29 May 2006
I'm being more adventurous mixing plants this year. I adored all of the flower boxes and plantings in Switzerland last year. It might not be Switzerland here but I'm going to give it my best shot in the pot and box realms.
Last year, due to the Switzerland trip in mid June, I didn't put out any plants in May -- they'd die while I was away. By the time I returned just about everything at the greenhouse was looking really haggard and leggy. I'm going to make up for that lost year this summer.
Here's Sophie at the front door, listening to the thunder and waiting for me to come inside.
24 May 2006
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is living up to its reputation as a nation of dog lovers with many owners feeding their four-legged friends healthier and tastier meals than they serve up for themselves, a survey published Wednesday said.Sophzilla gets a very boring diet of potato/venison dog food with a little canned dog food mixed in as "gravy." I'm not swapping plates with her any time soon.
A study of 1,337 British dog owners found that 18 percent fed their pampered pet pooches a better diet than their own, giving them fresh dishes instead of tinned food.
Consequently 21 percent of dogs enjoyed cheese, 15 percent were given fish and 9 percent chomped on vegetables. More.
23 May 2006
Reuben Lindh is a Minneapolis organization that helps families together, honors their cultural contexts and helps many developmentally delayed children using music therapy. Trip Shakespeare played "Toolmaster of Brainerd," which is such a funny, catchy tune (" He came to town on a charter bus; Too young and sweet to be hustling us; He played guitar like a natural disaster; Play on, Toolmaster of Brainerd).
The benefit CD, "Down By the Riverside," a fun and hip take on children's songs, has some of the artists who were on last night -- members of Semisonic, Mason Jennings, Dana Thompson, Dan Wilson. I bought it for a certain someone's birthday this summer. I'm very tempted to open it and listen before then. Check it out here.
22 May 2006
American Experience presents The Man Behind Hitler, a portrait of Joseph Goebbels, delivered in words taken directly from the diaries he kept from 1924, when he joined the Nazi party, until his suicide in 1945, read by actor Kenneth Branagh. Featuring never-before-seen footage, this 90-minute documentary from filmmakers Lutz Hachmeister and Michael Kloft offers an insider's view of the rise of the Nazi party.Late last year I read a quote from Peter Drucker. He said that to keep his mind growing he chooses a topic every three years and completely dives into it. I decided to do the same. I haven't yet decided, however, whether I'll switch to another topic after this year. I'll have to wait and see.
So, what's my topic this year? Nazis. I'm completely horrifyingly fascinated by their rise to and consolidation of power. Even though I will never understand their mindset, I keep asking the questions.
19 May 2006
"Home" has that great Simple Minds sound. It's hypnotic and seems to move throughout your arms and legs. Oh, and Jim Kerr's great voice. I love how he feels the music as he sings. You can see the video, or just listen to the song here.
And the lyrics? Very good. I'm a sucker for well-written, meaningful lyrics -- not the "baby, baby, get in the car" kind. The beginning lyrics to Home:
God gave me travelling shoes,
God gave me the wanderer’s eye,
God gave me a few gold coins
to help me to the other side.
Looked around and said:
“be careful how the small things grow”.
God gave me travelling shoes
and I knew that it was time to go.
Sent in the ship at night
to take me to the hidden port.
Found me the key at last
to open up the prison doors.
Brought down the blackbird’s wings,
gifted me with beggar’s eyes.
Sent in the jackals
to tell me I should say bye, bye, bye.
I’m home, home, home, home, home.
And I’m home, home, home, home, home.
But I’m miles, miles, miles, miles and miles away.
Where can I hide?
18 May 2006
15 May 2006
We've never had the baseballs. The only other snowball-variety item was the one package of Lucky Puffs last year around St. Patrick's Day. There's got to be a formula for how our vending guy stocks the machine. I will crack the code!
11 May 2006
My grocery lists are usually an odd mixture of German and English in bad penmanship ("What is this about toes?"). As one, who shall remain nameless, told me long ago, "You write like a pig. Like a pig has a pen in its cloven hoof." That still makes me laugh out loud.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma became the last state to make tattoos legal when the governor signed legislation Wednesday to license and regulate tattoo artists and parlors.I'd hate to think what an unlicensed tattoo place would look like. Do they give you a month's worth of penicillin with every tattoo?
