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rolling roadblocks

I am teasing my way through Leanings 2 by Peter Egan. This evening I came across a gem describing as I wish I could the massive barrier to free movement when a large group of motorcyclists, or specialized car gang decide to CRUISE roadways that the vast majority of travelers use for actual travel. I have come across small-to-medium-sized batches of them from time to time. If there aren’t too many, or the roadway is favorable, I typically put them behind me … thus disappearing from their lives forever … which should not be any bother at all to them, but often is a major insult in some weird way … if you don’t want to crawl down the […]

chatting up a bicycle gang

In a rare trip to our friends’ restaurant, I noticed a fleet of bicycles parked outside. We sat across from a similar number of gentlemen all wearing High-Visibility vests. I opened a conversation with something like, “You brilliant-looking men must be related to the bicycles parked outside”. That elicited chuckles all around, earning us camaraderie and their fascinating story. The first major surprise was in response to “Where are you all from?” Only two started off on their epic bucket-list coast-to-coast tour together. They met up on the road, found compatibility and have been riding together ever since. Their personal journeys varied from two months to one month on the road with a ways yet to go. A nicer […]

Hospice is far more than I thought

Without any experience, we think of hospice as someone who will hold the patient’s hands in their last few days of life on Earth. We just learned how much more our local hospice service is, and how wonderful the providers are. I suspect it is much like that everywhere. The quality, knowledge, skills and nature of people who go into that line of work is likely quite similar – that is to say incredibly caring, helpful and considerate. They have tremendous experience with the final phases of life as it effects the main person and all those around them. In our case they helped us understand what Mom was likely feeling and what we could do to make her last […]

June 28th is chocolate cake for breakfast day

Here is a holiday you don’t want to miss. It is every bit as valid as darn-near all others. I might have to do some baking on the 27th. … not sure I can get my wife on-board with this one. However, the odds are a whole lot better than the Soros/BLM Community Destroyer holiday that just passed us by. We would have missed it altogether except that our credit union was closed.

inside every silver lining is a dark cloud

https://www.bitterrootbugle.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Dont-Worry-Be-Happy-Bobby-McFerrin.mp3 I do not know why some people choose to go through life finding the darkness in their world. Life presents us with infinite bright spots. We merely choose to inhabit one or the other. One of my good, young friends is like that. I believe he spends time with me in part because I continually ridicule his tenacious grip on the dark cloud of the moment. He is a logical person and knows I am right when I am. This morning I retold the tale to him of the old hound dog laying on the porch whining and howling because a nail was digging into his side. Getting up to solve the problem was not on the agenda. […]

Tennis tales from the only guy the coach couldn’t beat

My Dad loved tennis and gave me excellent private lessons. The skills and techniques he taught me were a great foundation. Tennis is a very fast-moving strategy and technique game that I was uniquely well suited for. In a graduating class of 1,000 and a school of almost 3,000 students, I was not only among the smallest boys there, I was the third best tennis player in the school … including the tennis coach in that pool. Among the more important bits in tennis are hitting the ball where your opponent is not, making it as difficult as possible for him to return the ball, striving to keep him off balance, doing the unexpected… an undercut short shot just […]

time to lower the lifeboats

https://www.bitterrootbugle.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/From-a-Distance-Bette-Midler.mp3 In the essay I published yesterday (That Sinking Feeling), James Howard Kunstler asks if it is time to lower the lifeboats. Here, I will put it in a bit of context with that paragraph because I really like it: It does not escape the attention, however, of some people on deck that the US ship is riding lower in the water each day, and listing at a distressing angle. Many other passengers have retreated to their staterooms, sick from the “vaccines” they were required to take to stay on-board for the voyage. Meanwhile water is streaming in below-decks, down in the stinking bilges, from many cracks in the hull. Nobody seems to know what to do, least of […]

That Sinking Feeling

James Howard Kunstler wrote the essay below. I republish completely here on safe ground as you will quite likely decide you too like his writing, want to see some of the numerous comments to the essay, and will be interested in the books he has written. I made it easy for you to follow the links to the areas that interest you… including the Amazon James Howard Kunstler author page with all of his books new, used and electronic. I suggest you may buy them more directly from him to cut out the A-monster, but we don’t make much difference to them either way. I found this essay to express so much of what is churning and burning in […]

Congratulations Graduates

Grocery store fliers arrived in today’s mail. A major feature this week is a full-page offering of sugar-coated nutrient-deficient white flour creations with variations of messages congratulating kids for surviving more than a decade of regular attendance in government indoctrination centers. Their marketing phrases it differently, but that is the essence of the message. Now the ones who performed twelve years’-worth of the required tricks well will be encouraged to endure another four or more until their youthful energy and creativity period has passed. Perfect system if you want worker bees comfortable with their fetters. Not so good if you wish to build a healthy society. Did I ever mention how few regrets I have from dropping out of […]

If I were King …

Many of us have entertained the fantasy of “If I were in charge”. Yours might be if I were [fill in the blank with King, Emperor, God, etcetera]. Then the bad guys would be hung, drown, disappeared somehow, in many fantasies the exits would be violent and painful that they may check out with a taste of their own medicine, receiving a modicum of what we consider to be justice. I am now of a mind that the thinning of the herd, while emotionally hard to take, is important for the health of humanity. The takeover of our education indoctrination system, economic system, media and financial worlds was a very methodical, planned, organized enslavement of the masses, moving the […]

wisdom from Tecumseh

“Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give […]

Network (1976) obviously true today

I had not watched this movie in a very long time, but current events reminded me of it. We have such a lovely set of tools today. I hope you are savoring them as much as I do before they go *POOF*. I went online from the comfort and convenience of my studio to order a copy from my tiny-town library. Around a week later I shoved a 46-year-old movie into a machine that played the show on a lovely screen opposite my royal recliner. Very much like 1984, Brave New World, The Matrix, Minority Report and so many other dystopian novels and movies the world depicted in it was true upon its release, but also quite accurately predicted […]