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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

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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.

SIRKB  =  BRISK,  NPDUE  =  UPEND,  QIRMUS  =  SQUIRM,  CONSHE  =  CHOSEN   —   Giving us:  BISUNSIMOS

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

Jumble Spoiler – 05/23/19

Visual Description:  Journeyman history maker.

NYIHW  =  WHINY,  TEYNR  =  ENTRY,  IRHODA  =  HAIRDO,  RRIETW  =  WRITER   —   Giving us:  WHNETRHADWTER

Clue/Question:  Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series was a gem, – – –

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Answer:  THREW AND THREW

(Excellent stinky pun!  Great homonym pun.  This sublime moment in Baseball history took place over 62 years ago, so it’s even older than yer uncle!  It remains the only perfect game, and only no-hitter, to be pitched in a World Series game.  And, old Don is still with us at age 89.  And, he did pitch into the first ten years of my life.  But sadly, I can’t say – for certain – that I ever saw him pitch.  I really didn’t follow baseball until about age 10.

Surprisingly, we have a new clue word today, in “entry”.  The other three were faithful old friends.  All four of the jumbles came up as new.  The answer letter layout was a very impressive thirteen letter jumble.  I don’t think it gave anything away.

Great recreation of that iconic moment.  I would not be surprised if those were the exact words exchanged between Don and Yogi.  A great cartoon and a great Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Alexandra Dillon Paints Unique Portraits on Paintbrushes and Other Found Objects

Both innovative, and very impressive! I especially like the brush portraits. Utilizing a tool to become the subject matter is brilliant. — YUR

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Alexandra Dillon Paints Unique Portraits on Paintbrushes and Other Found Objects

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Alexandra Dillon is a Los Angeles surrealist artist who paints characters on brushes and other worn objects. She uses old pieces that she recycles as a support to her portraits, stimulating her creativity through the shapes of axes, bolts and other choppers.

“In my current work, I paint on worn paintbrushes, many which have been donated by other artists.” Why paint in a traditional way when you can innovate using any object that comes to hand?This is the subject of the creative project put in place by Alexandra Dillon.This artist enjoys diverting everyday objects to turn them into real faces.

Whether it’s a brush, an ax, a knife or even a padlock, the artist always finds a way to personify these small everyday objects by making a portrait of these…

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Curtain Raiser

Two of the world’s greatest injustices. And, they effect us all. — YUR

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Israel & the Plastic Quagmire, Colltalers

In the 1960s, it seemed like a good idea: plastic bags to carry stuff. And to pack, ship, roll into a straw, and wrap food and drinks. It was hygienic, versatile, and eternal. A brave new world miracle. Now it’s what it’s stuffing to death the stomachs of whales.
The global right wing wave hijacking democracies, and promoting a populism of oppression, has a major date tomorrow, with the Israeli elections. A win by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu may dash for good the Palestinians’ dream of a homeland.
Reversing the impact of our toxic lifestyle on the environment, and preventing the expansion of authoritarian regimes, are in fact related issues. For it’s unlikely that a government used to annex territories by force, would also protect its people from pollution and climate change. Netanyahu, who’s played masterfully the ‘fear-your-neighbor’ trump card, has no time for…

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 03/31/19

 

Visual Description:  On a wing and a . . . dare.

CIPMTA  =  IMPACT,  LNEENF  =  FENNEL,  BHAYSB  =  SHABBY,  SIOACF  =  FIASCO,  LOFARL  =  FLORAL,  GSITTH  =  TIGHTS   —   Giving us:  ITFNLSAYFAOFORTGT

Clue/Question:   Boeing became a huge aircraft manufacturer after getting – – –

Pre-Answer:  Five Words  (3-letters)  (2-letters)  (1-letter)  (6-letters)  (5-letters)

Answer:  OFF TO A FLYING START

(A fairly challenging stinky pun of a Jumble!  I’m wondering now if the expression has its roots in manned flight.  It does make sense.  Were the Wright Brothers the only ones building planes prior to the Boeing Company?  It just seems a little strange, to me, that a company way back in 1916, and way out in Seattle, would take the lead in aviation, like they did.  I can’t imagine that Seattle was very big in 1916.  Could be my East Coast bias, but I guess that great industrialists come from all over the place.

All of today’s clue words are old favorites.  However, all of the jumbles appear to be new!  The only one to give me pause was “lofarl”.  But, I didn’t struggle long with it.  The answer letter layout was a spiffy seventeen letter jumble.  I did not find it the least bit obvious.  It took me some time to come up with FLYING, as I was first going with OFF ON A _ _ _.  But, from my remaining letters I did see START, and realized I needed to swap out one of my T’s for the N.  I’m sure that many of you saw the right answer before I did.

Great cartoon of Bill Boeing, addressing his workers.  Outside the hangar you can see a seaplane taking off from Puget Sound.  That was likely the bonus clue . . . a plane taking off.  A nicely challenging and entertaining Sunday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 03/17/19

 

Visual Description:  The blustery morn.

VIQRUE  =  QUIVER,  ENAPTU  =  PEANUT,  RANYEL  =  NEARLY,  FIDAAR  =  AFRAID,  DAALIR  =  RADIAL,  HOEYRT  =  THEORY   —   Giving us:  IRPENNERARADIATHO

Clue/Question:  The St. Patrick’s Day festivities were ready to begin, but they hoped it wouldn’t – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (4-letters)  (2-letters)  (5-letters)  (6-letters)

Answer:  RAIN ON THEIR PARADE

(Hold on to your tams, me boyos . . . and lassies!  Just a wee bit of misdirection with today’s stinky pun.  They wanted us to concentrate more on the wind aspect, with the cartoon and its dialog.  But, the wind is merely the precursor to the coming thunderstorm.  Rain would definitely put a damper on things, but you could still proceed.  High winds could ground the balloons though!

All of today’s clue words were all familiar old muckers.  It seems like ages since we’ve seen “quiver”.  Surprisingly though, all of the jumbles appear to be new.  The only one to give me any pause was “daalir”.  The others I saw immediately.  The answer letter layout was a grand seventeen letter jumble.  It did a fine job keeping the answer under wraps.

Fun cartoon of the Chicago Paddy’s Day parade preparations.  The storm clouds are building, and the wind is whipping.  But, the lassies should be able to get their stepdancing in, and the leprechauns should be able to do their jigs.  Everyone is Irish today, so wear a little green, and hopefully we’ll all be in for a little airgead!  Be well and do good, friends.  Sláinte!)   —   YUR

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