Sigh…Final Photo Challenge…All-time Favorites

I am SO sad that the Photo Challenge by the editors at WordPress is ending.  It gave me something to look forward to each week, and a reason to mine my photos for just the right picture. And it’s so difficult to find the all-time favorite.  But, since it has to be done, I did it.  One of my posts that attracted the most attention and approval was “Easy Being Green” in March of 2017.  My garden photos met with more “likes” than I normally get.  Here’s what I think was the most striking photo of the ones I posted then.

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Walls of Garden, Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C.

I’m a terrible gardener, but I love gardens.  And so, we bid a fond farewell to the Photo Challenge, but there’s no reason why we WordPress bloggers can’t continue to post photos, on whatever topic we please.  Keep shooting!

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By Permission of a Ricochet friend, “Progressive Thought”

By Permission of a Ricochet friend, “Progressive Thought”

Gender is a social construct; there are no differences between the sexes. All men are bad.

Race is a social construct; there are no differences between the races. All white people are bad.

No culture is better than another. Western Civilization is bad.

Diversity of skin color is good. Diversity of thought is bad.

Religion leads to conflict and war. Islam is the religion of peace.

An especially harsh winter in one part of the globe does not disprove global warming. A single extreme weather event proves it.

Marriage is oppression. Opposing same-sex marriage is oppression.

Segregation is bad. Black college dorms and black graduation ceremonies are good.

“White flight” from inner-cities is bad. White migration to inner-cities (aka “gentrification”) is bad.

Diversity strengthens us by bringing in different viewpoints. Adopting diverse viewpoints is “cultural appropriation.”

The Constitution is a living document. The Supreme Court’s “Roe v Wade” decision is carved in stone.

Raising the cost of cigarettes will discourage people from smoking. Raising the cost of employing workers will not discourage businesses from hiring.

Slavery – an economic system in which people can arbitrarily demand others’ time, labor, and produce – is bad. Social Justice – a philosophy that holds that “the oppressed” can arbitrarily demand others’ time, labor, and produce – is good.

Monopoly by corporations – which must satisfy their customers to survive – is bad. Monopoly by government – which can use deadly force to survive – is good.

There are no absolute truths. Absolutely.

And that is only the Original Post over at Ricochet.com.  Behind a paywall, so here is a selection of the additional Member Comments.

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There are no s***hole countries. It’s cruel to send illegal aliens undocumented immigrants home because their countries are s***holes.

Government should get out of our bedrooms. Government must pay for our birth control.

Whites are evil, Western Civilization is evil, corporations are evil, police officers are evil, the right is evil. Conservatives are so judgmental.

A house a block from my apartment has two signs in the front window. One reads “Hate has No Home Here.” The other reads “Impeach Trump.”

Strange Beauty-Twisted, yet Supporting Life

A couple of miles south of my house, next to a Les Schwab Tire Center, is a small wetland, populated by mostly dead trees.  I have always wondered what that piece of property started out as, and how it got to be the way it is now.  Last week, I took my camera and got a bunch of pictures of the beautiful, twisted, dead trees, their roots and lower trunks submerged in water.  Were they already dead, or did a flood drown them?

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But look, there is green, living moss, growing on those twisted, dead tree trunks and branches.  It looks like Nature hasn’t quite given up on these dead trees yet.

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Photo Challenge: Liquid

I practically live surrounded by water.  Last week I shared a picture of the lake just south of my house.  Puget Sound is just a few miles to the west, and Lake Washington is to the East and South.  Back in 2016, we went on a cruise to Alaska, and I posted numerous photos of the various waters we traversed.  My favorite part of a cruise has always been relaxing on my verandah, just watching and listening to the water go by.  There is no better form of relaxation.  And this summer, we will be going on a two-week cruise, round trip to Hawaii from San Francisco.  I promise to to a big post when we get back.

But I always keep coming back to this particular photo that I took on the Crystal Serenity in 2016.  This is the water in one of the two swimming pools on board.  It just says “relaxing” to me.

Shiny water-like silk

The water resembles liquid silk.

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Part Two: Welcome to 21st-Century Seattle

Part Two: Welcome to 21st-Century Seattle

Just when you think it can’t get any weirder, it gets weirder.  Welcome to the city that values homeless people who contribute little to society except dirty needles, trash, and feces on the street; more than it values the companies who provide high-wage jobs to thousands of its tax-paying citizens.

