Cleverly concealed beauty – on the Golf Course

Hiding in plain sight.  Golf courses are often in cities or suburbs, and may be behind a gate, for Members Only.  I don’t play golf, but in the past few years I have been fortunate enough to be able to tag along with the golfers, and take pictures.  A couple of years ago, my husband and I went to Reno for a Ricochet meet up.  One of the planned activities was a golf outing in North Lake Tahoe, at the Old Brockway course

.  The Reno/Tahoe area is pretty dry, and the course there was bounded by Ponderosa Pine trees.  All those green lawns take lots of water to keep up, so you really appreciate them.  Don’t you think these are beautiful?

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Old Brockway Golf course
Hole #8, Old Brockway

Earlier this month, I tagged along with the golfers at the Mill Creek Golf Course, as an activity of my 50th high school class reunion (see my earlier post here at Calling-all-RushBabes).  Mill Creek is just south of where I live, and I had never been to the Country Club before.  It was a crisp October morning, and the course was still a bit frosty when we got started.  Here’s what I saw first.

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Golf carts as far as the eye could see!  All charged-up and ready to go.

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The garden right at the beginning of the course was especially pretty that day.  Early in the day, the shadows were very long, across the grassy fairways.

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The course is very hilly, and many times I had to hang on tightly to avoid being pitched out of my seat when the grade steepened.  Fortunately, there was good signage.

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The course was just so beautiful that day, I was a picture-taking fool!

 

There are many private residences around the edge of the course, and the homeowners have pretty gardens and other plantings.

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That’s somebody’s back yard, with the Japanese Maple trees.

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When I started to get “green-saturated”, I’d look up.  The sky was pretty spectacular all day.

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And then, when we were all done, we stood and listened to this gentleman.  I could hear him from the last two holes, way in the distance.

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So much restful beauty, cleverly concealed.

The Reason for the Season-Independence Day

237 years ago, on July 4, perhaps the most remarkable group of people ever assembled in service to a Noble Idea, declared their Independence from Tyranny, in perhaps the most important document in American History. Herewith, find a reminder of the Roots of American Exceptionalism.

The Declaration of Independence    The link is to the Heritage Foundation’s First Principles program.

We who are privileged to live in this Greatest Nation on God’s Green Earth (thanks to Michael Medved), should never forget the Founders, and the Liberty they bequeathed us.

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Decoding the Liberal Buzzwords

All of the following words and phrases are commonly used by liberals and their publications and media to describe various societal conditions. Herewith, find the real meaning behind the liberal buzzwords:
Affordable:
Means a thing or service that you want and either don’t have the money to buy, or choose not to save up for. Affordable, to a liberal, means someone else pays for what you want. Someone else pays for your health care, your cell phone, your mortgage, your education, and your medications.

Income Inequality:

Means that someone makes more money than you do, and that is because they are taking money from you instead of really earning it.  Every dollar the other person earns that is more than you or someone else earns, was pulled from your account.  The cure for income inequality is not to help the low-earners make more by improving their education or skills, but taxing higher-earners to redistribute to lower-earners. [that sounds like a lose-lose proposition]

Environmental Impact Study/Statement:
This is where the radical environmentalists tie up all new infrastructure projects (especially roads and oil pipelines) in enough red tape to double or triple the costs, and sometimes stop them altogether. This is why there have been no new oil refineries built since the 1970’s, and the ones that exist are constantly down for maintenance, increasing the price of gasoline accordingly. This is why farmers cannot get enough water for their crops, but tiny fish are “saved” from extinction. The fish are more important than the farmers.

Diversity:
This is the concept that says that the color of the skin of the people in any school classroom or business office is more important than their skills or the content of their character. Diversity is held up as the highest value when admitting students to college (but does NOT include variety of viewpoint). Increasing diversity is why Barack Obama made it all the way through Punahou School, college, and Harvard Law School without having to demonstrate any real knowledge or publish any academic papers, and why he was elected to the highest office in our land twice with absolutely NO relevant experience. And, also, why he was a near-total failure.  Diversity also includes every newly-recognized “gender” category, except Male and Female.

Awareness:
This is where interest groups like Feminists and Liberal Activists constantly bombard Americans with subjects like Breast Cancer, Battered Women, Gay Rights, Discrimination in the workplace, Women in Combat, Sexual Abuse by Catholic Priests, etc., etc. As if we are not totally aware of all these issues and simply wish to be left alone.

Organic:
This simply means MORE EXPENSIVE, due to old-fashioned, labor-intensive methods of cultivation, which leads to higher rates of spoilage, and increased incidences of food poisoning from harmful bacteria.  It has never been proven that organic food is any healthier than food cultivated in the normal manner.

Green (applied to any material):
This also means MORE EXPENSIVE, due to antiquated methods of production, and use of more-expensive types of labor and energy (plows pulled by horses, solar panels that cost twice what your oil or gas furnace costs, and only work when the sun shines; roof gardens that leak into the rooms below); utensils made of plant material instead of plastic; light bulbs containing mercury and other toxic chemicals.

Social Justice (the real biggie for Liberals):

This, for Liberals, means Payback, and Take Back.  Payback to all the successful people in the nation who, to them, became successful “on the backs” of the “99%”.  In their minds, the world is a zero-sum game, with gains by some causing losses by others.  Social Justice for them means taking away supposed ill-gotten gains from those who they deem to be illegitimately wealthy (Wall Street bigwigs, successful entrepreneurs like the Koch brothers, and media moguls such as Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch).  It means giving those ill-gotten gains to their preferred “victim” groups, such as those on welfare, minorities,and illegal immigrants.  It means heavily taxing high-earners to bestow benefits on the “low-income”.  It means punishing success and rewarding failure.

Gentrification:

Means “the rich” moving in and making improvements to your rundown neighborhood, and kicking you out of your house.  It means remodeling old houses or apartments and increasing their value, thus by comparison decreasing the value of your property.  You, of course, have no recourse but to leave, since you are kept down by others and have no way of improving your own life and earning power.