Chez Paul

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The little tyrant that couldn't

| All through the campaign, Donald Trump kept saying, "I'm sure I can. I know I can. I'm the only one who can." In short order, "on day one," he would do this and that, promising to tame Washington with the force of his deal-making prowess. He would use the bully pulpit to bully those who wouldn't succumb to his will. more

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Au revoir, les Canadiens

| As May approaches, the snowbirds wintering in the desert take flight and head north. Our Canadians are no exception. more

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Mean and meaner

| We have become a jackboot society. Those in authority, or who think they have authority, are quick to use physical force to subdue any who do not immediately submit and comply. more

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Opera in the Park 2017

| Sunday was the 19th annual Opera in the Park and Mother Nature was kind. It was a very pleasant day, mostly sunny with no wind, and people flocked to Sunrise Park for an afternoon of splendid arias and puttin' on the Ritz - or just enjoying the performances. more

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Poppy pilgrimmage 2017

| Réal, Bob, and I made a pilgrimmage to the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve yesterday to check out this years bloom. Photos had been published in the Palm Springs and Los Angeles papers of a stunning display, and we wanted some of that. more

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Photos by Rene Koster of a voyage to the South Pole: "I traveled with a sailing ship which was built in 1911; the same period the last great expeditions left for the unknown continent. Thoughts of frozen ships trapped in ice-covered seas cross my mind, images of the photographers who joined these expeditions to report of the unexplored. Fascinated by their stories I head for the same circumstances as those of the early twentieth century. A journey of longing, to a time that once was. An heroic saga; filled with hardship and adventure, in an infinite, barren land."
The stunning results of a photographer’s epic journey to the South Pole (Washington Post)