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May 17

Because even if I should speak, no one would believe me. And they would not believe me precisely because they would know that what I said was true. ~ James Baldwin

I’m in the midst of simultaneously reading Caste and The Code Breakers. Both, of course, are beyond my usual comprehension level so I may as well double the fun. I thoroughly enjoy the subject material and the writing in both – so I take my time trying to absorb as much as I can. I thought I’d share some of my favorite quotes from these tomes as I ramble through the excitement of everyday life in Vacationland USA . . .

May 14

[Friday night with Anthony at Willy T’s at the Holiday Inn . . . ]

[We joined the Bergs (the Trumms had to bow out) for an evening of music and dining . . . ]

I will show you. If I want to do science, I am going to do it. ~ Jennifer Doudna

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. ~ Henri Poincare

To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India I come as a pilgrim. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

When we speak of the race problem in America, what we really mean is the caste system and the problems which that caste system creates in America. ~ Ashley Montagu

[Looking south, across Lake H2Obert, upon arriving home . . . ]

I was kind of a nerdy, geeky type. And I loved math. People teased me about it. I felt pretty much like an outcast. ~ Jennifer Doudna

Why did God make me an outcast and a stranger in mine own house? ~ W.E.B. Du Bois

I know. In fact, I am never wrong. ~ Oscar Wilde

May 15

[Minnesota’s fishing opener, a day revered in the history of humankind . . . ]

[And here are some early fishers . . . ]

All one needs to write a story is one feeling and four walls. ~ Doris Betts

In Ireland or Italy, whatever social or racial identities these people might have possessed, being White wasn’t one of them. ~ Ian Haney Lopez

No one was white before he/she came to America. ~ James Baldwin

A wonderful bird is the pelican. His bill will hold more than his belican. He can take in his beak food enough for a week. But I’m damned if I see how the helican. ~ Dixon Lanier Merritt

Race is a social concept, not a scientific one. ~ J. Craig Venter

Americans cling to race as the unschooled cling to superstition. ~ Nell Irvin Painter

The more we know, the more we realize there is to know. ~ Jennifer Doudna

The idea of race was, in fact, the deliberate creation of an exploiting class seeking to maintain and defend its privileges against what was profitably regarded as an inferior caste. ~ Ashley Montagu

January 6 was a reflection of the realization that democracy could bring about the demise of the American caste system. ~ Me

May 16

[Sunday breakfast at the Alexandria Golf Club overlooking the deck renovation and the practice putting green . . . ]

I think that for a lot of women there’s a subtle but unfortunately effective discouragement of women pursuing the STEM fields. ~ Jennifer Doudna (and the Super!)

[No waiting for a table; great exterior ambiance – what’s not to like? (It is open to the public, people!)

[The bucolic 9th green from the clubhouse restaurant . . . ]

[The bucolic sausage & eggs, toast & potatoes from the clubhouse restaurant . . . ]

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day. ~ A.A.Milne

[And sweet cream pancakes with raspberry topping & crispy bacon . . . ]

A sickness known as hate; not a virus, not a microbe, not a germ…but a sickness nonetheless, highly contagious, deadly in its effects. Don’t look for it in the Twilight Zone…look for it in a mirror. Look for it before the light goes out altogether. ~ Rod Serling, “I Am the Night — Color Me Black”

[Leaving the club, shooting past the 5th green . . . ]

[Anthony survived his performance at Willy T’s Friday night. But since he was performing again at the winery on Sunday, rather than driving back to the Cities he decided to go to his sister’s in Battle Lake. He was concerned about deer driving (without licenses) at night. Wrong species for concern – he hit a raccoon. The vehicular damage was such he had to have his sister pick him up at the crash site near Ashby. He offered no report on the raccoon, but we assume the worst. Although he has not yet arrived on the winery stage, he was physically fine . . . ]

[The wine tasting table for the new cabernet sauvignon . . . ]

[The kegs not likely full of the new cab . . . ]

Go gays. You can’t win a championship without gays on your team. It’s pretty much never been done before ever. Science, right there. To be gay and fabulous during Pride month at the World Cup is nice. ~ Megan Rapinoe

[Here’s-s-s-s-s-s-s, Anthony!]

Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps. ~ Tiger Woods

If the majority knew of the root of this evil, then the road to its cure would not be long. ~ Albert Einstein

Social media was invented as part of a plot to undermine the faith of sensible people in freedom of speech. ~ Michael Deacon

Up Next: There is always the possibility this is the very last one . . .

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