Category Archives: Quirky news items

We’ve had the wildest winter I can remember. In Portland, Oregon, the winters are usually drippy and overcast. However, this year’s winter has been cold and snowy. It has produced some great photographs.


This is a photograph of crows sitting in snowy trees in downtown Portland, Oregon. The photograph was taken by C.S.I. Walker Berg of the Portland Oregon Police Bureau. This was his view from the Justice Center’s 12th floor.  Portland has enough of a crow problem that they have begun to employ falconers to move block-by-block, hunting the black birds.

It looks like the crows are settled in for the night, though and any hawks will just have to wait for morning.

The police department shared the image dubbed “Crows on Snow” on Facebook and Twitter where it quickly went viral.

My first thought was “Wow,” and then I thought:


From the sublime to the ridiculous in one easy jump.


I write like …


I put a section of writing containing FW’s pov, and a section of Anne’s pov into the window. So, I write FW like King and Anne like Christie.


Try it: I Write Like

Big Bird? Big Deal

The model, Heidi Klum went to the Emmys Sunday and this is what she wore:

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Big Bird has been mentioned. Swiffer dusters. Easter chicks. I think it was put together by a committee. One that had no clear goals. It really doesn’t matter because Ms Klum is gorgeous. She is 42 and looks 24. As long as she shows up wearing something, who really cares?

I have to laugh, because it Mellisa McCarthy had shown up in this, the sound of the haters hating would still be reverberating in our ears.

Hail to Mr. West

Kim-Kardashian-and-Kanye-West-There are a lot of people already fed up with the political campaigning for the 2016 presidential election. Me included. However, if you think you’re going to get any relief from the two-and-three year campaigns, buck up, sissypants. Kanye West announced the VMA awards that he intends to run for the 2020 presidential election. I’m sure this means he will start getting the exploratory committee, nonprofit PACS, and campaign theme anytime now.

BTB, I don’t listen to Kanye (SURPRISE!), so if any of you know his music and could make suggestions from his song catalog, that would might be a fun exchange.

I’m just guessing but I would not be surprised if his mother-in-law, Kris Kardashian is his campaign manager. His wife, the prospective First Lady–let THAT sink in for a moment–Kim Kardashian West, will surely be the official campaign photographer.

If elected, the Wests will be the first couple in the White House in which she is arguably more famous than him. I remember when Ronald Reagan ran for president and all his movies were embargoed due to campaign advertising rules. In the comments, please discuss just how we keep Kim’s sex tape from influencing voters.

West is like Donald Trump in that he is loud and proud of his opinion. Who can forget the good times when he has stormed the stage of an awards shows to rebuke Taylor Swift for winning instead of Beyonce? I’m thinking this might come in handy in his foreign policy. He could do a riff on Pink Floyd: “Hey, Putin, leave Ukraine alone!” And would maybe stay on key.

Celebrities making ridiculous remarks is now the foundational staple of the Internet. IMO. And West’s comment will be replaced with something else more ridiculous soon enough. The only question is, will the commenter be another celeb or will it be West-topping-West?

Anyway, the weekend is coming. Think about a West presidency and tell us how it would affect you. And Beyonce. Because I’m sure West would use his power of the pen to do something magnificent for The Queen Bee.


I Had to Laugh .. then shake my head

Last week I pointed to the elegant and tasteful engagement announcement of the families of Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophia Hunter. This week we move to another marriage announcement. This time it’s Mr. Charles Manson and Ms Afton Elaine Burton (AKA, Star).

Here’s the official engagement photo:

The happy couple

The happy couple

It’s enough that Charles Manson is in the equation, isn’t it? He’s 80 something and she’s obviously not.

I have never understood why women do the whole my-man’s-in-prision-but-he’s-innocent-no-really-he-is thing. I don’t see semi-annual news stories on men marrying women behind bars.

The money quote: “She said she is interested in working on his case, and marrying him would allow her to get information not available to nonrelatives.”

I smell a book deal coming on.

I’ll be disappointed if that proves to be the reason for the nuptials. I was hoping Charles had found true love at last.


You get what you pay for ...

You get what you pay for …

I had a conversation with my daughter yesterday that focused on a free tattoo and what a disaster it had turned out to be. (For an acquaintance, not her.) We decided that if you speak to someone and tell them about a desire or a need you have, if their next words are, “I know a guy,” it’s best to end the conversation and move away very fast.

Nasty reviews come in lots of guises. Amazon isn’t the only place human blisters frequent.

One of the best episodes of The Big Bang Theory last season was one in which Sheldon Cooper_P&Pintroduces Amy to the Indiana Jones franchise. In turn, she points out the walloping plot flaw in Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Nazis would have found the ark and been just as fried if Indiana Jones had stayed home washing his socks. Indy makes no difference to the story at all. Yeah, I really didn’t notice this either, but I chalk it up to the fact that I don’t like Indiana Jones in any of his incarnations.

Anyway, there is a similar, superfluous character in Persuasion. Just not one of the main ones, thankfully. The character of Mrs. Smith serves to give Anne an escape from the confines of Camden Place. Austen uses her to show us Anne’s compassion to a down-and-out friend. Smith makes little trifles that are sold to Nurse Rook’s wealthy patients, and the money given to needy neighbors. In doing this Austen  shows us a person who, though suffering herself, is mindful of the suffering of others. Her presence in Anne’s schedule makes Sir Walter angry, and that can’t be bad. She also lets Anne know what a horrible person William Elliot is. Too bad dishing the dirt comes after Anne already made her mind up about Elliot and the prospect of becoming the next Lady Elliot.  Anne and Frederick would have ended up together whether Mrs. Smith had spilled the beans or not.

If Austen were a modern author, she might have been encouraged to delete Mrs. Smith all together. I think I like the story with her. Even if she’s less a “hero” than I might have thought earlier.

Take care

What IS the Point of The Bachelor?

ballerinas2aTonight is the last night of The Bachelor, that dating disaster on ABC.

I don’t get it. If one man is openly dating 25 women he’s a cad, but if there are cameras, liquor, exotic (erotic) locales, and cash prizes, it becomes a social phenomenon.

Help me understand.