on your breath, a candle, music, drumbeat and countless other practices. Open Heart Meditation is a guided meditation that helps in strengthening and cleansing the spiritual heart naturally. Participants often feel lighter and more refreshed in a very short amount of time. Although this can be very deep and revitalizing, this is not a serious meditation practice that involves hard work, creative visualizations or any sort of effort whatsoever. No special skills are necessary. Properly done it feels light, gentle, peaceful, effortless…and fun!

Tarot Readings with Lorri

Tarot Readings with Lorri

A reading with Lorri can help. Lorri has been giving tarot readings for over 25 years. She is a Nationally Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, a spiritual counselor and a published author. Her intention is to remind others of their connection to God and live a happier life.

Overcoming Fear of Rejection

Overcoming Fear of Rejection

Have you experienced rejection in your life? Did rejection or a series of rejections knock you down for good? Right now, like so many of us in this economy, I am searching for sustainable W2 income and health benefits, the classic time for money exchange. What I am finding is a solution in combining part time jobs/ with self employment.

New Thai restaurant in Durham

New Thai restaurant in Durham

A new Thai restaurant has opened at 5850 Fayetteville Street where Pale and Porter was formerly located, Bua Thai Durham. Be the first to review this new Thai restaurant and submit same to Durhamcool1@gmail.com. The best new review of Bua Thai Durham will be published in the restaurant review section of Durham Cool and linked across all pertinent social media platforms.

Happy Independence

Happy Independence

Happy 4th of July!   This is the big weekend to see friends and family, and their respective dogs and cats.  Staying in Durham?  Keep your thunder shirts at the ready for when the big booms begin.  Thunder or fireworks? I have made a habit of watching the John Adams...
Durham Cool Media

Is your personal Brand Likeable?

This is the question the Durham Cool Team asks everyday. We are asking for your feedback as this website cannot survive without you. Please share a comment below, after watching this video, about what you think the Durham Cool brand is about.

The importance of Protecting Tibet’s environment

The importance of Protecting Tibet’s environment

At the invitation of Tibet Society, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa gave a special talk on the “Importance of Protecting the Environment of Tibet and the Himalayas” at the Royal Asiatic Society. The Rt. Hon Norman Baker chaired this special talk with a Q&A session

One Minute Meditation

The Choice is yours

What is happening on Durham Cool?  The Durham Cool team continues to provide original, thought-provoking content.  Yet we have not heard from our readers in a while.   Google Analytics tells us we are picking up readers from all over the world.

Meet Jon Seskevich

Meditation to Quiet the Mind and Open the Heart

Jon will present a meditation workshop for healing (improving quality of life and physical functioning) and resiliency (the ability to bounce back from stress, illness and life changes.) He brings a unique perspective to his teaching. For more than 25 years, Jon has taught hospitalized patients relaxation and meditation techniques.

Vegetarian Cookbooks

Vegetarian Cookbooks

When I first moved to Durham I was a vegetarian who missed the taste of certain meats. The meat replicants or analogs in vegetarian processed foods frequently contain another poison to me, gluten wheat or seitan made of wheat.

Everything but the Girl-Shoot Me Down

Everything but the Girl-Shoot Me Down

Soundtrack for my 80s period experienced in the 1980s, Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt, of Everything but the girl. This track alone is good enough to sum up the fervency of adolescence. If this is your first go then welcome to my UK youth. Does anyone else remember the first time you put this Cd on? Incredible! The baseline on this track alone, and then Tracey’s plaintive, cuts right to the core of you, vocal. No one today is close to this. Try it on for yourself.

Bound for Glory-Tedeschi Trucks

Tedeschi Trucks Rig Rundown

By now, readers of Durham Cool have correctly ascertained that the Durham Cool team are big fans of Tadeschi Trucks Band. Anyone reared in the good Southern rock/blues/Jazz fusion of Allman Brothers must follow this band. Derek Trucks is on everyone’s top guitarist list for good reason. Susan’s vocals amd blues guitar prowess is legendary. This band live, dynamic!

