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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's a crock...

Paint me insane, but if I was stranded on a deserted island, I believe the one thing I would want -- besides a couple of beers, of course -- is a great big ol’ crock of soup boiling merrily away atop my signal fire. I can even smell the ingredients – fresh seafood, probably whatever creatures I... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Some gave all

Veterans Day is Saturday and no doubt there will be a number of opportunities to commemorate that special day this week. I think of all the alleged “controversies” occurring these days and I hope that, for all the noise, everyone who ever served or is currently serving understands that we are... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy All Hallows, or some such...

Ah, Halloween! What better time of the year than now to trot new and exciting banalities at which to become offended? First, can I even wish someone a “Happy Halloween” or will that offend, say, Occultist Americans? People have been debating the political correctness of such loaded statements as... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

My grandfather's shirt

Recently, I got to thinking about my grandfather’s shirt. It was an old khaki army shirt with all these random white bleach spots all over the front. One might have seen it and laughed, noting the man’s legendary domestic ineptitude. But in this case, the misapplication of Clorox was not the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Of Autumn leaves and woolly bears...

I’ll never forget my first introduction to that mythical critter some call Pyrrharctia isabella. It was a few years back, when my Beloved and I and a few friends were up in the hills for a weekend. We were driving down this lovely, winding, tree-draped mountain lane, a group of good friends on a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Science or Science Fiction?

“History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man…” Blue Oyster Cult, “Godzilla” Awhile back I read an article, the gist of which was that shadowy government drones from a shadowy government agency were searching for a radioactive mouse somewhere in the Northwest. Apparently,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 25, 2017

A few simple thoughts...

Lately, there’s been noise about professional athletes showing their dissatisfaction with the president and the government by “taking a knee” during the national anthem. While I find such things childish, disrespectful, self-centered and utterly unproductive, I don’t necessarily find it offensive. I... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Lessons from the critters...

A pretty funny thing happened just the other day. I won’t say where, because that doesn’t really matter, but the upshot of it was that my Beloved encountered a snake. Apparently, she turned a corner and there it was. “It’s skinny and black and it hissed at me and shook its tail. Is it dangerous?”... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

High Flight

"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there I've... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Communication breakdown

I got a pretty interesting phone call the other day. OK, it wasn’t actually that interesting. It was just slightly interesting to me because the guy on the other end obviously had done what I do. The call was from some poor, harassed guy down in the Lowcountry. Apparently, he had received something... Sign in to see full entry.

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