My Little Corner of the World-Photo Challenge

I was born and raised, and still live, in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, 20 miles north of the People's Republic (?) of Seattle.  These photos were all taken within a 60-mile radius of home. Silver Lake, about two miles south of my house in Everett. I don't think there's any more beautiful …

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Take a Guided Tour, Through my Beautiful Pacific Northwest

I think I live in the most beautiful part of the USA, the Pacific Northwest.  Within one or two hours' drive, you can be at the ocean, the lake, the mountains, or the desert.  Let's start right close to my home, in Everett, Washington, just north of Seattle. This is Silver Lake, about a half-mile …

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The Governor of the State of Washington needs to be Committed

For years, we residents of the State of Washington have been hearing about the woes of our largest state psychiatric institution, Western State Hospital in Lakewood (south of Tacoma).  This institution has had numerous escapes of dangerous inmates, reports of employees attacked by inmates (and sometimes attacking, themselves), and staff shortages and resignations.  Once, a …

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Accordions…As Far as the Eye Can See

Last week was the Leavenworth (WA) International Accordion Celebration.  Leavenworth is known as "Washington's Bavarian Village", and most of its buildings are dressed up in Bavarian Village style.  LIAC consists of four days of accordion competition, performances by local and international groups and individuals, an accordion parade through town, and all sorts of impromptu and …

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Blue State Ballot Blues

I live in Snohomish County, Washington, north of Seattle. Yesterday I received my election ballot in the mail, since we have all-mail voting in our state. We have races for County Council, County Executive, and various other lower-level offices (City Councils, Assessor, Treasurer, Clerk, Sheriff...). The State of Washington also has "top-two" primaries, where the …

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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 …

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