Healthy Partnership

Healthy Partnership

What I found interesting about watching this husband-and-wife duo front this well fleshed out band was their mutual respect and telepathic, “sub lingual” conversation. Great musical partners often have these qualities. Watch closely and I think you’ll notice what I noticed, love and affection.

Captain Luke in Hospice care

Captain Luke in Hospice care

BIOGRAPHY
“In his own low-key way, Captain Luke Mayer is one of the most versatile and entertaining ‘discoveries’ that Music Maker has documented for quite a while.” – David Whiteis, Living Blues Magazine

Do Trees Communicate?

Do Trees Communicate?

Ignorance might be bliss but only for a short time. Imagine the positive impact a greater general knowledge of the natural world might have with our National climate change discussion? How might this increased awareness influence our decisions about finite resources and fragile eco-systems? Right now our planet is at a critical juncture. It is past time overdue to seek out verifiable, scientifically supported, factual information about our current climate crisis. This is not an issue we can leave in the exclusive domain of career corporate politicians.

Manifest the Life of your dreams

Manifest the Life of your dreams

Try this simple mindful meditation for 30 consecutive days to rewire your subconscious mind. When you begin any new meditation practice you will notice the stream of thoughts which flow through your mind. Aware, as if for the first time, how many idle thoughts come through each waking moment.

Durham History Museum Annual Report

This Annual Report (also available online) will show you “by the numbers” how we impact the community together. We appreciate your help in bringing our exhibits to life. If you haven’t given this year, GIVE NOW and see your name listed next year!
Museum of Durham History 2015-16 Annual Report

What are the Common Signs of Stress?

What are the Common Signs of Stress?

Fatigue
General irritability, hyperactivity, depression
Pounding of Heart
Dryness in the mouth and throat
Trembling, nervous tics
Impulsive behavior
Mood swings and crying
Inability to concentrate, confusion
Feelings of weakness or dizziness
Floating Anxiety, or feeling panicked for no reason
Feeling “keyed up”
High pitched, nervous laughter
Grinding teeth
Sleeping problems
Stomach and bowel problems
Frequent urge to urinate
A migraine or tension headaches
Neck or lower back pain
Loss of appetite or excessive appetite
Being prone to accidents
Alcohol or drug problems or excessive smoking
Nightmares

Silvia Perez Cruz

Silvia Perez Cruz

A visit to NYC in June 2015, brings us Hoagy Carmichael’s I get along without you very well sung, in English, by Silvia Perez Cruz. A standard from the American songbook. My favorite version is by the urivalled Ella Fitzgerald. Many fans like Barbara Streisand’s rendition.

Silvia Perez Cruz

Silvia Perez Cruz NPR story

  We have rounded the corner on Sylvia Perez Cruz, now that we have arrived at the official intelligentsia reception which intorduced her to the NPR audience. I am an avid listener to NPR but missed this interview, recorded back in 2014. Perhaps you heard the...
Silvia Perez Cruz- Ne Me quitte Pas

Silvia Perez Cruz- Ne Me quitte Pas

If you have not enjoyed this Silvia Perez Cruz marathon, then time to leave Durham Cool until the ardor wanes. This is the Sturm und Drang of life expressed by one of our best living Interpreters. It is our mission to celebrate and elevate what we enjoy so you may...
Manifest the Life of your dreams

Cucurrucucu Paloma

This morning I started surfing YouTube in search of other orchestral arrangements of this song performed with Caetano Veloso. I found several comparable to this live to film version feautured below, from Pedro Almodovar, and then a new discovery of this young singer from Spain.

Reinventing the College Experience

Reinventing the College Experience

It’s here. We’re announcing our plans to create a new type of “university” and lifestyle for people who don’t want their kids growing up in an obsolete industrial-age system. But this is more than just for our children, it’s an attempt to change how we live, grow and develop, no matter if you’re 17 or 70. It’s a re-imagining of college, campus, curriculum and community for a new age.

