Thursday, June 4, 2020

Barbary Pirates

In 1631, North African pirates raided an Irish village and more than a 100 men became enslaved. Some never set foot on land again, rowing until they expired.

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli ...
Marine's Hymn

pick your limits and bet

Random Number Generator here.

As much skill asVegas.

greased in both directions

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Thuja occidentalis

" ... the oldest living eastern white cedar on the Niagara Escarpment called it the Ancient One [has] 1,320 rings or years of growth. It was born at the time the first Buddhist temple was built."

Source here.

a place to eat in Barcelona

Tuesday, June 2, 2020


“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. [1929-1968]


"Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins. He who is present at a wrongdoing and does not lift a hand to prevent it, is as guilty as the wrongdoers. Great Spirit, help me never to judge another until I have walked in his moccasins. Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf."
- Mary Torrans Lathrap [1838-1895]

With malice toward none, with charity for all

"... let us strive on to. . . bind up the nation's wounds"
- Abraham Lincoln [1809-1865], Second Inaugural Address

on superficiality

“I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be, but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.”
― Douglas Pagels

high tensions

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
- JFK [1917-1963]

Monday, June 1, 2020

handling it

"Nobody teaches you how to deal with success."
- Dennis Quaid [b . 1954], who snorted 2 grams/day

Sunday, May 31, 2020

"Take this Hammer"

- James Baldwin [1924-1987]

A man who lifted 5000 pounds when no current contemporary can lift a pinky finger.

Blind Willie Johnson

Saturday, May 30, 2020

"I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well."

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt [1858-1919]

That's Life

That's life (That's life), that's what all the people say
You're riding high in April, shot down in May
But I know I'm gonna change that tune
When I'm back on top, back on top in June
I said, that's life (That's life), and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks, stompin' on a dream
But I don't let it, let it get me down
'Cause this fine old world it keeps spinning around

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king
I've been up and down and over and out, and I know one thing
Each time I find myself flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race

That's life (That's life), I tell ya, I can't deny it
I thought of quitting, baby
But my heart just ain't gonna buy it
And if I didn't think it was worth one single try
I'd jump right on a big bird and then I'd fly

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king
I've been up and down and over and out, and I know one thing
Each time I find myself laying flat on my face
I just pick myself up and get back in the race

That's life (That's life), that's life and I can't deny it
Many times I thought of cutting out but my heart won't buy it
But if there's nothing shaking come this here July
I'm gonna roll myself up in a big ball and die
My, my

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

serenity now

“Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.”
T.S. Eliot [1888-1965]

Priests and Kings

... until this:

Sunday, May 24, 2020


The Incas believed that gold was the sweat of the sun.


"Plans are worthless, but planning is essential."
- Dwight Eisenhower [1890-1969]

comatose daylight hours

"The bartender is the aristocrat of the working class."
- Cocktail (1988)

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Environmental Art

The ill-matched couple

- Lucas Cranach (the Elder) [1472 –1553]

A young girl robs a foolish old man who is blissfully unaware of anything other than her charms. She has a smile of satisfaction on her face as she slips her hand into the lecher's purse.

first mass-market artist

- Albrecht Dürer [1471-1528], Self-Portrait

Friday, May 22, 2020

faith cannot be fully understood in times of happiness

"... faith sees best in the dark"
- Søren Kierkegaard [1813-1855 ], Gospel of Sufferings

Thursday, May 21, 2020

on longevity

"You've got to ride the swales."
- Dennis Miller [born 1953]


"Sinatra got me into Vodka."
- Don Rickles [1926-2017]

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

4000 years of human history

Zoom here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

COVID-19 infographics

Click here to view interactive dashboard.

Roman Emperor

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
- Marcus Aurelius [121-180]