On this Independence Day weekend, let’s talk about Rights

What do you think about when someone mentions "rights"?  Is the first thing that crosses your mind something like "abortion rights", or "voting rights"?  Or is it something like "unalienable rights", which is a phrase from the Declaration of Independence?  What does "unalienable" even mean?  First of all, here are some definitions of "rights" from …

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Just a short post on windy Wednesday, Day 4, to final destination

Today’s route took us from Windy Wyoming to Colorado. We encountered considerable road construction in both states, but arrived at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs just in time. Below are some sights. Roadside butte, Wyoming Eagle Mountain, Wyoming Sign at windy rest area, Wyoming That’s a beautiful flower centerpiece on our table at dinner, where …

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Lens-artists Photo Challenge #145: Getting to know you.

There is a place, which I have only known about since 2007, which has become in the intervening years, very dear to my heart.  That place is Hillsdale College, in Hillsdale, Michigan.  The College has been in existence since 1844, celebrating its 175th Anniversary in October of 2019.  Besides being an exemplary Liberal Arts College, …

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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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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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“Our” People; and “Their” People

Our people get together to support our candidate: Massive lines form ahead of Trump rally in North Carolina Vs Their people get together to support their candidate: Biden holds his biggest rally yet. What their people have wrought in society: Vs what our people have wrought in society. St. Joseph Polish Catholic Church, Camden, NJ …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #116: Symmetry. It’s hard-wired.

In my graduate studies in Psychology, one unit we studied was "interpersonal attractiveness". The professors at my university had done numerous studies of what makes a person attractive.  They asked thousands of study subjects to rate photographs of various people, male and female, young and old.  There are many dimensions to attractiveness, and different people …

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Hillsdale College Resists Pressure by “Black Lives Matter” Supporters

And Good for Hillsdale!  Hillsdale College admitted black students and women from its founding in 1844.  This illustrates its genuine Virtue of action, as distinct from the virtue-signaling demonstrated by companies and colleges pandering to the segregationist Black Lives Matter movement. In this article at the Washington Free Beacon Web site (a must-read for any …

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