Watch the video to learn more. 🙂

Tift Merritt on my mind this Friday at Durham Cool

Tift Merritt on my mind this Friday at Durham Cool

We have an Artist from our area of considerable talent and much deserved critical renown. You might be excused if you have not heard of Tift Merritt only if you have been living inside a sensory deprivation tank, deep within a Himalayan mountain cave for the last 20 years.

Tift Merrit with Andrew Bird at NMAC-July 13, 2019

Tift Merritt Tour dates and other info

I’m so proud and excited to kick off our US tour this week as we head south. It feels wonderful to be back on the road (we just had a ball on a hop in the UK with Jerry Douglas’s Transatlantic sessions) and I am looking forward to some wide open adventures on stage and off. I’m really proud of where the show is right now, so I hope you can make it out. Most importantly, thank you to all of you for your cheering and support of Stitch of the World. The record was not an easy record to write, and I am profoundly touched that it has been welcomed so kindly into the world. As ever, much goodness to you and yours from my house. Love tift NPR Fresh Air Feature

Sometimes a difficult problem is best…

Sometimes a difficult problem is best…

There is a much easier way to resolve a complicated problem than attacking it straight on. This applies to problems wherein you do not have an immediate and easy solution.  Some problems require a diversified group effort to resolve.  Think like a sea otter all day today.

Durham Cool informal reader survey

Durham Cool informal reader survey

Durham Cool readers, please take a moment and write in the comment line where you reside.  I review live activity on this website routinely and I am very happy to report we have a very diverse audience for the Durham Cool website.

New Film Shuddhi, HD preview

New Film Shuddhi, HD preview

Shuddhi is the story of an American girl’s spiritual journey in India, after she befriends two female journalists who are fighting against the country’s lenient Juvenile Ju

Tift Merritt new Release

Tift Merritt new Release

Stitch of the World Out Now

Stitch of the World premiered last week via NPR First Listen and is out now & available for purchase and stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, via Yep Roc Records or at a record store near you!

My Favorite breakfast

My Favorite breakfast

Nothing approximates the taste of Bagels and lox with capers, and a red onion slice. This combo can not be replicated in a vegetarian analog. The fundamentals of culinary art, sweet and savory in perfect balance. Saline and sugar, the Yang and the Yin. You must try this before you leave your body. May not be consumed alone. Must enjoy with friends and family. A weekend repast, preferably on Sunday with the fattest newspaper on the table. New York Sunday Times will do in a pinch.

NC Launches free Solar panels for Middle-Class Homeowners.

Solar NC

The solar industry finished 2016 with its best quarter of all time. We now have enough solar to power 6.5 million homes. The future for solar has never shined brighter.

Dua Lipa Blow Your Mind -2

Dua Lipa Blow Your Mind -2

When Dua Lipa was in primary school, she bombed an audition for the choir. “My voice is so low that sometimes when I try to do high notes, nothing but air comes out,” she says. That didn’t deter her from pursuing a music career: At age 15, she moved by herself to London (where she grew up) from Kosovo (where her family had relocated a few years earlier) to attend theater school.

Merge Records, a Durham company for 25 years

Ibibio Sound Machine, of Merge Records, are ready to rule your 2017!

If the United Nations’ General Assembly convened at Studio 54, Ibibio Sound Machine would easily be that night’s headlining act. This octet fuses ecstatic African highlife music and pulsing disco beats with British singer Eno ­Williams’ folktales of her Nigerian heritage, which she delivers in the country’s native Ibibio tongue.

Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman-meeting our enemies

Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman-meeting our enemies

I listened to this SoundCloud, shared by emcheren this morning. The universe is working with us today. Think of the divide in our country, your workplace relationships, families, your neighbors? This interview from On Being with Krista Tippett may go along way towards bridging or at the very least healing the gaps, differences between us.

