My wife (God bless her!) isn’t afraid to challenge me (lovingly, but firmly) when she thinks I need a wake-up call. She did so last night, pointing out that I’m becoming a “grump”, preoccupied with all the negative things going on in the world, but failing to recognize that there’s still a lot of… Continue reading Stop and smell the flowers along the way…
Several of my friends, fellow bloggers and fellow writers have published new books over the past few weeks. I’ve read all of them, and recommend them to you. I’ll list them in alphabetical order by author, to avoid offending anyone. First up is Rita Beeman, known in meatspace as Lawdog’s Lady. She has a… Continue reading Some new books from friends
Continuing our occasional series on poetry, this morning I’d like to mention G. K. Chesterton. Well-known for his thousands of articles, Christian apologetics and his Father Brown novels, he was also a prolific poet. Some of his poems are popular to this day, and several collections are available. I’d like to start with one… Continue reading Saturday Snippet: A very English poet
It seems that economist Paul Krugman penned some thoughts about English food following a visit to that sceptered isle some years ago. A reader sent me a link to his comments, and after I stopped laughing, I thought you might enjoy them too. Supply, Demand, and English Food We Americans like to boast about our… Continue reading An economist’s thoughts about English food
I was very happy to read this teenager success story. I wish there were more like them! Carburetors may represent old-school tech in the automotive world, but don’t tell Riley Schlick, a high school senior in Florida who rebuilds them for a tidy profit. Send your tired, dirty, mucked-up carburetor to Schlick and she’ll… Continue reading Good old-fashioned entrepreneurship + hard work = teen success story!
The blogger at HMS Defiant recently mentioned that “India called today and told me to f*** off“. In the comments to that post, MSG Grumpy provided this gem. I used to get quite upset when the Indian call centers took an interest… No more, Now I treasure each and every call. You see as… Continue reading Oh, well played, sir!
Found on Gab. Clickit to biggit. Isn’t that great? I don’t have a very “visual” imagination – mine’s more textual and linear, perhaps not surprising in a writer – but some people have the most amazing ability to pick up what you or I might consider trash, or flotsam and jetsam, and assemble a… Continue reading Cool!
I’m sure most readers are aware that the battleship USS Texas, launched in 1912 and a veteran of both World Wars, has just been moved to a floating dry dock for extensive repairs and rehabilitation. After 110 years since her launching, she needs them. The images below are circulating on social media. They’re probably… Continue reading An elderly but still pugnacious lady prepares for her facelift
I had to smile at this utterly sweet video of a vision-impaired baby being fitted with corrective lenses, and seeing his mother and father clearly for the very first time. Click the image below to be taken to the video clip on Twitter. Too cute for words! It’s nice to come across something happy… Continue reading Your feel-good moment of the day
Stephan Pastis does it again. Click the image to be taken to a larger version at the “Pearls Before Swine” Web page. How does he manage to so often put his finger on the zeitgeist of our current messy existence? However he gets it right, I’m glad he does! We need something to laugh… Continue reading I’ve had days like that…