Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Blogger issues

For some reason, Blogger does not show me as signed in when I'm looking at my blog
or anyone else's.  

I click on sign in and it takes me to the posting page and shows me signed in.

It won't let me comment on other blogs without signing in.

Anyone else experiencing this problem?  

Hmm ... just realized if you are you can't comment here either.

I'll have to do some more research.  My first search didn't solve the issue.

by commenting on my own blog it's showing me as signed in on my blog.  Now to see if I can comment on other blogs.

Well, lost the sign in again!


Monday, September 17, 2018

Will You Vote In Mid-term Elections?

Our country is facing an important decision point in democracy.

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or unaffiliated you will agree that our elected officials, and government employees should be held accountable for their actions when they are breaking the law. At present that is not happening especially in Congress where oversight responsibilities lie.

We must elect a Congress that will examine the misdeeds of the present administration.

Are you registered to vote?

Go here and take the pledge to vote in November.

Spread the word.

Joe Scarborough, former Republican Congressman, said this in recent editorial:
The question for voters this fall is whether their country will move beyond this troubled chapter in history or whether they will continue supporting a politician who has done more damage to the dream of America than any foreign adversary ever could.

One last thing if you doubt the need to vote, read this Editorial:

Friday, September 14, 2018

Spy Museum

Housed in a former motel is the National Cryptology Museum.  It's right next door to the National Security Agency (NSA) which used to be so cloaked in secret that even folks that worked there wouldn't admit to it.  Now it's such a large employer and a huge campus it's well known what it is but not known really what they do there.

Vantage House, where I live, had a trip there with a docent led tour.

Staff from NSA have to be reminded not to be "loose lips".

Once the docent explained what a cipher was he took as to the Enigma exhibit for a history lesson on how the Nazi cipher was deciphered.

It was good to hear how women were such an integral part in the code breaking.  Once the algorithm was figured out, these huge machines called, bombes, could break the coded messages.

A fascinating trip and one we'll likely take again since there was much we didn't touch on in the 2 hours we were there.  Like the Navajo code talkers.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Happy 100th

Today my dad if he was still living would have been 100 years old.  

At their 50th anniversary celebration in 1990 he expressed the wish to live to 100.

This was likely an engagement photo since they were married in September of that year.

He died 11 years shy of that target.

Mom made it almost to 95 before she joined him.

In searching for photos for this post I discovered that most of my photos of my dad are hard copies in albums or framed like one of him with me at a lakeside that sits here at my desk. 

I think I'll keep them saved that way.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

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