Friday, 25 August 2017


When the Revd Manny Faria (Rector at St. Peter's Church, Beverly, MA) worked with me in Pittsfield, MA he said that I was quirky.

I accept that description whole-heartedly.

I have never eaten a Twinkie

I don't like Brownies

Nor Chocolate Chip Cookies

I strongly dislike Chocolate Cake

I rarely eat ice-cream  (maybe once so far this year)

I disdain doughnuts

Dessert does not delight me


Psst. don't tell my Cardiologist that 

I binge on Bacon about four times a year

I am easily seduced by Cheese (so I try not to buy it)

If I break down with tears and sobs to buy Steak it has to be Rib-Eye, with all that wonderful fat!

Thursday, 24 August 2017


I created a UBER account last week, "just in case" I would need it someday.


This morning I took my car to the excellent "Sam's Auto" on  17th and Lockwood Ridge , SRQ for a simple repair.


I could have asked anyone of my pals to drive me home, but just for the sake of it, I booked a ride with UBER.

Logging on for my first UBER ride was a bit difficult, but once I had done so my driver arrived in good-ish time


I learned that

1  UBER is not cheap once the fare; the UBER  fees; and the voluntary (?)  tip have been totaled in..

2.  On the whole UBER costs are not much more or less than those of the traditional cab

3.  BUT Uber (and Lyft) enable a  much more timely service than the traditional cab  in smaller Cities such as SRQ.


I'll most likely use UBER  again, but only when needs must

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

I put the book down

I put the book down.  I'd been reading for an hour.

I tilted my head to the right, looking down.   

I held my jaw in a certain way.

And there I was, without conscious thought, there I was

looking just like my mother!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

I am bingeing on Joyce Carol Oates

Her books are funny, dark, satirical  and have a deeply telling take on human life and behavior.

Her plots are deeply believable, they refuse to sugar coat human life and experience.

She understands human nature with its glory and shame.

Her books make for hard reading.

A tough read.  I am immersed in this right now.

The first JCO book I read.

A hard read, but with an entirely plausible plot
Short stories with no easy resolution

Joyce Carol Oates grew up in rural western New York State  (near Lockport). Here is her 2015 interview on WNYC.   I love her accent, especially in the way she pronounces "father"


Any other JCO fans out there?

Monday, 21 August 2017

Great Solar Eclipse.

Great Solar Eclipse, not Great American Eclipse, as the media has identified it.

HUMA via my brother Martyn.

Not much to be seen in this part of S.W. Florida,

I defied all the rules and took a quick glimpse at the sun.  Nothing dark, it just seemed to be a bit mist.

But a wee bit earlier I had enjoyed the dappled shadows of tree leaves  (of course I did not have a camera on my person).

It was a lovely sight, probably better lodged in a memory  than in a photo'

Sunday, 20 August 2017

O mistress mine (Miss Adelaide)

Her formal name is Adelaide.

Sometimes I say "Hallo Cat".

Or perhaps  "Hallo Fat Cat".

I've been known to call her "Your Whineyness".


Right now her pee stinks to high heaven.  (U.T. infection?)  so it's off to the Veterinarian ASAP on Monday 21st August.

Mea Culpa

The photo' showing a full Boston Common which I posted re the Boston Witness for truth and Justice march on Aug 19th was in fact a photo' of the Women's March earlier this year.

Here is a the real thing from Saturday

Thanks to Meg H. for pointing this out to me.