Friday, August 25, 2017

Eclipse August 2017

Birdbath viewer- the best for watching. I had to wear my sunglasses over two pair of clip-on sunglasses to cut down the glare. Unfortunately, I was not able to photograph the sun in the birdbath as the moon moved in front of it because the glare was just too bright for the camera.

Three pairs of clilp-ons worked as well but really not good for taking photos. What I saw through the clip-ons was not seen by the camera.

Hundreds of tiny crescent moons under the trees.

Tiny suns appeared when I used a colander.

Binoculars, large lenses pointed at the sun, projected the clearest images. I also made a eclipse viewer out of a shoebox but gave that to the little girl who lives across the street. It works but it was a bit of a pain to use.

Friday, July 28, 2017

California Trip (3)

I brought two Polaroids taken in New York City circa 1980 home with me from California. The one on the left is me standing on the ledge on top of my sister's apartment building at the corner of 72nd St. and Columbus Ave. I do not know what I was thinking as we were 7 stories up. Look at my left foot in the photo, it gives me the heebie-jeebies just thinking about how close I was standing to the edge. At the right, a photo of Steve Ferrone and me around the same time. Seems like yesterday.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Trump Supporters Defend Him

1. Michael Flynn
What what about Hillary Clinton?*

2. Jeff Sessions
What what about Hillary Clinton?*

3. James Comey
What what about Hillary Clinton?*

4. Donald Trump Jr. emails
What what about Hillary Clinton?*

5. Russia interfered with a US presidential election
(Crickets chirping)

*She is not the president of the United States, Donald Trump is and you trying to ignore that fact is not going to make this go away.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Baby Bluejays on the backyard patio.

Belle, very interested in the baby Bluejays on the backyard patio.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

California Trip (2)

A souvenir from the Blondie concert I attended at the Hollywood Bowl.
The set list for guitarist Tommy Kessler thrown at me by guitarist Chris Stein.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

California Trip

(Just got back today.)



Monday, July 03, 2017

I Am Learning To Sew- Project 37

I bought new seat cushions for the patio chairs and the pillows (right) I bought for the old cushions did not match anymore so I made pillow covers for them. The hard part was shoving the 6 pillows into their new covers, I found out after I was done making them that the zippers I used were really too short.

Friday, June 30, 2017

My Country 'Tis Of Thee

When is enough enough for the people who support this man. This man who has the emotional I.Q. and the cruelty of a 14 year-old boy? This man who is the President of the United States and has no respect for the dignity of the office. This man who represents us and shows us everyday that he and the political party he represents has no respect for us or the Constitution of the United States and the system our founding fathers put in place to keep complete control of the government out of the hands of one man or one party.

The Founding Fathers also understood that having a free press was important. So important they protected it in the first amendment to the Constitution. A free press keeping a close watch on our government plays a major role in protecting our form of government and our rights as American citizens

What is happening right now is a danger to us. Do not let our county slip inch by inch into totalitarianism. It's time to do the one thing that is required of you as a citizen in a democracy. The one thing that people living with repressive governments across the globe have died for, the right to vote.


It's time to stop saying my vote doesn't count or won't make a difference.


It's time to realize that your vote is powerful or why else would Republican legislatures gerrymander district boundaries in their states.


It's time to stop cutting off our noses to spite our faces.


Protesting is a way of expressing our disapproval with our government but the only thing that will really change what is happening is for all Americans to use their Constitutional right to vote in the 2018 elections.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Paddington, I Hardly Knew You

This photo was the first thing I saw when I clicked on The Hollywood Reporter obituaries page this morning.

My first thought, "Paddington Bear is dead?"

Of course not, it is the creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, who died. The Hollywood Reporter does this a lot- putting up a photo connected in someway to the deceased if they cannot find a photo of the person who has died. If you scroll down on the main obituaries page you will find a photo of eight people, one of them being Bob Hope, on the obituary for ex-child actor Paul De Rolf.  Which one is Paul?  Don't know,  The Hollywood Reporter doesn't tell us.  My favorite WTH? photo was the one used when Lawrence Montaigne died.  Montaigne was the actor who nearly replaced Leonard Nimoy  as Mr. Spock when Nimoy was thinking of leaving Star Trek between the first and second seasons.  Whose photo was  used in the article?  Yep, Leonard Nimoy.   Is it really that hard to find an actual photo of the person who died,  Hollywood Reporter?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Remember Back In 2009 When Donald Trump Was On The Cover Of Time Magazine?

Wait, he has never been on the cover of Time Magazine?  You mean it was fake news?  That explains everything.  Liars (Like Trump)  always assume everyone else is stupid so why wouldn't someone who lies (Like Trump)  create fake news ?   And why wouldn't someone (Like Trump) who cannot get the real press to believe his lies start calling real news, fake news?   And pathological liars (Like Trump) react badly when caught in a lie. They  (Like Trump) become defensive and try to pin the blame on someone else by coming up with (Like Trump)  another lie.

"President Trump called the Russian hack a "hoax" and then blamed it on Obama, on the same day!"

So, in an effort to help you understand our poor, poor,  misunderstood president,  here is a link to an article titled, HOW TO SPOT A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR.