Loosely Speaking

Monday, February 1, 2016

"They think they can get away with anything!"

Little My, a feisty little creature from Moominland (Tove Jansson created the cartoon and later wrote a series of books that are not exactly all for children)declares this when she slips on an icy patch and rides down a snowy slope on her backside. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moomin This report,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 29, 2016

I blame the Disney Effect.

So many Disney cartoon movies open with the death of a mother, the abandonment of a child. Our hearts are engaged, as human hearts so easily are, with sympathy for the lost and lonely, the helpless left alone in a hostile world. We attach these feelings to baby elephants and fawns, for instance, but... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Some thoughts on wonder and ignorance

I've been looking at some articles about other animals besides human beings who routinely use tools to get what they want from the world around them. Some not only use sticks and stones to open nuts, for instance, or fish termites out of their homes, some actually alter the stick or rock to better... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CONFUSTICATION continued... to the end

PART FIVE Meanwhile, the Hobbit’s wife in this fable Had gone to the trouble of setting the table With china and candles, all the forks matching handles Then she sat and she watched the clock tick... His most favorite foods grew much over-done while she sat there and gnawed on a dried out bun. As... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CONFUSTICATION continued... pt 4

PART FOUR It went very well, and they had a fine time Bamboozling the Shire--It was almost a crime But as the sun set, the two again met For a giggle and pint before bed... The "Wizard" --but really the Hobbit, in fact, Gave a toast with a cheer for their nice little act, And he cried, "What a life!... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 25, 2016


PART THREE The wizard, now wearing the hobbit’s guise Went home to "his" hole-- what a big surprise He gave then to "his" wife, who’d not once in her life Seen him start up the stove with a shout! Meanwhile, the wizard... the "hobbit," I meant, He sought out his landlord who was raising the rent And... Sign in to see full entry.


PART TWO The wizard awoke in the early dawn light And was instantly certain something was not right For the hobbit, it seemed, stole his hat as he dreamed A deed that hobbit quite soon would be ruing! He reached for his hat with his old gnarled hand-- but the hand was a hobbit’s--he could not... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

From my middle-earthian writings...

confustication PART ONE A wizard and a hobbit met in a little pub in Bree And drank together for a while, though neither one, you see, Was in a very cheerful mood, as life had lately not been good For either nor the other, in fact! Between their complaints and their fair pints a-flowing, Trust and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Preparing a Place in the Valhalla of Chariot-Makers

So, there are these industries--long established industries--that have supported the world as we knew it. But what we know about the world has changed. Everyone ate butter, lots of delicious butter, until it was realized that all that cholesterol was actually really bad for our health, that it... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Nimoy, Bowie, Rickman... et al

It begins to seem like a Thing... but could be it is just that at our ages, it's the icons of our lifetimes being lost to the normal attrition of time? We notice because we cared, admired, and loved how they made us feel... Especially in our times, the speed and frequency of hearing about events and... Sign in to see full entry.

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