Monday, January 26, 2015


"A bit of excitement this morning. I went out the east garage door to top-off the triple feeder. On the sidewalk I saw where a large bird left its wing print. Second clue: not one songbird in sight."

          "Cooper's Hawk."

"Yup."
"Snow was blowing and drifting so fast. Knew it had to be a very fresh print. Immature Coop holding its breakfast flew to the back fence but it could see me and was too nervous to stay. Went west out of the yard. Didn't even thank me for keeping the feeders full."

"It's snowing pretty steady now. About 30 degrees and a strong wind. About the best scenario we could hope for if ... Big If ... it stays cold."

          "Groan, lecture alert!"

"You love it and you know it."
"Take notes."
"Our eminent Weather Channel, perverted purveyor of Storm Stories and other Bull-shit, predicts a steadily rising temperature until 5 o'clock. If it turn to freezing rain you might have to help me hold our trees up."

"Now here's something that should give you a tickle. I am actually using the Keurig. Yes, actually using it to impersonate a coffee maker."
"But there's a twist. I'm grinding beans super fine like an espresso brew and refilling the used K-cups."
"Look, it's your fault. You left me a year's supply of Newman's Own Special Blend - specifically designed to mimic Pearl Rebehn coffee."
"You know there is no way I could trash all that plastic. That's even worse than drinking all that N.O.S.B. Now all I have to do is convince Elaine to use the Newman's stuff and trade in the empties."

"Oops, weather alert coming in - gotta run."
"Love You"

Sunday, January 25, 2015





"Can you believe it's been ... what, six months since we last had Chinese? So I brought home the same as usual. Orange Beef."
"I thought about ordering something different, but, I'd still be there. Still undecided."

"Mouse laid an egg today. I did tell you, she laid one Friday?"
"I should have expected it; I just bought a  dozen the other day."
"Of course, Snowball tried to claim it was hers. That bird is seriously missing a few brain cells."

"If you love someone ... You know, I still hear that song in my head."

" I played it over and over for you that last night."
"And I played it again for you the next morning."
        "If you love somebody, set them free."

"What's your cat complaining about now?"

          "She's not my cat."

"Ah, you spoiled her rotten. So now the princess is your cat!"

"I think she smells Orange Beef and wants some lap time."

"Good night."

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

No Compromise


(Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor plans to step down as the No. 2 House Republican after a shock election defeat to a Tea Party movement upstart ...

In his campaign against Cantor, college economics professor David Brat accused Cantor of being too willing to compromise with Democrats on immigration and budget issues and of not fighting hard enough against President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare. (Reuters)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Our political division at home, hurts our image abroad. - A point well taken, Governor Christie.

This past Friday, Governor Christie told a group of republicans (lower case is intentional) that, "The world is frightened." "... if we can't get along with each other, how can we lead the rest of the world?" (Brent Johnson, The Star-Ledger)


But Gov. Christie, you, not the personal you but the collective you, are the source of the problem.I have no idea of when it happened but it did happen over a period of time when a large enough number of professional politicians realized it was in their own interest to avoid compromise like the plague. Compromise became a weakness that could be exploited; fatally eploited. At the same time, the evolution of the American public majority, to a position of distrust in authority and its resulting disinterest in political detail, coincided with mainstream media's exploitation of that disinterest.

There's enough blame to go around. You, me, and everyone else; we're on a run-away train. What can I do? I can join the group -- which I think is the majority -- that denies the problem. 

To big to fail. 

Nothing I could do anyway.

Sadly, run away train scenarios only get saved in the movies.

I should stay away from politics.





Sunday, March 02, 2014

S and his Mentor W

Because of my plot, the old parent/child issue, Don't do as I do. Do as I say, gives me a much sought after reality. The mentor W admits he doesn't know it all and he is flying blind so much of the time. Early in the story, the mentor is rather cold and detached. A result, more or less, of not understanding what his primary "job" will become and how it will be accomplished. In addition, his role as mentor sort of fell in his lap (well, would have if he had a lap) and he never saw it coming.

So I hope to bring the mentor to parenthood with all the good and the bad. S is only 4 years old when the story begins. My book outline is a bit vague after age 21.


You know, typing is damn hard - learned with ten but only having nine.

Fingers that is. 
Special thanks goes out to the wonderful ER staff at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Bird-Walk at Sandy Hook, New Jersey

The outing was organized by the Monmouth County Audubon Society

A cold day perhaps but that's why we have coats and hats.

I didn't take any bird photos but did get a few of the seals that hauled out onto Skeleton Hill Island on the bay side of the Hook.




Monday, February 03, 2014

Here's a feed from a Bird-Cam in Hawaii

Click the link above the screen-shot

albatross chick