Monday, December 28, 2015

I Got A New Coloring Book And Coloring Pens For Christmas

It took two days to color and was worth the time I put in.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Crocodile Rock

The rare and extremely dangerous Snow Crocodile.  Found only in the northern front range of Colorado.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Age, With His Stealing Steps, Hath Clawed Me In His Clutch.

-Hamlet (5,1,73-4), William Shakespeare

When my mother had her first heart attack I flew out to New York to see her.  One afternoon while visiting her in her hospital room she stopped talking and gazed sadly out the window.  When I asked her what was wrong she turned her face back toward me and said, "When I was young I used to think that seventy was so old."
She died three years later.

This article brought this memory back to me. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Medical Hack

This is making it's way around facebook.

The truth is here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

But Baby It's Cold Outside

I put up my Christmas tree yesterday which I have never done before Christmas Eve since....forever.

This is what I woke-up to this morning.  

My apologies, Colorado.

Friday, December 11, 2015

You Can't Heal What You Refuse To Confront

I've decided I want to be a faith healer. Only instead of yelling, "Be healed!" while slamming my palm into someone's forehead, I would yell, "Get some f***ing sense!"

By which I mean show some compassion, empathy, and humbleness toward your fellow man. You know, the way Jesus always acted.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Donald Trump, Making America Great!

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
-Martin Niemoller, Lutheran pastor and Holocaust survivor (Sachsenhausen and Dachau).

Article that goes with this photo here.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

What Do You Know, I've Been Doing It All Wrong

The above advice came from this book.

A section of the original page.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Splendor Of Ended Day

-Walt Whitman, Song at Sunset

Sunset ( December 7, 2015) looking East from the pocket park near my house.

Sunset (December 7, 2015) looking West from the pocket park near my house.

Monday, December 07, 2015

I'm A Deviant

Is This A Circle? How Shapes Can Predict Your Tolerance Of  'Deviancy''

Saturday, December 05, 2015

New Books I Want To Read

Interestingly, all the cover are black and white.

Friday, December 04, 2015

I Want To Join The IORAM

Photo from Colorado State University, CSU Archives and Special Collections (name: nmhfm-689.jpg) taken in 1949 of members of the Denver Mining Club standing in front of the The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Co. 

Below is the caption the Archives wrote to explain the photo:

"Members of the Denver Mining Club pose before the Club's bus. The Denver Mining Club was established in 1891 as a local chapter of the International Order of Ragged Ass Miners."

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

The Doors Of Perception

What Americans Get Wrong: survey reveals biggest misconceptions. (Numbers across bottom are percentages.)

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

How Now Pink Cow

This painting hangs behind the reception desk at my dog's vet's office. Every time I see it, it makes me smile.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

There Is No More Neutrality In The World

You either have to be part of the solution, or you're going to be part of the problem.

 -Andy McClure

Monday, November 23, 2015

Portrait Of Belle

Belle had a benign tumor removed from her leg a couple of weeks ago and had to wear the dreaded cone of shame.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hanger Bar

This photo was on the Colfax Avenue facebook page and shows the mural painted on the side of the Hangar Bar at 8001 E Colfax Ave in Denver, CO.  I used to walk by this bar on the way to school when my family and I lived in the Compass Motor Lodge at 8675 East Colfax Ave.  I wrote this in the comments section:

I used to walk past this bar twice a day when I was at Ashley Elementary School. Some days on the way home, if I was feeling extremely brave, I would push open the front door and yell into the darkness, "Are there any airplanes in here?" And then run like hell.
Gosh, I was such a witty fifth grader.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hold Me In Your Arms, Lava Lamp!

Let me seek magma comfort and peace in the warmth of your kryptonite embrace
.-Isabel Yosito

I bought this lava lamp on sale at Marshall's mostly for the box.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

We Wish You A Rapey Christmas

I see Bloomingdale's department store hired some frat boys to create their Christmas catalog this year.

Washington Post article here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

James R. Shannon US Navy 1943-1946

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Friday, November 06, 2015

Things I Truly Love- Coloring Books

I've been coloring in one of the new coloring books that have been published by the hundreds ( Just Add Color: Day of the Dead with artwork by Sarah Walsh) and the first one I did was frustrating.  I like to use colored pencils but the slick paper did not take up the color the way that I am used to and I felt more like I was scrubbing the color on than actually coloring.  So I did a small  coloring experiment.  I finished the color pencil page and then colored another page with art markers and then a third page using crayons.  Results below.

Color pencils.  The paper just doesn't pull in the color and the slickness makes it hard to cover all that bright white paper.

Markers.  Color absorbs well but  I still felt like I was scrubbing the color on. 

Crayons.  Actually felt like I was coloring and covered well but I don't remember crayons being this waxy.

So I've decided that I will not use color pencils in this book but markers and crayons.  I think the problem  I had with the markers was because I bought a cheap set at Target and they dried out even as I was using them.  A better quality set should take care of that problem.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

I Want To Be The Race Car!

November 5, 1935, the game of Monopoly is released by the Parker Brothers Company.

Original game pieces.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Light Shadows 28

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”
-Lewis Carroll

The frumious Bandersnatch.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Drop Dead

October 30, 1975, New York City is on the verge of bankruptcy when President Gerald Ford announces he will not give NYC any federal assistance to help it avoid defaulting on its outstanding loans. The Daily News responses to this decision by printing this infamous headline.

Ford as King Kong wearing a football helmet.  Ford played football for Michigan and was voted MVP in 1934. Lyndon Johnson said this about him, "He's a nice guy but he played too much football with his helmet off."

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Three Views Of Last Night's Republican Debate

1. One view of last night's debate from a British newspaper.

2.  Another view of last night's debate from this side of the Atlantic.

3. My view- when you have lame candidates, you are bound to get some lame questions and even more lame answers.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

No Beer, Coke

October 28, 1919, the National Prohibition Act (a.k.a. The Volstead Act) went into effect giving Federal and state governments the power to enforce the 18th amendment. The 18th amendment banned the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors in the United States.

"A Man's Drink, A Woman's Drink, Everybody's Drink,  Coca-Cola"- 1919 Coke Ad

Tuesday, October 27, 2015