A quote from the weather bureau. A real quote. I am not making this up: IDIOTS SHOULD BE WARNED NOT TO GO OUT INTO THE STORM. I’m not sure why we name hurricanes. I have no idea how the names get picked. I could Google it and maybe find out, but I’m too lazy to … Continue reading DORIEN SHOULD REALLY BE DARWIN – By TOM CURLEY
In the course of time, I've accumulated a lot of stuff. Much of the stuff is old Asian art -- mostly Chinese and some Japanese porcelain from Han to Qing dynasties. I have no idea what it's worth. I didn't buy it from major art houses and much of it has no provenance, so I … Continue reading EVALUATING ART – Marilyn Armstrong
It’s not just in your backyard. It’s the planet and it’s OUR planet. How long do we wait? When is it too late?
A graph in my local weekend paper has made it very clear that the climate in my part of this planet has changed significantly, and not for the better. This has so far had considerable effect on our economy, employment and people’s lifestyles. It’s effects are long lasting and the trend is clear. There is nothing to indicate that it is going to get any better any time soon, and in fact there is a huge mass of evidence to suggest it will get worse for some time yet.
Here’s the graph, issued by that Den of Deceit, the Western Australian Water Corporation.
The graph shows the dramatic decline in the annual amount of rainwater flowing into our water catchment areas that feed our dams which used to be our main water supply to a city of almost 2 million people.
Reliable records were kept from 1911 (Perth was founded…
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I am Jewish. My parents were both born in America but my grandparents were all born in Russia/Ukraine. I grew up on stories from my maternal grandmother about living in a Shtetl, where murderous, anti-semitic rampages by the Kossacks were commonplace. Jews were not allowed to integrate freely with the gentile population, let alone socialize … Continue reading LIVING WITH ANTI-SEMITISM – BY ELLIN CURLEY
The Little Garden - September 2, 2019 Although you can't see it at this angle, there's a very big branch of not-yet-budding transparent or maybe white (hard to tell since they look so much alike) orchids growing out of this pot. It keeps getting bigger. I'm waiting for it to set buds, but so far, … Continue reading THE LITTLE GARDEN – Marilyn Armstrong
It must be payback. Karma, hubris - or both. For more than 30 years, I drove a succession of fully loaded convertibles with Steve McQueen in my brain. Once, I was racing to a story in the dead of night when a State Trooper pulled me over. He asked the traditional question. He smiled when … Continue reading WHERE IS STEVE McQUEEN WHEN I REALLY NEED HIM? – Garry Armstrong
A Photo a Week Challenge: Texture I love texture in photographs. The texture of still waters reflecting as well as any mirror. The roughness of rocks, the shine of finished wood, the roughness of freshly cut wood.