Monday, August 21, 2017

WOW! Lindsey Graham Hearts President Trump


CAN I   REALLY BELIEVE MY EYES AND EARS?  Tonight was the first,  FIRST, time ever I've heard Sen. Lindsey Graham gush praise on President Trump.  It was in response to Trump's extremely well-done Afghanistan speech tonight at Fort Myers, VA.

I totally support Trump's decision to undo some of the foreign policy mess created by Obama in Afghanistan (and Iraq) that allowed terrorist to thrive and fester. I totally agree with Sen. Graham's praise of the president.  While we're at it,  Graham was right to take Sen. Rand Paul to task for his opposing this new direction.  Paul, a diehard libertarian pacifist, is wrong on this and he's been wrong for years.

It's late, but before I end this post,  I want to say that Trump's hair looked THE BEST I've ever seen it.  He looked 10 years younger and very presidential. Ten years younger and very consequential.

Rolling Totality Near the Cumberland River

DARKNESS WAS NOT TOTAL DARKNESS AT 1:28 pm, BUT CLOSE ENOUGH AS THE FAR HORIZONS AND DISTANT CLOUDS RADIATED LIGHT BACK TO US FROM ALL AROUND. Temperatures dropped briefly as twilight descended for almost an hour before blistering heat in the mid-nineties returned for the rest of the day. Traffic and crowds were way over-rated and the people we saw were friendly, completely sober and totally involved in this amazing phenomenon. I put together a picnic lunch for us of fried chicken, cole slaw, pimento cheese and lots of ice water. It hit the spot! It was wonderful seeing this total eclipse---and watching it via webcam in Jackson Hole (and communicating with friends there). Yet, I wouldn't go out of my way to travel a long distance to see another one anytime soon. Once is perfect!

Webcams of Solar Eclipse In Grand Teton National Park

THIS WEBCAM MAY WORK FOR VIEWING ECLIPSE IN JACKSON HOLE. ON THE OTHER HAND, IT MAY NOT. Important to note that the eclipse cannot be viewed with the Tetons in the background. Rather it can only be seen with our backs to those mountains and facing east. Here's a link to other webcams in the Valley that could be fun to watch. I will be viewing it with friends at the TWRA Dove Fields outside Ashland City, TN and on the Cumberland River. There will be about 2 minutes of totality with chiggars, heat and humidity where I am. Still a spectacular celestial event and zero chance of rain and clouds!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Solar Eclipse 101


Sunday: An OT Story of Overcoming Slavery, Forgiveness and Reconciliation


1 THEN JOSEPH COULD NOT CONTROL himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.

So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not tarry. 10 You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have.

11 There I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come, so that you and your household, and all that you have, do not come to poverty.’ 12 And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. 13 You must tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” 14 Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.

16 When the report was heard in Pharaoh's house, “Joseph's brothers have come,” it pleased Pharaoh and his servants. 17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your beasts and go back to the land of Canaan, 18 and take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you shall eat the fat of the land.’ 19 And you, Joseph, are commanded to say, ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. 20 Have no concern for[a] your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”

21 The sons of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey. 22 To each and all of them he gave a change of clothes, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels[b] of silver and five changes of clothes. 23 To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and provision for his father on the journey. 24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “Do not quarrel on the way.”

25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob. 26 And they told him, “Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” And his heart became numb, for he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, “It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Eclipse Fever Everywhere!

I LEFT JACKSON HOLE MONDAY PARTIALLY TO GET AWAY FROM ECLIPSE MANIA AND MAJOR TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK IN GTNP.  Back here in Tennessee, it promises be just as chaotic and crowded as there.  Some news outlets are reporting up to a million eclipse tourists will be crowding into Music City this weekend into Monday.  Whether that materializes or not,  I plan to stay out in the country.

Will write more and certainly try to blog the eclipse live.  That, of course, depends on the connectivity and whether Verizon is in overload or not. Nonetheless, it should be quite a once-in-a-lifetime event.  Stay tuned....I've found a terrific spot away from most of the maddening crowds, or at least that's what I think.....we'll see.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Few Words About President Trump's Demise With A Very Opposing Opinion



SOMETIME LAST YEAR, LONG BEFORE TRUMP WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT, I wrote a post saying I did not think he had the disposition of a politician or diplomat, someone in the political class. I said he was an entrepreneur who had a free-wheeling disposition for whomever was like him and could tolerate and work with him in the private sector. Today, nothing has changed that opinion. I fact, his behavior to date proves that to me even more. Right, wrong or otherwise, I do not think President Donald Trump, as president, is in his element. I think he's more in his milieu in the private sector. I see him as a man who cannot take constructive feedback for his and his country's greater good, even and especially from those who are successful and want him to succeed. I see him as a man who, when he makes a free-wheeling/ shooting-from-the-hip mistake, proceeds to dig, dig, dig himself deeper and deeper into the grave. How much further and deeper can this man dig before he either sees the light and turns around, or sees nothing but dirt and darkness and is forced to resign due to his own hubris and pride? So sad.

