Election Leaves

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November 3, 2014

Political outcomes won’t change it: things that brought joy yesterday are those which bring joy today — full suspension bunny-hop from asphalt to dirt, glittering leaves and deep breaths of cold air.

Holding court
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Holding court
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Political outcomes won’t change it: things that brought joy yesterday are those which bring joy today — full suspension bunny-hop from asphalt to dirt, glittering leaves and deep breaths of cold air.

“It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg … Reason and free enquiry are the only effectual agents against error.”¹

  1. Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, p. 285: etext.lib.virginia.edu/…/parsed&tag=public&part=all
Les Bois
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Les Bois
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New employment has me back on the unimpressive bike commute plan, home to downtown via Boise’s Greenbelt path along the river, not many miles but plenty of smiles.

Scrutiny
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Scrutiny
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None are spotless when closely examined but all deserve a little background blur.

Past mistakes
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Past mistakes
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Shadows are essential to properly appreciate brilliance.

Tangled story
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Tangled story
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To paraphrase my brother Jeremy, when you see brambles at the trailhead you’re not likely to find the path any better farther on.

Hard left
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Hard left
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The best way to fit between tree and fence is to carry enough speed to lean around the corner. He who hesitates hits knuckles.

Party line
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Party line
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Attractive ideas litter the wayside of inflexible ideologies, profitable to those willing to consider other directions.

For sixty years I have neglected all sciences but government and religion … No romances I ever read have entertained me so much. My conclusion from the whole is ‘universal toleration, let the human mind loose. It must be loose; it will be loose. Superstition and despotism cannot confine it. And the conclusion must be that mosquitoes are not competent to dogmatise.’¹

  1. John Adams to John Quincy Adams, 13 November 1816: americanchristocrat.com/…/ja-to-jqa-11-13-1816
Red and blue
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Red and blue
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At the end of the day we all return, as before, to friends and family, to love and be loved.