Well, we seem to have lost our bearded dragon, named Henry Flagler after the brilliant industrialist who developed most of Florida. It may seem crazy to some folks to get worked up about a reptile, but Henry is an extraordinary creature. We allowed him to have free range of our house for years, as the … Continue reading Farewell, Henry Flagler (maybe?)
For all practical purposes, I have become something of a banana/pineapple/papaya farmer. I have planted so many of these around our property - I am not sure what I am going to do with their crops. With respect to pineapples, I have planted two varieties - a sweet golden variety and a red variety. There … Continue reading I have baby red pineapples!
Be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy.Warren Buffett Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked.also Warren Buffett If you listen to Biden, his Treasury Secretary, the Labor Secretary, and the chairman of the Federal Reserve, the economy is strong and there's nothing to worry … Continue reading How long will chaos in the financial markets last?
After our camping trip was cut short by a freak winter storm, we decided to go check out Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina, where the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Duke University are located, respectively. UNC was chartered in 1789 and began accepting students in 1795, making it the oldest public university … Continue reading Woke campus culture is even weirder than you think
During our time in Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, we went on the most glorious hike. I feel the need both to share this information and memorialize the path for myself so we can do it again at a later date. Hiking distances are longer than they appear on this map. A lot of … Continue reading Our adventures in Nantahala National Forest, part two: hiking Kinsey Creek Trail to the Appalachian Trail
Exploring the AT at Rock Gap. We have had an extraordinary past two weeks playing around Georgia and the Carolinas. The first part of our trip was spent at Standing Indian Campground in Nantahala National Forest, at the headwaters of the Nantahala River, a river that is very popular for whitewater rafting. (Something to do … Continue reading Our adventures in Nantahala National Forest, part one: Standing Indian Campground
Elise out fishing with her grandfather on Lake Hartwell. Greetings from our family's cabin on Lake Hartwell, Georgia! Our latest road trip is underway. Despite an unusually heroic (by our standards) effort at planning, we were not able to leave South Florida until late in the afternoon last Saturday. We made the mistake of going … Continue reading Returning to Lake Hartwell
As with the mind-blowingly reckless withdrawal from Afghanistan, I am struggling to understand what the Biden administration's endgame with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is. The SPR is the United States Department of Energy's emergency stockpile of oil, which is stored in underground tanks in Louisiana and Texas. The SPR dates back to 1975, when … Continue reading Biden announces plan to decimate the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
I have good friends who have been deeply disturbed by things some conservative influencers have been saying about the Ukraine War, specifically those who seem to be sympathizing with Putin or scapegoating the US (even though the US is not directly involved). I'm not going to lie - I find it absolutely bonkers (and anti-American) … Continue reading Social media and cable news are not real life, parts per million
Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov A … Continue reading Alex Jones brought the televangelist business model to politics