Saturday, December 29, 2018
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Known for his keen instincts and fierce loyalty, Stubby is still recognized today as the most decorated canine in American history and the first promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Naturally an animated movie followed......:)
book review blogs
Monday, November 26, 2018
No No. Of course it's not Moses though Mrs. T. standing in our front yard, has given me more than Ten Commandments to follow over the years.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2018
In a time when their are facts and something called "alternate facts" buttressed by screaming talk shows and so called guest "experts," what to think of the issues of the day becomes harder and harder. So called reporters who only use "leaked" information from biased sources add to the fog. Compounding all of this is the fact that during the Vietnam era Seymour Hersh an a number of other young American reporters began telling what was really going on over there and the American people learned that their government was lying to them..... and still does.
Later, he went on to produce important articles revealing the CIA’s domestic spying on U.S. citizens, its abortive assassination plot against Fidel Castro, President Richard Nixon’s secret bombing of Cambodia and complicity in the overthrow and killing of Chilean President Salvador Allende, and, in more recent times, atrocities against Iraqi detainees by their American overseers at Abu Ghraib prison. Hersh’s reporting over the past half-century has constituted an alternative history of modern America.
For those of us readers who lived through the era of these past events this book is a worthwhile reminder of what happened. Some of the roots and causes were stemmed later by public outrage. For younger readers the lesson are well to learn and take into account.
Today, this country needs more investigative reporters like Seymour Hersh who speak the truth to power. As the headline on a Washington Post says Democracy Dies in Darkness. Help shine the light and take time to read a good book........and get involved.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Narrow leafed (Common)Sunflower
Monday, October 15, 2018
We're from I-O-way, I-O-way. State of all the landJoy on ev-'ry hand. We're from I-O-way, I-O-way.That's where the tall corn grows As the above picture and song indicates, Iowans , living in the heart of the corn belt are rightly proud of their states ability to grow tall and bountiful corn.
Not to be outdone, I, as a proud Minnesotan, hereby submit the following pictoral evidence of that States ability to grow tall plants as well. Both pictures were taken on a recent bike trip through the prairie.
Friend and fellow biker Gary, pointing to the top of a Canadian thistle... one of Minnesota's tall growing native plants.
Next, Troutbirder posing in front of a tall growing prarie wildflower. The narrow leafed Sunflower, which had to be about 18 feet tall.
"Minnesota hats off to thee. To our colors, true we shall ever be. Firm and strong united are we. So Rah Rah Rah for Skie U Mah. Rah Rah Fah Rah for the U. Of M......"
Now lets row the boat boys and crush those hawkeyes !
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Baron! The canine gardener and my best buddy.
Actually, he is in charge of the organic fertilization department.
Monday, August 13, 2018
Somewhat of a skeptic by nature, I barely managed not to question the veracity of this eye witness account. Here are a few similar accounts from from car insurance files.
"I parked beside a hedge in a local country lane to go fishing, but when I returned to my car I found that two horses had chewed it causing considerable damage"
"I was waiting at the traffic lights when a wasp went down my right trouser leg. It made me put my foot on the accelerator and smash into the car in front"
"I couldn’t put my foot on the brake because my credit cards were wedged under it."
"My car was hit by a sofa when I was driving home last night"
"A cow fell off the cliff and crashed right onto the top of our van, which was on the highway"
"The gentleman behind me struck me on the backside. He then went to rest in a bush with just his rear end showing."
"I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment."
"In an attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole."