Margaret and Charlie (a vignette)

(a reprise from another time)

We lived in an apple orchard for a time, in a funky old house used for the ranch hands, i.e., me and mr. wd.  Dozens and dozens of apple trees surrounded the house, and in the spring upon every breeze rode the soft sweet perfume of their blossoms, a gentle, clean scent tinged with the tiniest bit of cinnamon that sometimes caused you to pause and close your eyes and breathe in; to sniff their fragrance into your quivering nose, perhaps hoping to commit it to memory; to listen to the ecstatic buzzing of the bees so hungrily diving into their centers to suck their sweet nectar and getting pollen on their little feet, which they’d spread to other blossoms on other trees and cause there to be apples

The Weekly Watch

What You Say?

I heard several interesting interviews over the last couple of weeks and thought I would feature a few of them for your listening pleasure in today's column. There will also be plenty of articles to read as well. As a homesteader, I lead an active life, so I use a couple of tricks to listen to these sorts of conversations. If I'm working around the house I put them on the stereo that includes outside (on the porch) speakers. That way I can do my chores and be informed at the same time. My other trick is to use an audio conversion program (like https://online-audio-converter.com/ ) to create a MP3 file which I put on my little player (most people use their smart phone, but I don't have one). Then I can listen while I mow or travel (my truck radio has an auxiliary plug). So like most of you I love to learn from people, but we need to be active to stay healthy. I try to do both.

Cogent analysis of Biden's "poor kids can do as well as white kids" gaffe

So it's late (or early depending upon viewpoint) and the sweet, warm banks of my swamp beckon me. But, still being a bit wound up about J. Epstein's recent, and alleged, demise despite assistance from Crown Royal (and I don't mean Prince Andrew), I needed relaxation. The perfect solution.

Jeffrey Epstein exits stage left

If we are to believe the press (Ha! Never!) Jeffrey Epstein offed himself inside a Federal Prison while on suicide watch. Oh, yeah, tell me another story, granma. Maybe Chelsea Clinton can write a children's book about how the big bad bogeyman was sent to his just deserts by his own hand, being so guilt-ridden. Ha again, I say.

Tulsi States She Will Not Run as a Third Party Candidate

In Iowa, Tulsi evidently stated to reporters that if she is not the Democratic nominee, she will support whoever the nominee is and will NOT run under a third party.

As disappointing as this is to some, it does not really surprise me. I do wonder how long she will stay in the race, though. I think she would have a fairly good shot at winning the April 4 Hawaii primary and taking those 22 pledged delegates (out of 3,768 total).

America's poisonous monopoly economy

One of Trump's biggest lies is how "Mexico and China stole our jobs".
Mexico and China didn't steal our jobs.
They were given those jobs by the CEO's of America's companies.

I recall that back in the 70's politicians and pundits talked about economics and industry in terms of national security.
That stopped and was quickly forgotten under Reagan and neoliberalism.

Epstein judge released some sealed information

Huge cache of records details how Jeffrey Epstein and madam lured girls into depraved world

A chilling picture of how hundreds of girls and young women from around the world were trafficked for sex by Jeffrey Epstein, his madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, and — allegedly — a number of powerful business and world leaders emerged Friday in court documents unsealed in New York.


The Monday after the El Paso and Dayton shootings a man in Atlanta shot three people and then himself. It was just another shooting such as those we wake up to nearly every morning. I don’t recall this level of violence 20 or 30 years ago.