June 2014 Blog Posts (154)

Garden Sex

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.

No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more man."  

~ Maurice Maeterlinck (often misattributed to Albert Einstein)



Added by Anna Herrington on June 30, 2014 at 6:30pm — 15 Comments

Resistance to climate change goes way back!

Added by Dicky Neely on June 30, 2014 at 3:21pm — 3 Comments

Garden Sex (OS Archives 2014)

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.

No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more man."  

~ Maurice Maeterlinck (often misattributed to Albert Einstein)


A honeybee in the middle of artichoke pollen frenzy with second bee diving in underneath.




Added by Anna Herrington on June 30, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

In Overture to Young Records Firms Launch "File-a-Palooza"

SKOKIE, Illinois.  Madeline Grebs is a long-time records manager at Modern Moosehead Indemnity, an insurance company in this suburb of Chicago.  “Don’t call me a file clerk” she says to this reporter, and it is plain that she takes pride in her work.  “There aren’t many things in life that are worse than a lost file,” she says.  “Maybe losing your arm because you stuck it out your car window and got sideswiped, but even that’s not so bad if you already had a prosthetic device.”…


Added by Con Chapman on June 30, 2014 at 5:19am — No Comments

Basie in the Airfield

I saw Bill Basie in a moribund airfield

near Worcester, Mass. He was 70 then.

I’d seen him in his younger days on film,

a frenetic pianist, all the energy of youth,

your eyes could hardly keep up with his hands.


A half century on the road had slowed him down,

you thought at first, but after a while it became

clear it was a matter of choice, and estate planning.…


Added by Con Chapman on June 29, 2014 at 6:13pm — 2 Comments

Diary of a Restaurant Hostess

Dear Diary–

What a night!  Sometimes when I think I’ve seen it all, I’m shocked at the depths that diners at classy restaurants like mine, Chez (which for some reason is pronounced “shay”) Ignacio, will stoop to.

Tonight, it was the old “the-rest-of-our-party-isn’t-here-yet-can-we-still-be-seated-anyway?” gag.  (Note to self–stop by Staples today to get a new box of hyphens.)  Like I haven’t heard that one a million times before!…


Added by Con Chapman on June 29, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Language Abuse: Parts 1 and 2

Part 1

Perhaps only in Iowa could a candidate for the Senate declare that her experience castrating pigs qualifies her for office.

Yes, OK, she means it as a wry, gateway metaphor for her promise to “cut pork.” But it’s precisely this promise, not the…


Added by Jerry DeNuccio on June 29, 2014 at 9:11am — 19 Comments

The Battle to Become the Next Karen Carpenter

Is Rumer, the Anglo-Pakistani chanteuse with a retro-pop heart, the new Karen Carpenter?

                                                                    Boston Herald

As I took my place in line, 289th according to the number handed to me by officials, I was feeling a little intimidated by some of the other candidates to become the new Karen Carpenter.

There was the French-Canadian girl with the emo-country kidney who had charmed…


Added by Con Chapman on June 29, 2014 at 7:49am — 1 Comment

Hands upon the canvas

Maybe in my next life I will be able to afford good brushes and fine canvas to paint my works of art with.

Maybe I'll have a fine easel and a window with plants where I sit in a comfortable chair and mingle the colors with my…


Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on June 28, 2014 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Land Transfer Pagan Style

I'd put out info on Pagan lists, hoping that someone out there would buy my place, and take care of its *sacred sites* and all.  I'd just about given up and was ready to sell to a cowan/muggle.  A farewell afternoon was arranged and invitations sent out to a lot of the people who regularly came here...and just days ahead of time a Pagan appeared from the blue, stepped in, stepped up, stepped out - so the event became Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.

The new owner…


Added by Myriad on June 28, 2014 at 4:22pm — 11 Comments

A Reverence for Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon was one of the coolest cats ever to blow a tenor sax, which may explain why he was given multiple lives in jazz rather than just one.

Dexter Gordon


He was born in 1923 when jazz was still young, and by the age of seventeen was playing with Lionel Hampton, where he played second fiddle to Illinois Jacquet whose solo on Hampton’s “Flying Home” was a landmark.  Gordon moved on–no one was going to replace Jacquet–and after brief work…


Added by Con Chapman on June 28, 2014 at 12:58pm — 1 Comment

Button Pushing for Fun

Every so often, I make the arduous trip from the Left Coast to the East. (See last year’s post Lost in Newark, for example) I usually stay at my Dad’s in New Jersey as a home base.  I rent a car and make forays to other localities to see other friends and family.

This time, I made the trip east with Eldest Kid, who now lives in Washington. This is the one in the process of switching gender. Forgive me if I make some errors in syntax when I write about him- I have no…


Added by Rosigami on June 28, 2014 at 10:05am — 18 Comments

As the Bat Cave Turns

A study has determined that in bat species noted for female monogamy male bats have small testes and big brains, while in species noted for female promiscuity males have testicles five times as big, but smaller brains.

                                                                                               The Economist…


Added by Con Chapman on June 28, 2014 at 7:09am — 1 Comment

The Smothering Love of Isolation

The warming comfort of isolation protects me, it makes me feel secure, and I am home. Seven days on at work then seven days off leave me engaged then disengaged; a balanced life. At times my body protests as my bed sags as I plant myself in one place hoping to bloom. A blossom appears for a moment then vanishes like the ghost of unrealistic schemes and dreams and unfulfilled hopes. Is it fear or prudence? Either way I am safe from the pleasures and pains of…


Added by Ron Moore on June 28, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

A Scarlet Letter

I’m not a fan of The Scarlet Letter. It’s just one of those books that I thought everybody reads – like the Bible. It’s one of our common stories, with one of our common and therefore short-hand images. Kind of like Juliet talking to Romeo from her balcony.

Recently, I watched the movie Burning Bridges with a group who were for the most part younger than I am. This movie features a community discussion with 6 young men in…


Added by Lois Wickstrom on June 27, 2014 at 7:13pm — 2 Comments

Guess the Author

This is a pretty good piece of comedic writing. It was published the day before yesterday. If you don't already know, who do you think wrote this?

I've held off on writing about soccer for a decade -- or about the length of the average soccer game -- so as not to offend anyone. But enough is enough. Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of…

Added by koshersalaami on June 27, 2014 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments




Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,

who rely on horses,

who trust in the multitude of their chariots



Added by mary gravitt on June 27, 2014 at 12:13pm — 2 Comments

Walk for Self-Pity Plagued by Low Turnout, Lack of Enthusiasm

WESTLAND, Mass.  Emil Scalzo is supposed to be somewhere else right now, and his frustration shows in the exasperated look on his face.  “I don’t know why it is,” he says almost bitterly to this reporter.  “Every year I tell people to get it together, and every year I’m rounding them up at the last minute.”


“Uh, I guess it’s just gonna be you and me today.”


Scalzo is…


Added by Con Chapman on June 27, 2014 at 6:46am — 2 Comments

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