Urban fairies and their little doors around town…

In the little American town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, exists a secret world that very few people are aware of. -fairy-clipart-1If you look carefully around town, you’ll notice itty bitty doors placed on the side of buildings. They are urban fairy houses…

Jonathan B. Wright, children’s books author, started creating little fairy doors in his home in 1993 for his own children (two daughters). Then in 2005, the first little door appeared in a public place in his city, and many others followed.

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They can be on the side of a real-size door, in a side street, inside a shop, on any place really (a restaurant, a school, a public library…). Sometimes they are outside, right in the middle of a wall, and sometimes you stumble upon them as you are looking up a fairytale book in the town library!

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If you walk around this town you may pass them by without noticing them.

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Some people have installed a fairy house door in their own home or garden. We don’t know if any fairies have set up houses there…

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You can use this link to find out more about Jonathan Wright and the fairy doors of Ann Arbor:

http://urban-fairies.com/locationspages/

Deer crossing Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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SAUSALITO , California. — Two northbound deer briefly stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge Friday night as they made a run for the hills of Marin County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The deer, reported at 5:24 p.m., appear to have entered the bridge from the south.

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The two deer brought traffic to a halt in three lanes of traffic.

Drivers appeared to have slowed behind the animals, leaving the lanes clear in front of them.

“They pretty much created their own traffic break,” police officer Barclay said, noting that northbound traffic tends to be backed up and slower around 5:30 p.m. anyway.

“That could be what saved the deer from getting hurt,” he added. “If it was lighter traffic the cars would have been moving faster.”

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Barack Obama visits Stonehenge in England

Barack Obama in Stonehenge visit on return from NATO summit – BBC News

President Obama at Stonehenge The President made an unannounced visit to Stonehenge on his journey back to Washington

US President Barack Obama paid a visit to Stonehenge on his return home from the NATO summit in Newport.

The White House said that the presidential helicopter Marine One made an unannounced stop at Boscombe Down Airbase, Wiltshire before his motorcade drove to the ancient monument.

The president was then given a guided tour by curator Heather Sebire.

English Heritage, which manages the site, said it was “an honour” to host the president.

General manager of Stonehenge, Kate Davies said: “His office told us the president was very interested to see the iconic monument for himself.

“Every day people from all over the world make the trip to the ancient stones but this visit was a particularly special one.”

Ms Sebire said Mr Obama “was fascinated by the story of the stones, what we know about them and the mysteries that have yet to be solved.

“He described the atmosphere around the stones as ‘really special’ and his visit to Stonehenge as ‘a highlight of my tour’.

“It was a beautiful still evening and it was a privilege to show the US president around this unique monument which continues to inspire and intrigue people.”

4th of July fruit kabobs

What You’ll Need…

  • Variety of your favorite fruits. (I like to use fresh strawberries, cherries, red seedless grapes and blueberries. If you grow berries in your yard, this can be yet another tasty way to put them to use!)
  • Marshmallows.

What You’ll Make… 4th of July Fruit Kabobs!

Simply alternate fruit and marshmallows in fun patterns, and voila!

Fruit Kabobs are fun, festive, and taste absolutely delicious!

Both the kids & adults will be sure to love these tasty 4th of July treats!!

70 years later, 93 year old paratrooper jumps again in Normandy!

This paratrooper was 23 when he jumped over Normandy for D-Day 70 years ago…

Today he relived his part in this historic moment when he did his last jump over the same Normandy ground.

Hear about it and watch his jump here:

video -> 70 years later, D-Day paratrooper jumps again / National News.

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Obama pays tribute to D-Day veterans in Normandy

President Barack Obama paid poetic tribute to the men who breached “Hitler’s Wall” and stormed ashore to liberate Europe on D-Day, at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer.

Mr Obama said: “Fresh faced G.I.s rubbed trinkets, kissed pictures of sweethearts, checked and re-checked their equipment. ‘God,’ asked one, ‘Give me guts.’

“And in the pre-dawn hours, planes rumbled down runways, riders and paratroopers slipped through the sky, giant screws began to turn on an Armada that looked more like ships than sea. And more than 150,000 souls set off towards this tiny sliver of sand upon which hung more than the fate of a war, but rather the course of human history.

He added: “I am honoured to return here today to pay tribute to the men and women of a generation who defied every danger, among them are veterans of D-Day, and gentlemen we are truly humbled by your presence here today.”

Video: Obama pays moving tribute to D-Day veterans – Telegraph.

Author Maya Angelou died today

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Maya Angelou, civil rights activist who inspired millions of Americans with her moving memoirs and works of fiction, is dead at 86. She had fought for equal right for Black people in the USA. Her books are world famous.

Her son Gary B. Johnson, her only child, issued a statement about the author’s death: ‘She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.’

President Barack Obama revealed that his sister had been named as a tribute to Maya Angelou. President Obama presented her with the Medal of Courage in 2010.

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/Maya-Angelou-dead>

Muslim Hipsters show a new face of headscarves to the tune of a J-Zay song

Late last month, Rattani and a group of Mipsterz (= Muslim hipsters) released a video to the tune of the Jay-Z song “Somewhere in America” .

The video shows diverse Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab, or head covering, and do so with individual style. The women are also seen doing quirky, random things like skateboarding, walking around a forest, and other hipster-esque escapades.

These women are lawyers, doctors, athletes, mothers, shoppers, but above all they are powerful Muslim American women… and they are hipsters!

The video has sparked huge amounts of commentary, both positive and negative.

Click on the link to view the video:

Muslim Hipsters Turn A Joke Into A Serious Conversation : Code Switch : NPR.