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The Anderson News: Facts show . . .

July 14, 2017

Facts show eight years under Obama anything but suffering

“The sentence I’ve heard repeated most since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered eight years under Barack Obama.”

Fair enough. Let’s take a look.”

If you’ve got about two minutes, click HERE to read the rest of this piece written by Terri Carter who is a guest columnist for Kentucky’s The Anderson News newspaper.

 

Minnesota Twins: business as usual & looking ahead

July 13, 2017

With the break after the All Star Game I can’t watch baseball so I’ll talk about it baseball

Minnesota Twins executive vice president and chief baseball operator Derek Falvey talking to MLB.com: “…but we would be very open to spending aggressively on assets that we could use to propel our team forward this year and for years to come.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the way the Minnesota Twins baseball franchise has historically approached the game, here’s my translation to that comment: We’re happy where we’re at and we’re not spending any big money on free agents or making any trades that involve rent-a-players and are only interested in young, untested and unproven players (read: pitchers) who won’t be arbitration eligible for at least a year and who are three to five years away from free agency.

And a further translation would be: A somewhat average team that relies more on luck and the whims of the schedule than talent and experience.

And a final translation: More of the same old stuff.

I don’t know anything about Derek Falvey, but somehow I have trouble trusting anyone who refers to human beings as “assets”.

The Twins (45-43) begin the second half of the season 2.5 games behind Cleveland. Cleveland (47-40) goes to Oakland (39-50) tomorrow for three and then on to San Francisco (34-56) for three. We go to Houston (60-29) for three and then come home for three against the Yankees (45-41).

Prediction on how many games we’ll be ahead or behind Cleveland in the standings on 07/20?

The second half interleague schedule isn’t a good one for the Twins.

Between 07/24 and 08/20 we play three out west against the Dodgers (61-29), four (home and away) against the Brewers (50-41) and three at home against the Diamondbacks (53-36).

Prediction on how many games we’ll be ahead or behind Cleveland inthe standings on 08/21?

While remaining optimistic about the team and hoping I’m wrong, I don’t think the Twins will be buyers at the trade deadline.

Random Thoughts #26 – How come?

July 12, 2017
How come we can read words like this by you know who:
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”
 
Or this, by Eugene Debs:
“While there is a lower class, I am in it; and while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”
 
Or this by Fyodor Dostoyevsky:
“My brother asked the birds to forgive him: that sounds senseless, but it is right; for all is like an ocean, all is flowing and blending; a touch in one place sets up movement at the other end of the earth. It may be senseless to beg forgiveness of the birds, but birds would be happier at your side –a little happier, anyway– and children and all animals, if you yourself were nobler than you are now.”
 
Or this by Helen Keller:
“The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.”
 
How can we read these familiar words and talk about them and appreciate them and commercialize them and not, collectively as a nation, put them into action?

I Sit

June 16, 2017

THE DETAILS:
Friday Fictioneers: 1 picture, 100 words, scores of people from around the world sharing their creativity and vision. Feel welcome to join in; visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields HERE to find out how.

THE PROMPT:
This week’s intriguing photo prompt courtesy of, and copyright by, Dale Rogerson.

THE STORY
(I saw the people at the bottom of the picture but my focus was drawn to the top half of the picture and that’s where my inspiration for this flash came from)

Sitting

This is where I sit.

Eyes half-closed, staring at nothing. The trees and moon a shelter, the breeze a heavenly massage.

I sit and focus on being unfocused. I breath. I stop thinking. I float. I breath.

The world stops. No shootings. No stabbings. No bombs. No politicians. No war. No death. No religion. No madness.

There is selflessness. There is compassion. There is kindness. There is acceptance. There is humanity. There is gratitude.

There is here. There is now.

There is life; half-seen and unseen. There is a universe. There is a connection.

I like sitting. Join me?

(99 words. One left over for you.)

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Pray for peace. Pray for love.

This Ain’t No Home & Garden Show

June 7, 2017

THE DETAILS:
Friday Fictioneers: 1 picture, 100 words, scores of people from around the world sharing their creativity and vision. Feel welcome to join in; visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields HERE to find out how.

THE PROMPT:
This week’s intriguing photo prompt courtesy of, and copyright by, Sarah Potter.

THE STORY

This Ain’t No Home & Garden Show

You remember the triffids? Well these bad boys were triffids on steroids. No meteor shower this time so the scientists were lost when these leafy-veined varmints sprouted legs, began spitting poison and eating people like Earth was one giant Old Country Buffet.

Thanks to the US, the Paris Agreement dissolved in 2021, which led to the oceans drying up, so killing these creepy creepers with seawater again was out and, unfortunately, so was our time. My master gardening skills are all that’s kept me alive this long and hopefully my diary will serve as a warning to others.

The End?

(100 words)

Please visit the other Friday Fictioneers by clicking the little blue frog below. You’ll find just about every type of genre you could imagine and some really creative writers.

All Things Considered (Friday Fictioneers)

June 2, 2017

THE DETAILS:
Friday Fictioneers: 1 picture, 100 words, scores of people from around the world sharing their creativity and vision. Feel welcome to join in; visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields HERE to find out how.

THE PROMPT:
This week’s intriguing photo prompt courtesy of, and copyright by, Karuna, who can be found HERE.

THE STORY:

All Things Considered

All things considered, it wasn’t a bad day. The clouds cleared late morning, UPS delivered his Garrett ACE 250 metal detector just after lunch and at two o’clock Brad Bedington found himself at Cedarwood Hills Nature Center – a 50-acre natural area of cattail marsh, resorted prairie and lowland forest. He was enjoying himself; he’d picked up a couple of dirt-covered pennies and a rusty nail, and later, off the forest trail, when the indicator flew to the top of the scale, he kneeled down to dig.

All things considered, it wasn’t a bad day until Brad Bedington found the bones.

Please visit the other Friday Fictioneers by clicking the little blue frog below. You’ll find just about every type of genre you could imagine and some really creative writers.

A New Word! I Learned a New Word!

May 26, 2017

It’s exciting to learn new things – especially new words – and I learned a new word today!

Aquafaba.

Say it out loud; it’s fun!

Aquafaba makes me think of Aqua Velva (do they still make that stuff?) but you can’t eat Aqua Velva and you can eat Aquafaba. What I like about this so much is the ability to make healthy mayonaise out of it.

Read about it HERE and HEREAnd if you’ve ever made it please leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it and what you used it for. Thanks!

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