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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Cool water, for a hot summer day

I'm pretty sure that most of my readers, if not all, are going through a heat-wave right about now.  You may be wondering how to cool off, when the outside temperature rises into the 90s.  So I have gotten together a bunch of photos, of lakes and rivers, to help you get through the sweltering …

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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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53 years ago today, America landed a man on the Moon

On July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first human being to set foot on our huge satellite, the Moon.  It was perhaps the most momentous achievement of Humanity, and to this day it has never been duplicated.  I think that every American should give a rousing cheer for America, and its space …

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Mask Mandate Mentioned Again

King County, Washington, is in a "high" Covid transmission condition, so as usual the Health Fuhrer has said that they are considering mask mandates again.  That means it's time for Calling-all-RushBabes to post some new "mask memes".  MASKS DO NOT PREVENT TRANSMISSION OF ANY VIRUS.  They are just virtue-signaling now. I believe the above to …

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My sentiments exactly! Isabella Rossellini on “when you’re older”

This past weekend, the Wall Street Journal did a story on Isabella Rossellini, daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.  She had an illustrious career as a model and actress, and now lives on a farm in New York State.  The article gives prompts, and she filled in the rest. To the prompt: When you're …

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Keep on the Sunny Side

With all the gloom and doom, and BS going around these days, it's time for something sunny and optimistic.  Let's search the archives for some sunny photos. A sunny day along the Clark Fork River in Montana. The sunny side of the street, in Cape May, New Jersey. The late-afternoon sunny beach at Deception Pass. …

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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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