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A grey squirrel peaks from a hole in a tree stump. © 2021 Randy Runtsch.

Squirrels, Animals, Nature, and Humor

Gray squirrels test my mettle as they eat the food intended for birds

Money, Personal Finance, and Saving

On November 1, 2021, the composite interest rate for bonds doubled to 7.12%

Woman holding US currency.
Woman holding US currency. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash.

“Do not save what is left after spending; instead spend what is left after saving.” — Warren Buffett

Northern Cardinal male.
Northern Cardinal male. © 2021 Randy Runtsch.

Birds, Fall, Winter, and Photography

Most birds have departed Minnesota for the winter, but those who stay add color to every day

Birds, Wildlife, and Bird Photography

Theodore Roosevelt said, “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick.” For bird photography, I say, “Walk Softly and Carry a Big Lens”

Lincoln’s Sparrow photographed in Rochester, Minnesota, USA.
Lincoln’s Sparrow photographed in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. © 2021 Randy Runtsch.

Music, Musicals, Entertainment

Musicals entertain, but sometimes they teach, inspire, and reveal lessons of life, too

The musical Hamilton is featured on the marquee of Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in New York City.
The musical Hamilton is featured on the marquee of Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in New York City. Photo by Sudan Ouyang on Unsplash.

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”―Albert Einstein

Gratitude, Thanks, Thanksgiving, Friends, and Family

Every day is a good day to express thanks for what I am and what I have

Grateful.
Grateful. Photo by Kit Ishimatsu on Unsplash.

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite — only a sense of existence.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Being Thankful

Music, Rock, and the Sixties

John Fogerty and CCR produced hit after hit between 1968 and 1972. Like the ’60s, its legacy lives on.

Creedence Clearwater Revival. From left to right, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and John Fogerty. By Fantasy Records, Public Domain.

“Sometimes I think life is just a rodeo. The trick is to ride and make it to the bell.” — John Fogerty

Hiking, Wilderness, Travel, and Weather

A life lived in the wind could not prepare me for nearly being blown from a mountain in Ireland’s Connemara National Park

View to the west from the summit of Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park in the West of Ireland.
View to the west from the summit of Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park in the West of Ireland. © 2021 Randy Runtsch.

“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.”-Bob Dylan in “Blowin’ in the Wind”

Farming, Entertainment, and Television

On “Clarkson’s Farm,” Jeremy Clarkson exudes confidence, joy, and playfulness when farming, even when his plans backfire

Two sheep in a England, UK.
Two sheep in a England, UK. © 2021 Randy Runtsch.

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