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I found this action figure in a local Staples of all places several years ago. I purchased it as a gag gift for my then-husband sometime during the first or second season of The Apprentice (which would’ve been around 2004 or 2005). I had no idea that one day he would actually run for president, much less even fathom the idea that one day he would really become the president-elect. (If only I had a time machine, I would’ve gone back to my past self and tell myself to either keep the doll in the box or purchase a second doll and leave that one in the box. I would go to great lengths to tell my past self that having a boxed doll will be really valuable one day even if my past self would probably laugh at the absurd-sounding idea of Donald Trump actually being elected President of the United States.)

My husband and I took him out of the box and we discarded the box. We both laughed as we pushed the button on the back and listened to him say stuff like “You’re fired!” and “Have an ego. There’s nothing wrong with ego.”

A few years later I wrote a poem called “Trump.” This was back in 2011 when Donald Trump was hinting that he would run for president. I performed it live on Poetry Night a few times at a local cafe and it got a lot of laughs each time I did this. Later that year I did a video version of it where I used that talking Donald Trump action figure.

When my husband left me in late 2011, he left the action figure behind. A few days ago I finally got around to making a video that demonstrates both his talking abilities and his articulated joints. (He is able to achieve relatively realistic poses because he has joints at the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, leg, knees, and ankles.) Here’s the video below. Have fun with this one!

One day after I went to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, I decided to do another short nature trip close to my house to check out the fall foliage. This time I went to the National Arboretum located on the outskirts of Washington, DC. When I started out the weather was cloudy but it was relatively nice. By the time I got to the National Arboretum this big windstorm started, which blew everything around. Despite the constant wind I got out of my car and walked around the area any way because I was already there. But there are a few photos where it’s obvious that it was windy that day, such as the water ripples in the fountain outside the Visitors Center.

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Basically I parked my car in the Visitors Center lot, walked around the area near the Visitors Center, got back in my car, drove to the other side of the park, walked around the area some more, then decided to leave when I grew tired of dealing with the constant wind. I also took a bunch of pictures. I’ve been to the National Arboretum before (you can read about it here and here) but they have been all in the springtime. This was the first time I ever went in the fall and, given all of the lovely fall foliage I saw around the park, I should’ve gone to that place at times other than spring. As these pictures show it’s absolutely beautiful in the fall. Even the dark clouds couldn’t muffle the beauty.

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One day I was feeling a bit antsy about things so I decided to just go to one of the many local parks in my area and just chill. I decided to head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park just a couple of hours before it closed for the day.

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American history buffs would know that this peaceful park was once the site of the Battle of Bladensburg, which was one of the big battles of the War of 1812. There are plenty of reminders of that incident throughout the park.

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As for me I was more interested in the nature, which included lots of fall foliage as it reflected off the Anacostia River.

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There’s an interesting mushroom graffiti that someone drew along the bridge that formed the outer perimeter of the park.

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A walkathon was schedule in the park for the following day where the proceeds would benefit groups that were fighting hunger and homelessness. The walking path was full of chalk writings that mentioned some distressing facts about being poor in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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At one point I hiked outside the park where I walked past the historic yet controversial Peace Cross.

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Here’s the start of the evening rush hour traffic along Route 450 outside the gates of Bladenburg Waterfront Park.

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Here’s the memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. There are a few benches available for quiet mediation and reflection as the cars go whizzing past by on Route 450.

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I managed to get back inside the park so I could retrieve my car just before the park closed for the day. I saw a group of rowers packing up their long rowboats.

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The fading sunlight provides a nice glow to these feathery plants.

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I’ll end this post with a couple of sunset photos.

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Last month I attended an all-ages pizza party in the glen of Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church after Sunday service was over. During that time I took this shot of the church steeple being surrounded by fall foliage.

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Ever since Donald Trump was proclaimed the president-elect nearly a month ago this guy has literally gone off the rails. I’ve previously lived through the election of a brand-new president which marks a change in White House administrations. Normally the new president-elect is busy with making appointments while spending time decompressing from all those months on the campaign trail by spending the winter holiday season with family and friends.

Not Donald Trump. This guy has been busy taking to Twitter to complain about every single minor thing that he shouldn’t even be concerned about. But that’s not all, folks! He has also been doing things that a president-elect usually wouldn’t do. There’s nothing like attending the opening ceremonies of the month-long Festival of Lights in Greenbelt, Maryland while having my cell phone go off with this push notification from my Guardian news app about how Donald Trump decided to reach out to Taiwan while pissing off the People’s Republic of China in the process. It’s one thing if he had done this after he gets formally sworn in next month but it’s something else for him to do this while Barack Obama is still President of the United States.

Trump is also busy feeling butt-hurt every time Saturday Night Live does another sketch poking fun at him. He takes to Twitter complaining about how the show skewers him. Here’s the latest sketch that aired last night, which features Alec Baldwin doing a dead-on impersonation of him while making fun of Trump’s penchant for spending a lot of time on Twitter.

Once again Trump gets butt-hurt over Saturday Night Live‘s parody of him so, naturally, he took to Twitter late last night to complain about it. Alec Baldwin’s response to Donald Trump is pretty awesome: He said that he’ll quit portraying Donald Trump only if Trump releases his tax returns (which he has long resisted, unlike every single other presidential candidate in history).

But that’s nothing compared to the multi-part response that an activist named Danielle Muscato unleashed on Twitter. This link has compiled her responses in chronological order but it’s still pretty epic and I personally applaud her for this.

