Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Israel Founding Father Dies

Shimon Peres, who served as foreign minister, defense minister, prime minister and most recently, president of Israel, has died at 93 after suffering a stroke. Peres helped build the Israeli armed forces, then sought peace with it's Arab neighbors. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

David Barer

My Uncle Dave was my Grandfather Barer's little brother.  He was business partner with my Grandfather and later, my Dad.  He is the father of Jan, Burl, and Stan. 
Dave had to leave High School to help in the family business, still, he could talk with anyone on an Ivy League level.  This picture was posted on facebook by his grandson, Tod Goldberg.  Tod said that he will soon publish an essay on Dave Barer. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Arnold Palmer Finishes 18th Hole

Arnold Palmer, who just like Mickey Mantle, Wilt Chamberlain, Johnny Unitas, and Muhammed Ali, dominated his sport in my youth, has died at 87.  He won 62 titles on the PGA tour and is a recipient of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in our country.

Advertising On The Pipeline Trail

I was surprised to see this sign on the pipeline trail on Maple Valley, advertising a house with a back yard that connects to the right of way.  Of course, my taking and posting a picture increases the agent's visibility.  I had seen the sign while walking Dasher.  It was the first time that I had seen anything like it and I have  walked the trail for 18 years.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Peter, Paul and Mary - Leaving On A Jet Plane (25th Anniversary Concert)

I was listening to Sirius/XM Radio's 60s on 6 a couple days and enjoyed an interview with Peter Yarrow of the iconic folk group Peter Paul and Mary. Yarrow was interviewed by "Cousin" Brucie, and spoke about his work with Project Respect.  Yarrow played a few of the groups well known songs like "Blowin In The Wind", "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" and "If I Had A Hammer" and tried to get Cousin Brucie to sing with him.  However, the most touching part of the interview was at the end when Yarrow dedicated and sang "Leaving On A Jet Plane" to the late Mary Travers, his former bandmate.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Looking At The Hills From The Yakima Convention Center

Democrats from throughout the state met in Yakima last weekend for the last state committee meeting of the year. It was the final one for me, at least for a while as I am not going to run for another term.   I snapped this picture from the convention center of the surrounding hills.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Yakima Residents Protest Pipeline

Yakima area residents took to the street yesterday to protest the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.  The demonstration was staged in front of the local convention center on Yakima and 8th street. The pipeline is said to run across ancient burial grounds  The demonstration included Native Americans and other concerned citizens.  They chanted "you can't drink oil water is life"
  Democrats from across the state including myself were attending the Washington Democratic State Committee meeting.