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Jul. 12th, 2011


The English Language

English, where you can dot your "i"s and cross your "t"s, and you can cross your eyes-but can you dot your tees? Yes! If they are polka dots. And if we have polka dots, why not waltz dots? Tango dots? Mashed potato dots? Opps, I sometime have those if I miss my napkin.

Ah, English. We have apt and inapt, and inept but no ept. We do have an unapt. We have relentless and he did relent, so should ruthless have a he did ruth. And who was Ruth?
Where up is the opposite of down, ans sit is the opposite of stand, and stand up and sit down are opposites. Sit up and stand down are not, however.

Feb. 26th, 2010


My Response To A Forum Member Who Won't Pose For Gay Sponsored Event

One of our Tunick forum members who has been a member for a few years posted what I consider a rather odd post today. He does not want to participate in the installation due to it being sponsored by the gay and lesbian community. This is my reply to him with his online name redacted:
Having participated in many events for Spencer with gays and straights and people of all races, color and creeds I can only say that that is what Spencer is all about- showing that we are all human and all vulnerable. That is his art. Ages ago Spencer denied any political motivation or message in his art and I agree that he is not preaching right or left agendas. But he has been a staunch advocate for gay rights for as long as I've known of him. One only needs to look at his work for POZ magazine. I have heard folks say he doesn't have any African-Americans in his photos, when I know for a fact that they do participate. Since he asks for volunteers, he gets only those who choose to come. Not as many African-Americans do. ( In the photo of us on the balcony in Buffalo Central Terminal, Betsy thought she'd be able to find herself as there was a deep chocolate skinned man right by her with his head on her leg. You can't see him in the photo,so we can't find us.) People in the past have compared Spencer's works to the death camp photos from WWII. Spencer is Jewish- his work is the antithesis to those photos. He does not want to de humanize people- he wants to show how human indeed we are. My point is: to Spencer we are all one race. He sees skin color only as pigment to be used. To not participate in Spencer's work because of not wanting to be associated with gays and lesbians is only depriving yourself.
** if you truly do find Spencer's art moves you or speaks to you allow yourself to take part in this once in a lifetime(okay, more than once if you are lucky), chance to be a part of a large art work. If you're still anti-gay rights after, then so be it.
To all of our new members who are participating I truly wish you well and also that I could be with you. I'm sure you will have a unique and surreal experience. Green with envy here in the US.

Feb. 25th, 2010


Where Does Time Go?

Is it because we kill time? What happens to it? Tuesday I heard an ad for the Intergalactic Bead Show here in Cleveland. Betsy and I had enjoyed a previous visit and I had occasion to refer to it not too long ago and even mentioned my Tibetan death beads. Now if you had asked me I would have said we went about 4 or 5 years ago at the most. Yesterday afternoon i found a bead we had bought then, a special year bead. It was for "2000" TEN years ago. As an experiment I asked Betsy how long ago had it been. She too said a few years, no more than 5 or 6. She too was surprised to find out it was 10! Just this AM I was surprised in a very small way. Last week I forgot to take out the trash on Thursday. I kicked myself for it later that day, only to remember last Friday that since Monday the 15th was a holiday then trash went out a day late. So I hustled and got it out. Today I totally forgot it was Thursday, even after hearing "Knuckleheads In The News" a Thursday AM feature of the Lanigan and Malone show on WMJI. When I came downstairs at a bit after 10 AM, when the show went off;after I had read a bit, and found my glasses, and Betsy's cell phone; I realized it was Thursday, checked and found no one's trash still out. They had come early today.

I guess what I am getting at is that there are far too many days we just forget as "background" unless something really unusual, very good, or very bad happens on those days. We need to do more to make our days stand out people.
Now it's not that we haven't been busy in those 10 years since the first (and only) bead show we went to. We've seen movies, plays, concerts, taken trips, been hired and fired a few times, had new cats, lost old cats, been naked in strange places (Bonjour!) and then had our portrait hanging in strange places as well, bought cars and had cars go, been to weddings and funerals. I couldn't begin to list ten years of even the highlight-good and bad. But why don't we have a better sense then of time having past? I just don't know.

May. 13th, 2009


LIfe Lessons

Stolen from Sofies Verden's Blog from way back in January. Hope she's ok. I also added some personal editing.

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month. Better yet don't get them!


6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.


11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry

13. Don’t compare your life to others’.  You have no idea what their journey is all about. Amen!

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it. Yep!

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.  But don’t worry; God never blinks.


16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’ t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.  But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.


21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to  wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25.  No one is in charge of your happiness, except you.


26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words:  ’In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.


31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.


36. Growing old beats the alternative–dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.


41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come. I hope so-though I doubt it.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a  gift.

NUMBER 27 is the most important.


Writer's Block: DIY

MacGyver, hero of the tv show with the same name, is known for his resourceful use of ordinary household items to get out of an emergency situation. What's the most ingenious solution you've ever come up with in a pinch?
I used duck tape from my car to hang an IV once, when I was still working 11-7 in a psych hospital with no IV poles. We got a patient in with a KVO(keep vein open) with a liter or so just started. Normally we asked that IV's be DC'd as we did not take people that were ill enough to need them. As it was she was a bit dehydrated so as supervisor I let it run in and got an order to DC it only when it was done. But I did have the floor nurse tape the bag to the wall to keep it "hanging", so to speak.


My Flickr views are at 82,000 or just about 11,000 since last year. In part this is due to Flickr having my setting on restricted for a while, and though I corrected the problem early on I just didn't bother to have them re evaluate my photostream till not long ago. I also have not posted new photos since some time in October(with only two exceptions) and those were from May last year. I did have all of the ones from "Parade the Circle " in June up as well. Oh, we've taken lots of photos since then. Mostly snapshots, roadtrips and family. Not too many events due to a reduction in finances and travel.But mainly I haven't posted due to depression. Yep, real down in the dumps time. No SI, but a lot of just not giving a damn about much of anything. More in another post.

Apr. 4th, 2008


What's Up.

For those of you who wonder what I'm up to with my depression and all, I can only say it isn't much better or worse. I have been taking a few pictures and my Flickr photo stream reached 65,000 views not long ago and is about to reach 66,000. Betsy's "Eggs" has over 20 faves, and my "Color Aflight" reached 10 faves. My "Colors!" is pic of the week for "Aplause" and my "Flocked"is one of the Top Twenty White group. So thats about it for now. More as I feel like writing.

Mar. 7th, 2008


My Birthday

My 58th birthday just ended. Never going to be among my top ten but not too bad. I did get a free Red Robin hamburger, a haircut and saw a movie. Did a couple of errands, got some photos up on Flickr, heard from my sister and an old friend on e-mail. Not bad.

Jan. 8th, 2008


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Nov. 28th, 2007


Why We Blog

 Ok, I've been too depressed to blog lately, but here is why we blog, right?

Pearls Before Swine

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