Weekly Photo Challenge: States of Mind: in Awe of Nature

I love going to the mountains, God’s Big Construction Project (and also destruction project).  These mountains, in Zion National Park in Utah, used to be at the bottom of a big shallow sea.  Notice the many layers of rock, first deposited over millions of years, then thrust into the sky.

Cliff, Zion National Park
Cliff, Zion National Park


Proof Positive that Money Cannot Buy Votes

Proof Positive that Money Cannot Buy Votes

Democrats tend to say that they are interested in getting the money out of politics.  To this end, they have passed numerous campaign finance “reforms”, and when running for office they tend to disparage the influence of Super Pacs (except, of course, for their own) and big corporate donors. [Just don’t ask Hillary the Harpy about all those $500,000 speaking engagements for big investment banks]

This week, we saw the demise of the Jeb Bush campaign for the Republican nomination for president.  His campaign, and his “Right to Rise” Super Pac spent in the neighborhood of $23 Million, to secure the votes of primary voters in three states.  Funny, but all that money did NOT buy him victory!  Too bad all that evil money was wasted on a candidate who was, simply, NOT the choice of the Republican primary voter.  Most of us in the Republican Party “base” tend to prefer a real conservative, and Jeb was not.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

I’ve got this one covered.  My favorite season of the year is Autumn.  I got married in October of 2003, and I’m in that period of my life, and loving it. My husband and I went to Victoria, British Columbia for our honeymoon, since he had never been there before.  We took the Victoria Clipper from Seattle, and had Clipper Vacations do us a complete package.  We stayed at the Laurel Point Inn, toured Butchart Gardens, and had High Tea at the Empress Hotel.  And, of course, we walked all around the eminently-walkable Inner Harbour area of Victoria.  Every couple of years, we go back for a long weekend around our anniversary, and we always stay at the Laurel Point.  The photo below, taken in 2011, is the view from our room, of the beautiful pond with waterfall on the Laurel Point grounds, with the gorgeous fall colors.

Laurel Point Garden Pond


Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

I was finding this topic pretty difficult-how do you picture Time?  The original description over at The Daily Post cited Matt Haig’s “Reasons To Stay Alive”, and he states that a way to stop time is “Read”.  Aha!  On my trip to University of Cambridge, we went to the Library at Gonville & Caius College, and I pulled a random book from the the shelf.  This book was written and published in the year 1688!  Stop Time, indeed.

I just wished I had the time to sit and read this book.

1688 Library book