The measure ends a ban on tattooing that had been in effect since 1963. The new law takes effect Nov. 1.
He Told You So
A California man who was in violation of his parole was caught when several "alarmed" residents called in to report that a man wearing a windbreaker with big bright yellow letters reading "CDC prisoner" was standing around a street corner, according to police who say he was also charged with stealing the prison-issued windbreaker as well as unlawful possession of a can of mace.
"It sounds like he just started off all the way wrong," said San Bernardino parole Officer John Snedden. "Best you can do is just take him back and start him all over again."Arizona Central 28-Apr-06
President's Plans Trashed By The White House
The secret White House staff schedule for President Bush's Florida trip on Tuesday was found in the trash by a sanitation worker.
"There on the floor next to a big trash truck was a thick sheaf of papers with nearly every detail of the President's voyage."
"I saw locations and names and places where the President was going to be. I knew it was important. And it shouldn't have been in a trash hole like this," Randy Hopkins, the sanitation worker, said.WUSA (Washington, DC) 9-May-06
Odd, isn't it, how folks will look back to great milestones in their life - to when they met someone, fortuitously changed careers, or were somehow found to be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time - and consider such incidents turning points?
Because actually the real turning points in any life always occur well before such manifestations, in the moments when they finally began thinking, speaking and behaving like never before.
Hey, it works -
The UniverseThoughts become things... choose the good ones!
Then, the inevitable serendipitous that will follow - chance encounters, thrilling work and breakfast in bed - are just a matter of us (in the unseen) rearranging the "furniture" of their lives, (Yeah, talk about the right place at the right time... More syrup?)
10 May 2006
Back to the finger. My finger. My bruise is still there and appears to be growing. It is now dark purple. I had a pedicure yesterday. I should have asked them to paint all the nails to match.
Maybe because of that sillily intriguing question I noticed a link to iheartbacon.blogspot.com. Who can read that there is an I Love Bacon site and not follow the link? On it the author outlines the bacon ranking system he/she developed. It includes: pork flavor, sugar, salt, smoke, fat and texture. I find this incredibly funny.
09 May 2006
Henry KissingerIt is one of my favorite songs from "Monty Python Sings." Highly singable. To hear a clip, click here and scroll down to the song. The whole ambience is very Jeeves and Wooster.
How I'm missing yer
You're the doctor of my dreams
With your crinkly hair and your glassy stare
And your machiavellian schemes
I know they say that you are very vain
And short and fat and pushy but at least you're not insane
How I'm missing yer
And wishing you were here
08 May 2006
I have a very serious case of Schadenfreude (malicious joy). It couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. (Norm Coleman is a close second.) More info at USA Today.
I'm hoping it will fall again after news of the latest Bush nominee sinks in. Bush nominated Air Force General Hayden as the new head of the CIA. I don't know that his choice is unconstitutional, but there is a reason to keep the military, police and spies separate. Unless, of course, you are General Pinochet.
05 May 2006
The man is brilliant -- Colbert, not Bush (as if you had any doubt). Take a look on C-SPAN. I bet he doesn't get an invite next year.
- "The greatest thing about this man is that he's steady. You know what he believes in. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he did Monday. No matter what happened on Tuesday. Events can change. This man's beliefs never will."
- [His reaction to the press comparing White House staffing shake ups to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.] "This administration is not sinking, it is soaring. If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg."
- "I believe that the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq."
- [Colbert says he wishes he would have been considered for the press secretary job.] "I would have made a fabulous press secretary. I have nothing but contempt for these people."
- "Jesse Jackson is here ... you can ask him anything but he's going to say what he wants at the pace that he wants. It's like boxing a glacier. Enjoy that metaphor because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is."
man attempts to steal copper from electrical pole Sumter
) Sumter April 25, 2006- A Sumter man was found in critical condition after officials say he tried to steal something from an electrical pole.
