A big dose of Freedom (and whiskey): Nashville Ricochet Meetup

Last Wednesday, April 28, was our big Ricochet Meetup day, and it started in the morning when Phil Turmel and his wife Patricia picked us up at our hotel for the drive to Lynchburg and a tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery.  Stad and Neutral Observer were already in the big Suburban, so Ray and …

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Nashville Trip: Hillsdale National Leadership Seminar, and a taste of Liberty

Last week, we flew to Nashville (see Photo Challenge post for flight pictures), for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar, entitled "Educating for National Leadership".  Now, we are longtime supporters of Hillsdale, and we always look forward to these two-day seminars which include dinner, lunch, a reception, and a range of nationally-recognized speakers.  We combined …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #140: Change of Scenery

My readers will have seen my previous posts on trips to Uwajimaya, our local Asian grocery store.  On previous trips, I just took photos of the vegetables, which the store arranges meticulously so they are very photogenic.  Just today, my husband needed to restock his Udon noodles, so I went along to get a change …

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If Carbon Dioxide is a Pollutant…

Then why hasn't the government outlawed carbonated beverages? Big drinks companies like Coca Cola and Pepsico use large quantities of CO2 daily in making your Diet Coke. And when you open a can of Coke or Pepsi, some of the CO2 escapes. Why haven't they forbidden SodaStream to sell its machines in the US? Their …

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Jerking around the Washington State Public-Covid Vaccine Follies

The State of Washington is a One-Party State, ruled by Democrats top-to-bottom.  Up until now, the Dictator Inslee has blamed the Trump administration for all its vaccine failures.  They can't do that anymore, as Trump is out of office.  The State and the "Press" have been jerking around the public for weeks, with good and …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #130: It’s a small world

This week's theme is Macro/micro photography, and perhaps these photos don't qualify, but they were taken this afternoon, with my iPhone XR camera.  Once again, we went on an excursion to Uwajimaya, our excellent local Asian grocery store.  I am always fascinated by their wide assortment of exotic fruits and vegetables, and I just took …

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When I was 71, it was a Very Bad Year. The Year of “Closed” and “Canceled”

...a year of record-low unemployment, and job opportunities for ex-prisoners and black and other minority workers...until it wasn't.  A year of thriving small businesses, after-work drinks at our favorite Chinese restaurant, and ample overtime work due to a full order book at my aerospace job...until it wasn't.  Quite quickly, 2020 turned into the Annus Horribilis. …

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Tripling Down on Failure: Today’s news from Washington State

If you had a goal in mind for your life, and you engaged in certain actions to achieve that goal, and all those actions had no effect on reaching that goal, what would you do?  Would you re-evaluate whether the goal was achievable at all, or would you simply persist in the same actions?  Would …

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