Sunday, June 26, 2022


UPDATE:   United States Select House Committee on January 6th .......

                           Hearing Tuesday June 28th  1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT)

There are a couple new-to-me blogs of interest I've discovered which you may appreciate, too.  Coincidentally, both of these gentlemen bloggers live across the pond from the U.S.  Take a dip, you may enjoy reading them as much as I have.

The first blog that came to my attention is written by a man with an interesting blogosphere history I learned about in a recent comment in case you missed reading it.  Ian Bertram has started a new blog, "Ian's Jottings", featuring an intriguing variety of topics.  You can visit Ian's blog HERE

Ian's no stranger to the blogosphere since Ronni Bennett at "Time Goes By" (TGB) first introduced his "Panchromatica" blog years ago.   Some of what she wrote included:

"He's a serious man with passion for world peace and human rights, but he also has a wicked sense of the absurd as demonstrated by ...  this link I took from his site."

You can read what Ronni wrote May 4, 2004 HERE.  (note: some links there may no longer be active.)  She had been visiting Ian's site before starting her blog.  Ian had discovered Ronni's early blogging efforts and they both regularly posted photos on "fotolog".  

When Ronni concluded she needed to give up her beloved longtime Greenwich Village brownstone apartment on Bleecker Street making her first move to Portland, Maine, Ian responded to her request to be a TGB guest blogger during her moving days.   

I've visited the new blog, "Ian's Jottings", and suggest you read his  June 16th "welcome" post  to gain information about his other blogs, art site, intended "jottings".  Based on his writing I've read,  I look forward to a variety of appealing subjects including his memoir, music featuring talented artists and much more.  The alternate history topic such as "Dunkirk" is entertainingly thought provoking as is considering his unusual idea that is revealed in "Green Earth", given our world today.

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The second blog, "Tone Deaf",  I discovered later which I sought after reading Roderick Robinson's comment on Sabine's blog "Interim Arrangements".  When I visited Roderick's blog I learned he had written several books.  I was fascinated when I read what he wrote about in one of his books, Opening Bars:  "Everyone has a voice so why not sing -- but at eighty?"  That's right, he became a singer at the ripe age of 80 years.

Exploring some of Roderick's blog writings I discovered he dabbles a bit in political commentary occasionally enhanced with a bit of poetry, has had a lifelong interest in aviation, is adapting to some significant medical issues and most recently has explored writing about everyday happiness.   He asks a pertinent question about the life he's lived that we all might ask about our own life you can read HERE.

Roderick's humor emerges with a light-hearted touch in his writings to also blend into one blog discussion about bellybuttons.   Subsequently, there's a description of perfection and then there is the account of his being insulted.

His novels are enticing especially since I note one is set in Arizona.  His appealing self-assessment:  "In my novels all women are heroines."  Hm-m-m!

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Norah Jones with pianist Marian McPartland.  Tanglewood Jazz Festival 8/30/2003

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United States Select House Committee on January 6th -- more hearings in July

"Donald Trump and his supporters are a clear and present danger to democracy."  

      Preserve our constitutional capitalistic democratic republic when you vote.

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SCOTUS recent warped political interpretations of our constitution defy common sense with serious ramifications:

Separation of church and state is now compromised based on a recent case ruling.

Regulations in numerous states to restrict gun proliferation have been invalidated per a ruling.

Women's rights retracted including making decisions affecting the health of her own body.                             (Women no longer equal with men who are permitted to  make health decisions about their body.)  


  1. Ramana Rajgopaul6/26/2022 4:36 AM

    The SCOTUS decision has come as a surprise to many of us here too. Here, abortion is legal as part of our Family Planning Programme and if it is made illegal, it can have serious repercussions.

    1. Am surprised to learn India is facing abortion becoming illegal, too. Hopefully that won't occur.

  2. Those Supreme Court decisions are worrying. Not to mention the decisions they might take in the future, jeopardising other long-established practices.

    1. They take away established rights which is quite unacceptable to the majority of Americans.

  3. Women's rights are constantly on the table everywhere. We are expendable to whatever patriarchal agenda is on the move. I sure hope voting kicks these monsters to the curb but I am not holding my breath. The world, currently, is fraught with many challenges, none of which are being addressed with these major idiotic distractions.

    1. Considering all the problems our world is facing we should be focusing on them, not removing people's rights, least of all women's.

  4. I did visit Ian but his "Dunkirk" really rattled me. We just don't know the "in our face" horrors of war for which we are indeed lucky. May we never experience them.
    The Supreme Court recent decisions makes me realize that the majority no longer rules. When did that happen?

    1. I agree about "Dunkirk" and war, but really found "Green Earth" unsettling.
      Really is dangerous that extremist minorities are dictating even in our Supreme Court which has become so overtly political, too. I can only hope enough people will realize the seriousness of our situation, carefully vote only for those individuals dedicated to preserving our democratic republic at all levels of government.

  5. Love Nora Jones. She's excellent.

    This Supreme Court is simply illegitimate. The majority of its appointments were made by presidents who lost the popular vote, and three of them were appointed by someone who tried to overthrow the government of the United States and must be prosecuted by the DOJ. I'm astonished at what a shambles he put this country in.

    1. Hopefully voters will realize they must make certain to elect to government offices only those who will protect citizens rights, to counter SCOTUS actions.

  6. It occurred to me this morning that what the Republican Party has become may have dug its own grave with its part in the overturn of Roe vs Wade, given that the majority of the women in the United States do not agree with the overturning and could turn out to vote in record numbers against Republican candidates in future elections. I'm thinking of an invisible, unorganized and real coalition of women of all ages, some of whom never felt that their voice mattered.

    A friend of mine said something that I continue to contemplate, that Roe vs Wade did not solve the deeper age-old problem of so many women having no choice regarding being impregnated, just as overturning Roe vs Wade does not begin to face that aspect of female suffering. In many ways, the Democratic Party has no more answers to age-old problems than the Republican Party but I will continue to vote for Democrats and do what I can, against all odds.

    I love hearing Norah Jones. Yes, it is summertime and all that evokes, a mixed bag for me. Thank you, Joared.

    1. I guess we'll find out in midterm elections and again in 2024 how motivated voters are by these surfacing issues so many seem to protest against. I continue to resent abortion being politicized with legislators, judiciary involved when it's quite a private issue.

  7. Thanks for the plug. As I mentioned I worked in the USA as a journalist for six years during the dark ages (1966 - 72). My wife and I pondered whether we should stay on, even become naturalised, but for several inescapable reasons we decided to return to the UK. For the last three years (ie, the BJ era) I wondered whether that decision had been a good thing but happily the buffoon PM has been forced into resigning just a few days ago and my sense of shame about my homeland has diminished slightly. Mind you, had we stayed on long enough in the US to live through the DT era, I might well have questioned that decision. A holiday in France beckons and I look forward to conversing in a language which hasn't taken the beating that English and American-English has recently suffered.

    1. Our nation's have both experienced buffoon leaders so you could not have avoided them whatever your choice. I'm not sure either of us are out of the woods on that count but time will tell. Enjoy your holiday in France, a language I studied but had little opportunity to use with native speakers especially for many decades now. Probably I would be unable to effectively communicate in other than what remains of either of our Englishes.