Monday, June 8, 2020

Monday Musings - June 8, 2020

1. Here it is, the second Monday of June 2020. The year of everything crazy. The year is almost half complete and we still do not have our feet beneath us. 

2. Summertime weather arrived. Thankfully, the pool is open and ready to cool and refresh. I have been enjoying it almost daily.

Looking out from Big Cork Vineyards
Rohrersville, MD
June 7, 2020
3. Yesterday, Chris and I made our longest trip from home since mid-March. We visited Big Cork Vineyards for a wine club pick-up party. It was good to see the vines and people. We were outside and well separated following the state mandated coronavirus rules. I was amazed at how many people visited the winery, which has ample outside seating to escape their homes and begin to find a new normal.

4. I found an instructive article for people having a difficult time understanding "Black Lives Matter." It is titled The Black Lives Matter Movement Explained. I highly recommend reading the article.

5. The nearly perfect weather of the past few days has significantly increased my outside fun. Although I did not enjoy my pool yesterday, because I was enjoying wine at a vineyard, it was a magnificent day to be outside and enjoy the clear sky dotted with puffy clouds.

6. While at Big Cork, I inquired about the status of the grapes and whether they had suffered loss with the late season frosts the the region experienced. I am happy to report that because of the near constant winds the vineyards locations near the tops of the rolling hills, they did not suffer loss. I took some pictures of the vies and can report that I saw healthy grape clusters hiding beneath the leaves. There will be a harvest later this year. 

7. Today in History.  James Earl Ray, an escaped American convict, is arrested in London, England, and charged with the assassination of African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
On April 4, 1968, in Memphis, King was fatally wounded by a sniper’s bullet while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Motel Lorraine. That evening, a Remington .30-06 hunting rifle was found on the sidewalk beside a rooming house one block from the Lorraine Motel. During the next several weeks, the rifle, eyewitness reports, and fingerprints on the weapon all implicated a single suspect: escaped convict James Earl Ray. A two-bit criminal, Ray escaped a Missouri prison in April 1967 while serving a sentence for a holdup. In May 1968, a massive manhunt for Ray began. The FBI eventually determined that he had obtained a Canadian passport under a false identity, which at the time was relatively easy.


Trump Orders Troops to Leave D.C. as Former Military Leaders Sound Warning - The New York Times

Tropical Storm Cristobal Makes Landfall in Louisiana - The New York Times

New York City Begins Reopening After 3 Months of Outbreak and Hardship - The New York Times

Protests Fuel Moves to Shift Funding From Police - The Wall Street Journal

Apologies, Protests and Rebellion: Inside the NFL’s 72-Hour Awakening - The Wall Street Journal

Countries around the world join in anti-police brutality demonstrations - OANN

Saying Trump 'drifted away' from Constitution, Colin Powell picks Biden - Reuters

Tens of thousands join Black Lives Matter protest in London - Reuters

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

Black Lives Matter

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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