Which Way Challenge

Qufu, China

The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Alive and Trekking blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s free form.

You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets, exits, signs, paths, waterways, canals, railroad tracks, you name it.

See more Which Way photos by clicking here. You’ll be amazed at where people are going.

Weekend Coffee Share

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that we’ve had a break in the high temperatures. I’m not designed for 90° weather so I’m delighted with the 80°s which is where it’s supposed to stay this week.

On Thursday, my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. My brothers and their wives and I went out for a nice dinner with my parents. My mother wanted to go to Ruth Chris, but as we had 7 and the county’s COVID limit is 6 in a room, we couldn’t go there. Instead we went to a restaurant called Wildfire, which had a large patio area for outdoor dining. The food was great and it was nice to celebrate.

I watched Hitchkok’s thriller Topaz, which plodded along. I keep getting sleepy so it took me a week to get through it. Not a good sign.

The Republican Convention was last week and I was surprised with how well it was produced. The speakers from all walks of life were particularly inspiring.

Work was uneventful this week. No threats! We went to a higher end organic grocery store two days. Another day we were at an Arabic bakery. There we only got one person to respond, but as luck would have it we met a man who works for the Illinois Complete Count Committee and he gave us T-shirts, a couple bags of masks we can hand out and a good poster.

It’s hard to get people to do the census. One man said he was “too old.” Of course that makes no sense. He didn’t want to listen so I don’t think that was his real reason.

School has started around here. Each one is handling COVID differently. My nephew’s high school started back with students rotating on campus once every 4 days. After a couple days, some students tested positive so everyone’s back online.

Word of the Week

Cavil verb (used without object), cav·iled, cav·il·ing or (especially Britishcav·illed, cav·il·ling.

to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (usually followed by ator about): He finds something to cavil at in everything I say.

verb (used with object), cav·iled, cav·il·ing or (especially Britishcav·illed, cav·il·ling. to oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections: to cavil each item of a proposed agenda.

Topaz (1969)

Topaz is a luke warm cold war film. You can find better Hitchcock films.

Mixed Media

Topaz trailer

Although a Cold War drama should still have impact, Alfred Hitchcock’s Topaz didn’t. Based on a novel by Leon Uris, Topaz plods along telling the story of a French spy André Devereaux who agrees to go to Cuba to get top secret documents outlining the transport of Russian missiles to Cuba. This mission was instigated based on intel from a Russian official who defects to America and spills the beans to a NATO official Mike Nordstrom, who tapped André to work for the US. André has a network of agents from New York to Havana who risk their lives to help him.

After nearly getting caught in an operation in New York, despite the pleas of his wife to mind his own business and not help the Americans — or to rendezvous with his Cuban lover Juanita, André flies to Havana. Juanita gets her servants to take…

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Sculpture Saturday

Modern busts at the Shandong Art Museum

Saturday Sculpture was hosted by the Mind over Memory blogger but now that her schedule with work and school is so full she decided to stop hosting.

To join in, what you need to do is:

  1. Share a photo of a sculpture
  2. Link or ping back here to Ruined for Life because Mind over Memory’s has had to stop hosting. Between a new graduate program and work, she’s super busy.

It’s a fun challenge, which lets you be as imaginative as you like. Give it a try.

Sepia Saturday

Each week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with an image from long ago. This week we see three men wearing hats at a cattle sale. One man’s smoking. So there are a lot of choices for bloggers this week. I decided to search for cattle sales. I found photos on Flickr Commons, an archive of heaps of old images from all over the world.

Cattle sale in Wales, 1952. Source: Flickr Commons

If you’d like to see more historic or nostalgic photos, click here. You’ll get to the home of Sepia Saturday.

Australian Cattle Sale, 1944. Source: Flickr Commons, National Library of Australia
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Highlights from the RNC

A video by a woman who served as a surgeon for the US Army before becoming a nun.

Almost a million babies are killed each year in the US.

The President talks to 6 of the 150+ hostages whose release he negotiated

Pastor Brounson was in the news quite a bit, but all these people’s stories are gripping.

Frontline COVID Workers

I really loved the segments with the President.