Memorial Day marks the traditional start of summer, and with it beach reading. An unexpected by-product of summer’s lower intellectual standards is that one’s literary risk-reward ratio expands exponentially, the way pole vaulting records were shattered by quantum leaps when athletes abandoned aluminum for fiberglass. Pick a mildewed paperback off a bookshelf in a vacation house–one that you’d be ashamed to check out of your local library for fear it would be cited in a future Senate…Continue
For my Republican, I picked Paul Ryan. He is Speaker of the House, ambitious, handsome and reasonable in tone. He play-acts the character of the responsible adult in a room full of children. Whenever he appears in public to a general audience, he tells America that we should have a contest of ideas. He often adds the word Freedom as if he is defending freedom (from Democrats, presumably) but is vague, so never tells us just how Democratic oppose…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on May 30, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments
Ohio Man Who Ate Half of Roommate's Brain Denied Parole: Prison officials say Ohio inmate David Allen Chapin, who killed his roommate and ate half of his brain almost 40 years ago, has been denied parole for the sixth time. Legal experts say Chapin really blew his chances by telling the parole board how much he longed for a home-cooked meal. When originally arrested, Chapin justified eating his roommate’s brain by saying that “a mind is a terrible thing to…Continue
Just a little announcement before we begin: Reflections of a Shallow Pond, from this point forward, will be a food blog. No more twisted fiction, no more raunchy rhymes, future posts will contain nothing but photos of my food—a bag of pretzels from the vending machine, half of a stale maple bar from two cubicles over—you'll see everything I eat accompanied by three to seven funny hash tags.
Aw, I'm just kidding. I'm actually getting started on a young adult series where our…Continue
above a pencil self portrait with mother and brother Jerry.
and below ... the famous picture by Diane Arbus. These twins were from NJ and probably not much younger than I.…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on May 29, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
I have learned to have tremendous respect for my system’s wisdom in the need to pay attention to the topic of sexual assault and the national climate about sexual assault. My awareness of this comes forward and recedes in its own time, always providing more insight and healing when it does. Why is it coming up now, I wonder?
Maybe it is all this Cosby business. I…Continue
When Donald Trump told Republicans that his campaign had money...it was a lie...
In meeting with Senate Republicans, Trump's campaign privately admitted that they have no money and will…Continue
WAYLAND, Mass. With the belated arrival of spring in the Northeast come the numerous walk-a-thons, 6 kilometer races and other charitable fund-raising events that crowd the region’s roads once winter is over.
Man boobs: Occupational hazard of round-shouldered bloggers.
“We have old narrow highways, so sometimes tempers flare when a walker runs–er, walks–somebody off the road,” says State Trooper Jim Hampey as he monitors two different streams of…Continue
Added by Con Chapman on May 28, 2016 at 11:47am — No Comments
Dr Heimlich Uses Maneuver for First Time to Save Woman’s Life: Henry Heimlich, the famed 96-year-old surgeon, used his namesake anti-choking maneuver for the first time to save a woman at his senior living center. …Continue
First just let me say that this morning, when I was barely awake, around eight, Jenny caught a chipmunk, in the house, by the tail with both dog and kitten hoping she'd drop it. The cuteness might wear off if they try to live indoors with us.
aka - here is the damned mystery tree. I haven't even tried an internet search; would rather find out this way what the heck it is.…Continue
I met these guys coming down the street and it just made me laugh! The really little kid on his chopper was following closely behind his (I presume)…Continue
Toe to Toe, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20", (c) Rose Guastella 2016
Back to acrylics for this one. The plan was to do the underpainting in acrylics, and then go to oils to finish it. I was having too much fun to stop, so I just…Continue
The extremely short answer to this question is that we got to Trump because a large portion of America's population confuses correlation with causation. First I'll talk about what I mean by that, then I'll talk about which correlation I'm talking about. …
I recently watched five documentaries online, and all of them were predicated on some form of illusion that either the subjects or the filmmakers held. They were Requiem For The Big East; Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm; Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me; Beltracchi: The Art Of Forgery; and Dinosaur 13.
Requiem For The Big East is one of the 30 For 30 film series started by…Continue
Added by Dan Schneider on May 27, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments
Summary of the amusement
Teleoperator Clarity Nice and her friend ethnographer Flower Parkwood, reach the picturesque village of Miradorcito in the state of Campeche in Mexico. Brought to Campeche in a colorful guagua, Clarity works alongside Flower in an archaeological site to make some pocket money, using Flower's 'permiso de…Continue
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Lovely Hammock weather here. I like to spend some time every day swinging in the shade of the palm trees and just being hugged by my hammock while the shadows flicker over my legs. It is a good place to be sad and just let the world go by.
On the other hand my hammock can turn on me…Continue