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Springsteen discusses troubled relationship with dad, influence on music Irish American singer Bruce Springsteen has opened up about his father’s mental illness and his own fight with depression and decision to take anti-depressants. Springsteen’s open discussion has been welcomed as a breakthrough by some in the fields of medicine and psychology. New Yorker magazine published an in depth interview with Springsteen last July in which he discusses his father’s mental illness and Springsteen’s own fear that he could not escape the mental illness in his family history. He told the magazine about his troubled relationship with his father, a guard worker/bus driver  with manic-depression. At a concert in the 1980’s, Springsteen told the audience about his troubled relationship with his father, confusing some of his fans. His father would come home from work and force a young Springsteen to sit at the kitchen table with him while he had a six pack. A screaming match soon developed from his father’s question of what he was doing with himself. Springsteen would run out the back door and down the driveway. For years as an adult, he would later drive back to his parent’s house in Freehold, New Jersey at night and sit outside until his therapist explained to him that he couldn’t fix past mistakes there. Unable to talk to his father, Springsteen turned to music. The Irish Times quoted the magazine interview, “My dad was very non-verbal- you couldn’t really have a conversation with him. I had to make my peace with that, but I had to have a conversation with him. It ain’t the best way to go about it, but that was the only way I could, and eventually he did respond. He might not have liked the songs, but I think he liked that they existed. It meant that he mattered." He’d get asked, "What are your favorite songs?" And he’d say, "The ones that are about me.” Afraid that he had inherited his father’s mental illness and feelings of isolation, Springsteen avoided casual drug use, which has plagued other musicians. Frozen by depression, he been seeing a therapist since 1982. Springsteen started taking anti-depressants in 2003 and since then has had a surge of successful albums releases and tours. Springsteen spoke about his family’s mental illness during interviews with recent biographer Peter Ames Carlin. "A big part of how this book advances the story is [by] being very upfront about how his dad was manic-depressive. He had a serious untreated mental illness for his entire adult life.” Carlin’s biography is not officially authorized, but Springsteen gave countless interview hours, facilitated meetings with family and friends, and made his personal scrapbook available to Carlin. The book titled “Bruce” is published by Simon & Schuster. Through therapy and music, Springsteen has been healing the wounds. He said during the New Yorker interview, "I’m a repairman, a repairman with a toolbox. If I repair a little of myself, I repair a little of you. That’s the job.”
Sunday, 20 January 2013 | 622 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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WHOEVER they think they are, they deserve the red carpet treatment for a new study. Estimates are believed to be worth 2.4 billion in tourism to Scotland over the next five years. Your first contact: the Carter Bar border crossing between Scotland and England near Jedburgh. The potential of so-called ancestral tourism has been outlined in a report by consultants TNS, which estimates a potential market of 50 million people of Scottish ancestry. But services need to be improved if Scotland is to cash in, including promoting existing research facilities, specialist tour operators and the creation of budget “genealogy packages”. VisitScotland asked TNS to assess the market and plan for an expected influx ahead of the 2014 Year of Homecoming, when Scotland will also host the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and golf’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland’s chief executive, said: “We need to do all we can to make sure every visitor will have the experience of a lifetime. In our advertising campaigns we will be inviting people from all over the globe to come home and walk in the footsteps of their ancestors.” The study found ancestral tourism in Scotland is worth more than 400 million a year, but that the market still had untapped potential. The 2.4bn figure is based on VisitScotland converting 20 per cent of the 50 million people with Scots blood around the world into potential visitors. Of these, 4.3 million are said to be already interested in taking or planning a holiday in the next two years while more than five million are waiting to be attracted from key areas. Of the 50 million, the Scottish Government estimates 9.4 million are American, 4.7 million Canadian and 1.5 million Australian. One of those visitors is Bev Clarke, a librarian from Tasmania, who started researching her roots in 1989 when she traced her ancestors back to her great-grandfather Alexander Coutts, who emigrated to Australia from Scotland. It took another 20 years for Clarke to return to the research project online, which eventually led her back another three generations to the birth of Alexander Ross in Kincardine, Aberdeenshire. He became a schoolmaster and poet in Lochlee, Angus, and was credited with influencing Robert Burns. When she managed to make her first visit to Scotland last year, Clarke headed to the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh, then to the Aberdeen City Library. She returned earlier this year to do more research. She said: “I was determined not to duplicate last year’s visits, but to visit places associated with my fairy-tale pedigree and take time to carry out more research both in Edinburgh and in Aberdeen.” VisitScotland’s next big campaign is to be rolled out within weeks to persuade Scots to discover their homeland in 2013 – the Scottish Government’s “Year of Natural Scotland”. The National Trust for Scotland is one of the leading beneficiaries of ancestral tourism with top sites such as Falkland Palace in Fife, Craigievar Castle, Aberdeenshire, and Culzean Castle, Ayrshire. A spokesman said: “Day in and day out we welcome people to our properties from near and far who want to make a personal connection with their Scottish heritage. “There are the obvious examples, such as the grand, aristocratic family seats at Castle Fraser and Haddo House that we care for on behalf of tens of thousands of visitors. But there are also the more sombre experiences of Glencoe and Culloden where the course of many clan and family histories, along with the nation’s destiny, were changed forever. “However, we cannot forget that even so-called modest properties, such as the Tenement House in Glasgow and David Livingstone’s birthplace in Blantyre, show us the now almost unimaginable conditions that the ancestors of the majority of Scots or people of Scots descent would have experienced not that long ago.” Dr Bruce Durie, chairman of the Ancestral Tourism Steering Group for Scotland, said: “Scotland is absolutely the best place to research family history – we have so many records, and so much online, that it’s a genealogist’s dream compared with other places. “However, while a lot of information is centrally-held – mainly in Edinburgh – there’s a great deal locally as well. The challenge is for all the components of ancestral tourism to get together and make a decent, joined-up destination package for ancestral visitors.”
Sunday, 25 November 2012 | 734 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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West Indies were crowned the World Twenty under 20 champions after beating hosts Sri Lanka by 36 runs in a bowler-dominated final at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday. Sri Lanka restricted West Indies to 137 for six wickets to boost their chances of winning their maiden World Twenty20 title but the dream did not materialise as they were shot out for 101 runs in 18.4 overs.Chasing a seemingly modest victory target, Sri Lanka were going steadily at 48 for one before their batting order caved in, partially because of their anxiousness to stay ahead of the par score in case of a rain interruption which seemed so imminent. Skipper Mahela Jayawardene (33) and former captain Kumar Sangakkara (22) got the starts but could not carry on and only one more Sri Lankan - Nuwan Kulasekara (26) - managed double figure in an otherwise abject batting capitulation. Spinner Sunil Narine was the pick of the West Indies bowlers, claiming three for nine runs to cap his excellent run in the tournament. West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss but was left to rue his decision to bat first as the Sri Lankan bowlers stifled his batsmen, restricting a side teeming with big-hitters to 32 for two wickets in 10 overs. Spinner Ajantha Mendis (4-12) broke West Indies' back but Marlon Samuels hit a 56-ball 78 to prove that the hosts were not really unplayable as West Indies recovered somewhat to post 137 for six on the board. Down the order, Sammy chipped in with an unbeaten 26 off 15 balls to give some respectability to the team total. For Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews (1-11) set the tone, starting with a maiden over in which he dismissed the scoreless Johnson Charles before Mendis wrecked the West Indies batting order. Click here for match highlights: Reuters Photos Slideshow Scorecard results widget
Sunday, 07 October 2012 | 747 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Maybe You Should Be Turning Airplane Around Mode Off In many countries, you are required by law to turn off wireless devices while on board an aircraft. A way to turn off wireless functions quickly is to switch HTC Desire C to Airplane mode. When you enable Airplane mode, all wireless radios on HTC Desire C are turned off including the call function, data services, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. However, you can manually turn Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on while Airplane mode is enabled. When you disable Airplane mode, the call function is turned back on and the previous state of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is restored. Big  Note: If USB tethering is turned on, enabling Airplane mode will turn it off. You will need to manually turn USB tethering on after you disable Airplane mode. Do any of the following to turn Airplane mode on or off: Press and hold POWER, and then tap Airplane mode. Slide the Notiflatuations panel open, and then tap . Tap the Airplane mode On/Off switch to turn it on or off. When enabled, the Airplane mode icon  is displayed in the status bar. Anyways the FAA is actually a little more than a week into taking public comments from companies. What's the issue with cellular data being allowed since that does not really differ from Wi-Fi data on current planes? So whose phones aren't safe? Maybe the old talk phones. I know wireless data modems give me a headache. WIFI not so much. So we cant make a call to 911 going up in the air or landing. The FAA and carriers still seem firmly against in flight calls or VoIP. Volatile aircraft fuel, unshielded wires, loose bolts, cracks in fuselage.  I never thought about being an aircraft technician student in North Bay long ago. Don't turn off the compressed air for safety reasons  
Saturday, 08 September 2012 | 1224 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
Carlisle Indian School Descendants Fight to Preserve Part of Painful History The last building where Native American students lived and attended classes at the Carlisle Indian School (CIS) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is slated for demolition in late August or September, but one Native activist is trying to save the building and its history from the wrecking ball.
