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People Are Strange

Let’s try to be sensitive to this, folks. We can be better. — YUR

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People are going to be mean. They will be inconsiderate and sometimes cruel or unsympathetic in their expectations and understanding. We will misunderstand one another and create barriers of disassociation. And it hurts. This pain, it can bring out the worst in us. It can distort how we interact with others. How we see ourselves or even, how we believe others see us in return. People are going to use you. They will manipulate your pain, sometimes without meaning. They will let their insecurities drive focus of opinion into a kind-of forced interpretation of reality that only ever exists in their minds. We lose ourselves in the isolation of thought. We lose each other.

“People are strange when you’re a stranger
Faces look ugly when you’re alone
Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted
Streets are uneven when you’re down”
I am grateful for moments of clarity in connecting to…

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Listen, Mr. President

A letter to the U.S. President, by a neighbor from the north!

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Donald TrumpU. S. President Donald Trump (the

Dear Donald,

We’ve had it, and I hope sincerely that you are not reëlected. Millions of Americans and millions of human beings on Planet Earth have to suffer paralyzing and deadly heat waves, while you dismiss “climate change” as “fake news.”

I would also like to speak to you about the fate of women in your country. Do not think for one minute that a woman should always be exposed to unwanted, not to mention yearly, pregnancies. Open planned-parenthood facilities, so women never have to undergo a life-threatening and unwanted abortion. The life of a woman is dear to her, dear to her husband/partner, and dear to her family. Let women be.

As well, tackle doctors. They deserve an excellent salary, but in no way do they need to be very wealthy. They may well be more compassionate than you thought…

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The Apollo Leap

Preserving the Big Blue Marble! A perspective on the 50th anniversary of Man’s landing on the Moon. — YUR


They Went to the Moon
& Discovered Our Earth

This famous shot of the Earth rising above the Moon’s horizon was taken half a century ago by astronaut Bill Anders, helped by Frank Borman and Jim Lovell. But it didn’t come to light until a few months later. When it did, it went straight to my wall.
Like millions of teens, my room in 1968 was a dizzying array of passions and people I admire. There was a spot for the Earthrise shot next to a tongue-stuck-out Einstein, a bonnet-clad Che, a nearly nude Brigitte, Beatles, Hendrix, and Caetano Veloso to boot.
So, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin finally touched down on quaint-named Tranquility Base 50 years ago this Saturday, the deal was already done. Still dauntingly impressive, but the new world had been discovered the previous December. And it was blue.
To this day, we’ve yet…

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 07/14/19

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Visual Description:  Watching your child succeed.


Clue/Question:  When the young eagle learned to fly, it was a – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (5-letters) (3-letters) “(4-letters)” (4-letters)

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(A great, momentous stinky pun!  Maybe, this will be the first in a series of Jumbles to commemorate the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon?  Sort of a precursor to:  “The eagle has landed.”  It’s a big “maybe”, but knowing how the guys like acknowledging historic events, I wouldn’t put it past them.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  That’s why ralis95‘s name is NOT in the title line today!  He can enjoy a nice relaxing Sunday, without having to update his world famous database.  All of the jumbles came up as new.  A couple of them gave me pause.  It was a brief pause for “hungeo”, but “baliuf” gave me fits.  And, I nearly had to back into it, but I finally saw it after playing around with FABULI.  A little ironic, considering I once broke my left “fibula”.  The answer letter layout was a very impressive sixteen letter jumble.  If the entire setup didn’t clue you into the final answer, this massive jumble would have been tough to crack.

Fine cartoon of eagles in their aerie, looking up at their son’s first flight.  The dad looks as proud as a peacock!  And, mom’s “Oh, my” look is priceless.  I like how Jeff made her feminine, with the eyelash treatment, and tufts of feathers to look like more hair.  A fine Sunday Jumble.  And, maybe the start of something bigger???  We’ll see.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Curtain Raiser

Hopefully, some of these issue will come up in the Democratic candidates debate! I hear the opening of the debate will feature all the candidates spilling out of a clown car! — YUR


Time to Fight & Be Proud, Colltalers

It’s deja vu all over again. The Trump administration’s threatened to bomb another country, but Iran may be tougher a foe than North Korea. Whether the crisis is averted, is not the president’s concern; having a war at the ready to help on his reelection is.
But the world is, indeed, concerned about it. Such a conflict would surely spill over the Middle East and boost the more than 70 million kicked out of their homes by wars, according to a United Nations study released on World Refugee Day. Worried yet?
The climate emergency is very much part of both equations. For instance, a report by NOAA, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric agency, found that global carbon dioxide emissions reached the highest levels in 61 years, last May, 3.5 ppm higher than the 411.2 ppm 2018 peak. In the same period, floods…

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The Last Leaves

Let’s hear it – NOT clear it – for the trees! We need them more than they need us. Planting new ones is all well and good, but we need old growth trees more than some silly little saplings. If more states – or the whole country – legalizes hemp and marijuana we would not have to chop down another tree for paper! — YUR
PS. No, I do not – and likely would not – partake in the ingesting of marijuana. — YUR


The Day When Forests
Won’t Have Any Trees

Climate emergency, – a man-made executioner we fear so much that we’ve sent our own children to do battle with – has always had a fierce opponent, even before it needed one: trees. Living beings that ushered us to the present, they’ve got all it takes to save our future.
As long as they’re standing, that is. But stood have many, for millennia. As we see forests, we miss what makes them one. Trees may be downed, but nothing kills their gift for being reborn. The history of the world is told by thousand rings inside their girth.
They tower and endure. They come as big as cathedrals, and as old as a religion. Life travels from roots to high up branches, as they hang on to Earth as its own giant limbs. Trees have been blowing oxygen down our lungs for…

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Jumble Spoiler – 06/11/19

Visual Description:  Cousteau-esque crew.


Clue/Question:  The underwater science team won a grant thanks to their great – – –

Answer:  “SUB-MISSION”

(Good enough.  I gotta go to bed.  I’ll flesh this out tomorrow.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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