Photo Challenge…Earth

I admit it.  I’m a Pacific Northwest Chauvinist.  I believe that I live in one of the most beautiful places in the USA.  We are never more than 2 hours from the ocean, or the mountains, here in Western Washington.  Here are some of my favorite, beautiful, places in my corner of the Earth.

 

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Mount Rainier, and Puget Sound
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Liberty Bell Mountain, in the North Cascades
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Winding Road-Eastern Washington State

It’s a ringer!  I have always loved the shrub-steppe terrain just east of the Cascades, along the Columbia River.  This kind of landscape was carved by receding glaciers, around 10,000 years ago.  All of Washington State was buried under hundreds of feet of ice!

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Tulip Fields near Mount Vernon, WA

Deception Falls, looking downstream

Above is Deception Falls, which runs under US Highway 2, west of Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains.

Earth Day is a big fat hoax.  Human beings are NOT “destroying” the planet.  Human beings are not a blot on the environment; they were put here by God to be Earth’s stewards and its masters.  Instead of feeling guilty about having been born, celebrate “Earth Day” tomorrow by getting outdoors.  Take a walk or a ride through the streets or fields of your town, and thank God that we live on such a beautiful, bountiful planet.

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No Kidding…The SJW* Haggadah

No Kidding…The SJW* Haggadah

My followers will know that I am Jewish.  Each year, my husband and I go to my sister’s house for Passover, and there are often over 12 people there.   The “regular” Haggadah my sister normally uses dates from the early 1980s, and she thought she’d bring our Seder into the 21st Century this year. Now, my sister and her family are standard, Reform-Jewish Liberals, with all the usual proclivities. But this year, she went too far. You know you’ve got a problem when the title on the first page is

“Next Year in a Just World”.

Here is the first paragraph, under the heading “Candle Lighting”.

As we light the candles and welcome the glow of Passover into our homes, we pray that all those suffering around the world find light in the darkness. We pray that our experience tonight helps us to ignite the spark of justice within each of us.

What does that even mean? How does that have anything to do with Passover? Spark of justice??

Here are some really choice phrases found in this Internet, Liberal, Guilt-inducing, Diversity-spouting, “Haggadah”:

We praise God, Ruler of Everything

May this first cup of wine rouse each of us to the injustice that persists in our world today.

May we recognize our own capacity to make a difference and commit ourselves to building a better world.

When we dip the Karpas into the salt water, we see the tears of all who suffer injustice, mingling with our hopes for life, rebirth and new possibilities for justice.

The matzah enables us to imagine what it was like to have only poor bread to eat, to be denied our right (emphasis mine) to live free and healthy lives.

Let all people have access to sustenance.

On most other nights, we allow the news of tragedy in distant places to pass us by. We succumb to compassion fatigue–aware that we cannot possibly respond to every injustice that arises around the world.

When spilling wine from our glasses to mourn the Egyptians‘ suffering during the ten plagues, let us pledge to aid those who suffer from modern afflictions–from HIV/AIDS to Ebola

Under the heading The Four Children:

What does the activist child ask?

The heading The Ten Plagues

They have us mourning the suffering of the Egyptians.

…let us turn our hearts toward the millions of people around the world suffering today’s plagues of hatred, prejudice, baseless violence and war… We protest the proliferation of violence…

We must fight for the rights of women, girls, and LGBT people until true equality is achieved.

At that point, even my nephew and my homosexual niece and her girlfriend were laughing so hard, no one could continue. We usually take turns reading portions of the Seder, but this year many of us said “Do I really have to read this?” And, in the end, my sister agreed that this was just a bit too much, even for them! She has already said they’re going back to the old one next year. Maybe I’ll try to find her something a little more traditional, but more up-to-date. Any suggestions from Jewish followers, or visitors to my blog, will be welcome.

This has been cross-posted on the Member Feed over at Ricochet.com.

*For those of you who might not be familiar with the acronym SJW, it means Social Justice Warrior.  They are those liberal “crusaders” for Social Justice, whatever that means.

Surprise! What IS that on my plate?

Unlike many younger people these days, I don’t normally take pictures of my food when eating out, or post them on social media (I am not on Facebook or Twitter anyway).  But this time, on our cruise to Alaska last summer, I just had to capture this.  It was the final night of the cruise, and dinner was especially fancy.  I ordered the duck, and this is what was placed on the beautiful table in front of me.

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The food actually looked too pretty to eat!  So, what do you think that item is at the edge of the plate, at what pilots call the “twelve o’clock” position?  I turned the plate around twice before sampling it, but I had no clue until I took a bite.  It was potatoes!  I likened it to a bit of hash-browns, cleverly formed into a shape like a pear.  It was very good, and I know that this will be one of the most memorable meals I’ll ever have.

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68 Years Ago Today…

On April 13, 1949, a huge 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit the Seattle area.  Buildings in the downtown areas of Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia were badly damaged.  The owner of this car probably wasn’t able to drive it home that day!

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Structures in areas of the cities built on fill were totally destroyed, and streets crumbled when the ground shifted under them.

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This has meaning for me, because on that day, my mother was 9 months pregnant with me, and overdue by two weeks.  She got in the car and drove downtown to go shopping, and my dad was frantic, since she didn’t tell him she was going.  Well, when that earthquake hit, she was standing on Third Avenue, looking in the window of the Bon Marche Department Store.  The plate-glass window fell…inward, away from her, and she was unhurt.  Three days later…Ta Dah!!  I made my appearance.

I always like to say that it took a 7.1-magnitude earthquake to shake me loose!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge…Dense

Where I live, in a small city, the housing is mostly single-family homes with yards.  Even the downtown area isn’t very dense.

Then, there’s New York City, which has to be the epitome of “dense”.  In Manhattan, the buildings are built cheek-by-jowl, and many buildings are very high.  The majority of residents of Manhattan live in multi-story apartment buildings, with elevators and doormen.  Here are a couple of views of New York City, showing all the tall buildings, built right next to one another.  Dense, indeed!

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Tall ship, West Side

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New Header Photo for Spring

Daffodil field in the Skagit Valley, around Mount Vernon, Washington.  Note the gray skies-it was raining, and we found many flooded fields.  The Tulip Festival runs through April, and if Sunday was any indication, the tulips will be late this year.  The Skagit Valley has some of the most fertile soil in our state, and is the second-largest supplier of flower bulbs in the world, after Holland.

Easy Being Green…Gardens I’ve Seen

I hate green.  Green is my least favorite color, at least in clothing and accessories and household goods.  I don’t wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day, or any other day, for that matter.  And I’m the opposite of an “environmental wacko”, since I don’t believe that humans are a blot on the landscape, or destroying the planet, or any of that stuff; “green energy”, “green buildings”, of no importance to me.

However, I’m quite fond of green landscapes.  When I visited Britain in 1984 for the first time, I was totally blown away by the green fields demarcated by hedgerows and low stone walls.  I was fascinated by the beautiful landscapes in the Highlands of Scotland.  My readers will have seen dozens of the pictures I took of the area around Cambridge, which is the most beautiful place in the world.  I’m a rotten gardener, but I have visited many beautiful gardens in my travels.  Here are some.

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Walls of Garden, Butchart Gardens, British Columbia
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Formal Garden, Oxburgh Hall
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Formal Garden, Oxburgh Hall, UK
Forest of Cacti!
Forest of Cacti, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Tranquil bench, Seattle Japanese Garden
Leafy glade with bench, Seattle Japanese Garden

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And, finally, my own back yard!

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