Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #170: Street Art

When my Hubby told me he wanted to drive up to the town of North Bend (Washington), in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, I jumped at the chance.  He had told me about an event going on that involved various blues bands playing at assorted cafes in town-you would buy one ticket for the …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #160: Inspiration

This year, filled with uproar, health crises, heat emergencies, corruption, as well as new friends and places; what has kept me grounded, "my Inspiration", is knowing that I still live in the Greatest Nation on God's Green Earth.  The United States of America, and its great history, has been my inspiration.  Even when I get …

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I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now.

This week, a Ricochet friend did a post, that referenced the song above.  For young people who don't know it, here is my favorite version, by Judy Collins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L1UngfqojI Boy, does this bring back memories of my childhood, when I was in college in the far-away 1970s.  But I really have looked at clouds from …

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A perfect illustration of how ridiculous the Covid mask rules are

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal published a picture of a high school band playing.  It is a New York City "magnet school", focussed on music.  It is admirable that the school is named after a famed Cuban salsa singer, Celia Cruz.  However, this picture shows a number of "wrongnesses", at least in my opinion. …

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Lens-artists Photo Challenge #143-Colorful Spring

I got lucky, having been born in April, just when the flowers are blooming, temperatures are slowly warming, and the chorus frogs are in full voice in the pond across the street.  Our backyard is starting to look more like a garden and less like a bare field.  The birds are back at our feeders, …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #135: A glimpse into my (snowy) world!

Yippee!  Snow!!  Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have been hearing for a couple of weeks that snow was in the forecast.  They kept pushing the date back, however, which is pretty normal around here.  Last night, around midnight, it did start to snow, and we awoke this morning to see the white stuff falling …

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The greatest rock concert recording of all time?

Over on Ricochet, someone made a comment about what was the best rock concert recording of all time, and mentioned Stop Making Sense as that recording.  I grew up in the time of the Greatest Rock and Roll efflorescence, and I was sort of outside it.  I was not a huge follower of any rock group, …

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Do you love chamber music?

Are you missing your live music around now?  Are you getting antsy, because your favorite music festival was canceled this summer, due to societal shutdowns by governments trying to stop the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus?  Well, I have for you a little silver lining in that black cloud of concert and festival cancellations. For …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #129: Favorite images of 2020

Since I consider 2020 to have been the worst year in my 71-year life, let's get the bad stuff out of the way first.  In 2020, we underwent the worst government-imposed denial of individual liberty in living memory, when our state governments locked down entire states, preventing millions of citizens from earning their livings, and …

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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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