Friday, on the Santa Monica Pier at Sunset

Yeah, it's basically a cliche, isn't it?  Who hasn't seen pictures of a sunset off the famous Santa Monica Pier?  I first saw the attraction way back in 1999, on my first adult trip to the area.  I remembered how beautiful it was, and jumped at the chance to repeat the experience.  February can get …

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SoCal Interlude: Patterns

Over the weekend in California, my eye was caught by the many interesting patterns I saw in the hotel, and outside in nature.  Some were repeated, some not.  A guy at the hotel front desk told me that the carpet pattern in many places was the Golden Poppy, which is found in California. This pattern …

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A Trip to Southern California, First of Two Posts

This week, we went to Southern California for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar, the subject of which was Politics and Principles.  The venue was a nice Hilton Hotel  near the John Wayne Orange County Airport.  Over two days, we had a President's Club reception, a nice dinner, with remarks by Dr. Larry Arnn, the …

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R.I.P. Pat Caddell

Pat Caddell died yesterday from complications of a stroke.  He and his good nature will be missed. We met Mr. Caddell on the Hillsdale Cruise to Hawaii last summer.  For a guy who was a Democrat pollster for decades, he sounded surprisingly conservative in his lectures on the ship. We enjoyed his stories of political …

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Snow-Capped

I got out this afternoon with the camera.  There are a lot of plants and structures that are snow-capped. That Japanese Maple in the back yard sure looks funny with its tiny asymmetrical cap. Our neighborhood has a surfeit of dentists.  The office has some nice landscaping, all capped with snow this week. These concrete …

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Pacific Northwest Snowstorm-Updated

This is our back yard last Sunday. This is the parking lot at work Monday. This is right out my front door about a half-hour ago.  We love standing at our kitchen window and watching the birds at our two feeders (seed and suet).  The cat likes watching them, too.  We will get 4-6 inches …

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The Senior Senator from my State Advocates Infanticide.

A big story today covers the proposal in the Senate by Senator Ben Sasse proposed a bill offering protection for a live baby who survives a botched abortion (just thinking about that in itself is horrible-that a last-second "abortion" could "fail" and leave the baby alive).  Senator Sasse proposed to pass this bill by acclamation-who …

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