Christmas On A Great Street

The Inspiration Shots

iPhoneOgraphy – 29 Nov 2016 (Day 334/366)

Christmas Lights (also known informally as fairy lights) are lights used for decoration in preparation for Christmas and for display throughout Christmastide. The custom goes back to the use of candles to decorate the Christmas tree in Christian homes in early modern Germany. Christmas trees displayed publicly and illuminated with electric lights became popular in the early 20th century. By the mid-20th century, it became customary to display strings of electric lights as along streets and on buildings Christmas decorations detached from the Christmas tree itself. In the United States, it became popular to outline private homes with such Christmas lights in tract housing beginning in the 1960s. By the late 20th century, the custom had also been adopted in non-western countries / regions, notably in Japan and Hong Kong.

In many countries, such as Sweden, people start to set up their Christmas…

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My Diary: Finding Squares Where There Should Have Only Been Circles

Gerald's Rather Strange Diary

I had to leave the house early although this time June got up before me.‭ ‬She had covered herself with wallpaper and was trying on family photographs to see which one best suited her.‭ ‬I covered my face in emulsion paint and dripped a line to the bus stop.‭ ‬As I boarded the gasping for breath bus I noticed that the collared doves where perched apart.‭ ‬After a stop on a military side drum I found my way to my childhood home‭ ‬-‭ ‬all the houses had letters of the Greek alphabet instead of numbers.‭ ‬I waved to the gamma ray lady before meeting the Zeus person in the Epsilon house.‭ ‬We made small talk in a very large space and then both said goodbye to the walls‭ (‬all but one wall ignored us and talked instead to the ceiling‭)‬.

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President Trump’s Voter Fraud Expert Was Registered to Vote in Three States

Truth Troubles


President Trump’s Voter Fraud Expert Was Registered to Vote in Three States

8:56 PM Eastern
(SAN FRANCISCO) — A man who President Donald Trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the Associated Press has learned.

Gregg Phillips, whose unsubstantiated claim that the election was marred by 3 million illegal votes was tweeted by the president, was listed on the rolls in Alabama, Texas and Mississippi, according to voting records and election officials in those states. He voted only in Alabama in November, records show.

In a post earlier this month, Phillips described “an amazing effort” by volunteers tied to True the Vote, an organization whose board he sits on, who he said found “thousands of duplicate records and registrations of dead people.”


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Responding to what it described as a hacking campaign by the Russian government to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, the Obama administration kicked dozens of Russian officials out of the country Thursday and closed two properties — including one on Maryland’s Eastern Shore — that the White House said have been used to gather intelligence.

In the strongest retaliation against Russia the United States has leveled in decades, the administration sanctioned two Russian intelligence services and gave 35 government officials 72 hours to leave the country.

The 45-acre site on the Corsica River near Centreville was purchased by the Soviet Union in 1972, a State Department official said.





During what could only be called a hectic session the county listened to two men who claimed they could stop the Russian sale even after contracts  had been signed, if they could…

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Belle Papillon 24/7

I originally made this draft before I left for my trip to post when I got to my destination(s). I didn’t realize how bad the internet connection was going to be. I anticipated that we were mostly staying in remote locations, however, when we got to the major cities I was expecting some “free WiFi” at a Starbucks or McDonalds which I found out was somewhat foreign to them. No free WiFi??? For real!!! Ugh!!!

My initial intention was to try to stay away from my blog for a bit… so I have scheduled a lot of my posts for the time that I was going to be away. Good move! I intended to get on my blog whenever  I got a chance just so I can finish some of the drafts I started and respond to some comments…I didn’t anticipate that it was going to be a challenge.


One of the…

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Bad News Betsy

Save Maine Schools

On Wednesday, President-Elect Donald Trump became the latest leader in a succession stretching decades into the past to prove that it matters not who is in charge: the Big Education Agenda – the real agenda – is all but indestructible.

With his pick of billionaire Betsy DeVos for the role of Secretary of Education, Trump signaled either his willingness to go along with the war being waged on our children by the Education-Industrial-Complex, or his ignorance of what is actually happening to our schools.

Either way, the troops march on.


Despite claims that she opposes Common Core (an assertion that is not only dubious but also, given the Core’s ability to morph into whatever form it desires, largely irrelevant), DeVos is decidedly devoted to the cradle-to-grave, data-driven workforce development system that has been in the works since at least the 1950’s.

This agenda, as I have written previously, is…

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The Salt & Pepper Cocktail “How to” at Manhattan Cricket Club

Mary in Manhattan

The Manhattan Cricket Club, a hidden cocktail bar on the Upper West Side serves sophistication straight up. Its plush interiors transport you to a Victorian Era, and the cocktails…well they transport you somewhere different every time.

The owner, Tim Harris, showed me the secrets of one of the most popular players on the menu, the Salt & Pepper. It reminded me of a cross between a martini and a bloody Mary, and drinking it made me want to eat a few salty snacks to complement the flavor. Tim, on the other hand, says it’s a meal of its own.

Get ready for this fanciness:

manhattan cricket club cocktail

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