Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nice & Easy

Rise Up!

Shot these images with a mind to showing how the area around Independence and 4th began to fill up, with people finally resorting to climbing the structures associated with surrounding buildings, cars, trucks and trees. 

Very soon there were people even taking to sitting on top of--uhm--port-a-potties. Or should we call them port-a-views? :-)

UpdateSally Quillian Yates, the now former acting Attorney General of the United States, is a true American hero and a martyr for American democracy. I'm so very proud of her and those in the State Department who resigned instead of serving under Trump's appointee, Rex Tillerson. 

Monday, January 30, 2017


Young Protestors

Washington sure is busy these days. I just got back last night from yet another major rally at the White House protesting Saturday's executive ban on immigrants (pics to come). If Trump thinks these rallies will die down, he's fooling himself. He either has forgotten or never knew anything about the Civil Rights battles of the 1960s or the protests against Vietnam. As in those days, the mostly young protestors involved in the affairs I've attended seem to know they're in this for the long haul and I can see how they're becoming more skilled every day, reacting and responding to each new outrage. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017


Swiss enthusiasm for Rösti sort of reminds me of how southerners here in the U. S. like their grits. Can't say I'm a huge fan of either. :-)

"Rösti. . . is a Swiss dish consisting mainly of potatoes, in the style of a fritter. It was originally a breakfast dish, commonly eaten by farmers in the canton of Bern, but is now eaten all over Switzerland and around the world. The French name röstis bernois makes direct reference to the origins of the dish.

Many Swiss people consider rösti to be a national dish. Rather than considering it a complete breakfast, it is more commonly served to accompany other dishes such as 'Spinat und Spiegelei' (spinach and fried eggs, sunny side up), cervelas or Fleischkäse. It is commonly available in Swiss restaurants as a replacement for the standard side dish of a given meal." ~ Wikipedia

The People's Voice!

There will be hell to pay for what the President of the United States did yesterday. His executive order targeting immigrants from seven countries is immoral if not also at the same time unconstitutional. And if the latter, then I'm sure I'm not the only one who will soon be calling for--no, demanding!--his impeachment. BY GOD, THE PEOPLE'S VOICE WILL BE HEARD!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Schwarze Lütschine

"The Lütschine is a river in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. The Lütschine proper runs from Zweilütschinen, where its two tribututaries join, to Lake Brienz at Bönigen. The Schwarze Lütschine, or Black Lütschine, flows from Grindelwald to Zweilütschinen. The Weisse Lütschine, or White Lütschine, flows from the Lauterbrunnen Valley to Zweilütschinen. The common stretch of the river has a length of 8.6 kilometres (5.3 mi), whilst the Schwarze Lütschine is 12.3 kilometres (7.6 mi) long and the Weisse Lütschine is 13.1 kilometres (8.1 mi) long.

A story passed on by word of mouth showing friendly banter between villagers that lived on the two rivers is that the people on the Weisse Lütschine said the others 'were so dirty it turned the river black' and the villagers on the Schwarze Lütschine claimed the others 'never even washed so the other tributary remained perfectly white.'" ~ Wikipedia

A modern oberserver standing at Zweilütschinen in winter might note that during the day, the west facing Schwarzer Lütschine valley is dark, shaded and cold, whereas the south facing Weisser Lütschine valley is sunny and light.

Young Activists

You better believe. . .

that there's another generation. . .

of intrepid young activists coming along.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Still More Scenery

Still more photos taken from the train as we headed toward Grindelwald. 

We the People

I never learned who designed these posters.


But whoever was responsible, . . .

please know I especially liked this last one.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Captured these images from the cog train as I was headed back down the mountain to the little village of Grindelwald. . .

wondering all the while how I could figure out a way to move here to Switzerland. Maybe the house below would be for sale? :-)

Low Boil

Concerned that I might offend some of my readers, I'm reluctant to share all I saw and heard at last Saturday's rally. Underneath those ladies' often smiling faces, lies a barely contained rage at the way this President treats women. I don't blame them; no, not at all. I've had difficulty lately even keeping my own anger in check. Still, I think it's important to share with the world the truth (now there's a concept!) about the way many women feel here in the United States.

They're outraged not only by the President and his actions but also by a political system that often only pretends to seek liberty and justice for all even when in reality it's oppressing many of its own citizens. They're anger ain't always pretty, but it's real and--I think anyway--needs to be both seen and heard, not suppressed.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


A refreshing mid-day snack with hot tea at a café in Kleine Scheidegg.


Well, as you know, the crowds at the Women's March on Washington were unprecedented and I certainly got that sense as the crowds began to swell all around me.

It was almost scary how people kept coming. From every direction, they just kept coming all day long.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


More views of the mountains surrounding Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland.

Independence & 4th

No sooner had I left the Federal Center Metro Station then I made my way over to the corner of Independence Avenue and 4th Street where, as it turned out, many of the event's principle speakers had gathered to address the crowd within easy earshot of the Capitol. Speakers I heard included Gloria Steinem, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. I'm told Madonna also addressed the crowd and let loose a few f-bombs in the process. But strangely, I don't remember her speech, maybe because I was so busy helping people take photographs using their cameras while at the same time perched atop about five feet of steel plates that had been stacked in the intersection and evidently left there after the Inauguration. Also, the plates were a little precariously balanced so that I spent a lot of time just trying to stay upright and not fall into the crowd that was now beginning to gather.

Very soon after I arrived, people began spilling down that part of Independence Avenue shown below behind the stage. Eventually, there wasn't a square foot of open pavement left. Emergency vehicles, as I'll soon show you, had to be escorted through the crowd by police.

Monday, January 23, 2017

St. Bernard

Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland

Federal Center

I got out at Federal Center. Fortunately, about a third or better of the people on the train car got off at the station before, L'Enfant Plaza. I say fortunately because I have never EVER seen the Federal Center station so packed with humanity! Sorry about the dark image. I decided, though, to render the lighting exactly as it appeared. One could easily increase the exposure, but then you lose the sense of what it's like to be in a dark cavernous station along with hundreds and hundreds of other people.

Later, as people spilled out of the Federal Center Metro station, they were met by this Humvee, with guns removed. All was well, though; the military was only there to assist the D.C. police and March officials direct traffic and to offer emergency assistance. I was happy to learn later that--unlike the protests during the Inauguration--there was not a single incidence of violence.