Once More, The Chestnut

Hi, all, not much to say here today for a variety of reasons. This being the end of September, with summer officially over as of last week, I thought I’d break out a couple of quick pics from this morning. The American chestnut has survived the summer, and while it didn’t do as well as […]

Emma Watson Tells It Like It Is

Emma Watson delivers a speech to the UN. Emma Watson delivers. I don’t have much to say about this right now–I don’t have much to say about anything right now, my brain has been kind of fried lately–but Ms. Watson is right on target: this is an issue for all, and we all benefit from […]

(Short) Weekend Update

You ever have one of those mornings where you wake up feeling like you’ve been beaten about the head and shoulders with a piece of pipe? Yeah, that’s where I’m at today. I’m hoping it’s because Saturday was a busy, rather physical day. I was a little tired yesterday, but during my writers’ circle it […]


I saw this article on the web yesterday or the day before, I can’t remember which. If you don’t feel like reading it, here’s the long and the short of it: a variety of school districts in America have been taking advantage of a Pentagon program to stock up on surplus military equipment, though not […]

Monday Already?

I admit I’m at a bit of a loss this morning–it’s Monday–how did that happen so fast? I suspect my sense of time dislocation is at least partly due to last week’s interruption to go to the airport. My own quick update is the Magpie is alive and well and loving life so far. We […]


To borrow (and twist) a phrase used a couple of times in Sergio Leone’s classic film, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, there’s two kinds of people in this world: those who peel the Band-Aid slowly, and those who rip it off. The Magpie is a ripper. On Tuesday the family piled into the […]

Weekend Update

Warning: Not fully awake, less than a full cup of coffee in my system! -School started last week for the Catbird. Two days down so far. She’s also had two days of after school practice, is auditioning for the musical this evening, has an Honor Society function tomorrow morning before school, and at some point, […]

Anita Sarkeesian and More Ranting!

As you’ve been aware, I’ve been somewhat irritable and ranty lately. Oddly, I don’t actually feel quite so cranky this morning (just tired, mostly); nonetheless, this post is likely to come off in a similar vein to recent posts. In this case, it’s the subject matter as opposed to my general mood. Some items of […]

Musical Monday: Trigger Hippy

Even though videos have a tendency to disappear over time, leaving a hole in a blog post, I’ll put ’em up anyway. This is Trigger Hippy, a nice little group featuring several former members of the Black Crowes (maybe former members; I’m not sure of the Black Crowes are still a functioning band or not) […]