27 October 2006

New Multicolored Bird Found in India

New Multicolored Bird Found in India

"Hope is the thing with feathers-
That perches in the soul-
And sings the tune without the words-
And never stops-at all."

-Emily Dickinson

26 October 2006

Volunteers Place Wreaths at Arlington

Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- laid at Arlington National Cemetary are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine . The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state. Up to 200 volunteers have participated.

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Why Dogs Bite

19 October 2006

Free Hugs Campaign. Inspiring Story! (music by sick puppies)

13 October 2006

Friday the 13th

I have always loved Friday the 13th. It has always been lucky for me. It seems especially auspicious in October.

I have a lovely day and weekend planned. More on that later. Hope you have a very lucky day.

12 October 2006

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09 October 2006

My "Comeback Chargers"

After a sluggish start last night, the San Diego Chargers rallied to overtake the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning 23 to 13. It was an exciting second half and the emotion exhibited by "rookie" quaterback Phillip Rivers reminded me of Dan Fouts of yore.

After having lived in Northern California for over ten years, I still get excited when my Chargers are winning and I'll never trade my allegiance to either of these Bay Area teams.

I've often said football is the only consolation for the end of summer. And this fall is looking brighter and more colourful than many in recent memory.

Go Chargers!

66...If only...

Happy Birthday John.

Happy Birthday Sean.

03 October 2006

Blogging apathy

Blogging apathy, that's what I got. And I blame the media. No, I take that back, they're just the messenger. I don't know who to blame really but it's become way too apparent to me that it is a sick world in which we live.

First there was the rash of baby stealing in the news. So many in one week that I think I may have lost track. Then there were the almost daily school shootings. The reality of which seeps into my psyche and gnaws away at any semblence of security. My 15 year old son said he didn't want to go to school today. Any other week I may have just said "Yeah, right." But today I held my tongue, I couldn't blame him. Who could fault him for feeling sick at his stomach. Still we soldiered on.

And now the media seems focused on this congressional page instant message and eMail scandal. Not that it compares even minutely with the murder of innocents but the fact that these men who claim to be leaders of the free world are nothing more than negligible scum, it just makes me want to bitch slap the lot of 'em. The whole fukcing world seems to be on a souless bender of indescretion and immorality and just plain ol' fashioned meaness.

The highlight of my life last week was the release of George Harrison's Living in the Material World. Because I credit this album with having allowed me to survive my own adolescence in the mid to late 70s, it was nothing less than a baptism for my wounded soul to hear those songs once again.

The lyrics of The Day the World Gets 'Round come to my mind so succinctly right now.

The day the world gets round
To understanding where it is,
Using all its found,
To help each other, hand in hand

The day the world gets round
To understanding where its gone
Losing so much ground
Killing each other, hand in hand
Such foolishness in man
I want no part of their plan - oh no

If you're the destructive kind
Now I'm working from day to day
As I don't want to be like you
I long for the pure of heart
And the ones that have made a start,

But lord, there are just a few
Who bow before you,
In silence they pray,

Oh how they pray for the day the
World gets 'round

Using all they've found
To help each other, hand in hand

The day the world gets round....

I simply pray that God has mercy on us...

02 October 2006


I apologize to those of you (all one of you - you know who you are) who regularly check in on my blog for being so out of it the past few weeks. My heart just has not been into it and I've been distracted by other mundane things known as my life. Anyway, no real excuse for it just plain ol' laziness.

However, in honour of the new month and new season I will endeavour to try harder and practice being more consistant (something I am loathe to do but know I should strive for more often).