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, written by Sogyal Rinpoche in 1992, is a presentation of the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead or Bardo Thodol. The author wrote, “I have written The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying as the...
Thank You

Thank You

1)Readers of this blog, thank you for taking the time to visit and stay for a few extra minutes to read another article or peruse another section!

Mindful Monday/Psychic Readings

New Year’s Resolutions with practical solutions

Recently we published an article about Treadmill desks on Durham Cool, written by my sister in law, Heather Langan. January is the “do or die” manifestation month for your New Year’s resolution. One’s normative experience with resolutions is they appear in the well-intentioned mind on New Year’s eve and disappear quickly into the lost dryer machine sock ether the next month. It takes an Army of life coaches to keep you honest on your commitments. Only the best households with plenty of Facebook photographic evidence to show for it, keep their New Year’s Eve commitments. What about the rest of us? A new habit takes at least 30 days to take hold, right? We have all heard this before.

What not to Love?

What not to Love?

t’s time to circle the wagons in preparation for the worst. A reflexive holdover survival response. Most adaptable
hominid in the face of an overwhelming amount of uncertainty will survive. Gravitate to what makes you feel safe. Protect the weakest family (tribe) member by flanking them with the fiercest.

DT Fever dream

DT Fever dream

Fever dreams that wake DT in the middle of the night with something like the DTs are ones featuring Tina Fey. Uber smart, articulate, faster witted than he, Tina Fey! They have YOU by the short hairs and you almost realize it’s your own fault. Better to sit back, hands tied behind your back, enjoy the humor than to scorn the well earned criticism. Please no more tweets at 3AM about Nuclear weapons. Beyond the pale where presidential temperament is concerned. This cannot be the NEW NORMAL for very long as it could very easily lead us all into Armageddon toots sweet.

The Style Council Christmas Eve

The Style Council Christmas Eve

The Style Council were an English band formed in 1983 by Paul Weller, the former singer, songwriter, and guitarist with the punk rock/new wave/mod revival band The Jam, and keyboardist Mick Talbot, previously a member of Dexys Midnight Runners, The Bureau and The Merton Parkas. The band enabled Weller to take a more soulful direction with his music.

Van Morrison: Got to Go back

Van Morrison: Got to Go back

Got to go back, Van Morrison’s first track on the No Guru, no method, no teacher release. This is a track I listen to when I am immersed in the creative process. This Van release is oft overlooked and less familiar to some. This album is as full as Astral weeks, birthed of course, from the womb of Astral. You must purchase this CD for your beach and or mountain trips from Durham. No better soundtrack than this for the pastoral drive, sorting laundry, washing dishes.

Naima

Naima

Coltrane fans are familiar with the beautifully sublime, Naima, from the Giant Steps album.

In Honor of Rick Danko RIP 12-10-1999

In Honor of Rick Danko RIP 12-10-1999

Listen to this outstanding performance by the band, sans Robbie Robertson, recorded in 1983. Do you know anyone else who sounds like Rick Danko? What a plaintive crooner, in the best sense. No one better.

I Ching Guidance website

I Ching Guidance website

The Durham Cool team actively contributes to and maintains another website called I Ching Guidance. The IChing Guidance website was established to provide insight into the 4,000 year old oracle, I Ching (comprised of 64 divination Hexagrams). The IChing guidance website is dedicated to propogating a broad spectrum of original spiritual content. We encourage readers of Durham Cool to visit I Ching Guidance, the yin to Durham Ccol’s Yang.

Fresh eyes

Fresh eyes

Sundays I reserve for morning meditation and reading on Spiritual subjects. Today was no exception, with meditation followed by a chapter from the Joy of Living, by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. The chapter I read today was Compassion the Survival of the Kindest. The section that resonated with me may help you heal the divide or difference between you and another:

Strong Women are Beautiful

Strong Women are Beautiful

One truly interesting phenom this year was the rise of Megyn Kelly. It is a credit to Megyn Kelly’s tenacity to stand her rightfully earned ground in the face of an active campaign to undermine her authority as a reporter.

