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
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
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)
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
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
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