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I was old, but I'm getting younger. I make tortillas. Christian. Fifth-generation Texan (Dallas variety). The foregoing is not necessarily listed in order of importance.
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Elk Park /
Craggy cliffs at sunrise.
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You Can Count on Him /

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles: Masterful and enthralling. Vanderbilt in a nutshell, by a contemporary: “The Commodore’s word is as good as his bond when it is fairly given. He is equally exact in fulfilling his threats.”

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@ReaderJohn Oh, you must be right. Dawg it is!

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@jaheppler Congratulations! Sounds like such a cool gig.

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@ayjay Sarah uses too many pronouns?

Aww, naw dog!

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@drewbelf What a terrible, wonderful poem that is. It's on my list now.

Billy Collins' "The Lanyard" -- loved by many -- is a contender for me. I once convinced a group of moms to invite Collins to speak at our town's high school by reading it to them.

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Trout Mountain, 06.18.2024, 5:58 am /
Mountain in dawn sunlight; small dog in foreground
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Red & Ready / 🌱
A container full of bright red tomatoes.

The little ones that don’t look quite red are ‘Sungolds,’ which aren’t supposed to be red, but yellow. (Just sayin'.)

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Wait, what's the question? /

Annie Dillard: “We’ve been on earth all these years and we still don’t know for certain why birds sing… We have been as usual asking the wrong question… The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?”

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Maggie
As an adult, my family has had three dogs. Sweet, sweet Maggie (officially, Margaret Rose) was the first.

Early Maggie (and early kids):

Late Maggie:



Three kids and and a 
sweet dogA sweet dog
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@tinyroofnail After a lifetime of seeing the Queen on UK stamps, King Charles still takes some getting used to. (As does saying, "King Charles.")

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Sandwich of the summer /

Around here, pre-July 4th is prime homegrown tomato time. (Beat the heat and the squirrels.) Open-faced toasted sourdough rubbed with garlic and topped with tomatoes, sardines, red onion, basil, a squeeze of lemon, salt & pepper: Boy, oh boy!

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@tinyroofnail "Start with the end in mind" is a piece of parenting advice we tried (emphasis on tried) to follow.

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Slow Food
Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich in 3 parts.

I started making ths BLT a bit less than six months ago. (At least the “T”.)

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I hear you, but don't see you orangejeep.org
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@ayjay Continued interest in the stands and on TV explains why EPL doesn't worry about fans disliking VAR, but I still don't understand why the league does like it. What's the upside for the league? It's not like VAR insulates the refs or owners from griping and sniping about calls.

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Talking about faith orangejeep.org
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@manton Please, can I quote you?! So, so true! 🚗

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@eastbrad The Web? What about writing?!

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Across the Alley in the Golden Hour

Shadows of trees against the side of a garage.

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@jabel I live in a reliably blue city in a reliably red state. Because they don't put up border checkpoints between town and country, there's a lot of mixing of partisans in the city. Thus, I have relationships with folks whom I love deeply and whose politics I abhor deeply. In the face of those contradictions, it's good to learn how to maintain both relationships and principles.

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Down By Law /

We’ve long known that Donald Trump is a de facto criminal. Today, it’s de jure, too.
That matters for the country’s foundational principles. But will it matter to the incredibly thin slice of undecided voters in the swing states?

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@manton Very cool! Thanks!

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@bbowman Wow. Such blue(s). Love this.

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Stoppard /

Tagging this “theater” hoping others will chime in. I’ve not studied contemporary theater exhaustively (an understatement!). But, in my uninformed opinion, Tom Stoppard is the great playwright writing in English in the last 50 years, and Arcadia is his masterpiece. Care to discuss/dispute? 🎭

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@thedimpause Cool photo. How was the play?

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Wascally /

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@ayjay A lovely rose-fingered paint job.

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@mwerickson I must admit that I only know the movie. Which I love.

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@jeremycherfas Very interesting. Thanks!

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Grateful /

Dallas got hit by 80 mph winds yesterday. Not surprisingly, lots of homes, ~630,000, lost power, ours included. But almost exactly 12 hours later, our lights were back on. I think that’s an impressive response. Thank you to the men and women who did that!

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@jeremycherfas Two questions: 1. Why? and 2. True for sardines, also?

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@mwerickson Babette's Feast comes to mind (the film is from an Isak Dinesen short story).

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@JohnBrady My uncle, who could turn a phrase, said, "When you get up early, you have the day in the palm of your hand."

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@jabel 1982: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheMcLaughlinGroup

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Late May at the Arboretum
The Dallas Arboretum a group of people on a blanket in a parkan old, gnarled live oak treemagnolia blossomhammocks beneath a tree in a parkLooking through a Japanese stone lantern in a parkKoi fish in a ponda light orange and pink rosepurple vitex treesa pink hibiscus blossomgreen bushes and a stormy skya fountain in a parka rabbit
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Albert Brooks on Writer's Block

Writing is solving one problem and then the next. It’s like building a house. Once you start, you have to finish… If you hired an architect and a year later you said, “What happened?” And he said, ‘I don’t know, I was blocked.’ You’d say, ‘What?!’

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@frjon Wonderful! It must be enormously gratifying that Malcolm perceived that mutual admiration and respect.

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Anticipation
Unripe green tomatoes on the vine.
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@tinyroofnail "The Sparrow and the Oriole stop by for breakfast" reminds me of John Prine: "The Moon and Stars hang out in bars..." . Thank goodness, in a more hopeful mode!

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@bbowman That Wendell Berry -- I think he has some things to say that are worth listening to.

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Seize the Grey

D. Wayne Lucas: “Watch out; he’s not gonna quit.” A fun Preakness. A beautiful horse, with 2,570 owners!

Preakness Stakes racehorse winner, "Seize the Grey"
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Old Friends

Maybe not like bookends (per Paul Simon). Still, 54 years of friendship in this photo.

Two older men.
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Third Places

micro.blog seems to be amazingly promising in creating an online “third place,” where a community can flourish. But an IRL third place is crucial. Here’s a good article on how that can work (or not).

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Doh!

How have I lived this long without knowing the greatness that is the sardine?

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RIP, Frank Stella
Painting/assemblage with many bright colors and shapes by Frank Stella