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Nestucca, Never Home

A very peaceful, relaxing and refreshing post. Enjoy it, friends! — YUR

church ov solitude

Upon stepping out of my car into the evening air of the river canyon, I felt at once held by the stillness and quiet. There was no sound but the river tumbling over rocks in the shallows, no wind. A bank of mist clung to the air above the water and mingled with the tree canopy.

I made my way from the road, down a small footpath toward the river. Lined with the fallen, decaying leaves of alders, who formed a sparse blanket across the tiny, green ground cover that eased their way from the clay-rich, sandy soils of the river bank.

I passed through the hallways of salmonberry thickets, their dormant sticks building a wall that reaches well above my head on both sides of the path, a gentle tangle of nut brown branches growing skyward from the dampest parts of the earth; no berries, no leaves.

When I…

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/04/21

Image result for black hills national forest

Visual Description:  Front and center.

NUYOG  =  YOUNG,  KNHUC  =  CHUNK,  GRINIO  =  ORIGIN,  LANFIE  =  FINALE   —   Giving us:  YGCUONFIA

Clue/Question:  The best vie of Mount Rushmore is when it’s – – –

Image result for right in front of mount rushmore

Answer:  FACING YOU

(Technically, it’s gaze is fixed.  It’s up to you to be facing it!  But, I DO love this pun.  We’ve had a number of Mount Rushmore Jumbles in the past, but I think with other pun-swers.  This one seems fresh.

None of today’s clue words are new.  However, two of the jumbles appear to be so.  We have seen both “grinio” and “lanfie” sometime in the last twelve to thirteen years.  I had to come back to “grinio”, as “origin” didn’t come to me . . . at first.  But, I was able to get it honestly.  The answer letter layout was a fine nine letter jumble.  Cryptic enough.  I would say that this was a quick visual solve.

And, It’s all due to the great cartoon depiction of the young family visiting the Black Hills National Forest, in Keystone, South Dakota.  I’ve yet to see it in person, but it’s on my bucket list.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler(?) – 02/04/21

You Only Live Twice-Ian Fleming.jpg

You only live twice.  Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.”   —   Ian Fleming

(Please tell me that this is the solved quotation that Hal and Joy – and others – are getting today!  I know we’ve had Ian Fleming before, and maybe even this quote, but I don’t think it was recent.  It was a very quick solve though!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google


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