The Way We See Things

Today is National 7-11 Day

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

Judge Taylor in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, first published in the United States on this day in 1960.

Lee wrote those words way before the Interwebz were a glimmer in Al Gore’s eye.

On this day in 1804, U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel, where everything is legal in Jersey.
Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hamilton (Broadway 2015–2016)

I remember in the early days of online chat rooms, most of us actually thought we could win an argument. I did sharpen my snarky skills, but I don’t think I ever convinced anyone to change their mind.

It wasn’t just politics, but it was music, and art, and religion, and your basic Virginian superiority.

Sorry, we know we don’t need to brag. We’re Virginians.

There are a lot of people talking about the current state of our country, about the health of our president, and presidential contenders, and of course the election.

On this day in 1924, Scottish runner, Eric Liddell won the gold medal in the 400m at the Paris Olympics after refusing to run in the heats for the 100m on a Sunday. Liddell’s story is told in the 1981 Best Picture “Chariots of Fire.” After the Olympics, Liddell returned to China as a missionary where he died in a Japanese Internment Camp in 1945, just months before liberation.

Most have already made up their mind and are simply looking for validation

Oh the places we could go with that statement…but we won’t.

It’s Thursday. It’s still hot.

And yes, I’ll still take the heat over the cold. Always.

We have one more day this week.

You can do it.


Actor George Clooney, a high-profile Biden supporter and fundraiser, asks president to leave race
Associated Press
“This isn’t only my opinion; this is the opinion of every senator and congress member and governor that I’ve spoken with in private,” wrote Clooney. He’s hosted several high-dollar Hollywood fundraisers, including for Biden last month.

Pelosi snaps at reporter asking if she wants Biden to drop out of the race: ‘Am I speaking English to you?’
FOX News
“I’m not having any discussions with you, or anyone else, about what I talk to the president about, with all due respect,” Pelosi told Scott in a video shared on X. “I’m not going to be making any comments today, in the hallway, about the fate of our nation, OK?”

Race to restore power to 1.5M after Hurricane Beryl as dangerous heat wave continues
NBC News
HOUSTON — More than 1.5 million customers in Texas were still without power Wednesday afternoon, depriving many of air conditioning during a dangerous heat wave, 48 hours after Hurricane Beryl made landfall on the Gulf Coast.

12 Most Horrifying Plans In Project 2025
The Babylon Bee
Rumors about the controversial Project 2025 have been all over the news recently, but have you taken the time to learn what Project 2025 actually contains?


Yul Brynner (1920-1985)
I saw Brynner with Constances Towers in “The King and I” at the Uris Theatre in New York in December 1977. I paid $9.00 for my ticket.

1274 – Robert the Bruce, Scottish king (d. 1329)
1767 – John Quincy Adams, American lawyer and politician, 6th President of the United States (d. 1848)
1899 – E. B. White, American essayist and journalist (d. 1985)
1920 – Yul Brynner, Russian actor and dancer (d. 1985)
1926 – Frederick Buechner, American minister, theologian, and author (d. 2022)
1950 – Bonnie Pointer, American singer (d. 2020)
1952 – Stephen Lang, American actor and playwright
1956 – Sela Ward, American actress



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