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January 19, 2010

I’ve been out of commsion for a while; both from trying to keep busy and pay bills as well as adjust to moving the computer from place to place and access to a signal. Yikes. The world is such a complicated electronic place. Will try to be better in the future.

Today attended my first Flash animation class over at Meramec. Looks like something I’ll enjoy.


Family, feminism; a rambling discourse

August 29, 2009

Wednesday evening found me at my Mother’s house out in rural Illinois. The television was full of coverage of the death of Senator Edward Kennedy and I came across – accidentally – a documentary on the local PBS channel about the Kennedy family; namely father Joe, Senior, Joe, Junior, John, Robert and Edward/Teddy. There was occasional mention of the women in the family but the focus was on the men. It turned out to be a fascinating program. I learned a lot about that period of American history, as well as some of the less known, less savory aspects of the famous family. Mom joined me a few minutes into the program and got interested as well. Read the rest of this entry ?


For Saturday night at the bar

July 20, 2009


Bear trap necklace

“Whether it’s ‘Oxidised Black’ or ‘Polished’ sterling silver, this articulated necklace (stick your finger in! It works!) is a bane to miniature bears everywhere.”

From the online store at Lost At E Minor. Is it art, jewelery or playtime after the club?


Quote of the Day

July 11, 2009

“Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.”
Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1914), The Devil’s Dictionary

Inspired by a Friday evening visit to the St. Louis Art Museum (open til 9 on Fridays, free admission to special exhibits).


I’m Allergic To Nature

July 7, 2009

poison-ivyShown above is the very prolific Poison Oak – which apparently grows riot in Southern Illinois and around my Mom’s home. Thanks to my former landscaping gig, I’ve become quite allergic to poison ivy, oak and sumac. I still remember my erstwhile employer, as I returned after a miserable weekend and three lost work days (unpaid) still reeling from the toxic steroids used to rid my system of the poison, remarking, “Oh, it’s a good thing you still have the scars so we know you weren’t faking it!” Read the rest of this entry ?


A man died several weeks ago

June 23, 2009

Just before Memorial Day Weekend of 2009 I heard that Perry had been found dead at his home. He had missed a weekly breakfast date with a friend who called, got no answer, so went to investigate as Perry probably assumed he would do.

A note on the door of the house said simply, “Don’t come inside. Call 911.” Read the rest of this entry ?


My zucchini is flowering

June 11, 2009


One of two planted next to the air conditioner at the country house. No names for them yet. Mutt and Jeff? John and Sarah? Zucchini One and Zucchini Two? Once they flower, science class told us long ago, the bees and assorted insect life teeming out here will pollinate and we will get fresh veggies sometime this season. While others may find the green squash too much for the summer, I like to grill the suckers on the propane grill (thank you, Hank Hill) and eat ’em up good.

Note the artistic close cropping of the photo above, to avoid showing the grass and weedage popping up in the muddy dirt around the plants. Bad garden gnome; bad weeding job. Read the rest of this entry ?