Placenta Jerky! WTF?

I’m not going to claim any historical or medical accuracy for some of the things I’m about to say but it seems to me that regarding women and childbirth, things started getting a little crazy back in the 60s.

Remember the dawn of the “natural” child-birth era when women, along with their husbands, were expected to jointly attend child-birth classes where the expectant mother learned to properly breath while the husband mastered techniques of Continue reading Placenta Jerky! WTF?

The Business of Government is Now Business

About a year ago a bill became law in the United States. A law whose purpose was to reform Wall Street, banks that were “too big to fail,” and better protect the American consumers from the abuses that rained upon their heads following the 2008 collapse of the economy.

If you recall, a major cause of the Great Recession was the failure of governments, state and federal, to regulate Wall Street and the banking industry. Continue reading The Business of Government is Now Business

Doughboy and 3-Minutes of Fame

There’s an old adage about everyone having their 15-minutes of fame. Well, I really doubt that is true but On August 18, 2011 I did get about 3-minutes of minimal fame. I appeared in a film, Doughboy the Movie, playing the role of an aging Vietnam Veteran named Bob, who had been a Navy Corpsman serving with a Marine detachment close to the border of North Vietnam.

The film was shot entirely in Wheeling, WV and the world premier took place at the Marquee multiplex Theater in Continue reading Doughboy and 3-Minutes of Fame

Random Thought, 8/19/11

The day before President Obama left for vacation the Dow-Jones fell 419 points. The first day of his vacation the Dow fell another 173 points. I wonder what effect it would have on the Dow if the president got a turd caught sideways? Obviously our presidents have too much power if their actions are followed this closely. 🙂

Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day Two, 2011

Day two of the 2011 Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest began with some very slight rain showers but nothing like what had been predicted. By opening gate time the skies had cleared, the temperature reached the mid-eighties, and the humidity soared into the ionosphere. I decided to do explore Wheeling in the AC of my van and not got the festival until the early evening.

I arrived at the fest around 5 p.m. when Zac Harmon was just taking the stage. I found a seat in the shade, broke out my laptop and spent some time Continue reading Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day Two, 2011

Kosher Congress

Kosher is generally defined as (1) pure (in food), (2) proper, genuine, authentic, or legitimate.

As a senior citizen and in my opinion, we do not have a Kosher Congress in Washington right now. We have almost total gridlock in our national legislative body, strangling debt, and America is fast going into a sinkhole. Continue reading Kosher Congress

Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day One, 2011

When it comes to music festivals I’m a relative newcomer. However, of those I have attended, the annual Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest ranks at the top. Not only is the entertainment superb but the hospitality and accommodation is even better.

The venue is in downtown Wheeling aside the Ohio River, easy to get in and out of, adequate and Continue reading Wheeling Heritage Bluesfest, Day One, 2011

New From the North Coast Muse

Sally Turner Kennedy has a nice piece on her blog, North Coast Muse. She is a dedicated observer of nature and frequently seems to have a camera with her when the occasion dictates. Her current offering is about adding a new bird specie to her “life-list.” I too have a life-list but it all about the different specie of fish I have caught. I keep a fish guide with me and mark when and where I caught my first specimen of each specie. We do, however, keep track of what birds show up at our feeders and over the years there has been a couple of rare ones. Thanks Sally!

What Big Donors Get in Texas

There’s been a lot of discussion lately concerning the power and influence of the wealthy in America. One of many old sayings is, “It takes money to make money.” There are several ways in which this is true and one of them is money can buy you political favors that could easily result in you making even more money.

That seems to be the case with the major political donors of Texas Governor, Rick Perry. The Daily Beast and the Los Angeles Times are both Continue reading What Big Donors Get in Texas

Bountiful Baskets

       

You are what you eat.  I’m not sure what I think of that.  One look at me and many pears in my past may come to mind.  Other people?  A few butternut squashes, mushrooms and
watermelons have crossed my path.  You?  Well, you know, don’t you? How many of us would have different shapes if we ate differently?

A couple of weeks ago an opportunity to see a part of the food co-op life presented itself in the form of Bountiful Baskets.  ( http://www.bountifulbaskets.org/ ) For $15 – plus a small handling fee – purchasers receive Continue reading Bountiful Baskets

Why 160 Acres?

My wife, after reading Mike Newman’s piece about his great-grandfather homesteading in New Mexico, asked me, “Why 160 acres?” The only answer I could give her was that it had something to do with one of the several Homestead Acts passed by the US Congress and possibly with the terms of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. I also recalled it had something to do with the old saying, “forty acres and a mule.” Forty acres being about what one family with a mule could work in a years time and Continue reading Why 160 Acres?

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