THEN AS IF TO TOTALLY REBUT MY ABOVE POST, Jake Novak @ CNBC tells me I'm wrong, and asks why haven't I learned of Trump's political resilience by now? OK already. Hope I'm wrong on this. Glad Novak thinks this way.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday: Pastor Mike Atkins On James 1-- How Double-Mindedness Makes A Man Unstable

 2 Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass[c] he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.[d] 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fire and Smoke Season in Jackson Hole and the West

I'VE MADE UP MY MIND AND AM GOING TO BE STICKING TO IT: This will be the last August I spend in Jackson Hole. I may visit for a few weeks in June or in July,  maybe.  But never again in August---not even for a few days like this year since my children are arriving today. It's just too smoky. Even though we don't have big fires currently right here in the Valley, there are tons of grass and forest fires to the west of us in Idaho, Montana and Washington.

Jackson Hole is a big geological bowl and downwind of anything on fire.  It collects air pollution like a dry sponge collects water.  Then holds onto it, like a dog with a bone. Only a good blizzard in early September will begin to knock it down and out....until the whole thing blows up and in again next year.

It goes without saying that this kind of air pollution---it's like being in a room with a dozen chain smokers---is not good for anyone's health.  But it's really detrimental to people with respiratory and heart disease.  So don't come then and save your breath and your money. When you book in advance and pay for your stay at a ranch or condo, it's very unlikely they'll give you your  money back, unless they can rebook it which is highly unlikely at the last minute.

There's also terrible traffic gridlock here every August.  I feel like I'm on the NJ Turnpike with about as many cars, SUVs, trucks, campers and bikers as I've seen anywhere.  Amazing how it's changed in the last 30 years.  The roads and infrastructure simply can't handle it all and so we have gridlock at various times of day. I shudder to think what it will be like this time next week---when I'll be almost back to Tennessee--as throngs of humanity arrive to partake of the total solar eclipse.  Most people I know, are leaving to go far away or staying put,  at home.

It may be hard to break my Jackson, Wyoming summer habit with so many friends and history here. I'll have to see them only briefly here and then in other parts of the country at other times.  But JH in  and for longer stays is soon to be in my rear view mirror

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday, Putting On the Full Armor of God...For We Do Not Struggle Against Flesh And Blood, But Rather the Powers and Principalities Of Darkness....


EPHESIANS 6: 10-20

10 FINALLY,  BE STRONG IN THE LORD and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. 

To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Poutchi Catches A Beautiful, Fat Cutthroat In the Snake River Canyon With Guide Mike Janssen

THERE'S SIMPLY NOTHING MORE FUN IN SUMMER HERE THAN CATCHING A BIG, HEALTHY NATIVE CUTTHROAT ON A FLY, especially in the biggest, highest and most dangerous water in JH.

Yesterday good friend Poutchi Janssen,  her son, premier fly fishing guide Mike Janssen,  and I ventured into the mighty, dangerous waters of the Snake River Canyon to scare up a few fish.  We had a blast as we weathered the rapids of The Big Kahuna,  Lunch Counter and Champagne Rapids.

There's nothing more Jackson Hole for me than the excitement of catching a great fish (And for every 100 good fish, there is only ONE truly great fish that I remember through the ages---it always comes after a struggle.).  I have about 10-15 fabulous great fish in my 35 years of fly fishing .) Poutchi deserved this fish and a good round of applause was had by all! It's what you remember and dream of in the dark days of winter. Congratulations Poutchi!

BELOW, the waters are so treacherous in the canyon that there were NO other fishing guides with the boats or the skills who were fishing the canyon  at these levels on Thursday--(three people drowned here in July---incredulously, two without wearing life jackets.) There are only two guides I would  ever go through this heavy water with:  Mike Janssen and Paul B, both with whom I have had many happy and safe floats with over the years.  Safely is always JOB ONE whether you catch a fish or not.  Catching is icing on my cake. And Poutchi and I had some good icing in the Canyon on Thursday.

I am the luckiest girl in the world.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Great Coming In For A Landing At Sunset

COULDN'T HAVE BEEN A BETTER TRIP  BACK WITH FAMILY, GRANDCHILDREN AND FRIENDS, AND NO COMPUTER.  It's also so nice to be back in Jackson for a few more action-packed weeks.

MOST HILARIOUS TRUMP QUOTE OF THE DAY:  WHITE HOUSE  A REAL DUMP Actually, I don't doubt that for a minute.