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Rarely have I been this demoralized and worried about my country. Cartoon about Ferguson (Sack)

It's already time for "MUMS" again. Plus I start to try for an entry to the "LINE" contest

FYI- Rachel Maddow just said she will be on with Letterman tonight

apparently she will be asked about ISIS vs alQuaida.
I'll turn it on with interest.

Looking out my attic window in Germany I decided to go for a bike ride

A few photos from that ride, these are memories that feel good; the weather was wonderful.

My bike rides were soothing and exhilarating. The city I was in was flat as a pancake and I felt as if I were riding like the wind.
Since coming home I had my own bike overhauled, and I’m back on it. But it’s hilly and way more difficult.

Eierschalensollbruchstellenverursacher - No, I’m not kidding.

Germans legitimately can and do make up words that imply entire concepts.
This is a word for a tool that causes
"Egg shells being deliberately broken in designated places”

I took this photo for you to show I'm not making this up, "they" did.

While you are, hopefully, laughing, take a look at how German compares to other languages

Couple of thoughts @ contests. Pet peeve reference at the end is fleeting and sarcasm icon applies

We may want to make a new rule that only one third of the entries ought to go into the finals.With fewer entries now a given there have been times where every other photo or so was in the finals. (We've had only one full set of 30 entries in over a year, I think)
I think 10 finalists when there were 20 or so submissions dulls the excitement of the contests.
Host determines how many at the start of the contest, once submissions are closed.

You are discouraged from voting for yourself (honor system, LOL)
yet if you are a photographer, especially one with an entry, you have a moral obligation to cast a vote.

and after your vote
ask Skinner nicely, but in a public message, to make the polls anonymous. Once a month, right after you vote.

And a question to the many photographers who are no longer submitting:
WHY? What is YOUR reason?
And how can we lure you back to join in again.

Not a really big deal photo - but a cute story

In order to get into this church I had to call and get them to open it for me. It's called the "Luther Church".
Bicycling to it at the appointed time I had to ask a local youth for directions. "Luther Church" do you know where it is?

She looked at me and said: "Catholic or Protestant?"
I said: "Luther'

She said: "I apologize for my ignorant question" and then gave me directions.

I ended up in a dark church, and no lights were turned on for me which i can fully understand. It is an Art Deco masterpiece. Once i've worked with the photos (taken in the dark) I may post some more.

I'm adding this link to the "Carmina Burana" performed in this church, found it while poking around for a link to show you it's grandeur.

Today I was outside to breathe for a few minutes

It was the day to clean out and vacate my Mom’s studio apartment in the old age home where she lived the last 9 years.
Sunshine and green helped my mood.

She would have loved to be honored like this, my Mom who died a couple of days ago.

DU Photo folks have known Mom for years. She came to the USA and we spent time in the Keys each year - as the guests of a friend. He became wealthy enough to buy a condo there - damn fancy, too - and let her use it every year in re-payment for what he perceived saved his future when he was young:
"A preacher’s wife in a tiny German village who understood his professed need to learn things beyond farming. They had books he was to read and discussions to participate in.
He “made it” and farming was left to his siblings….."

That’s the reason the photos I’m lining up all have the flair of the US South. That’s when Mom and I were together the most. I had to go to the old country a few times for funerals, but there were no photos.

So I’m not going to say anything - I’ll just line them up. Many of you will remember her - and you will see from the photographs her love of life and her energy. She had seven children, I was her oldest.

I came here a week plus ago, and I sat at her bed for 7 days and 6 nights until she died in my arms and those of one of my remaining brothers.
I am bereft. And she is relieved after a short month of physical terror.
She was almost 90

Thanks guys for remembering her, and for looking.

The other woman dancing is an adopted sister

Seeing the light: Boehner Drops Obama Lawsuit; Says It Would Mean Doing Something - (Borowitz)

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) dropped his plans to sue President Obama on Friday, explaining to reporters, “I realized it would mean doing something.”

In a brief appearance before the press, Speaker Boehner talked about his gradual realization that “filing a lawsuit requires effort and, yes, work.”

“I came to the conclusion that while suing the President would be the best thing for the American people, it would also require that I do something,” he said, struggling to retain his composure. “And that would be a betrayal of everything I stand for.”

Mr. Boehner’s decision drew praise from fellow Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who called it “courageous.”

“I know this was a very difficult decision for John,” McConnell said. “But at the end of the day you have to be true to your core values.”

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