The only thing we can depend on is change. Life is just a series of moments - a string of pearls that make up the necklace of your life and so every once in awhile, to complete the circle, you need to end a chapter.
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Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history
December 5, 2013
It was an unprecedented headline in Iceland this week — a man shot to death by police.
"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.
It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don’t even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
In fact, Iceland isn’t anti-gun. In terms of per-capita gun ownership, Iceland ranks 15th in the world. Still, this incident was so rare that neighbors of the man shot were comparing the shooting to a scene from an American film.
The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, “because no one wants to take another person’s life. “
There are still a number of questions to be answered, including why police didn’t first try to negotiate with man before entering his building.
"A part of the great thing of living in this country is that you can enter parliament and the only thing they ask you to do is to turn off your cellphone, so you don’t disturb the parliamentarians while they’re talking. We do not have armed guards following our prime minister or president. That’s a part of the great thing of living in a peaceful society. We do not want to change that. "
The roads leading into PETALUMA (Ind., beautiful view)…which calls itself “The World’s Egg Basket” and has been called “Chickaluma” are often clogged by trucks heavily loaded with crates of eggs and white leghorns. … Although the Mexican colony here dated from 1833 and the Yankee settlement from 1852, Petaluma rose to prominence only with the founding of its major commercial activity by a young Canadian, Lyman Ryce, who decided in 1878 that the region was adapted to poultry raising and sent to Canada for some white leghorns.
—California, A Guide To the Golden State (WPA, 1939)
My hometown of Petaluma, California is known for many things; the annual Butter & Eggs Day Parade, the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, the tragic 1993 murder of Polly Klaas, the Phoenix Theater where Sublime played their very last show, the artists and crafts people. Its location— nestled between the upscale vineyards of Napa Valley and the gray rocky coasts of Bodega Bay—makes it an ideal location for agriculture, and to this day there are still many nationally-loved dairies, creameries, breweries, and farms producing delicious, organic goods.
Last time I was in town I noticed something new in the windows of a grand old bank building: “Save $$ Invest in Your Garden.” It turns out Petaluma is now also home to a large seed bank, filled with 1,400 varieties of non-GMO heirloom seeds, some very rare. The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Bank is interesting even for non-gardeners such as myself to visit, and the concept of a commercial seed bank is one worth spreading. It’s this agricultural history and local love for real-deal food that make Petaluma an interesting place to visit if you are ever north of San Francisco.
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New York City Guide Lydia White was born on the 4th of July and has been an independent spirit ever since. She spends her free time exploring what NYC and the surrounding areas have to offer. White has been photographing interesting people and unusual landscapes for nearly a decade. Follow her on Tumblr at lydia makes pictures or on her website, LydiaWhitePhotography.com.