Safe Zones

Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. Last December, Jeannie Suk wrote in an online article for The New Yorker about law students asking her fellow professors at Harvard not to teach rape law—or, in one case, even use the word violate (as in “that violates the law”) lest it cause students distress.
The Coddling of the American Mind

How times have changed. I remember when colleges tried to challenge students to think.


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Pay to Play


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Fresh Air and Sunshine

Do you remember the five-foot-high fence that Andy built around the Limber pine to prevent the deer and elk from destroying more of the bark?


It wasn’t high enough.

8-23-16 Limber Pine, New Damage

It reminds me of this comic.
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Being outside isn’t always idyllic.


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A Lovely Crop

8-22-16 Weeds in Greenhouse

The bare patch is where Andy planted the tomatoes. They didn’t do well, but we did get a lovely crop of weeds.


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Are you pestered by telemarketers? They phone us both day and evening, so we almost never answer the phone directly. We let our answering machine screen our calls, and mostly the company calling doesn’t even bother to leave a message. If they do it’s easy to delete it.

Is it as bad where you are?


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These pictures are from Tempi’s post about her first week with Kaitlin, Torben, and Sammy.

tempi 1

tempi 2

They were originally told that she was about a year old, which would have meant she was nearly full grown. But looking at those long legs and big paws, we’re beginning to wonder.

What do you think?


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Attention Seeking

Some of the Olympic swimmers might be hurt by the escapade and Brian Lochte’s lies, but there’s a good chance he won’t be.

Before the Games began, Ryan Lochte’s post-Olympics plans consisted of moving to Los Angeles to become a celebrity. “I see me being a designer,” he mused. “I see me being a model, I see me being a TV star.”

However much some may wish it to be different, I see none of these things being very much affected by his actions in Rio.
—-Ryan Lochte: an Olympic tale of gold medals and white privilege

I think the author is probably right, but I don’t follow celebrities, so I may never know. Donald Trump, on the other hand….

People run for the presidency for all sorts of reasons. But Donald J. Trump may be the first to run because he sees a presidential campaign as the best way to attract attention to himself. There seems to be no other driving passion in him, certainly not the passion to govern.

One can well imagine a postelection Citizen Trump crowing that while Hillary Clinton is saddled with four years of headaches and a measly $400,000 salary, he is using the attention he got to make billions more as a media mogul.

Now who’s the loser?
To Trump, Even Losing Is Winning

It will be interesting to see.


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We had some hail Monday.

8-15-16 Hail

It tore some of the leaves off the fruit trees and bruised some of the apples. But no serious damage there.

8-16-16 Wealthy Apple Tree After Hail

8-16-16 Results of Hail on Fruit Trees3

8-16-16 Results of Hail on Fruit Trees1

The two tomato plants were another matter. Previous hail had beaten them down to a couple of inches tall.

7-22-16 Tomatoes 1

7-22-16 Tomatoes 2

And the latest one tore all the remaining leaves off.

8-17-16 Tomato After Hail 1

8-16-16 Remains of Tomatoes 2

No tomatoes this year!


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Self-Driving Cars

Ford has just announced that they expect to have level four self-driving cars by 2021 instead of the previous 2025. Level four means the cars will be completely self-driving but only for a specific environment — city driving.

And Uber will start testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh by the end of the month. For now the Uber cars will have a human in the driver’s seat — in case of emergencies and because so far it’s illegal not to have one.

At any rate, things are changing fast. It should be interesting to watch.


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Online Shopping

Living in a small town with limited shopping, we love being able to buy online. When we first came here over 40 years ago, there were two catalog stores — Sears and Montgomery Wards. We bought a lot from them, but we have a much larger selection to choose from now.

Do you shop much online?


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