Awake

Awake

You wake up one day and realize you have reached 50 years on this planet. This is the day you truly wake to the morning with “realization”. Awake. What a luxury! Alive, at last. Time to walk out into the yard, robe on, barefoot into the wet grass. Alive, at last. Look at the golden orb rising in the pinkest pale blue sky; wisps of young clouds parting?

Rights and Responsibilities

Rights and Responsibilities

Citizens have many rights, but rights have limits. For example,
you are free to speak your opinion. Yet it is against the law to shout “Fire!” in a public place if there is no fire. Rights come with responsibilities. Every citizen has responsibilities. Laws explain our responsibilities. Obeying laws is an important responsibility. A person who breaks a law may go to jail. However, if a law is unfair, citizens can change it. Adult citizens have many responsibilities. They may serve in the military or on a jury. They also have the responsibility to vote. Citizens vote to choose leaders. Sometimes they vote about changing laws. Citizens need to learn about the issues and then vote. Their opinions will not count if they do not vote.”

Cherokee Legend

Cherokee Legend

When we turn to this wisdom during this difficult time of disunion peace and healing  is uncovered.

Difficult as it may be we must effort to fight the noble fight for joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, generosity, truth, compassion even and especially with those who have harmed us.

DT Fever dream

Leadership

One very important quality of leadership is the ability to exercise restraint in the interest of civility. Appealing to the higher instincts, present in all human beings, rather than pandering to baser impulses. We know from history what happens when leaders appeal to the most animalistic desires, sublimated in the human psyche. One need only conduct a brief study of (choose your Fascist) to see how this happens.

Each individual makes a difference

Each individual makes a difference

The volunteer, pictured above, arrived after working a 7 PM to 7 AM nursing shift at Duke Hospital. She said she could give us an hour. We were grateful. At the end of her shift, we learned that she was five days into life as a citizen of the United States of America. This was to her an important act of citizenship.

Healthy Partnership

Susan, Derek and Bonnie’s performance of a classic

If you live in the South and or call yourself a southerner and Do Not Know this song, shame on you or your circle of influence. It’s not too late for you as you have an uncle named Durham Cool who cares enough to share, John Prine’s Angel from Montgomery classic.

It’s Friday and Time for Tedeschi Trucks Band

It’s Friday and Time for Tedeschi Trucks Band

“Midnight in Harlem” from the best band touring right now. You have to get out and see them when they come to your town. No matter how young or old this is what live music is all about. Her voice, his slide….. The back up vocalists, Hammond-B3 Keyboardist. Did I mention the horn section, dual drummers, and sublime bassist?

Failure of the 4th Estate

Failure of the 4th Estate

A compelling,  critical journalistic arm is critical to our fragile democracy. Remember John Stewart’s Daily Show who accidentally, intentionally used humor to arrive at journalistic “truth”. John Oliver has almost filled Stewart’s shoes....
Driving up Glenwood (70 West) back from Raleigh this evening

Driving up Glenwood (70 West) back from Raleigh this evening

This low thunder quiet Fall September evening is pregnant with my earliest Durham NC memories. When I arrived here in October 1995 my brother and me along with mutual friends would drive down to Raleigh to catch a show at the Brewery. 70 was the route we took. This evening, coming back from a training class on Millbrook and Creedmoor in Raleigh I was reminded of those evenings. Many that know me well also know that I have not been uber keen on Durham lately. This drive home changed something deep within me. I fell in love with Durham again.

My Father is not Perfect

My Father is not Perfect

My dad is not perfect. No human being is perfect. My dad grew up in Scranton, PA in a humble home. His father was a barber who kept his shop in the basement of their Myrtle Street home. Life was not easy for dad and his 4 siblings. Alcohol was a catalyst in the levity and Irish working class violence in their family home.