Barely conscious and trapped between transformers is where
police found Wayne Odom. Sumter
His stepfather says a bad crack habit led to the serious injury. Marshall Knotts says, "He would do anything he could do to get it. He was so strung out."
Sunday night police say Odom climbed an electrical pole and was shocked. What was he trying to get his hands on, they think, was copper…
Odom is in critical condition at the
. Augusta Burn Center
Officials say the copper they think Odom was trying to steal is worth about $2 per pound.
Full story here.
04 May 2006
I found the Mystery Matador this morning while looking for something legitimately work related. This is so cool and, potentially, mean. Not that I'd actually do it. (Sometimes it's fun to just think about being mean.) I used to work at a consulting firm where the documents were full of things like "total quality," "best in class," and a lot of other blah blah phrases that I've miraculously expunged from my mind.
You can also save others from your needless yammering by downloading the Bullfighter to your PC.
Feel like that document that surfaced in your inbox is taking a lot of time to say not much of anything? Get even. Send the writer an anonymous message from the Mystery Matador.
Copy and paste their letter or any other document text in the box below. Type their email address in the box to the right. Then click the 'Preview' button under the text box. Bullfighter will measure the jargon and verbosity.
Press 'Send' and that person will be sent an email with a link to their score. It's fast, free, simple, anonymous - and could spare the rest of us from receiving any of their awful prose.
Bullfighter is the epoch-defining software that works with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to help you find and eliminate jargon in your documents. It may look like a little toolbar with three buttons, but it's actually much more. Bullfighter includes a jargon database and an exclusive Bull Composite Index calculator that will allow you to see -- in an actual window, on your PC display, live -- just how bad a document can be.There are also films of idiocy in action! We all know this stupid, stupid man.
03 May 2006
BLOOKFrom World Wide Words. Many years ago my Mom told me that I would write a book some day. Maybe she meant to say blook.
One of the telltale signs to dictionary makers that a new word is becoming established is that compounds and derivatives are readily formed and used. That's most certainly true of "blog", the abbreviated form of "weblog" that has spawned terms like "warblog", "videoblog" and "litblog". "Blook" is the most recent form, a blend of "blog" and "book." A blook is a blog that has been turned into a book. The word has been in the news because of the inaugural award in the genre, sponsored by a self-publishing Web site named Lulu, which named it the Blooker Prize (one for m'learned friends, you may feel).
This type of conversation has happened to me before. My high, happy voice on the phone must trigger the intimidation reflex. Do they honestly think that they'll get you to buy what they're selling if they belittle you?
The 2006 Living Green Expo features over 230 exhibitors showcasing all things green and good. Come and connect with others, find resources, and get in on the latest green technologies.
- World renowned polar explorer Will Steger talks about global warming, 1 p.m. Saturday.
- Hear Simple Living’s Wanda Urbanska, 1 p.m. Sunday.
- Parking is free, secure bike storage is available, and the Expo is accessible by bus.
- Visit www.livinggreen.org for more information on exhibitors, workshops and activities.
02 May 2006
Full story here.
Designer dog burns down kitchenA pet dog caused £30,000 of damage when it turned on its owner's cooker and burnt down the kitchen.
Skylar, a three-year-old 'goldendoodle', apparently started a kitchen fire when she tried to jump on the stove to get left-over pizza...
The designer pooch, a cross between a golden retreiver and a poodle, is believed to have switched on a nob which ignited the cardboard underneath the pizza.
01 May 2006
You'd see the big military parade in Moscow -- scads and scads of goose-stepping Red Army soldiers and missiles on the backs of trucks. And the shot of the reviewing stand with the leader and his inner circle.
You know how the wind, no matter how blustery, remains as silent as it is invisible, until it meets with leaves, and kites, and flags, and such? Well, it’s exactly the same with the manifesting forces that make dreams come true, until they meet with expectation. And right this second, they're whirling all around you, my little chiquita.
NEWS FLASH * WEATHER ADVISORY This week's forecast will be marked with buoyant optimism scattered throughout the land with intermittent bursts of hope, faith and euphoria that are expected to create numerous high pressure cells ideal for dreams coming true. So get on out there and soak up those manifesting rays; it's going to be gorgeous.