Photograph is by Jongsung Ryu, National Geographic Photo of the Day May 18 2014:

Monday, June 29, 2015

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Tennis and an update

I regretted missing the US Open (golf) after hearing the result, but one can't spend the entire year glued to tennis and golf. Before retiring only the US Open (tennis) got my full attention. There is now the luxury of adding a few more. So far this year that's meant the Australian Open, the Masters, the French Open, and now Wimbledon. No fair telling me the results since "Breakfast at Wimbledon" is by necessity lunchtime with the DVR. Since it requires turning off all alerts on my phone, do drop me an email if the world blows up.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

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June 17, 2015

Father's Day

This Father's Day I wish to remember those fathers who can't be with their children because they are in prison. That's particularly poignant here in Texas, where .84% [The Sentencing Project] of the state's population [Wikipedia] is currently incarcerated. Florida comes in at .83%, Georgia at .97%, and Louisiana at a whopping 1.53%.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Environment Friday (Jun 19)

Is Mammal Watching the Next Birding? | Matt Miller | Cool Green Science | The Nature Conservancy Picture

Everyone understands the appeal of lions and tigers and bears, of course. But bushy-tailed woodrats and spotted skunks and Palmer's chipmunks? Oh my. Not so much.

The hard-core mammal enthusiast's path has long been a lonely one.

CDC News and Highlights (Influenza): 2015-2016 Flu Season, Long-term Care Toolkit

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Dealing with grief

Yeah, no, I don't have any special insight into that. It differs for each person and no one can say how you should do it.

What I chose to do today was donate books to the Prison Book Program. Other programs by state are listed by them here. I did not send books to the Texas programs because they don't have the resources to store donated books. I wanted to send specific books (paperback (only) copies of The Road Less Traveled and dictionaries) rather than money. An individual cannot send general donations directly to prisons in Texas. Those programs work solely by accepting requests from inmates and finding what they ask for. The PBP (in Quincy, MA) does that as well and serves all states except CA, IL, MI, MD, NV, and TX.

For Joe

I like Joe Biden. He was an early favorite of mine before the 2008 election. To me, he is one of those rare things: a politician who, even when I disagree with him, I believe works and speaks from his heart. I even have a grudging respect for Rand Paul, although to borrow an old phrase from M*A*S*H, it's hard to overlook that he's a walking bag of fertilizer. A few others on the Republican side are decent public servants but they won't be getting my support whatever they do. I can't countenance an attitude that the rich need to get richer and to hell with everyone else, the environment, etc.