Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair-Back after two years off

Every year, the last weekend in July is the Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair.  For 2020 and 2021, the fair was not held, due to the onerous Covid restrictions by the Dictator of Washington State.  The Fair was back this year, and just as wonderful as always.  Sponsored by the Bellevue Arts Museum, parts of …

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Book Report: “Marching Along”, by John Philip Sousa

I just finished reading my first-edition, first-impression copy of John Philip Sousa’s autobiography.  It was published in 1928 by Hale, Cushman, and Flint of Boston.  Its subtitle is Recollections of Men, Women, and Music.  The book itself is in very good shape, for nearly 100 years old.  Its paper is a bit fragile and yellowed, …

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Everybody has to start somewhere

I have a friend who just started his own WordPress blog, and in a comment on his new site, I told him that everybody has to start somewhere.  Which is true.  We should cut new bloggers, new students, and new businesses a lot of slack, since newbies often make mistakes,  If they learn from their …

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CMMC: July letter, “L” at the end of the word

Welllll...  Let's see what we can come up with with the final letter L. How about some Seagulls? This guy really just posed for me. My favorite-waterfall. They are in New York, Olympia, Washington, and Snoqualmie, Washington. How about a mural, or two? They are in North Bend, Washington, and Hilo, Hawaii. There is a …

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Might there be a use for a smartphone in Feudal-era Japan?

Hubby first introduced me to Japanese Anime before we were married, and now I'm hooked too.  We watched the entire series of Inu Yasha, where the modern girl Kagome Higurashi time-travels through her grandfather's sacred well, and ends up in the medieval period.  She has all sorts of adventures with her dog-half-demon friend Inu Yasha, …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #209: Surreal

Unlike Tina, I don't have access to Photoshop or any photo-editing program except for what comes with the Mac OS in Photos.  I did have some fun with a photo I took yesterday, in a walk through a forest preserve.  I tried to make it somewhat sinister. At a local park by a lake, I …

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Your fun science story for the week-Head of Hercules Found in ancient shipwreck

I found this original story at the Daily Wire, about how divers exploring a Roman-era shipwreck near the Greek island of Antikythera, found the missing piece of a statue, where the body was recovered about 100 years ago!  Here's a picture of the body of the statue, which resides in the Greek Archaeological Museum. I …

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I’ve been thinking about how ancient Egypt fell

For a few months now, I've been listening to the Egyptian History Podcast, and reading Toby Wilkinson's book on the rise and fall of ancient Egypt.  I thought to myself, why is ancient Egypt, which lasted from 3000BC to about 30BC, no longer a great civilization?  What was it about ancient Egypt that led to …

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CFFC: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: City Structures

I've traveled to cities large and small, old and new, in my 73 years.  In all of my travels, my very favorite city is an old one, a college town in England that has been settled for around 2,000 years.  I first went there in 1984 with my first husband.  We liked it so much, …

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I Love Bluegrass Music

I don't know how I got interested in bluegrass music, a sub-genre of country music.  I remember one year driving up to the town of Darrington in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, where they have a Bluegrass Festival in the summer, and not being too impressed because the majority of bands were local and …

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