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Times They Are A-Changing

Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral Updates: The World Mourns | Vanity Fair

By Vanity Fair, Updated 6 hours ago, 09:44 AM

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On Monday, Queen Elizabeth was laid to rest following her state funeral which was attended by fellow royals, international dignitaries, and heads of state. The 96-year-old monarch, who served the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for more than seven decades, died on Thursday, September 8, at her beloved Scottish estate, Balmoral.

Since last Wednesday, thousands of mourners have visited Westminster Hall, where the queen lay in state until Monday’s funeral procession. The queen’s coffin was transported by the State Gun Carriage to Westminster Abbey, where the state funeral service was performed by the Dean of Westminster. Toward the end of the service, there was a national observance of two minutes of silence to honor Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, before a procession brought her coffin through Wellington Arch and to its final destination of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. It was there that a second service was conducted by the Dean of Windsor before a private burial for the royal family to attend.

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She was laid to rest in the King George VI Memorial Chapel alongside her late father, mother, sister, and husband, Prince Philip. Married for more than 73 years, it was both the queen and Prince Philip’s wish that they be buried together. Philip died in April 2021 at the age of 99. 

During the funeral, King Charles led the processions of the coffin and was joined by the queen’s other children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. Her grandchildren Prince William, Prince Harry, and Peter Philips also participated in the procession, as well as the queen’s cousin Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester; her nephew David Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon; and Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence; among other trusted members of the queen’s household.

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Source: https://www.vanityfair.com/live/queen-elizabeth-live-funeral-coverage

American boys and men are suffering — and our culture doesn’t know how to talk about it | Salon.com

Author Richard Reeves explains why he thinks terms like “toxic masculinity” are “profoundly unhelpful”

By Mary Elizabeth Williams, Senior Writer, Published September 16th, 2022, 4:00PM (EDT)

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Our men and boys are in trouble. In the U.S., nearly four times more likely than women to die by suicide. They have more emergency department visits and deaths due to overdoses.

They are less likely to receive treatment for mental health issues. They have a lower rate of participation in the workforce. They are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and autism. They are more likely than females to drop out of high school, and the ones who do go on to college are less likely than their female peers to graduate. They are barraged with constant and conflicting messages about what it means to be a man, and the consequences of failing to live up to other people’s ideas about modern masculinity can be severe. And all of this is difficult to talk about because the simultaneous culture of misogyny and the war on women’s rights is so intense, it has created a zero sum game expectation around our basic humanity.

But acknowledging the crisis in males takes nothing from the ground women are fighting to gain. And accepting that gender is only one element in a social strata that is also incredibly unbalanced around race and class is the only useful way forward for all of us.

In his provocative new book “Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It,” Brookings Institution senior fellow Richard V. Reeves peels back the misconceptions that are holding back meaningful gender equity, shows how both liberals and conservatives have made existing divides even worse, and offers simple, practical solutions for a brighter, more balanced future for all of us and our kids.

Source: https://www.salon.com/2022/09/16/american-boys-and-men-are-suffering-and-our-culture-doesnt-know-how-to-talk-about-it/

Best time to see fall colors in NC: Boone, Asheville fall colors | WRAL.com

Looking at fall colors in NC, temperature impacts can vary the colors we see on trees.


Posted 8:13 a.m. 9/14/2022 — Updated 11:48 a.m. 9/14/2022

From article…

There are signs fall colors in NC will soon arrive. From crisp morning temperatures in the 50s to cinnamon sticks in the front of local grocery stores, we are gearing up for a season known for admirable temperatures.

However, on average, fall temperatures have gone up by 2.7 degrees across the United States since 1970, according to data from Climate Central. A hotter than normal fall day could lead to changes in when we see leaves change colors.

Between 1970 and 2021, we have seen an average of 10 warmer fall days in Raleigh. In Asheville, we have seen five warmer fall days.

Source: https://www.wral.com/best-time-to-see-fall-colors-in-nc-boone-asheville-fall-colors/20465156/

Some of the most popular Used Cars, Including the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, are now worth up to $6,000 more than if they were brand new | Yahoo! News | Insider

By Tim Levin, Mon, September 12, 2022 at 10:04 AM·2 min read

  • Used car prices are still abnormally high as inflation impacts nearly every realm of American life.
  • Some of the most popular vehicles in the US cost more to buy lightly used than their brand-new prices.
  • A lightly used Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, or Nissan Rogue costs thousands more than those models’ 2022 retail price, according to a new study.

Between astronomical prices and few vehicles to choose from on dealer lots, the last year or so has been perhaps the worst time to buy a car in history.

And don’t think settling for a secondhand vehicle will insulate you from the challenging landscape and eye-watering costs. In “normal times,” buying used was the thrifty option; now some used models are selling for thousands above the suggested retail price for their brand-new counterparts, according to an August study from the car insurance savings app Jerry.

Source: https://news.yahoo.com/most-popular-used-cars-including-170422076.html

The Art of the Book | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

September 12, 2022 by Kristi Finefield

Quanting the marsh hay, Norfolk Broads, England. Photo by P.H. Emerson, 1886. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g02278

Join curators Adam Silvia and Sara Duke as they highlight photographically illustrated books as well as graphic illustrations for books in the Prints & Photographs Division collections in two upcoming virtual presentations. Read on for a preview of some of the images and volumes they will share.

Photographically illustrated books, some dating all the way back to the 1840s, contain actual photographic prints mounted to the pages. Hand-crafted and rare, they explore a wide variety of subjects,

In the 1886 volume Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads, photos such as this one, Quanting the Marsh Hay, Norfolk, England, show residents at work, moving hay down the waterway. A quant is the long pole used to propel the boats.

Source: https://blogs.loc.gov/picturethis/2022/09/the-art-of-the-book/