Good Manners and Forks

Good manners is much more than knowing what fork to use. Good manners is listening to the other person and showing them respect.

Based on a comment during an interview with George Will

Facts versus Opinions

“You’re entitled to your own opinions. You’re not entitled to your own facts.”

Daniel Patrick Moynihan


How to navigate Impossible Conversations

Disclosure: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

Do you have difficulty having conversations with people who strongly disagree with you? There are plenty of subjects these days that lead to very unpleasant arguments. I don’t have to tell you what these subjects are.

The good news is that there is an excellent book that can teach you how to navigate difficult conversations. I am a retired lawyer. I wish I had read book like this decades ago..

This is not just another self help book. It is essential reading discussions in today’s world. It is practical and full of helpful examples.

Here is a link to the book. Click on the link. Have a look. You don’t have to buy it. It is the book called “How to Have Imposssible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide” by Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay.

The commission? Amazon will pay it to me. You don’t pay the commission.

Questions to think about (3): Love now

“One day, you are going to hug your last hug, kiss your last kiss and hear someone’s voice for the last time, but you never know when the last time will be. Live every day as if it were the last time you will be with the person you love.”

Does this quote speak to you? Is the message prompting you to do something, right now?

Author of quote unknown to me

Kruger National Park August 2021

Good friends are visiting Kruger this week. They have seen plenty of game including a leopard. They are having a great time. Here are some of the pictures they have WhatsApped to me. Enjoy!

Six pictures, starting with a picture they took of two baboons in a tree!

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Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!
Snooze time! Its been 35 degrees!
Mother never sleeps.
I am ok. All of you drink first!
Take your time. I don’t mind waiting!
Armed and dangerous (ask any baboon).

PS The Baboons were not in a tree above the lions! If they were, that is what they would be thinking!

Zeiss U-Boat Binoculars 7×50

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Photo: John Bartels

I own this pair of Zeiss U-Boat binoculars made in Jena in 1942. They are fixed focus 7X50. I had them serviced in England a few years ago. They are now bright and razor sharp. People looking through them the first time just say “Wow!”

They are magnificent for scanning the sea. Also, they are very useful for game viewing on safari. If you are looking at a lion 50 meters away and a buck moves 200 meters beyond the lion you immediately notice the buck, which is also razor sharp. No time wasted!

Using the binoculars to watch cricket is wonderful. From the grandstand looking down the wicket you can see the batsman and all the slips, all at once. Most enjoyable.

Twenty five years ago I sent pictures of the binoculars to Zeiss. In return Zeiss very kindly sent me an article all about the binoculars. Please scroll down for the article. The article is in two pictures.

I hope anyone interested in binoculars finds this post interesting. Thank you.

Extract from article. Please scroll down (two pictures)

Full Article below – Please scroll down.

Thank you.

Sunlight and Free Speech

The sunlight of free speech is the best disinfectant against the darkness of irrational beliefs.

Photo by Rajiv Bajaj on Unsplash

Based on a metaphor in Free Speech by Andrew Doyle

Freedom of Expression (Free Speech)

How important is freedom of expression (free speech)?

Listen to the words of Benjamin Cardozo, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1932–38. He described freedom of expression as:

‘(T)he matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom’.

Quote from Free Speech by Andrew Doyle