Monday, May 22, 2023

Monday Musings - May 22, 2023


1. Monday Musings is back after a week off due to travel! Say "good morning" to the fourth Monday of May. There are 31 Mondays remaining in the year.

2. Chris and I had a sad experience at a Loudoun County, Virginia, winery yesterday. It was their last day. Everything was discounted and while a great celebration was underway, there was a sense of sadness. The winery, Maggie Malick Wine Caves near Purcellville, has been sold and the new owners want to make the house into a B&B, close the winery and possibly build a microbrewery on the property. At least that was the plan as reported to us by one of the employees.

3. It has been relatively cool in the region since our arrival one week ago. Some weather reporters advise that it is running about 10 degrees below normal! Morning temps in the 50s are a shock to my Florida lifestyle! I had to wear jeans instead of shorts yesterday. I still wore my sandals, without socks, however.

4. The biking has been fun. The honeysuckle blossoms are providing a sweet smell across the Mid-Atlantic forests right now. Riding is multiple sensory treat.

5. Today in History. On May 22, 1843, the first major wagon train to the northwest departs from Elm Grove, Missouri, on the Oregon Trail.

Although U.S. sovereignty over the Oregon Territory was not clearly established until 1846, American fur trappers and missionary groups had been living in the region for decades, to say nothing of the Native Americans who had settled the land centuries earlier. Dozens of books and lectures proclaimed Oregon’s agricultural potential, piquing the interest of white American farmers. The first overland immigrants to Oregon, intending primarily to farm, came in 1841 when a small band of 70 pioneers left Independence, Missouri. They followed a route blazed by fur traders, which took them west along the Platte River through the Rocky Mountains via the easy South Pass in Wyoming and then northwest to the Columbia River. In the years to come, pioneers came to call the route the Oregon Trail.

China reacts to Zelensky's participation in G7 - CNN

US economy heads closer to the brink as Biden and McCarthy meet today on debt limit - CNN

‘Uncle Roger’ jokes about China, and censors don’t see the funny side - CNN

Ukraine says it advances on Bakhmut's flanks to entrap Russians - Reuters

Meta hit with record $1.3 bln fine over data transfers - Reuters

Beijing rebukes Japan, Britain over 'anti-China' G7 summit - Reuters

Could Biden use the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling? - Reuters

As Preteens Ignore Social-Media Limits, Governments Push for Better Checks - The Wall Street Journal

-- Bob Doan, Odenton, MD

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