Saturday, November 1, 2008

Goodbye Studs Terkel


The Life and Work of Studs Terkel

The legendary radio broadcaster, writer and oral historian Studs Terkel has died at the age of 96 in Chicago.

Studs Terkel worked as an activist, a civil servant, a labor organizer, an ad writer, a television actor, and a radio DJ, among many other occupations. But since the 1960s, he was particularly well-known as a world-class interviewer, a writer and radio personality who drew celebrities and, far more often, average citizens into sharing their oral histories. Read more...

Henry Fuseli
The Nightmare

Ghost Songs

I'm always running a little behind...

but here is a trilogy of ghost songs I collected from my music files...

Enjoy the rest of your harvest weekend.

1) Happy Phantom - Tori Amos
2) Little Ghost - White Stripes
3) The Ghost - Fleetwood Mac

Friday, October 31, 2008

No on Prop 8

If you haven't already, please think hard about sending a donation, in any amount you can afford, so that Equality California can keep the ad below running through the weekend in an effort to defeat Proposition 8.

Help to allow couples like Supergirl One and Beloved to realize their futures together, legally.

Thank you and peace to you and yours. And don't forget to check the post below for pre-wedding photos of my daughter's wedding in California. The professional wedding photos won't be available for another three weeks or so. :-)


Wedding Photos (a preview)

Supergirl One

The happy brides

Happy Halloween!

Someone in Gill, Massachusetts goes all-out every Halloween

Believe or not, Gourd Head was the most threatening of all the ghouls - he wouldn't let me get close enough to take a good picture.


And now if you haven't bitten your fingernails to the quick:
something beautiful

Japanese Lanterns

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Rachel Interview With Barack

Don't forget to watch Rachel Maddow at MSNBC tonight. She's interviewing Barack Obama from Florida tonight.

updated 1:40 a.m. ET, Wed., Oct. 29, 2008

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow will interview Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama Thursday, Oct. 30 on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," 9-10 p.m. ET.

A Lovely Whirlwind Wedding

Some of you who've been over to The Cunning Runt's blog Little Bang Theory may have read his announcement of our daughter's wedding! Supergirl I (Older Progeny on CR's blog) and her Beloved flew to California early Tuesday and tied the knot at city hall in San Francisco.

I don't think I've ever seen my beautiful daughter so perfectly happy. They pulled off this coast-to-cost elopement with confidence and maturity, firstly. They planned it, they paid for it and they did it. I lovingly welcome my new daughter-in-law Shannon into our lives with open arms.

There will be a party sometime within the next year or so. We're on the east coast and Beloved's family are on the west coast. I think we'll probably go there. WP's daughter lives in San Francisco too and the rest of us don't have to have our arms twisted to visit that area!

There will be photos. I checked with the girls and they're fine with it. CR and I have both chosen to keep it low-key on the internet and celebrate the girls' wedding with just our regular readers. I can't speak for CR but I'm a low-profile type person! ;-)

Meanwhile, I'm excitedly waiting for photos of the wedding and I'd love to share one or two with you.

Thank you for being there to celebrate with us, you gorgeous blog people!

Peace, love and...(you fill in the blank) ;-

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Go to The Peace Tree for a deliciously wicked post by our blogosphere's Poet Laureate, The Poetryman.


I went to Utah Savage's blog today and found this great list. Thanks, Utah!

So these republicans are all supporting the "socialist" candidate, huh? 'Bout time.

Michele Bachmann, congresswoman from the 6th district of Minnesota, is going to have her work cut out for her. She'd better get going because the opportunity to create the Bachmann Era (a la McCarthy) may just pass her by. This woman is an unbelievable moron. She can take her "penetrating expose" and shove it.

As the nation collectively holds its breath...

This is a list of Republicans who are supporting Obama

Jim Leach, Former Congressman from Iowa

"For me, the national interest comes before party concerns, particularly internationally. We do need a new direction in American policy, and Obama has a sense of that."

Lincoln Chafee, Former United States Senator from Rhode Island

"As I look at the candidates in order who to vote for, certainly my kind of conservatism was reflected with Senator Obama, and those points are that we're fiscally conservative, we care about revenues matching expenditures, we also care about the environment, I think it's a traditional conservative value to care about clean air and clean water."

William Weld, Former Governor of Massachusetts

"It's not often you get a guy with his combination of qualities, chief among which I would say is the deep sense of calm he displays, and I think that's a product of his equally deep intelligence."

Arne Carlson, Former Governor of Minnesota

"I think we have in Barack Obama the clear possibility of a truly great president. I would contend that it's the most important election of my lifetime."

Wayne Gilchrest, Congressman from Maryland

"We can't use four more years of the same kind of policy that's somewhat haphazard, which leads to recklessness."

Larry Pressler, Former Senator from South Dakota

"I just got the feeling that Obama will be able to handle this financial crisis better, and I like his financial team of [former Treasury Secretary Robert] Rubin and [former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul] Volcker better."

Richard Riordan, Former Mayor of Los Angeles

"I'm still a Republican, but I still will always vote for the person who I think will do the best job."

Lowell Weicker, Former Governor and Senator from Connecticut

"At issue is not the partisan politics of two parties, rather the image we have of ourselves as Americans. Senator Obama brings wisdom, kindness, and common sense to what is both his and our quest for a better America."

Jim Whitaker, Fairbanks, Alaska Mayor

"If we are as a nation concerned with energy, then our consideration should be a national energy policy that is not predicated on crude oil 50 years into the future. We need to get to it, and I think Barack Obama is very clear in that regard."

Linwood Holton, Former Governor of Virginia

"Obama has a brain, and he isn't afraid to use it."

