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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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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/01/20

He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How | Meant to be quotes,  Man's search for meaning, Nietzsche quotes

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” — Nietzsche

(If you can’t figure out a why to live then you are in deep doo-doo, folks. And, why do only humans worry about a why? Every other animal fights to live, without a care as to a why. People are such dopes. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR

PS. WordPress just took away my “Classic” Posting option! Well, I guess you get what you pay for! LOL! YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/23/20

Where Is Chuck Norris Now? 2020 Update

Visual Description:  Another class wise guy!


Clue/Question:  When it comes to Karate, Chuck Norris has numerous accomplishments – – –

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(Okay.  YOU tell Chuck Norris that this is a stinky pun, because I’m not going to risk it.  He might be 80 years old, but I’m fairly certain he could still kick my ass.  He made a butt-load of action films over the years, and he also had the long running “Walker, Texas Ranger” television series.  Definitely no Oscars, or Emmys, but I’m pretty sure he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

All of today’s clue words are already long standing members of the ralis95 clue word database.  Yet, all of the jumbles are coming up as new for me.  None of them tripped me up though.  The answer letter layout was another terrific twelve letter jumble.  I was a little slow getting the final answer, but I knew it was something HIS BELT.  The URNDE looked strange to me for a few seconds, then I said DOH!

Great Karate dojo cartoon.  Very good likeness of Chuck Norris.  The cartoon put me in mind of the QuickBooks commercials, that are currently running, with Martin Kove, from “The Karate Kid”.  They’re not super funny, but they do have a few clever takeoffs on some well known lines from the movie.  I remember Martin from “Cagney and Lacy”, in the ’80s!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Don’t, Mr. Trump

Not just for women voters! — YUR

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The choice of a President of the United States may be based on such issues as abortion.

The health of a woman should not be used to sway voters. Besides, women are being insulted. They are full-fledged citizens of the United States and they know right from wrong. They are responsible individuals and cannot be looked upon as frivolous.

Abortion and birth control are not a clear “yes” or “no” issue. A person may be against abortions, but find herself needing an abortion. There are women whose health and life preclude a pregnancy, and women who are taking medications that may endanger the health and life of a fetus. The fate of these woman and the fetus are not for the White House to determine. Nor should Washington restrict a doctor’s duties towards his patients.

Millions of women would like to have a child, but…

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Curtain Raiser

Some very good points, from our friend Wesley, folks. And, some of you might like my ensuing comment! — YUR


A Witching Hour Is Upon Us, Colltalers

Many Americans haven’t been sleeping well lately. Some worry about Nov. 3; others about how early voting is beating records across the land. Those concerned about that were sure their anti-democratic efforts to prevent people from voting had been successful. They may be up to a rude awakening.
Yet it’s Covid-19’s record of 83,000 cases in a day that the majority is rightfully scared about. Or an FBI report confirming foreign interference in the elections. On the other hand, most people support an antitrust lawsuit against Google. And others are celebrating the United Nations’ 75th anniversary.
Other issues worrying folks everywhere are climate change-driven wildfires, rising sea levels-boosted coastal flooding, and pandemic-aggravated hunger. In this particular, there’s Brazil, ironically one of the world’s four-largest food producers. In fact, with the U.S. and India, it also shares the top spot of coronavirus-infected countries. Combined, these countries have less than…

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Saturday Spoilers will be . . .

a little delayed, folks.  I’ve got a wedding reception to get to!  Thanks in advance for your patience.   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/02/20

How to Have Proper Etiquette in the Office Cubicle

Visual Description:  Cubicle humor.


Clue/Question:  The accountant forgot to add the last number on the page and sat there – – –

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(It works as a stinky pun.  But, now I’m perplexed.  The initial definition of “nonplussed” says:  unsure about what to say, think, or do”.  But, the *chiefly US* usage has it as:  “not bothered, surprised, or impressed by something”.  I don’t know about you guys, but to me those are not the same things.  The former is more confused, while the latter is more blasé.

We do have a new clue word today, and that word is “skiing”.  Our good friend, ralis95, will have to update his world famous database once again.  Perhaps we had it on a Sunday Jumble?  I’m not sure.  Three of the jumbles are new, with “rahdo” having definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was a terrific ten letter jumble.  Beautifully cryptic.

Great office cubicle cartoon.  Reminds me of some of my days in institutional banking, and as a validation consultant.  Some of it I miss.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy Rosh Hashana!

To all my Jewish friends/readers:  L’shanah tovah tikatevu ve techatemu!   —   YUR

Curtain Raiser

Trump is decidedly the most dangerous political *figure* – I don’t want call him a “leader”, or even a person – of our lifetime. We need to vote him out, and we need to be prepared that he will violently resist leaving office. We are living in unprecedented times, my friends. — YUR


Don’t Watch it From the Shadows, Colltalers

The Democratic Convention brought comfort and hope to part but not all of the party’s constituency. But the Republican one, held while protests raged against police brutality and white supremacists killed three (white) people in the ‘inner-city chaos‘ they see, was everything supporters wished it to be.
Meanwhile, the U.S. still tops the world with six million Covid-19 cases and near 190,000 deaths, California wildfires are burning an area larger than Delaware, and about 20 million Americans are unemployed. To the GOP, though, these are not a priority; only the consecration of Donald Trump is.
We’ll go back to the Democrats’ half-delivered message and to the Republican lying feast, but first, let’s ask once again, why almost as many have rallied in big cities against the use of masks as those denouncing the killing of Blacks and people of color? While the latter…

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Spoiler Delays for Today

Puzzles solved, but I’m going to be a little busy today.  Later, friends.   —   YUR

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