• Rabbit unmasked!

    FINALLY! An image of a rabbit in flight is captured. It’s very tough to get a decent one, even with a camera at the ready; you can’t predict when the

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  • George Washington, Henry Winkler and Me

    [A story from years ago that still has relevance today.] ***”I tell her ‘No,’ and add ‘men’s colognes and soaps are a real tough sell on me. They smell too

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  • A Stripe Is Born

    An odd sort of radio commercial has recently been running on a.m. radio. It’s of the public-service variety. I’m not sure of the station since I listen a lot to

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  • NEWS BULLETIN: PRINCESS RUNS AWAY FROM HOME!

    Well, it’s not as dramatic as Mrs. O’Leary’s cow who reportedly kicked over a lantern and started The Great Chicago Fire. It is a good quick read, however. So how

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  • A Snake Tale

    Ernie sniffed him out. The snake, that is. It was a sun-rich, bye-bye to stormy weather day. Dog and I were inside my fenced, raised-bed garden cage. I was just

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Live and let die

Having moved from Houston I’ve been in my Texas country homestead for two and one-half years. Respecting the environment I’ve tried very hard never to intentionally kill any animal, bug or insect. Even when inside I trap navigationally-challenged flies, bees and spiders into an empty veggie can. Using a thin piece of cardboard as a cover I then give them

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Cool!

Well, the laws of celestial bodies have finally kicked in and summer is a thing of the past. Although here in south central Texas you still have to look over your shoulder because you never really know when heat will return like a tenant – with good riddance – you evicted. The point was well made last night listening to

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Guy Things

The pictured cork bottle-stoppers remain shrouded in mystery. Of course I know who owned them and where the hand-carved and painted collection originated: brought from France by my grandfather. He emigrated to the U.S. shortly before WWI. There isn’t a lot of detail about his growing up before that. What is a fact is that he spent his new life

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“Water.Water.”

In the classic 1939 movie Hunchback of Notre Dame hump-backed bell-ringer Quasimodo [played by Charles Laughton] from a deaf judge receives a sentence of fifty lashes.[*] From the pillory after the last one he begs for a drink of “ Water. Water.” The masses guffaw derisively. Only the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda dares to walk through the hushed throng and

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You Dunkin?

Comfort food. We all have at least one. What’s yours? One of mine is Dunkin Donuts, but not just any of their assorted shapes and tastes. I fall victim to The French Cruller. Oo la la, sooooo good it is enough to make Marie Antoinette say, “Let them eat French Crullers”. Until a few years ago there weren’t any Dunkin’s

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ZOO-ILLOGICAL: A TRUE STORY

[This event really happened. The article first appeared in December, 2005, in a webzine that I had with my daughter. In view of the recent killing-by-rifle of a gorilla in a zoo in Ohio I dust this off and offer it here in desktodirt. Please do not attribute any political motives to this story: there aren’t any. In my case, respecting animals is non-partisan.] After

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SCORPION!

“All Scorpions are venomous. Only about 25-30 of them have a type of venom that is potent enough to make someone very ill or to kill them.”[*] I’m glad I searched that. If I hadn’t I might have thought all 90 of the species could kill me; that “only” means my chances of dying-by-bite are down to roughly one in

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