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Shrinking Violet

Found these two hiding under some daylilies, themselves lurking behind a big lilac, in a shady, neglected part of the garden that I’m reclaiming this summer. I let violets go – they don’t hurt anything, and they often surprise, as … Continue reading

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When the History of 2016

is written, if it’s written, there will be no heroes nor innocent victims, just scoundrels and fools. I’m largely in agreement with Mr. French on this. The free-speech absolutist response to bad speech is usually better speech. I admit to … Continue reading

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Jumble Sale

The Battle of Helm’s Deep is over; Gimli’s heart has been overthrown by the Glittering Caves; and the Riders are moving toward Isengard but are still on their way. Some springtime pics taken yesterday: A blue lilac getting ready to … Continue reading

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Salad

The last couple of weeks dissolved in the acid bath of poor weather, people being sick and having emergencies (how dare they?), and the school schedule. The upshot is that garden clean up ceased entirely, and won’t resume until the … Continue reading

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Tea Time

Unexpected computer debility prevented the usual Friday outgassing. While most important files were backed up, some were not. Full speed ahead, now. I have reached the Mines of Moria, narrowly escaping the crabby Watcher. At the Council of Elrond last … Continue reading

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Table Talk February 24, 2017

About half way through the Council of Elrond, moving slowly. My first readings echo. I think I first became aware of this book when I saw the Ace edition at the check out line in a Kresge’s store, so 1965. … Continue reading

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Farrago February 17, 2017

I have reached by slow stages Weathertop, though it is not yet night. Having long ago concluded that neither major candidate was fit for any office whatsoever, I’m sort of enjoying the spectacle that President Trump is generating around him. … Continue reading

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The Miscellany February 10, 2017

When a public official begins a statement “It is an indisputable fact that (fill in the blank),” prepare for lies. I have begun rereading The Lord of the Rings for the first time in many years. The first readings engraved … Continue reading

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Inauguration Day

I think I’ll get a haircut first. A curiosity of this curious presidential transition is that so many folks invest affection amounting to adoration in Mr. Obama, and dislike amounting to hatred in Mr. Trump. The President of the United … Continue reading

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Transition

Conservatives – “Grandpa, what’s a conservative?” “Oh, you know, our natural rights, free market economy, balanced budget, small government, Federalism as originally conceived, a few other things. Not Yosemite Sam in KKK robes.” “Grandpa, what’s KKK?” “I hope you never … Continue reading

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