Weekly Photo Challenge…Admiration for a Thing of Beauty

I have always admired my violin, which I bought from its maker in 1987, when it was nearly brand new.  David VanZandt lives in Seattle, and every once in awhile I take my beautiful violin home to "Daddy" for him to touch up the varnish and do any needed adjustments.  I found that, once I …

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Weekly Photo Challenge…A Most Extraordinary Dinner

In May of 2013, I organized my first Seattle Ricochet Meetup, a physical meeting of Ricochet members, around a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar held in Seattle.  Ricochet members are always up for a meeting, and many Seattle members support Hillsdale College.  I posted an invitation on the Member Feed, and asked for advance notice …

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Conquering my revulsion

For most of my life, I have had a revulsion reaction to people whose bodies are deformed, or whose behaviors are offensive in public.  I believe this revulsion is probably hard-wired into human beings from prehistory, as a survival characteristic (others whose looks or behaviors are not "civilized" might be foes); so I'm betting that …

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Weekly Photo Challenge…Landscape

My first thought was...this is way too easy!  Landscapes are a large proportion of the photos I take.  So, it was difficult to pick one that's my favorite.  I figured I'd stay close to home.  I have always been very fond of the "shrub-steppe" terrain found in Central Washington State.  The road that goes south …

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