Friday, 24 August 2012 | 887 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Lynn Man Gets a 'Bienvenue' from Long-lost Canadian family It took one year, hundreds of emails and a passion for genealogy to unite a Lynn resident with a Canadian family he never knew and connect him to his ancestor, one of the founders of Lynn. Wayne Knight was actually born Wayne Deland 57 years ago. He was adopted into the Knight family at the age of 7.
Sunday, 17 June 2012 | 497 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Archives of Michigan welcomes family heritage collection from Library of Michigan...some of it anyways. The Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have agreed to move selected Family Heritage Collections currently housed in the Library of Michigan to the reading room of the Archives of Michigan. The move will continue the state's stewardship of the collection and better align the resources of both organizations. The collection will remain in the Michigan Library and Historical Center, where it can be easily used with related research materials held by both organizations.
Sunday, 17 June 2012 | 469 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Stories from the past have been handed down from one generation to another through various means. The most consistent of these have been documented in newspapers and books. Historians face challenges such as the degradation of paper and the fading of words and images. In order to preserve antique books, librarians store books in climate controlled rooms, avoid their exposure to UV rays, and limit how much books are handled. Keeping a book free from dust will also prolong its life.
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | 540 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
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Some folks dont have to ask for World Famous Buffalo Burgers do they? The matter of funding for the Pine County Historical Society project in Askov was addressed at a recent meeting of the Pine County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Mitch Pangerl told the board that his recommendation would be to give the project no extra money, but to keep costs at the $10,000 level which is what they usually get yearly. Commissioner Doug Carlson said that his reading of the board’s wishes was to give the Historical Society $20,000, which had been in the budget for the present year. Commissioner Steve Chaffee said that his understanding was not to go over budget, but to give them the $20,000 already budgeted. Pangerl went on to say that he felt the Historical Society put the cart before the horse and got the building in Askov before they had the funding for it. He added that he felt the whole historical project should be put in the Pine County Courthouse, which has wide halls. He made a motion to fund the historical society for $10,000, but the motion died for want of a second. Commissioner Carslon made a motion to fund the project for $20,000, and asked for a roll call vote. The measure passed 4-1 with Pangerl voting nay. Capital improvement plan The board approved a Public Hearing date for the 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and to authorize the issuance and sale of General Obligation CIP Bonds. According to Carolyn Drude and Todd Hagen of Ehlers, a public finance company doing business with the county, the CIP was designed to allow the county to reduce the debt service on outstanding bonds of the HRA (Pine County Housing and Redevelopment Authority) which were issued to finance the new Pine County Courthouse. The CIP authorized the county to acquire the courthouse from the HRA by refinancing bonds at lower debt service costs. They added that in order to accomplish the refinancing, it is necessary to wait until the market allows this savings. Since interest rates have been lower in the recent past, and the five year “life” of the 2008 CIP is nearing an end, Ehlers recommends that the board go through the CIP process to allow another five years to take advantage of the law. Timber sale, land appraisal, roads The board also authorized the Land/Zoning Department to proceed with appraisal and sale preparations for 71 tracts of land comprising more than 2,100 acres of consolidated tax forfeited land. The board approved of the 2012-2016 road construction program. N.B. Sometimes you have to step ladder it from Point A to Point B. Two and half hours for a 120 miles ride is a bit long, but all Interstates do not hit every town anyways. There might be a slight chance of hitting a moose but not likely a Buffalo. Hopefully you get fixed up instead of being sent to the promise land. Couldn't Pass Up On This News Another crazy as it sounds story from the Pine City Pioneer. Burning Ban Lifted in Pine County? Photo by J.C. Shepard Jackpot Statue in front of the casino at Paxton, Minnesota.
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 536 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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The season finale of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the PBS television series that explores issues of race and identity through the genealogy of some of America’s best-known personalities, seeks to answer that question. Through the family histories of actors Michelle Rodriguez and Adrian Grenier, and Linda Chavez – an author, syndicated newspaper columnist and political analyst for FOX News — host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. investigates American identities that took shape long before the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth Rock.
Friday, 18 May 2012 | 622 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more


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