Five Fun Things

The New Yorker’s new weekly podcast column, written by Sarah Larson, is full of great ideas. Larson’s recent piece about Ear Hustle, a groundbreaking podcast produced by two inmates inside San Quentin State Prison, introduced us to one of the best series we’ve ever heard — honest, engrossing, uplifting, raw, funny, bittersweet.… Read more
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A Week of Outfits: Jenny Gordy

Jenny Gordy lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, where she designs knitting and sewing patterns for her company, Wiksten. She doesn’t buy many clothes for herself, but when she does, she wears the beloved pieces over and over.… Read more
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In Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, (9th Cir., Aug. 23, 2017),  the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction sought by a Washington-state high school football coach who in a widely publicized challenge to his school district was suspended for kneeling and praying on the football field 50-yard line immediately after games.  The appeals court concluded that Coach Joseph Kennedy was not likely to succeed on the merits of his free speech claim  It held that in kneeling and praying on the 50-yard line, Kennedy was speaking as part of his public employment.  His employer had the right to order him not to speak in his official capacity in the manner which he did.  The court added:On Friday nights, many cities and towns across America temporarily shut down while communities gather to watch high school football games. Students and families from all walks of life join “to root for a common cause” and admire the young people who step proudly onto the field…. While we “recognize the important role that public worship plays in many communities, as well as the sincere desire to include public prayer as a part of [these] occasions,” such activity can promote disunity along religious lines, and risks alienating valued community members from an environment that must be open and welcoming to all…. That is why the “preservation and transmission of religious beliefs and worship is a responsibility and a choice committed to the private sphere, which itself is promised freedom to pursue that mission.”Judge Smith filed a concurring opinion to express his view that the school district’s actions actions were also justified to avoid violating the EstablishmentClause. The majority held that it need not reach the Establishment Clause issue.  Kitsap Sun reports on the decision.


In Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co., LLC v. Permanent Easement for 2.14 Acres, (ED PA, Aug. 23, 2017), a Pennsylvania federal district court held that Transcontinental Pipeline Co. has the right to condemn and take immediate possession of property of the Adorers of Christ religious order so that the company can build its Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline.  The court said in part:Adorers claim that they

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I am coming to you today with the beverage that will keep you cool and hydrated and energized throughout the summer.
It is a sparkling honey ginger lemonade that I make with fresh ginger — infused in hot water for a few minutes — and fresh lemon juice, sweetened lightly with artisanal honey, and top up with sparkling water.
It is immensely refreshing on sweltering days, such as we’ve had in Paris lately. It is also a heathy summer drink, bringing you the immunity-boosting benefits of ginger, lemon juice, and honey to ward off those weird summer colds one catches sometimes.

This honey ginger lemonade is, naturally, very easy to prepare — if making lemonade becomes a project, you’re doing it wrong. I am only offering a recipe because I fiddled with the details of the preparation before I landed on the just-right ratio of ingredients, and how long to infuse the ginger for, so I’m saving you a little bit of experimentation. That said, you may prefer your lemonade a little sweeter — I like it pretty tart — so feel free to adjust accordingly.
If you like sparkling water as much as I do, but don’t like to lug home and then have to recycle all those plastic bottles, consider getting a sodastream machine, which carbonates regular water with the push of a button. We’ve have ours for years now — a fabulous gift from my sister and brother-in-law — and it still brings me the same joy and delight every time I use it. (Actually, I don’t get to use it much these days as my sons fight over the privilege.)
And if you or one of your friends don’t drink alcohol, this is a wonderful cocktail hour option, too.

More refreshing beverages for you:

Heatwave-Ready Mint Lemonade
Water Kefir (Tibicos)
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PrintSparkling Honey Ginger Lemonade Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 50 minutes
Makes 1 liter (4 cups).

IngredientsOne 5-cm (2-inch) piece organic ginger, about 40 grams (1 1/2 ounces), sliced thinly (no need to peel)
3 tablespoons artisanal honey (vegans can use another liquid sweetener)
3 organic lemons
600 ml (2 1/2 cups) sparkling water, refrigerated
Ice cubes, for serving (optional)InstructionsPut the sliced ginger in a heatproof bowl and add 240 ml (1 cup) boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes.
Fish out the slices of ginger and stir in the honey to dissolve.
Juice 2 of the lemons, and add their juice to the bowl. You should have about 360 ml (1 1/2 cups) liquids. Cover and keep in the fridge at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve. You can prepare this mix a few hours in advance.
When ready to serve, slice the remaining lemon thinly. Fill a fourth of the glasses with the lemon-ginger mix, add a slice of lemon, ice cubes if desired, and top up with sparkling water.3.1 otherwise noted, all recipes are copyright Clotilde Dusoulier.

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Clocking in machines

Clocking in machines are a great way for your small business to monitor attendance properly. Find out more about the range of options available today…In Time and Attendance