A Photo a Week Challenge: Horizontal Lines

Self didn’t realize how long it’s been since she joined Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge! She’s glad she can correct the situation today. The theme: HORIZONTAL LINES.

Living Room

San Luis Obispo

Fourth of July 2021

July #TreeSquare Challenge #4: Sunday in Golden Gate Park, Part II

For this July #TreeSquare challenge, self is sharing more pictures she took in Golden Gate Park last Sunday, the Fourth of July. It was a beautiful day: cool! What a nice respite from the heat down on the Peninsula.

The statue is a memorial to Marie Bonner. The log cabin was something self stumbled open while wandering around the picnic area:

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

July #TreeSquare Challenge #3: Sunday in Golden Gate Park

Learn about this challenge, hosted by Life of B.

Yesterday a friend and I went to Golden Gate Park. We parked up by Stowe Lake, and wandered around quite lost. Her cell said to go right, mine said to go left. I said I wanted to see the de Young (I have a membership card and I needed to go to the bathroom) My friend wanted to know why, whenever I’d ask for directions, I’d ask for the Japanese Tea Garden. I said, The de Young and the Japanese garden are right beside each other; if you find one, you find the other.

Originally, we were supposed to hunt up the Conservatory of Flowers, but it seemed a long way, and I hadn’t brought a sweater (It was cold and windy. Lucky she had a grey hoodie; I only had a thin cotton top. Anyhoo, I’m kinda glad we never found the conservatory, because when I got home I looked it up on the map, and we’ve had had to cross the entire park, lengthwise.

The park was lush and green, and it felt good just to be alive. The eucalyptus trees (not native, I was told by a naturalist on a tour last month) smelled heavenly.

Here are a couple of trees I saw in the Park.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman: p. 11

You will thank self later, dear blog readers, for spending only two days on Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II. Keith Lowe is one of her favorite new history writers, but the pile-up of atrocities in Savage Continent were too much after a while. Inferno was a fantastic book.

The Thursday Murder Club is a mystery, and so far it is very delicious and entertaining. It’s set in Coopers Chase Retirement Village, an upscale senior citizens home in the “heart of the Kentish Weald”, the kind of retirement home where people still dress for meals. If you don’t think that sounds very exciting, well neither did self. But she found herself being unexpectedly charmed, from page one.

On p. 11, a (very) junior police officer named Donna De Freitas is giving a talk on cybersecurity. An octogenarian named Elizabeth says:

  • “That really was wonderful, Donna,” says Elizabeth. “We enjoyed it tremendously.” Elizabeth looks to Donna like the sort of teacher who terrifies you all year but then gives you a grade A and cries when you leave.

After, another octogenarian (Probably all the MCs are octogenarian!) named Ibrahim asks Donna to guess his age, and when she gets it right on the first try (“Eighty?”), looks quite deflated. But continues to flirt.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

HAPPY FOURTH

The Fourth was always self’s favorite holiday. Nothing’s changed.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Link of the Day: Frederick Douglass

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass stood before the 600-odd members of the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society in Central New York and delivered what would become one of his most famous speeches, best known today as “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Lithub.com, July 4 – July 10

SAVAGE CONTINENT: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II, p. 16

  • Greece suffered about 410,000 war dead — a total that does not appear markedly worse than some of the countries already listed until one realizes that Greece had a prewar population of only about 7 million. The war therefore killed about 6 percent of all Greeks. Likewise Hungary’s 450,000 war deaths represented almost 5 per cent of the population. In Yugoslavia just over a million people were killed, or 6.3 per cent of the population. Deaths in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania probably amounted to between 8 and 9 per cent of all prewar Balts. As a nation, Poland suffered the most proportionally: more than one Pole in every six was killed — a total of over 6 million people in all.

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