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  1. OOoooo. Someone is off on an adventure. Book tour?

    I am in on an adventure. Hopefully the finally weeding of the front south planter after a weekend of rain. If it’s soft enough, I might finish and be able to plant. Then I can turn my attention back to the raised beds. I have seeds sprouting and they will want to be planted in the garden.

    The weather is nice. Sunny today and tomorrow. High today 71 and high tomorrow 74. Thursday it will get cloudy (69) and Friday (58) will will get a little rain again, just in time for some more weekend planting if I don’t finish. All in all, looks like a very good week.

    It is International Children’s Book day and National Children’s Picture Book day (of which I have several lying around, some due for donation) and National Peanut Butter and Jelly day, and I’ve got some of that too.

    It is National Ferret Day, of which one of them had a fairly prominent role in one of the C&B books. Was it the one with the politician?

    It is also National Ride Your Horse to a Bar day. Seem to recall a pretty prominent horse in a C&B book too.

    Lastly , it is International Fact Checking day, a skill all of us are more in need of learning to do in this day and age of lying and gullibility. Did you know there is an International Fact Checking Network? The idea was first presented in 2014 and in 2017 the first DAY was observed but the day was actually created in 2016. Can you guess why? Fact checking is older than that, having it’s roots in the era of “yellow journalism”. Look that up. Fact checking was initially dominated by women and considered a feminine job. It became a legitimate career in the 20s when TIME magazine was established. In 1913 Ralph Pulitzer and Joseph White begin the Bureau of Accuracy and Fair Play to catch out repeat offenders who make errors. Interestingly, men didn’t enter the fact checking force until the 1970s when men who wished a career in fact checking complained at TIME magazine. In the 1990s SNOPE and Smoking Gun emerged. Aside from SNOPE and the Smoking Gun you can start to learn the history and skill of fact checking with two books: “The Lifespan of a Fact,” by Jim Fingal and John D’Agata, or “The Fact Checker’s Bible,” by Sarah Harrison Smith. You can also ask your local librarian to teach you some skills as that is one of the major things that librarians do.

  2. Nana memories! She WAS a great get-away driver. She once drove me from the Seattle airport to Camano Island where we stayed at her hide-away for a day or two and she regaled me with the local lore including the tale of the Barefoot Bandit. When the heat was off she drove me to Bellingham so I could hop across the border to safety. Soft-spoken, quick-witted, and a heart of gold. That’s Nana. Her partners in love, BearSpiritDog and Masquers the Zen Cat will always be remembered.

    Still snow on the ground but above freezing during the day, I am determined to plant a new package of seeds every day. So far I have marigolds, tomatoes and rudbeckia (brown-eyed susans).

  3. Greetings!

    Nana was the best! She, Masquers, and Bear Spirit Dog got me through a lot of rough times.

    Lots of rain in this neck of the woods and more tomorrow.

    Good evening to all!

  4. Nana also didn’t ask a lot of pesky questions like: what the hell were you thinking or would you like me to drive slower? She also had a gleam in her eye that made her and those around her very forgivable. It was part of her charm.

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