Night owl chat – Archaeology heals wounded warriors

One of my favorite British shows is “Time Team”. Hosted by the awesome Sir Tony Robinson (Baldrick to you “Blackadder” fans), a team of archaeologists scours Great Britain for interesting sites to excavate.

In the just completed and final Series 20, the fifth episode finds the gang excavating on a military site on Salisbury Plain. Brought in to help, Tony et. al. are seconded to an already existing excavation. And a big part of this excavation is an organization which seeks to heal wounded UK vets reintegrate and heal their psychic and physical wounds via archaeology. I found myself smiling throughout the entire episode, especially when the program’s founder explained what had helped him escape the miasma of depression in which he was sunk after his tours of duty.



Chat on night owls.

88 Responses to “Night owl chat – Archaeology heals wounded warriors”

  1. July 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    evening all. Just catching up. So much news today again

    • July 22, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Well done, vv24.. Lots to catch up on!

    • 4 Cindy
      July 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Wishing you a lovely evening vetivera24,

      CONGRATS ON TAKING THE GOLD – you’re #1!!!

      Don’t forget to step back when you feel overwhelmed from all of the news, it’s good for your heart and soul, and you avoid the blues.


      • July 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

        Nice thing about TOD is that there is more than just news. There is the commonality of kind hearted souls who love PBO and FLOTUS, lots of funny conversations, heartwarming stories, praise and condolences, snappy and interesting tweets and admiration for all the work on this blog. You just can’t feel alone or lonely here.

  2. July 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    …..and I thought Paul Broun was the biggest nut job in the GOP….Gohmert up there too!

    Looks like Perdue is going to win in the GA Sen. run-off

    Local GA stations had Kingston winning by 7, and Michelle beating Kingston by 8, Perdeu by 5, but have no clue since their polling was so off

    • July 22, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Oddly enough, LP, I woke up (too early – thanks, upstairs stormtrooper) with a visual in my head of these people carrying signs which read, “Choose Ignorence”, and thought how far we really haven’t come. But it feels as if we have, sometimes. I believe as many millions become stronger in the Light of individuation, we begin to lose the fear of ‘other’, and learn to recognize and respect what each can bring to the Good of All. Those who fear, cling to darkness and the ‘old ways’. They are fewer and fewer as the new age of reason and intelligence binds us all onto a path of greater Goodwill towards all.

    • July 22, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Yep, done deal. Perdue won. Here’s a little background on him.

      Fun times in Georgia!

  3. July 22, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    AF1 about to depart Seattle – late evening sunshine is glorious, so I’m certain this stop was a success in the way it was meant to be. God Speed, Mr President, and Thank You.

  4. July 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    • 18 Jeff
      July 23, 2014 at 2:27 am

      The polls got it WRONG yet again in every Poll Kingston was winning! LOL Yet the media is oddly silent about this fact.

    July 22, 2014 at 10:26 pm


    • 20 Cindy
      July 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Hi Sue,
      Hope you’re doing well.

      I heard something about this and thought it was another crash. This is just horrible, no words to fully describe this horrific act against humanity.

      As much as possible, I hope you have an enjoyable evening.

    • 21 Dudette
      July 22, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      OMG! Unimaginable! They will be scared for life by this!

  6. July 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    This man is not fit for office….

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    • 24 anniebella
      July 22, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      Did Rick Perry serve in the military? Army, Navy, Marines, which one? It’s funny that all these draft dodgers want to act so tough.

    • July 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Enough already. What is his point? W imitator? Loser.

    • 28 Cindy
      July 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      I guess it’s just a matter of time before we all see the infamous picture(s) of these guns placed to the heads of mothers and their babies crying.

      So disgusting what these nasty individuals do and dream of doing day in and day out.

      One has to be a miserable piece of walking flesh, to wake up “everyday” with hate in their heart for another human being.

      Such wasted time of living; to be occupying space with a hole in your heart, and an empty soul. Why bother to wake up?

  7. July 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm

  8. July 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Oh, yes, the East Side of Seattle is also a GOP stronghold, sorry to say. Look at this: http://www.king5.com/news/politics/Medina-to-bill-former-Costco-CEO-for-Obama-visit-268194072.html

  9. July 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Dear god (how do you jump from a tweet to a presidential run?) either it has gotten the desired effect…….I guess this will be the lead of all the morning show/cable stations in the morning.

    I’d rather focus on this:

    “..The picture was posted in reponse to a social media campaign called: “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.” The campaign #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies was launched by Abraham Gutman and Dania Darwish, both students at Hunter College in New York, shortly after the Israeli military launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8 in a bid to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza killing at least 583 people. The campaign has prompted many similar images to be posted to social networking sites….continued

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    GN TOD!

    • July 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Have a quiet evening, LP.

    • 35 EricFive
      July 22, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Unless this chick is saying Bloomberg is running for office in Israel, I do think she is crazy. Putting American airline passengers at risk of getting shot down just to not hurt Israel’s feelings does not sound like a winning first foreign policy move for a future American President. A commercial airliner was shot down just last week flying into a war zone. I think the favorable press coverage gives Israel a grossly inflated sense of its support by the American people.

  10. July 22, 2014 at 10:57 pm

  11. July 22, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Thank yoooooooou LL!!!

  12. July 22, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Orale, mi gente, I’m off. See everyone on the flip.

  13. 47 Layla
    July 22, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    GN! DF, pls know that I am keeping you in my thoughts

  14. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    July 22, 2014 at 11:42 pm

  15. July 22, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Both the British show and the UK wounded warriors program sound wonderful. Thanks for posting this, LL. I don’t know if this article has been posted in comments, but I was very glad to see this news.

