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"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”—First Amendment, U. S. Constitution, ratified 1791. Bellowing Donald keeps enough major-headline topics in … more
“Full many a flow’r is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness on the desert air.”—Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard I looked out near the front door the other day … more
            “Oh, and you’re so grown up.” Trisha Scott Dence Let me try to make my point here, before I get off track: Mothers are people who see our faults and our potential. … more
"I want it to be so beautiful because maybe someday they'll call it the Trump Wall.”—Donald Trump, Aug. 2016 Obviously, the fence shown above is not the deterrent Donald Trump has in mind for … more
Originally written for the Quilcene Community Center's May newsletter; spring isn't centered in Quilcene, but we have to be near ground zero. You can almost hear it; the emerald explosion, the … more
Human race: “all the people in world considered as a group” (Cambridge Dictionary); “all of the living human inhabitants of the earth” (The Free Dictionary). In the phrase “human race,” … more
When the 'blog' section was originally set up, the guidelines included whatever the blogger wanted to share with the "Leader" community (within boundaries, of course, of taste and discretion- each of … more
Last month I started a couple of Facebook pages. I only intended to make one but it took me a bit of practice to figure out the ins and outs of what to call it, how to promote it, and how to post on … more
“Research shows that diversionary wars — wars started to distract  the public from domestic unrest — are hard to start in democracies and rarely have the intended effect. Military operations … more
Evolution is often a slowpoke. People have managed to develop a complex system of social institutions in a few thousands of years, but we are still often lead by primal instincts. The same is with … more
The PTHS Alumni Association’s annual reunion banquet will be Saturday, June 9. See conclusion following for further detail. The montage above includes the 1914 PTHS baseball team (7-3 record), … more
The above portraits include two intellectuals exemplifying an intelligence so disdained today by a rapacious self-serving political right wing seemingly determined to destroy public education’s … more
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