Parallels

The “founding fathers” of the United States consciously emulated the Roman Republic. Witness the creation of the Senate and Washington’s refusal of power, ala Cincinnatus.

I taught history for most of my forty years in the classroom and wonder what Franklin, Adams, Jefferson and Washington would have thought of this comparison between First Century BC Republican Rome and Twenty-First Century AD America:

Rome and America
Rome and America

 

Picture of the Day — Question

English Summer 2
English Summer 2

How about we reserve a day on Facebook for positive thoughts and no negative or political posts?

I vote for Sunday.

I will, therefore, neither post nor share any further items having to deal with what I perceive as politics — on Sunday. I believe that I will also include liking, disliking or commenting on your posts/shares or those of others (regardless of whether I agree or disagree with them).

I have friends who are conservative; I have friends who are liberal. Some of them I consider reactionary and some I consider revolutionary. Some I consider just plain nuts — as, I assume, they also consider me (I am nuts, but that’s beside the point.). Let’s all just agree to disagree — and, if someone really offends us, take a walk around the block or have a drink . . . and, if you really need a drink, come on over — I’ve got plenty to go around.

Picture of the Day & Box Wine

An English Summer
An English Summer

I am a fan of Trader Joe’s wines, specifically, their boxed California cabernet. Had a short glass after dinner while watching the Angel / Dodger game. It seemed as though there was still some left in the box but little came out.

Took the plastic pouch out of the box — there was wine left — a good deal of it. Snipped one corner of the pouch and held it over my empty glass — I was able to pour an entire glass of wine from a seemingly empty container.

Well, there are still a couple of sips remaining in my glass — the game is tied at 4 – 4 in the bottom of the ninth.

Bottoms up!