Troutbirder II

Troutbirder II
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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Dr. Suess Not Then, Maybe Today

Well, as I mentioned in some previous posts, this nature blog is slowly going to evolve into something a little less out door Z and more into memoir style. This is because for health reasons many of my outdoor adventure hobbies are no longer safe for me. That translates into more fond memory stories and even an occasional rant on the subjects I've usually avoided in the past in my effort to keep my blogs family-friendly. So today, I'm going to begin with an imaginary book that never existed.
My two young sons heard all of the Dr. Seuss books over and over again. They knew them by heart to the point that when I began to change and ad lib. to the stories somewhat it was to their total disgust." That's not right dad ." "No, he didn't dad". Etc. Which all brings to mind many happy bedtimes, reading books. Perhaps, today the books of Dr. Seuss are no longer as fashionable as they once were, but I recently found the following cartoon which reminded me....
Yes it's true.
The America first people felt safe and secure behind two oceans and there was little compassion for the millions of refugees who began fleeing from the Nazi terror. Many, but not all were turned away from the land of the free and the home of the brave. Fortunately, a great leader was farsighted enough to see the danger to us and lead this nation into a just and righteous war which ended in victory.
Now, we have and are fighting in many wars far away, many, if not all are ill advised with no clear ends insight the world. In addition our leader now choses to fawn up to dictators and autocrats whereve he finds the. The nations and people have changed dramatically since world war two. There are new dangers and new and better opportunities but that great leader Franklin D Roosevelt advised us facing a great depression in world war"," the only thing we have two fear is fear itself."
Today "we are being told again  "it's "America first", which implies our friends and allies are on their own and that if we follow one man all the fears and grievances which he encourages will go away. Above all he will" "make America great again". Perhaps, my two brave and compassionate sons learned a few lessons from the good Dr. Seuss.
Don't fear:
AND for sure  don't fear any child or mother or father who flees to this nation to escape war and death.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Return to Duty

In the words of General MacArthur who promised fleeing the Philippines, under duress " I shall return" and did so....well here I am ready to go.  Barb is still in St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester recovering from her  broken arm and soon to return to "memory care." So far so good. I'm doing ok as the adjustment to living alone begins. I do have a new technological device which will help me blog called Dragon. I'm really excited about it as when I talk to it and it types for me on the screen. This is now called "word process". It's gonna take a while to catch on to it but with a little practice....
Here a sample of the first time I tried it.

Latin is a dead language. Dead as it can be. First it killed  the Romans and now it killing me....
(Read by me from  the back of Barb's old high school Latin text)

Ray (Troutbirder)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

An Interesting Historical Question

Dear Friends, I'm still preoccupied with issues related to Mrs. T.s adjustment to her Memory Care, her visits to Mayo clinic and her newly broken arm. There returning slightly to my two neglected blogs I'm posting AN INTERESTING HISTORICAL QUESTION for any history buffs out there....
Troutbirder (Ray)