Culture

I recently finished a historical novel about Cicero A Pillar of Iron, by Taylor Caldwell published in the early 1980s. While reading this, i wondered if it was recently published and she was intentionally creating parallels between the Rome of Cicero and current US. But alas, only if the 1980s were as we are today … similar? maybe.

It seems Cicero is a character loved to be hated by almost every dogmatic position through history – and he was eventually executed because of it. But Caldwell’s treatment of the narrative suggests he was above all in favor of a Republic, and he fought (often unsuccessfully) via rhetoric and law (are they really rooted differently?)… Read the rest

Culture

A recent post caught my attention, both on the question posed for portfolio management risks and a key phrase used “Intergenerational Theft”. https://seekingalpha.com/article/4240474-federal-debt-anyone-concerned

Quote: “The undisciplined use of debt almost always comes back to haunt the debtor, or, the debtor’s relatives. That is, the major impact of this “haunting” almost always lands harder on the next generation. As Mr. Rattner concludes, “my principal fear is that all this irresponsible borrowing amounts to intergenerational theft.” Basically, this means that there will be no room from future spending programs, like for infrastructure, or lower taxes, say to help the middle class.Read the rest

Adventures

I was just wandering around today camera in hand.

Am I in prison?
Coming in for a landing but I’m covered in pollen
Pretty?
Just wonderful to hang out 
We can really share – but you’re in my way
Better to have it to myself
Snack time
Ah…
Oh my
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Adventures

My extended family spent several days near the Lake Michigan shore this month.  It was an easy walk thru this gate to the beach below after walking through an amazing township park.

The Lake Michigan beach is wonderful and all without salt, sharks or jellyfish.

And looking west, the sunsets are usually tremendous with or without storms.

Lighthouses are plentiful and old … and there was a reason they were built

Searching for the most wonderful wave-polished stones can fill hours of tremendously peaceful hours.

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This week, I went up South Sister for the second time.  This time, I was much more prepared and thoroughly enjoyed the ramble … but was still tired by the end of the day.

On the way there, it was very cold (below 30 F), and the steam from the cascade lakes was amazing

Once up through the scrawny pine trees, the first plateau (alpine meadow) with a look down to Moraine Lake

Looking upward toward the top, here’s the path

On the second plateau, you can look back to Moraine Lake 

or over to another glacier melt lake. … Read the rest

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The beauty of flowers amazes me … and in part why that dirty sky is so terrifying – could it eventually snub out beauty like this? (clicking on the pic will open in higher res)

PS – unmodified pics taken w/ Nikon Coolpix B700 … higher resolution pics are available if you ask… Read the rest

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There have been some really red sunsets recently due to the dirty sky from near-by fires (like CA near) … while it can be beautiful, it is terrifying to me.

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PS – unmodified pics from Nikon Coolpix B700… Read the rest

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Birds are incredibly difficult for me to capture a good picture.  For every 1 good one, there are 3-5 bad ones.  Here are some of my better ones spanning Spring and Summer 2018 – most were taken in Eugene, OR, but a couple came from Napa, CA.

Blue Herons (they do stand still)

Swimming Ducks

Humming Birds

Small birds that sometimes sing

Some of the best hunters in the world – the Osprey pics are not as good as desired, but worth it nonetheless.

PS – a couple of these pictures were edited after the fact – just background color edits to bring out the bird a bit from background. … Read the rest

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The other day while sitting inside hiding from intense heat, my wife called out that there was another squirrel in the cherry tree in our backyard.  Blasted squirrels, I thought … headed to the door and looked at the movement in the tree, and it was NOT a squirrel.

Two baby owls had parked themselves in our tree which is on the other side of our deck.  These pictures were taken from inside thru the glass door.

Then the other day, I was hiking up in Sisters Wilderness, and i was ready to take a picture of this very beautiful wildflower, and I was surprised by a visitor

PS – none of the photos were altered; they are posted as they came from my Nikon Coolpix B700… Read the rest

Culture

A recent post really hit the nail on the head in describing a future scenario where the overwhelming quantity of data and information will require well-educated people to analyze, interpret and make plans (knowledge).  It is easy, I think, to infer that those markets (geographies, countries, cities, etc) that are heavily investing into education, training and innovation around mathematics, science and computer science will be the economic, innovation and thought leaders of the future.

Sadly, most of us in the USA watch as our education programs wither from underfunding and especially the under appreciation of teaching as a serious, high-paying profession.… Read the rest