The dog days of summer are staring to feel like more like Indian Summer this past week here on the North Coast. Not one day braking 90 last week and seventies this weekend. Actually, this is the perfect weather for me and it’s really nice to not to have the air conditioner running. Saturday I took a walk at Wildwood and Villa Angela. The surf on Lake Erie were high and the waves were crashing over the breakwalls with wild abandon. I myself came more than once being splashed with water on the fishermen’s pier at the mouth of Euclid creek. For some reason, weather like this make my mind wander north and I kept thinking how it would have been a nice day to drive up I-90 to Canada. Instead, I wound up at a steak dinner in Newbury Ohio.
This past Wednesday, the Washington Post’s Daily 202 has something on the new book that just came out by Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake. Having just glanced at this ad hoc review by James Hohmann, I must admit that it’s something I might like to take out of the library if possible.
To be honest, I do respect those on the other side who sincerely believe conservative values and are willing to work with liberals and progressives on major policies if need be. Congressman Flake seems to be one of those in mind. It is very courageous of him to stick to his guns at a time when so many Republicans chucked those very values out the window once Barack Obama left the White House.
Again, things are developing so fast when it comes to national politics. I wonder if the Donald would like to frame a copy of the latest issue of Newsweek for one of his golf courses? Then again, after seeing that publicity stunt..I mean rally…in West Virginia (“lock her up?”), I wonder what the President of Mexico and Prime Minister of Australia think about us since so many actually did vote for this guy. Thanks to the transcripts, among other things, we all can get a pretty good idea what they think of the man himself.
Other books of interest are out there that caught my eye from one by Canadian journalist Doug Saunders to the latest by the MIT tech geeks Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee titled Machine, Platform, Crowd. However, what I really would like to do is more writing, and finding a professional audience who is willing to read and share it. Let’s see what comes up in the next blog posts.
Photographs taken by James Valentino.