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  • Posted on March 16th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Once there was a man named Honi. He came upon an old man planting a carob tree.

    “How long does a carob tree take to produce fruit?” Honi asked.

    “Seventy years,” the old man replied.

    “You idiot!” cried Honi. “Why are you wasting your time planting a tree whose fruit you will never see?”

    “When I was born,” replied the old man, “the world was full of carob trees, planted by the people who came before me. So I plant this, so that my descendants and their neighbors might enjoy trees, as I did.”

    And he went back to planting.


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  • Addendum 8 March 2018:

    Posted on March 8th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    This is an article I retweeted about a few weeks ago and is associated with decline of liberal democracy above:

    A model of the way opinions spread reveals how propagandists use the scientific process against itself to secretly influence policy makers.


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  • Thursday 8 March 2018: Burger Night Past

    Posted on March 8th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    We went to the Elks here in Green Cove Springs last night.  The burgers were huge and tasted good plus the fries were ok too.  None of our immediate friends were there so we ate on the “porch” bundled up in jackets.  Actually, it was quite pleasant and we enjoyed our last GCS Elks burgers for this season.  We are heading out for an area 2 hours drive to the south in the Mt. Dora area and plan on staying for about a week. This will give us an opportunity to explore a bit.

    This morning I ordered the 4 gallons of food grade antifreeze for out return trip to the north.  Walmart said they had the antifreeze so I tried a new thing and will pick it up as I think it will be necessary to winterize the RV since the temperatures do not seem to be breaking up in N Indiana.

    While I was reading this morning I came across an article that appears to be thoughtful and reasonably well written.  It is about our turmoil in the political arena and those disaffected individuals that might bring down liberal democracy.  I the link below should lead you to The Guardian article.

    How populist uprisings could bring down liberal democracy


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  • Monday 5 March 2018: Cool Days & Cold Nights

    Posted on March 5th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    The past couple of days have been cool, probably closer to typical early March, and the nights have been in the mid-30’s.  As you can imagine we have had the electric heaters on and the gas furnace is set to 68and has come on in the daybreak hours.  We have 12 units in the RV park but only about 9 are occupied.  The days are counting down for our stay here and we have 9 days left and then we will travel down to Eustis FL Elks for a few days stay.  Beyond that no plans have been made but we will probably meander northwards.

    In the back of my mind, I am thinking of stopping in Lake Park, GA and then somewhere south of Atlanta.  After that perhaps somewhere on I-24 SE of Nashville and then on to just north of Louisville.  We may stop overnight in Indy to see Beth and the grandkids and on to home in early April.  I will refine this time table from time to time.

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