The London Stone

london stoneWe run to London, whether for business of pleasure, and we see the London Tower and Westminster Abbey and we are impressed. And well we should be, for we feel the centuries past roll into the present, and feel they will continue forever. All this is good but how many of us have visited the London Stone?

“And here, sitting upon London-stone, I charge and command that, of the city’s cost, the pissing-conduit run nothing but claret wine this first year of our reign. And now henceforward it shall be treason for any that calls me other than Lord Mortimer.”

Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part II, Act VI, Scene 6. London, Cannon Street

While the London Stone has been moved several times, it always seems to have been in the same stretch of Cannon Street opposite St Swithin’s church. No one really knows what it is but it seems to have been around since the beginnings of London. It has survived the Anglo Saxon invasion, the London fire of 1666, and the Nazi bombers of World War II. Some think it was a Roman mile market but no one really knows. Jack Cade, in the English revolution of 1450 is said to have sat on the London Stone while he proclaiming himself Lord Mayor of London and the eyeglass makers guide used to break faulty eyeglasses against it in the 1700’s. There are rumors that while the London Stone stands, so will London.

The next time you are in London, come see the London Stone. It has seen more history than just about everything else in London.

Normandy: A Father’s Ship and a Son’s Curiosity

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“Normandy: A Father’s Ship and a Son’s Curiosity”. This is the real story of a small U.S. Navy patrol craft which initially battled German U-boats and ultimately found its way to the Battle of Normandy on D-day. It also includes the story of its crew, ordinary people from all walks of life, asked to do a task they had never imagined and doing it well. It includes actual quotes from former crewmembers and their family. People don’t remember now how scary those times were.

Ivan Rodriquez’s Career with the Texas Rangers

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Texas entrepreneur Stacy Stine Cary has held leadership positions with a variety of businesses, ranging from Patland Oil Company to the parental rights organization Family Focus. In addition to her various professional and charitable activities, Stacy Cary spends time supporting local sports teams like the Texas Rangers.

Catcher Ivan Rodriguez leads all players in Texas Rangers franchise history with 49 wins above replacement (WAR), a sports metric used to denote how much value a player brings to his or her team compared to an average league player at the same position. Rodriguez signed with the Rangers as an amateur free agent in 1988. He made his team debut in 1991 as a 19-year-old and played the first 12 seasons of his career in Texas.

The power-hitting catcher quickly established himself as a reliable offensive player, hitting at or above .300 over the course of eight seasons. He finished the 2000 season batting .347, having hit 27 home runs and driven in 83 runs. Virtually all of Rodriguez’s personal bests came during his time with the Texas Rangers. He made 199 hits in 1999, including 35 home runs, both career highs. He also stole 25 bases that season, well above his career average of eight steals per 162 games. Rodriguez left the Rangers after the 2002 season, having been named to 10 All Star games in the preceding 12 years.

Potential Signs of Animal Abuse

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Potential Signs of Animal Abuse
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Stacy Stine Cary is a Texas-based entrepreneur and philanthropist. Stacy Cary is especially involved with Operation Kindness and other organizations that advocate for animal protection.

Any individual who sees an incident of animal abuse should report the occurrence to the local authorities and any nearby animal-rights organizations. However, sometimes a person may sense an animal is being abused without having witnessed an actual event. There are several signs that should tip a person off to potential abuse.

Physical signs of abuse are often the most obvious. An animal that has been physically abused may appear seriously underweight or have open and untreated wounds. Abused animals may also be very dirty, with matted coats and long nails. Similarly, any animals left outdoors should have access to food and water. A cat or dog left outside without either resource is likely either suffering from abuse or, at best, living with an uninformed owner.

Other signs of abuse may be less overt. For example, owners who leave their animals outdoors should use a fence or tie to make sure their animal does not wander away. However, abused animals may be tied down in a way that allows little to no movement. Other ties, such as chains and spiked collars, are generally considered abuse, regardless of how much movement they allow the animal.

Finally, odd animal behavior is a very common sign of animal abuse. Abused animals often avoid human contact and either hide or assume a submissive posture the moment a human comes near. In other situations, an animal may become severely hostile, regardless of a nearby human’s demeanor, especially if the animal has been involved in animal fighting.

The Perot Museum’s TECH Truck Brings Science to the Streets

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Perot Museum’s TECH Truck
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For over 20 years, Stacy Stine Cary was part owner of a family oil and gas exploration company that focused on drilling, and oil production. A multifaceted individual with an interest in science, Stacy Cary is a member of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

The Perot Museum, located in Victory Park near downtown Dallas, opened its doors in December of 2012. However, the museum has already been hailed by the Dallas Morning News as a “world of wonder.” Perot is on a mission to inspire young people to become the scientific leaders of tomorrow.

In fulfilling this mission, the museum launched a project called the TECH truck. Designed to take science to the streets, the TECH truck began operating last fall, initially delivering science lessons to North Texas neighborhoods.

With a second truck underway, the project aims to reach 22,000 students by the end of August. The project focuses on low-income neighborhoods, with trucks bringing science lessons to children who may not be able to afford to visit the Perot Museum.

Health Benefits of Organic Food

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Organic Food
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With nearly 30 years of cumulative experience in the real estate and oil and gas industries, Stacy Stine Cary is also an entrepreneur and founder of GeOasis, a company that imported and sold products made from nature. Along with her success in business, Stacy Cary managed a working ranch, where she learned to grow vegetables organically.

Organic food keeps rising in popularity, with the organic food industry experiencing approximately 30 percent growth in the past five years. This growth is largely due to campaigns run by advocates who do not want chemical pesticides and fertilizers to damage the environment.

Organic food supporters claim there are benefits to eating organically grown food. First, studies have shown that organic food has more antioxidants than nonorganic food. This is largely due to the absence of chemicals that may interact with nutrients in food.

Second, organic milk and meat are more beneficial to heart health. This can be partly attributed to higher levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) in animals that have been grazed in pastures. In short, organic food is thought to be healthier for people because it has no added chemicals that might negatively affect the human body.

Dallas Mavericks Sign Dorian Finney-Smith

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Dorian Finney-Smith
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Stacy Stine Cary is a former owner at Patland Oil, where her responsibilities included bookkeeping and landman work. She was mentored by her father and brother for over 20+ years in the oilfield. Outside of her career, Stacy Cary enjoys watching sports, particularly the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team.

The Mavericks recently signed free agent forward Dorian Finney-Smith. Unselected in the 2016 NBA draft, Finney-Smith is a welcome addition to the Mavericks’ roster as the team continues scouting for younger, faster, and more athletic rookies. Finney-Smith is expected to bring more versatility to the team.

A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, Finney-Smith entered college at Virginia Tech but eventually transferred to the University of Florida, where he played his final three collegiate seasons. He played 134 collegiate games and averaged 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game.

Finney-Smith’s 1,220 points playing for Florida rank him 36th in the school’s history. Moreover, he holds the distinction of being the first Florida player to score 1,000 points after transferring from another college.