What's New - July 18

Dear Henry,

What's new with you?

Arkansas can have some brutal summers and we are now feeling the heat full force.  I spent a lot of time indoors working on administrative tasks.

Those never seem to go away, these administrative tasks.

I was happy to get the image "Scarlet Flax 2020" uploaded to the Shop. The image worked well with my entire product line and is available as a canvas wrap (up to 24 X 30), cutting board, mug, cards, and coasters.  I am really happy with how the coffee mugs turned out.

It has become harder and harder to read newspapers right now. The amount of hatred and vitriol that seems to be spreading around the country is staggering.  I don't understand it and I don't understand why there are so many different slants on the same event.

Why can't there just be the facts reported? Why does there have to be so much bias in our reporting?

Of course,  I am probably reading into this far too much, but I did just finish the book Captain and the Kings by Taylor Caldwell.

The book was all about the American capitalist system, in all of its finest and dirtiest.

It is a rise to riches story and talks about the ruthlessness that is needed if someone wants to achieve great wealth.

The book also plays with several of the "New World Order" conspiracy theories, such as a shadow organization that controls world politics and the press, simply to cause infighting, so that they can profit from "safety" products and the war machine and, in hindsight, probably not the best book to be reading during a year that contains an election, a pandemic, and a protest.

Fortunately, the next book I read was much goofier.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges is a book about angst.  You know, the kind where you realize "Wow, so this is what life is...." 

The book also provided this week's favorite quote - "Smiles and friendly nods are like fabric softeners for the face".

Even if you have seen the movie, the book is worth the read and provides a great deal of the backstory. 

I only managed to get one biography done at www.everydaypatriot.com this week, but it was a good one.

Sergeant Leonard Nimoy enlisted in the US Army reserves in 1953 and spent a couple of years in the Special Services unit, where he created programming for troop entertainment and events.

Of course, a couple of years later, he would become one of the most well-known members of Star Fleet.

Next week, we are still looking at some hot days, but fortunately, the clouds should clear up today and offer some clear nights.   I'm going to try and capture Comet Neowise while I still can.

xoxo a.d.


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