Of course the Internet has exploded over Donald Trump’s latest rampage over his feelings being hurt like a teenage drama queen. This link shows not only the snarky story about this incident but also the snarky comments about The Donald’s ultra-sensitive feelings.

I don’t understand why Donald Trump is so damned surprised that Saturday Night Live is making fun of him. That show has long made fun of presidents. I’m old enough to remember the first season of that show back in the 1970’s, when Chevy Chase used to impersonate Gerald Ford’s clumsiness.

That tradition has continued into successive administrations. The other presidents have mostly ignored those parodies. Sometimes they gamely went along with the parodies by appearing on the show, such as this clip featuring ex-President George H.W. Bush.

But these presidents have ignored the parodies of them because they chose to turn their attention on more pressing matters, such as running the country. This is the first time I’ve ever seen any president or president-elect actually complain about Saturday Night Live‘s portrayal of him.

Donald Trump’s Twitter-based jihad against Saturday Night Live only proves one thing: He is totally unsuitable for the nation’s highest office. If he gets his sensitive feelings hurt over how some comedy show have chosen to satirize him, I’d hate to see how he’d react to any perceived slight against him by a foreign leader. Especially since he has access to the codes that launch nuclear weapons.

The Electoral College is meeting in two weeks to formally vote on the new president. Usually this meeting is little more than rubber-stamping the elections. This year there are calls for the Electoral College to reject Donald Trump for the White House. If this happens it would be completely unprecedented.

I would love it if the Electoral College would do this but I’m not going to hold my breath on this. I really think that the Constitution should be amended where a person should be required to undergo psychiatric tests if he or she shows any signs of mental instability either before or during his/her administration and if that person refuses to undergo these tests or the tests show that he/she is mentally ill, that person should be immediately removed from office. It’s outrageous and potentially dangerous that a person who has shown signs of suffering from an extreme form of narcissism is about to occupy the White House.

Donald Trump is little more than a big baby who should be living in a padded room in a mental institution instead of the White House.

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What is Serving God? ‘Tis doing Good to Man.

I was walking around the Gateway Arts District in Hyattsville, Maryland mainly because I wanted to catch an opening reception. On my way to that event I took a photos of a few other nearby places. The next photo shows the Vigilante Coffee Company, a locally-owned coffee shop located in the heart of Hyattsville.

Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 6, 2016

The Pyramid Atlantic Art Center used to be located in Silver Spring (you can read posts about its former location I wrote in 2014 and 2015) but it has recently relocated to Hyattsville. The next photo shows the new location.

Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 6, 2016

The Three Little Birds Sewing Company is a recently opened store in Hyattsville.

Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 6, 2016

Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 6, 2016

The rest of the photos are of the event I attended. Tanglewood Works, which is based in nearby Edmonston, had just opened its temporary pop-up shop on Route 1 in Hyattsville. I went to the opening reception, which is full of fun decorative items that are all made from recycled materials.

Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 6, 2016

Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 6, 2016

Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 6, 2016

Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 6, 2016

Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 6, 2016

Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 6, 2016

Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 6, 2016

Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville, Maryland, November 6, 2016

One of my friends from my Unitarian Universalist congregation asked me to do a favor for her. Basically she wanted to sell her fused glass jewelry at the annual church auction but she was going to be out of town for the weekend but she still wanted someone to sell her jewelry on her behalf. (Especially since 50% of the proceeds would go to the church.) So I agreed to do it. I took a few photos of my set up at the church auction.

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The next picture shows some of the fused glass jewelry that was on sale that evening. (The flaming chalice that’s in some of the jewelry in the next photo is a symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith.)

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The last photo shows samples of my banana bread that I baked for this auction. (I put two loaves up for auction while I made a third loaf to give away as free samples.)

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If you like the fused glass in these pictures, check out my friend’s business, Profusions of Glass.

Not too long ago I went to Starbucks where I ordered the Peppermint Hot Chocolate (which is only available this time of the year). I had it served in this coffee cup that, for some reason, has created controversy and led to this media uproar that you can read about herehere, and here.

The whole uproar is totally asinine. If your personal religious faith is so weak that you’re willing to let the design of a stupid coffee cup that’s served by a corporate chain affect the way you will celebrate the upcoming winter holidays then both you and your personal religious faith are totally pathetic. This is what the “shockingly controversial” Starbucks coffee cup currently looks like.

When you first get your cup, it’s served with the usual cardboard sleeve that has the Starbucks logo.

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Remove the sleeve and you’ll see this really nice line drawing showing all kinds of people who are gathered together.

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This crowd of line-drawn people spill out over the sides of the coffee cup.

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Here’s the back of the coffee cup that have the notations where the barista marks the order.

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Here’s another side view of the coffee cup showing the same large crowd of line-drawn people.

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The door of the Starbucks shop features the same line drawing that’s on the coffee cup along with the message “Be good to each other.” How on earth could something like this be so controversial?!? This is insane!

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I know there has been this long romance with going to New England to see the fall leaves. I’ve been to that region a couple of times myself during autumn and I have to admit that the leaves there do provide plenty of picture taking opportunity, such as the last time I was in that region during autumn back in late 2010.

But, truth be told, the fall foliage in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area is pretty impressive and I can enjoy it without having to deal with the hassle of traveling to New England (especially since getting a hotel there during fall foliage season can be a challenge since many rooms are booked solid). Here are a few recent photos I took of the fall leaves.

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