The city council passed the “Amazon Tax” (socialist council-person Kshama Sawant’s own words), at a somewhat lower rate than they had been discussing.  This tax will affect not only Amazon, but hundreds of other businesses that call Seattle home, like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Alaska Airlines, Bartell Drugs, and more.  The reaction from those companies has been understandably negative.

I had to drive downtown today to visit family, and the James Street exit from I-5 is a mass of homeless tents and piles of trash.  I was appalled!  Just today, there is a news story about a homeless man raping a woman in a car dealer’s restroom.

And the city has noted that, even if the tax does bring in some money, those homeless people are NOT required to accept help!!  So the city can hire all those expensive social workers, and their salaries will be partly wasted on people who prefer to live on the streets (at YOUR expense).  Oh, and those social workers will be drawing nice salaries and pensions, paid for by the long-suffering taxpayers of Seattle.

I try to stay out of Seattle as much as I can, and this is why.  The city is getting totally disgusting, punishing the golden-goose companies who make it a place people want to live, and rewarding street bums.  The people who run Seattle should be forced to live where they work, and walk down the trash-filled streets every single day, to see the results of their misguided policies.  Personally, I hope Amazon picks up and leaves the city-what do you think Seattle will do with empty Amazon Spheres when Amazon is gone?  I hope Bartell Drug closes all their Seattle stores, and Russell Investments goes back to Tacoma where the business conditions are friendlier.

Oh, and here’s another choice Seattle story.  It seems that the socialists of Seattle vowed to move all their business away from Wells Fargo Bank, due to all the recent bad news there.  So they prepared a bid package and sent it out to all the local big banks, asking who wanted to take over Seattle’s banking business.  And what do you think they received in return? A big, fat ZERO!  It seems that NO big bank wanted to have Seattle’s bank accounts!  That just made me laugh out loud!  So now, Seattle has to go crawling back to Wells Fargo, saying “Never mind, we’ll stay”!  Serves them right.  Thanks to ShiftWA for that choice story.

A Post for Jerusalem Day

A Post for Jerusalem Day

And what is “Jerusalem Day“, you ask?  It is a holiday in the State of Israel, celebrating the 51st anniversary of the Jewish Liberation of Jerusalem, uniting it as one city, the GREATEST City, in the State of Israel.  And our President Donald Trump has given the Jewish people of Israel another great gift this year-the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, deciding to finally move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In 2007, my husband and I went on a trip to Israel with Michael Medved and his family, where we toured most of the country.  Aside from the very hot weather in July, the trip was wonderful, and very enlightening.  Here are some of the pictures I took on that trip.

 

Wailing Wall

The Western (or Wailing) Wall, a remnant of the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE.

Armenian Quarter

A street in the Armenian Quarter of Old City Jerusalem.  There are many of these back streets, not normally visited by tourists, that really have character.

Old City view

The view from the Old City Wall.  Can you see the cat?

Jaffa Gate

The Jaffa Gate.

Jerusalem from Hotel

The view from our hotel room.

And here are a couple of pictures from other places we visited in Israel.

Painted Door, Safed
Painted Door, Safed, Israel

Just looking at this painted garage door in Safed makes me smile.  It’s a Klezmer band.

Walls, Masada
Walls and room, Masada, Israel

We spent an afternoon walking through the ruins at Masada, where a band of Jewish fighters and their families committed suicide rather than be conquered by the Romans.  All through our existence, over 4,000 years, we Jews have had to fight for our freedom-for our very existence.

This Jerusalem Day celebrates a huge victory for Jewish Freedom.

**But this victory will not be final until the Muslims are forced to relinquish their immoral control over the Temple Mount.  This was a major error, and needs to be rectified now, and not later.

My Little Corner of the World-Photo Challenge

I was born and raised, and still live, in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, 20 miles north of the People’s Republic (?) of Seattle.  These photos were all taken within a 60-mile radius of home.

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Silver Lake, about two miles south of my house in Everett.

Tranquil bench, Seattle Japanese Garden
Leafy glade with bench, Seattle Japanese Garden
More driftwood at Dungeness
Driftwood on the beach at Dungeness Spit

I don’t think there’s any more beautiful place in the world to live.  This is my place, where I belong.

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