Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
It appears that the attorney general of the United States doesn't understand the separation of powers specified by the Constitution. He also doesn't seem to know the names of our states.
Don't we have 3 branches of government as a balance, a protection for all? And shouldn't the attorney general of the country understand the law of the land and respect participants in other branches of the federal government?
"I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power", Sessions said.
I love Tim Kaine's Twitter response to Jeff Session's ridiculous statement.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
I was walking in Maudslay State Park this afternoon when a flash of pale pink pulled me off the trail. It's early; I suspect the warmth triggered an early bloom.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:48 PM
Sunday, April 16, 2017
I find it hard to believe that the head of the EPA is someone who denies the accepted science of climate change, someone who is determined to undo protections that are already in place.
The article EPA staff "openly mocking" Trump's "arrogant and callous" policies, says retiree references a letter written to Administrator Pruitt by Michael Cox as he retired from the agency. The article is short and interesting.
The letter is longer and very powerful. Read it!
Cox called Pruitt’s claim on national TV that CO2 is not a primary contributor to recent global warming “shocking” — and directly compared it to the congressional hearing with the CEOs of the major tobacco companies where “all of the CEOs categorically denied that smoking causes lung cancer.”
What’s the result of this denial? “You will continue to undermine your credibility and integrity with EPA staff, and the majority of the public,” Cox wrote, “if you continue to question this basic science of climate change.”
from the ThinkProgess article
Saturday, April 15, 2017
It was a few hours past low tide when I arrived at Kittery Point this morning for a walk in Fort Foster Park.
I walked, stopping to absorb the vistas, to chat with other walkers, and to laugh at the dogs who were enjoying a romp between the water and dry land.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:34 PM
Friday, April 14, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The entire 6+ miles of beach at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is closed for the piping plover nesting season. It closes each year on April 1st and reopens when the birds are done with it, often in late August or early September.
Today I walked a bit in the refuge away from the beach.
Parker River is a special place; visiting there always leaves me with a feeling of calm.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:28 PM
Monday, April 10, 2017
Today's temperature triggered a need to visit Maudslay State Park for a wander in the woods, a search for early blooming flowers. There have been enough dry days since last week's snow and rain to provide reasonably dry trails in the park although I did need to walk around some very muddy spots. It was a good day for walking.
My favorite spot in the park today was a grassy knoll that was covered in crocus and chionodoxa luciliae (also know as "glory of the snow"). I sat there for a quite a while absorbing the beauty of the tiny flowers.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 8:20 PM
I always listened to public radio on my commute to work. Now that I'm not working I don't spend a dedicated morning and afternoon time slot in the car, and that means I'm missing some of the shows I enjoy. Yes, I know, I can listen at home - but that doesn't always happen.
At the end of my volunteer stint at WBUR last week I stayed for a tour of the studio. It was quite interesting to see where some of the shows are produced.
Our tour guide mentioned that an updated version of the WBUR Listen app was available; I made a mental note to check it out. I've installed it on my phone, giving me the option of listening to my favorite shows either live or at a later time when (I'm away from radio and computer and) I feel the need to listen. I'm happy.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:34 PM
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Early spring has graced us with snow, rain, and chilly air, all contributing to early flowers.
Knowing that there is a field at The Steven-Coolidge Place where crocus and daffodil bloom, I headed to the garden this morning looking for early flowers. Several varieties of small early spring flowers have started to push color across the landscape. Crocus wearing purple and white is a favorite of mine.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 12:51 PM
Friday, April 07, 2017
On Wednesday afternoon I volunteered for a couple of hours at the WBUR Marathon, a 26.2 hour fundraiser with the goal of raising $1,000,000 for the NPR news station. And yes, the goal was met and exceeded!
It was a good experience; I'll happily volunteer there again.
Food was provided for the volunteers and station staff. A late afternoon snack of chips and guacamole was supplied with a huge supply of guacamole; I assume it was donated by the (local) creator. At one point a staff member went through the event room handing out tubs of Chica de Gallo Spicy Guacamole to be taken home. I like guacamole and luckily I like spice as well since this variation was made with ghost peppers. It was a good taste treat!
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Sunday, April 02, 2017
Today's editorial in the Los Angeles Times titled "Our Dishonest President" is an introduction to a 4-part editorial to be published this week. The words are powerful; they make me realize I am far from alone in being concerned about the behavior and policies of this president.
I plan to read the rest of the series scheduled for publication over the next 3 days.
Read the editorial. What do you think?
It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters. The Times called him unprepared and unsuited for the job he was seeking, and said his election would be a "catastrophe".
Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck.
from the Los Angeles Time editorial:
Our Dishonest President
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Wet snow fell for much of the day leaving white on the grass and deep slush on the roads. I'm very glad this wasn't a repeat of the massive April Fool's blizzard from 20 years ago.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 3:25 PM