General Comments on the November 2015 Issue
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From John Carr: I’m not sure who is managerially responsible for the great work on the 1962 website, but will assume it is Chris Cory. Chris has done just about everything there is to do in journalism, but in this I think he’s found his finest calling.

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Amaze Your Friends By Flashing This Steve Jobs Secret

From Chris Cory: If you want to hear the forecast of the cyber revolution made by the comedians of The Firesign Theater, among other things, Phil Proctor has sent a link to the album mentioned in our recent item: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmWFrMq3qNY.

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Presidential Nominee Picks

From Al Chambers: Terrific edition, Chris and Jean. Interesting material and wonderful photos. So many classmates lead such interesting lives and have so much to share.

I am not picking political winners at this time, although the debates certainly were a key part of the “Taking Apart the News” classes that I taught in the past few weeks for seniors. I am part of what I am sure is a large group of classmates who worry about our American “endless election” cycle and how it impacts our system of government. It certainly is distressing for this voter. I find myself wondering why anyone would run and commit themselves to this circus, but there are about 18 folks who clearly don’t agree and who knows how many others who would run, if they could.

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The Sweep of Australia (Jackson)

From George Snider: Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing.

From Norman Jackson: Thanks George, glad you like ’em …

From John Carr: Norm: I’d love to be able to second your comments about Australia’s “First People.” They are I am sure well intended, but I do wonder how much of a model Australian Aboriginals can be for earth’s now 5 (or is it 7?) billion and counting.

From Norman Jackson: Well, for starters, they don’t mine coal, frack for gas, or take more than they need of anything they need to live from the environment. They are always careful to leave something for others, and not take it all for themselves. They have a tremendous respect for this planet, knowing that they depend on it for their survival, and believe it’s their duty to care for it. They’re a Not For Profit kind of society, if you will.

If we (and we passed the 7 billion mark several years ago) don’t start adopting a similar approach to this planet, we may well drop back to your 5, probably MUCH fewer: IMHO Mother Earth is going to get very cross with her children and kick us out of the house quite soon, relative to the time we’ve been around.

Sure, I don’t believe for a minute that we all have to start eating witchety grubs or making knives out of mussel shells, balga gum, and sticks, but I do think we’ve got to take a philosophy lesson or two from First People of all continents. There are probably a few things we could learn from some folks who used to be able to call the U.S. ‘their land’, for that matter?

Just out of curiosity, why can’t you “second [my] comments”?

From Steve Buck: I belatedly join the chorus of praise for great photos Norm, particularly of the big rock. Awesome.

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Currying India

curry1From Kent Ravenscroft: Click here for a wonderful recipe for Kadha Chicken Curry.

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La Vida San Miguel

From Fred Appell, another south of the border watercolor:

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From Chris Cory: No wonder people flock to expatriate in San Miguel. Thanks, Fred.

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  • Mike Biggie Moore January 1, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    We returned a couple of months ago from 2 weeks in Iran. Our reception and time in Iran were so contrary to widespread impressions and expectations that I wanted to share these notes with you.

    We went with a tour of 7 friends from WorldDenver. The opportunity presented itself, and it felt right. An extension of the same energy and curiosity that prompted us to join the Peace Corps (and get married) 53 years ago. We did, however, go with mixed feelings.

    Various friends and family thought we were crazy because it would be dangerous . . . unfriendly . . . even hostile. We suspected from all that we’ve been reading that it was going to be remarkably similar to America with strongly held contradicting views and opinions about us, about our and their governments, and about the nuclear deal.

    It was.

    We tended to get closer to people who shared our views and attitudes. Kind of like the syndrome birds of a feather flock together. We had our guitar with us, and on 2 occasions, we sang for an hour or more. If there were 20 or 30 people present, 2 or 3 would watch with no sign of feelings. Most appeared to enjoy . . . understand . . .appreciate. Favorites were Everybody Loves a Saturday Night (Farsi: Hame doost daran Shambe shabharo) . . . Swing Low Sweet Chariot . . . If I Had a Hammer . . . When I get Older (Beatles) . . . Blowing’ in the Wind. Beatles and Bob Dylan’s music were familiar. Many people spoke some English that they had learned in school. Some had traveled to the USA or England.

    When we discussed the nuclear deal and our governments, they generally dismissed Ahmadinejad as a “crazy monkey” (their words!) We acknowledged that we have equally crazy people who get into senior positions in our government, and it’s clearly the contradictory views and attitudes that keep the world going around.

    We found whenever we caught someone’s eye and acknowledged the glance, they frequently asked where we were from. Upon replying that we were from America, they would enthusiastically say that they loved our country . . . welcome to theirs!

    We saw a few signs denouncing America as a land of Satan . . . Down with America . . . It’s unfortunate that the media find signs like that and blow them up so as to appear to be the dominant attitude. As in America, they reflect an attitude of some who are fearful, just as we have currents of fear of Iran in our country.

    Sorry we don’t write more often. We guess we need especially interesting things to prompt us .

  • Al Chambers November 13, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Terrific edition, Chris and Jean. Interesting material and wonderful photos. So many classmates lead such interesting lives and have so much to share.

    I am not picking political winners at this time, although the debates certainly were a key part of the “Taking Apart the News” classes that I taught in the past few weeks for seniors. I am part of what I am sure is a large group of classmates who worry about our American “endless election” cycle and how it impacts our system of government. It certainly is distressing for this voter. I find myself wondering why anyone would run and commit themselves to this circus, but there are about 18 folks who clearly don’t agree and who knows how many others who would run, if they could.

    Al Chambers

  • John Carr November 12, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I’m not sure who is managerially responsible for the great work on the 1962 website, but will assume it is Chris Cory. Chris has done just about everything there is to do in journalism, but in this I think he’s found his finest calling.

  • Chris Cory November 12, 2015 at 11:52 am

    No wonder people flock to expatriate in San Miguel. Thanks, Fred.

  • Chris Cory November 10, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    If you want to hear the forecast of the cyber revolution made by the comedians of The Firesign Theater, among other things, Phil Proctor has sent a link to the album mentioned in our recent item: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmWFrMq3qNY.