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country roads musings – part 1: weed fascination

In Everyday Living, Opinions on July 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Our regimen includes a daily walk/jog/lope along the country roads … to reduce cholesterol, weight, stressors … and to observe. The daily goal is four miles with an accelerated pace; a pace that allows for observation and idea, thought and weight management.  

Today’s musing: the incredible colors of the roadside weeds and foliage. 

Admittedly, summer is a favorite season. The generosity of this area’s soil, precipitation, sun and temperature creates a veritable explosion of summertime bounty. Delicious fruits and vegetables seemingly are everywhere. Flower gardens are envied by all. 

But we often overlook the simple beauty and the magnificent brilliance and astounding strength of the common roadside weed. With no clue (no pretense) about weed identification, we just decided to share some weed pictures with you.


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today’s news … Friday, July 22

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! Today’s Weather!   EXTREME HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECTToday in History!

Quote for today“I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house, and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but wise men ever rule under this roof!” –  from a letter John Adams wrote to his wife shortly after occupying the newly constructed White House in 1800.

  • The cover story on today’s Entertainment section to the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era depicts a vibrancy that could be and should be Columbia.  The article on page 3, “Come as you are, stay for the art – Columbia, Wrightsville galleries in casual collaborative mode for Fourth Friday.” is a grand invitation to the entire county’s readers to visit Columbia during Fourth Friday (this evening). Local artists, Cleon Berntheizel (Garth Gallery) and Harriet Hacker (lowercase gallery) are featured. “Both artists are part of the emerging art scene in the River Towns of Lancaster and York Counties. That renaissance is featured monthly during Fourth Friday, a celebration of the arts in Columbia and nearby communities.” What a grand opportunity to welcome everyone, including out-of-towners; our art community gets it!


eyes in the sky & elephant’s eye & in a pig’s eye

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on July 22, 2011 at 5:18 am

This week we surveyed the other four boroughs in Lancaster County which, with Columbia, constitute the “top five” most populous. We asked these three questions:

  1. How many surveillance cameras monitor public spaces in your borough?
  2. Does your chief of police attend monthly borough council meetings?
  3. On average, how many citizens attend a borough council meeting?

You may or may not be surprised by the results. We have stressed repeatedly that “trust” is the key element in a democratic republic style of government. Citizens “trust” that the folks they elect to represent their interests will do that. The elected “public servants” will consider all sides of the issues that will impact their constituents and they will be diligent in their stewardship of the community’s interests. They will recruit trustworthy, honorable, capable and ethically correct people to effectively manage Read the rest of this entry »

The seventeenth Amendment

In Government, History and Heritage, Treasures on July 22, 2011 at 5:15 am


The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

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