  16. July 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    We will never forgive him for buying another extra term as mayor in NYC.
    He is as arrogant as Crispy Cream in NJ.(when is he going to jail)
    Let him fly all he wants, if he feels safe in his private teeter totter private plane.
    Romney could not buy the presidency, was he not paying attention?

  17. 57 Dudette
    July 22, 2014 at 11:53 pm

  18. 58 nospin
    July 23, 2014 at 12:17 am

    haven’t done this in a while. Let me see if I remember how….

  19. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2014 at 12:19 am
  20. 62 nospin
    July 23, 2014 at 12:19 am

  21. 65 nospin
    July 23, 2014 at 12:26 am

    • 67 Dudette
      July 23, 2014 at 12:48 am

      Love these! Thanks nospin!

    • 68 Vicki
      July 23, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Hi nospin. Thanks for posting this collection. The number of jews who feel as I do about colonialism in Gaza is probably much greater than generally acknowledged. I hope so anyway.

  22. July 23, 2014 at 12:30 am

  23. 70 Dudette
    July 23, 2014 at 12:51 am

  24. 71 lockewasright
    July 23, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Take deep breaths and listen to a masterpiece of relaxation executed as well as any instrumental you’ll ever find:

    • 72 0388jojothecat
      July 23, 2014 at 2:02 am

      Nice and mello perfect to end another hectic day in which to give thanks that PBO is in the WH. Sleep well TOD family and good nite.

  25. 73 Dudette
    July 23, 2014 at 1:24 am

  26. 74 Dudette
    July 23, 2014 at 2:01 am

  27. 75 Dudette
    July 23, 2014 at 2:21 am

  28. July 23, 2014 at 2:21 am

    good night TOD …



    Yes WE MUST

  29. 77 Dudette
    July 23, 2014 at 2:46 am

  30. 78 Dudette
    July 23, 2014 at 2:47 am

    lamingo, created by noted American artist Alexander Calder, is a 53 foot (16 m) tall stabile located in the Federal Plaza in front of the Kluczynski Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois. It was commissioned by the United States General Services Administration and was unveiled in 1974, although Calder’s signature on the sculpture indicates it was constructed in 1973.

    Flamingo weighs 50 tons, is composed of steel, and is vermilion in color. Calder gave the stabile its color, which has come to be called “Calder red”, to offset it from the black and steel surroundings of nearby office buildings, including the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed Kluczynski Federal Building. The stabile is an art form which Calder pioneered. It is an abstract structure that is completely stationary, as opposed to a mobile, which can move with air currents. Despite the large size of the sculpture, its design is such that viewers can walk underneath and around it, thus enabling one to perceive it in human scale. The shape of Flamingo alludes to the natural and
    animal realm, which is a stark contrast to more literal interpretations in sculpture from previous decades.

    Flamingo, then, serves as the inspiration for this chamber work, comprised of five micro-movements, each describing the sculpture from a different view. Structurally, movements I and III and movements II and IV are related. They share tempos, meters and some musical materials. Some of the phrases from movement IV, for example (The View from Below) are a mirror inversion of the same phrases from movement II (The View from Above). The final movement evokes the sculpture from the distant view of the Willis Tower Skydeck—through its own music and through phrases borrowed from the other movements. The work is intended, in six concise minutes, to provide a sonic portrait of the sublime and elegant stabile—a sculptural masterwork which captures both the natural world and the arching reach of a modern urban landscape.

    -Geoffrey Gordon

    I. The View from Dearborn Street
    (Flute, Bb Clarinet, Cello and Piano)

    II. The View from Above
    (Flute, Bb Clarinet, Cello)

    III. The View from Adams Street
    (Flute, Bb Clarinet, Piano)

    IV. The View from Below
    (Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Cello)

    V. The View from the Willis Tower Skydeck
    (Piccolo, Bb Clarinet, Piano)

  31. 79 Dudette
    July 23, 2014 at 3:11 am

  32. July 23, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Good morning TOD!
    Pic woke up early this morning rested and my heart filled with love, appreciation and gratitude for the Arabs and Jews who are standing tall for peace. If I remember correctly this is what our President spoke of when he visited the Middle East. This is what we ALL should be standing for because no one , absolutely no one has the right to maime and slaughter children.
    I am still in love with hope and I thank everyone who is not afraid to take a stand and be proud that peace is what we want, what we need and peace will prevail.

    • 81 kathleenp444
      July 23, 2014 at 9:04 am

      What a lovely way to wake up, LDS. I can only try to be more like you!

      • July 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm

        Kathleenp444, TY.
        It is a process. Some days I wake up the complete opposite.
        I am finding the more you give of yourself, not take yourself too seriously and put others before yourself your days are purposeful and nights are peaceful.
        It is a process.

  33. July 23, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Correction: “I woke up this morning”

  34. July 23, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Andrea Mitchell is here live with us Andrea what do you think?
    It’s Obamas fault… Errr the Whitehouse is anti Israel errr incompetent err chuck Todd what do you think err obama has an image problem err very defiant err flew to ft belvior to golf couldn’t give a shit err …


    • July 23, 2014 at 7:32 am

      And now we go to saxby chambliss err the whitehouse should nuke Moscow err obama is a fool err declassify info err Dianne Feinstein and I feel whitehouse pulled back on info linking Russia to downed plane err incompetent no leadership…


  35. July 23, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Interesting Twitter discussion

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