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    July 27, 2016

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    Pixelated shards of that digital glass ceiling showered over the national audience last night as South Dakota’s delegation put Hillary Clinton over the top and shortly thereafter none other than Bernie Sanders moved to declare her nomination by acclamation as the official presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.  Whatever your political persuasion, this moment certainly must stand out for all Americans as historic.  Secretary Clinton has done what no woman has ever been able to do before; she is the first woman to be the official nominee for the presidency of any major political party.

    Hillary made history last night, and her story is also our story — the story of women across the generations who have always strived to do more, to achieve much, to move up the ladder of influence and success.  Last night Hillary truly stood on the shoulders of giants, the women whose relentless pursuit of equal opportunity blazed trails across some daunting terrains — from women’s rights pioneers like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to the legions of women who fought for the right to vote in the early years of the 20th Century, to the feminists of the 1960’s like Gloria Steinem, to the trailblazers in politics like Shirley Chisolm and Trinity’s own Nancy Pelosi ’62 who was the first and still only woman elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    As Leader Pelosi said last night, in a phrase she has often proclaimed, “When women succeed, America succeeds.”

    Hillary’s nomination surely is a signal that women have greater opportunities than ever before to participate and to lead in our political system.  The number of women, and especially women of color like Donna Brazile and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake among others, evident in leadership positions at the Democratic Convention has been encouraging.  But that promise can only be fulfilled if women everywhere — all of us! — live up to our civic duties and responsibilities by being actively engaged in the political process.  Our first and most important civic duty is to vote.  VOTE!

    Winning the Democratic nomination is certainly a pinnacle of achievement, but a much steeper and tougher campaign looms.  Will the United States at long last have a woman president?  Our nation lags badly behind other countries in the advancement of women in high political office.  Right now, women are the presidents and prime ministers of more than 20 nations; Angela Merkel of Germany is widely regarded as the most powerful woman in the world, and Great Britain now has that nation’s second woman Prime Minister Theresa May.  Will Clinton join them?  We’ll know on November 9 whether the United States will, at long last, embrace wholeheartedly the idea that a woman can and should be president of the United States.

    What are your thoughts on Hillary’s historic nomination?  How do you feel about a woman’s opportunity to be president of the United States?  Share your thoughts by clicking the “comment” link below.

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    Adirondack Chronicles 2016: Until Next Year!

    July 25, 2016

    Trying to stay cool on this hottest day of the year…. remembering cool nights and beautiful sights of the Adirondacks!  Enjoy this final look at some of the wild things from my 2016 trip….

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    Adirondack Chronicles 2016.7

    July 24, 2016

    You just can’t go wrong with loons — the real ones.  In this time of political bread and circus sideshows, watching the essential rhythms of nature is the best show around….

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    Adirondack Chronicles 2016.6

    July 19, 2016

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    Brrrrrr!  Sorry about this, folks in sweltering DC, but as I write it’s actually cold up here…. so nice!  And the loons love this weather as well…

    loon feeding (Large)Loons are very attentive to their chicks.  Here’s one parent feeding a chick while the other watches approvingly.  The parents keep a close watch on the youngsters:

    loon parent and child - Copy (Large)Big birds are out in force these days.  This great blue heron was waiting patiently for some fish to come along while she perched on some deadwood in a pond:

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    gbh ll 2 (Large)This osprey did not like being photographed:

    osprey 2 (Large)But this osprey was paying close attention to the nutrition of her soon-to-be-fledglings:

    osprey feeding 1 (Large)This eagle perched high up in a pine tree, the better to spot fish in the pond below:

    tupper eagle (Large)Meanwhile this owl flew across the lake in front of my kayak and then perched on a branch just inside the forest:

    owl racquette (Large)Turtles just laze around on the branches by the side of the river:

    turtle raquette (Large)And the chipmunks just never stop foraging for acorns:

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    Adirondack Chronicles 2016.5

    July 14, 2016

    rby best (Large)Some people go fishing.  I like to watch for hummingbirds.  These lovely little winged creatures dive and dart over stands of milkweed and other sweet flowers, and once in a while they stop long enough to suck up some nectar while I get a quick snap.  Those wings are beating so fast that even my very fast shutter speed cannot fully capture them.  These colorful small birds are part of the great cycle of life in nature.

    grasshopper 3 (Large)Grasshoppers are another tiny part of the large fabric of natural rejuvenation each spring and summer.  This guy was climbing the stalk of a milkweed.  Just look at the intricate nature of the shell on this beauty!

    dragonfly eating (Large)Many insects exist to feed other species.  Here’s a dragonfly devouring another fly…. yummy, I’m sure.  Below is a more benign view of the double-winged dragon…

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    yellow moth (Large)This yellow moth also feeds on milkweed.  Sadly, however, I’ve seen no monarch butterflies for the second year in a row….. the monarchs are in decline around the world.

    ruby hummer 2 (Large)One more beautiful ruby-throated hummingbird.

    Enjoy!

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