Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Flip flop and Matchbox.  Down on your luck.  Open Road calling.  Don't look back.  Let's blow this pop stand.

Honey I Shrunk the Kids Magical Mystery Tour vibe at KC's #TwinTuesday over here.

Making sure your Tuesday starts out with vim, verve and vibes every week of the year.  That's what we're all about.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Beach Boy

Jasper Johns Corpse and Mirror #2

Love and Mercy is the movie to see, if you feel like seeing Love and Mercy.  It's about Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.  I saw the movie with Husbandman and I've now spent considerable time reading about every aspect of this crazy fascinating story.  At first I didn't want to see Love and Mercy because I've been wanting to see Spy and/or Andreas.  Let me tell you something my friends.  I will never regret changing my mind to see Love and Mercy.  The entire cast is fabulous, but let's give a special well deserved shout out to John Cusack, potentially one of my best friends. Also, let's shout out to Husbandman whose clarity about not wanting to see the movies I wanted to see led to an unforgettable, unregrettable ,possibly life changing experience.  We'll probably see Spy and/or Andreas later in the week. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Eulogy

Charles Ray
I've watched President Obama's eulogy for Senator Clementa Pinckney several times.  Each time I'm moved by it.  President Obama warns against slipping back into inaction as the memory of this tragedy fades.  I've been thinking of writing about my experience watching this eulogy.  Come to find out, our wonderful nephew wrote brilliantly about the speech  and I very much like the work he's one with his piece, so long story short, I will simply suggest that you head over here to read his text. You'll be happy you did.  

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Wants

I am happy about the Supreme Court's ruling about Obamacare.  The Prez says Obamacare is "here to stay."  I hope he's right.  But I heard on the news that all the Republicans in the land are against Obamacare and all the Democrats in the land are for it.  I would like to volunteer as a navigator and get some Republicans signed up for Obamacare.

We watched Tiny last night, a documentary about building a tiny house.  I thought it was a pretty good documentary which you should see if you feel like it, but I would rather watch a documentary about living in a tiny house with two or three Savannah cats.  The day to day ins and outs of living in the tiny house with large pets would make for a fascinating tale.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday Creativity Share: Dreamland

Our friend Sam Quinones is a fabulous writer and journalist.  Dreamland is his third book and it's all over the place.  Sam's book has been chosen as best book on the planet by everyone who has reviewed it.  And EVERYBODY has reviewed it.  And everybody has raved about it.

So you're wondering why I haven't featured Dreamland here on Thursday Creativity Share yet?  I'll explain this in one word:  jealousy.  I'm jealous of Sam and his success.  I've been struggling to write a book proposal for almost 2 years, and Sam just pops this runaway bestseller out overnight?  No sane person could argue that jealousy is anything but appropriate in this circumstance. Also, truth be told, I'm afraid that when I read Dreamland, I'll start wanting to try heroin and I don't have time for that right now.  In short, I've now ordered Dreamland (easy peasy lemon squeezey action to take) and I'm 110% positive I will love it.  You should read Dreamland if you want to.

Congratulations to Sam.  I'm getting over my jealousy as it's morphing gradually into super huge button popping pride.  DREAMLAND ROCKS.

Thursday Creativity Share is a wrap.  A brilliant book written by a good friend.  So exciting.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Critique

KC and I are doing something kind of neat over on Facebook.  Not every week, but from time to time, we critique our #TwinTuesday photographs.  Because we love our photos so much, our critiques usually consist of high praise indeed for the amazing jobs we've done.

  While KC admired the texture of the pickle in my photograph in our most recent critique, I felt the placement of her pickle product added some tension to an otherwise rustic, yet adventurous, landscape.

I wish all critique played out this way---full of compliments and positive upbeatery.  I think I'm going to spend some time critiquing myself and others today in just this fashion.  Readers, you show up here, roll up your sleeves, and get the grueling job done with spirit and gusto. Husbandman, this is the finest cup of coffee west of the Rockies.  Self, you woke up with energy, ready to let your freak flag fly.  Writer's Wednesday, we're ready for you.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


I know everyone's sad that 20 Something left today. I myself have been crying profusely. So a postcard and a pickle might bring us all a little bit of cheer.  Probably couldn't hurt, at any rate.  Husbandman bought the gherkins when I really wanted the big pickles, but I understood his point that no one here would eat the big pickles.  I guess the little pickle gets the job done and I do feel grateful that Husbandman went out to buy the supply we needed for this nostalgic #TwinTuesday.  I just wish 20 Something could stay here.  And there's part of me that still wishes for the big pickles.  Just a bluesy big pickle kind of day.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Towers

 On the way back from the Second City, I finally had time to research how water towers work.  Every time I pass a water tower, I'm like, what's going on with these structures that loom above me hither thither and yon?

  So here's the low down.  Water towers are filled with water.  The height of the tower holding this huge amount of water (think 50 swimming pools) helps with increasing water pressure if and when the citizenry might need some extra water pressure.

The pressure created by the weight of the water in the towers and reservoirs allows gravity to help the water easily move to all points in the city.

At low water use times, (think in the middle of the night), water is pumped back up in to the water tower.  In large cities, many tall buildings have water towers on their roofs to help with water pressure within the building.  Small plane pilots are aided by water towers as landmarks.

I obviously don't know all the ins and outs of these majestic entities, but I think I've given you the basics and all you'll probably ever need to know.  Let's appreciate water towers and pass on this information to others.  I was in the dark for over 50 years about water towers and that's a damn shame.