Washington State does have a diverse landscapes. That was very evident on two very different morning commutes this past week.
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
In A Landscape shows this summer were canceled due to covid. I had been looking forward to seeing a show this summer after seeing a show in Strabuck, Washington last summer (HERE). We took the opportunity to join a small group at Summer Lake, Oregon to see Hunter Noack play at his summer base. A delightful three evenings of music at the northwest edge of the Basin and Range. On the last morning we took in the Summer Lake playa with classical piano. I very much appreciated the effort In A Landscape put into this project and making a very safe experience in hard times. A very rare pleasure this year for sure. A few clips from the last morning:
Friday, August 28, 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Sunday, July 12, 2020
During my political era, I did concentrate a great deal on policy and I still work on range policy issues. I great deal of good policy work gets down into the details. Those details matter. Good policy requires honest assessments of those details, but it also requires empathy.
Good business requires honest assessments and empathy. Politics and policy are really not that different. A lot of failed policy efforts forget the empathy part or the honest assessment part.
Likewise, good politics require empathy as well. Of late I have been feeling empathy for conservatives. It can not be easy under the circumstances we find ourselves in.
Monday, July 6, 2020
Reviewing maps along a portion of the Skagit River, I noted a place label called Skagit City.
Skagit City faded away after large log jams were removed from the river upstream at what is now Mount Vernon.
Once the jams were removed at what is now Mount Vernon boat access was extended up river and thus reduced the attraction of the town site. Further decline took place with the coming of rail. And the location of the town on the delta of a large river subject to very large floods likely did not help either. All that remains is a reference on the topographic maps.
Nice write ups at the excellent skagit river journal.com, a regular go to source of information.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Although the day was bit overcast the ground was warmed up enough to cause a distant field of red tulips to appear to levitate.