Sam Harrelson

Pregnancy Photos

Anna and I had our formal pregnancy photos made by the incredible Keri Beth Livingston.  If you live in Asheville and need a quality photographer, she’s your person.

Our photos are all up on my Flickr account, so head over there to see the entire series.

New Blog Theme

New theme… what do you think?

I rather like it (alot).

Sam Harrelson

Won’t My Moleskine Please Come Home?

I realized too late that I had left my latest Moleksine notebook on a flight from Charlotte, NC to Dallas, TX.

I’m praying some kind soul finds the notebook and sends it home or calls me (via the info I put on the first page).

That would restore my faith in humanity.  Please work. 


“Thanks For the Support” by Roy Zimmerman


Visiting Dura Europos

I look forward to visiting Dura Europos myself one day.  Here’s a fun travel-logue by a traveler: 

Dura Europos was certainly the most attractive archaeological site I visited in Syria. A ruined citadel sits atop a ridge overlooking the river and a large city wall that is still defined in several places bounds the entire site. Numerous temple remains dot the site but virtually nothing remains of any of them, with the notable exception of the Christian church, which I was able to find. This is rather exciting because it is the oldest church of certain date in the world. Overall, the site is really quite impressive, and aesthetically, it was my favourite ancient site in Syria.

nathanaels: The Desert, the Euphrates, and Mesopotamia

Hard Day’s Night

I’ve been working like a dog lately (mostly on ReveNews).

Looking forward to things calming down next week so that I can enjoy life again on a full night’s rest.

xkcd – A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language – By Randall Munroe

iPod Touch


iPod touch first hands-on – Engadget

Reasons to Love Asheville

Sidewalk existentialism (or nihilism? or optimism?) from the great Ashevegas blog.

Socrates would be in Asheville if he were still around.

Ashvegas – Journal – Good question

Chupacabra Found??

Chupacabras are a popular part of the (fascinating) cryptozoology scene.  This looks more like a coyote or feral dog to me, but I’m no expert…

But the roadkill she found last month outside her ranch was a new one even for her, worth putting in a freezer hidden from curious onlookers: Canion believes she may have the head of the mythical, bloodsucking chupacabra.

Has a Mythical Beast Turned Up in Texas? – AOL News

Money Means More than Our Nation’s Health to Some Republicans

Thanks, Bush… 

In an attempt to raise the nation’s historically low rate of breast-feeding, federal health officials commissioned an attention-grabbing advertising campaign a few years ago to convince mothers that their babies faced real health risks if they did not breast-feed. It featured striking photos of insulin syringes and asthma inhalers topped with rubber nipples.

Plans to run these blunt ads infuriated the politically powerful infant formula industry, which hired a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a former top regulatory official to lobby the Health and Human Services Department. Not long afterward, department political appointees toned down the campaign.

The formula industry’s intervention — which did not block the ads but helped change their content — is being scrutinized by Congress in the wake of last month’s testimony by former surgeon general Richard H. Carmona that the Bush administration repeatedly allowed political considerations to interfere with his efforts to promote public health.

HHS Toned Down Breast-Feeding Ads –