Monday, July 20, 2020

Monday Musings - July 20, 2020

1. It is the third Monday of July. My favorite month of the year is slipping by too quickly. I am trying to enjoy every day.

Enjoying a Day at Big Cork Vineyards
Rohrersville, MD
July 19, 2020
2. What could be better than a day at Big Cork Vineyards with friends? Nothing really. We spent a marvelous afternoon with friends and listened to live music while enjoying some great wine in the Maryland mountains. 

3. The afternoons have been really hot--and this week will be likely the hottest of the year. Be cool, stay safe, and enjoy the summer.

4. Every time I hear the words "Fake News," I immediately discard the comment or statement being made at the time. The words "Fake News" in a report are a red flag to me that what is being reported or recounted about is likely untruth or contextually challenged. 

5. Circles of trust are everywhere during these coronavirus days. Don't break your circle.

6. When the dogs get up early in the morning, they have business that needs to be done. Then, unlike me, they lay on the floor and go back to sleep.

7. In the quiet of the middle of the night sometimes the thoughts in my head are too loud to allow me to go back to sleep. 

8. Are the overwhelming majority of Americans who refuse to wear a face mask in public really as selfish and uncaring of others as they seem?

9. I slipped out and played golf Saturday afternoon in the 98 degree heat. I decided to ride in a cart and not walk. It was a good choice.

10. Today in History. July 20, 1969, at 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 140,000 in U.S., as Trump Sees Flare-Ups as ‘Burning Embers’ - The Wall Street Journal

 Canada Bars Blue Jays From Playing Home Games in Toronto - The Wall Street Journal

As Trump Ignores Virus Crisis, Republicans Start to Break Ranks - The New York Times

TimesVideoTear Gas, Fireworks and Police Clashes at Portland Protests - The New York Times

Trump defends bungled handling of coronavirus with falsehoods and dubious claims - The Washington Post

Comet Neowise, two meteor showers and the ISS: Skywatching opportunities abound in next few weeks - The Washington Post

When the U.S. sneezes, the world catches a cold. What happens when it's COVID-19? - Reuters

United Arab Emirates launches mission to Mars - Reuters

Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

An evangelical minister and a politician arrived at Heaven's gate one day together. And St. Peter, after doing all the necessary formalities, took them in hand to show them where their quarters would be. And he took them to a small, single room with a bed, a chair, and a table and said this was for the clergyman. And the politician was a little worried about what might be in store for him. And he couldn't believe it then when St. Peter stopped in front of a beautiful mansion with lovely grounds, many servants, and told him that these would be his quarters.
And he couldn't help but ask, he said, ``But wait, how -- there's something wrong -- how do I get this mansion while that good and holy man only gets a single room?'' And St. Peter said, ``You have to understand how things are up here. We've got thousands and thousands of clergy. You're the first politician who ever made it.'' [Laughter]
But I don't want to contribute to a stereotype. [Laughter] So, I tell you there are a great many God-fearing, dedicated, noble men and women in public life, present company included. And, yes, we need your help to keep us ever mindful of the ideas and the principles that brought us into the public arena in the first place. The basis of those ideals and principles is a commitment to freedom and personal liberty that, itself, is grounded in the much deeper realization that freedom prospers only where the blessings of God are avidly sought and humbly accepted.
  -- Remarks at the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida, March 8, 1983

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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