94/365 Helle-bored… by NikkiNakkiNoo365 on Flickr.
Hellebore or commonly known as hellebores is part of the Helleborus genus. In medicine there were two kinds of hellebore used – black hellebore and white hellebore. White Hellebore is highly toxic as it contains veratrine and teratogens cyclopamine and jervine, it is also believed to be the hellebore used by Hippocrates as a purgative.
The ancients in paralysis, gout and in insanity used Black Hellebore but it is toxic and can cause tinnitus, vertigo, stupor, thirst, a feeling of suffocation, swelling of the tongue and throat. Vomiting as well as a slower heart rate, which can result in collapse and death from cardiac arrest.
Beers Books in Sacramento is named after Mrs. Nellie Beer, in case you were wondering. Their 13-year-old store cat Raffles was adopted from a shelter in 2002 and is referred to as “the world’s best bookstore cat”. She hosts the Beers Books Facebook page, where she has many fans. Raffles was named one of Sacramento’s “Essential Midtown Characters”, the only non-human to make the list. Image by Flickr user Kent Kanouse.
Billy Stinson comforts his daughter, Erin Stinson, as they sit on the steps where their cottage once stood in Nags Head, North Carolina, after it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011. Built in 1903, the cottage was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. “We were pretending, just for a moment, that the cottage was still behind us and we were just sitting there watching the sunset,” said Erin afterward.
Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs
“We behold a picture containing content that no longer exists, created by a photographer no longer alive. And yet the picture’s latent reality miraculously rises from its surface, existing for us in the present as an accurate likeness of the past. Holding a snapshot or glossy 8 x 10 railroad photograph in my hands, then, and contemplating the circumstances surrounding its production, producer, and place in time is still a magical experience, even after a decade of avid collecting.”
—Jeff Brouws, from the introduction to Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs
The New York Times has more on Brouws and his collection of amateur railroad photographs: "A Collector of Railroad Photographs Uses Them to Track the Past"
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