Government Officials:

Colin Powell, Secretary of State under Bush 43

"...he has met the standard of being a sucessful president, being an exceptional president. I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the world-- onto the world state, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Senator Barack Obama."

Douglas Kmiec, Head of the Office of Legal Counsel under Reagan & Bush 41

"I was first attracted to government by Ronald Reagan, who lives in our national memory as a great leader and an inspiring communicator. Senator Obama has these gifts as well, but of course, more rhetorical flourish without substance would be worth little. Is there more to Senator Obama? I believe there is."

Charles Fried, Solicitor General of the United States under Reagan

"I admire Senator McCain and was glad to help in his campaign, and to be listed as doing so; but when I concluded that I must vote for Obama for the reason states in my letter, I felt it wrong to appear to be recommending to others a vote that I was not prepared to cast myself."

Jackson M. Andrews, Republican Counsel to the U.S. Senate

"Barack Obama is a thoughtful visionary leader who as President will end the decline of American law, liberty, and fiscal responsibility that are the hallmarks of the extremist policies of the current Administration, now adopted by John McCain."

Susan Eisenhower, Granddaughter of President Eisenhower & President of the Eisenhower Group

"Given Obama's support among young people, I believe that he will be most invested in defending the interests of these rising generations and, therefore, the long-term interests of this nation as a whole."

Francis Fukuyama, Advisor to President Reagan

"...Obama probably has the greatest promise of delivering a different kind of politics."

Rita Hauser, Former White House intelligence advisor under George W. Bush

"McCain will continue the wrong-headed foreign policy decisions of Bush, while Obama will take us in a new direction."

Larry Hunter, Former President Reagan Policy Advisor

"I suspect Obama is more free-market friendly than he lets on. He taught at the University of Chicago, a hotbed of right-of-center thought. His economic advisers, notably Austan Goolsbee, recognize that ordinary citizens stand to gain more from open markets than from government meddling."

Scott McClellan, Former Press Secretary to President George W. Bush

"From the beginning I have said I am going to support the candidate that has the best chance for changing the way Washington works and getting things done and I will be voting for Barack Obama and clapping."

Bill Ruckelshaus, served in the Nixon and Reagan administrations

"I'm not against McCain, I'm for Obama."

Ken Adelman, served in the Ford administration

"The most important decision John McCain made in his long campaign was deciding on a running mate. That decision showed appalling lack of judgment... that selection contradicted McCain's main two, and best two, themes for his campaign-- Country First, and experience counts. Neither can he credibly claim, post-Palin pick."

Lilibet Hagel, Wife of Republican Senator Chuck Hagel

"This election is not about fighting phantom issues churned out by a top-notch slander machine. Most important, it is not about distracting the public-- you and me-- with whatever slurs someone thinks will stick."

Columnists and Academics:

Jeffrey Hart, National Review Senior Editor

"It turns out that these political parties are not always either liberal or conservative, Democratic or Republican. The Democrat, under certain conditions, can be the conservative."

Andrew Bacevich, Professor of International Relations at Boston University

"For conservatives, Obama represents a sliver of hope. McCain represents none at all. The choice turns out to be an easy one."

David Friedman, Economist and son of Milton and Rose Friedman

"I hope Obama wins. President Bush has clearly been a disaster from the standpoint of libertarians and conservatives because he has presided over an astonishing rise in government spending."

Christopher Buckley, Son of National Review founder William F. Buckley & former NR columnist

"Obama has in him-- I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy 'We are the people we have been waiting for' silly rehtoric-- the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for."

Andrew Sullivan, Columnist for the Atlantic Monthly

"Obama's legislative record, speeches, and the way he has run his campaign reveal, I think, a very even temperament, a very sound judgment, and an intelligent pragmatism. Prudence is a word that is not inappropriate to him."

Wick Alison, Former publisher of the National Review

"I made the maximum donation to John McCain during the primaries, when there was still hope he might come to his senses. But I now see that Obama is almost the ideal candidate for this moment in American history."

Michael Smerconish, Columnist for the Philadelphia Enquirer

" Obama presidency holds the greatest chance for unifying us here at home and restoring our prestige around the globe."

CC Goldwater, Granddaughter of Barry Goldwater

"Nothing about the Republican tickets offers the hope America needs to regain its standing in the world, that's why we're going to support Barack Obama."

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 27, 2008

Artist of the Week

Ana Maria Pachecho

Check out her website by clicking on her name

Hairy Legs of the Queen of Sheeba Legs V

A Man and his Sheep

Study of a Head


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Well Dressed Animals

The Art of Beatrix Potter
Tom Kitten was very fat, and he had grown; several buttons burst off. His mother sewed them on again

The Rabbits Christmas Party

This book is a series of six paintings, containing only a few words and no other text. The paintings depict a traditional English Christmas, rabbit style. Two of the six paintings are represented here.

note: I have a particular fondness for rabbits. Though I have never eaten rabbit pie, my mother makes the most delicious Portuguese rabbit stew that you will ever taste.

This is another s

...and we will have something so very nice. I am baking it in a pie-dish--a pie-dish with a pink rim. You never tasted anything so good! And you shall eat it all! From The Pie and the Patty-Pan

note: this little story is about an invitation to tea (above) by a cat named Ribby, where the recipient, a dog named Duchess, becomes worried that lunch will be made of mouse. She panics because she doesn't like mouse one bit. So she concocts a more

"Now, my dears," said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, "you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor." read more

Jemima Puddle Duck

SHE set off on a fine spring
afternoon along the cart-
road that leads over the hill.

She was wearing a shawl
and a poke bonnet.


"Thank goodness, my education was neglected," Potter later wrote in an article, but actually she was much interested in science and spent much time in developing a theory of the germination of fungus more

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