August 24, 2016

Have you ever found yourself reusing a quotation from a movie?  For example: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” [Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), Gone With The Wind].  Well, I do it all the time (circumstances permitting).  Here are a few of my favorites . . .

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” [General Maximus (Russell Crowe), Gladiator, 2000]

“Tomorrow is promised to no one.” [Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood), Absolute Power, 1997]

President Asher (Aaron Eckhart): “What are you made of?”
Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler): “Bourbon and poor choices.”
[London Has Fallen, 2016]

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” [Sheriff Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), Jaws, 1975]

John Bridger (Donald Sutherland): “How are you feeling?”
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg): “Fine.”
John Bridger (Donald Sutherland): “Fine, do you know what ‘fine’ stands for?”
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg): “Yeah, unfortunately.”
John Bridger (Donald Sutherland): “Freaked out . . . ”
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg): “Insecure . . . ”
John Bridger (Donald Sutherland): “Neurotic . . . ”
Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg): “and Emotional.”
[The Italian Job, 2003]

“You hurt me, I hurt you worse.”  [Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner), Criminal 2016]

“Let’s see if we can’t buy the world another day.” [Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales (Gregory Gadson), Battleship, 2012]

Infographics 101!

August 23, 2016

Have you ever thought of creating your own infographic?  Well, here is an infographic that might just be a great starting point for your learning curve that will have you creating your own content in no time at all.

Create Your Own Infographic

And Now, a Little Criticism!

August 22, 2016

Happy Monday!  It would seem that no one likes a critic (or likes to be criticized), yet everyone seems to constantly be quick to criticize.  So, as I was perusing my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate I ran across all of these other ways to say “criticize.”  Enjoy!

Source: http://www.dictionary.com and The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

The Doctor’s Answer!

August 21, 2016

Here is the next installment of poetry generally attributed to Thomas, the sixth Earl of Harrington (circa 1730).  This particular poem will be continued with the second and third parts over the next couple of days.  Enjoy!

The Doctor’s Answer


Good Sir, as for your natural question,
(A thing too true to make a jest on)
At present I decline the task,
‘Tis you should answer, I should ask:
Some things there are, if I might quote ’em,
Which man can never search to bottom,
Too ticklish to be nearly touched,
Yet may in simile be couched.

Two fiddles lay, in size and frame
Alike, their wood and strings the same;
Them both by turns a minstrel tried,
And with the stick their bellies plied;
A clown stood by astonished much,
How, by the same apparent touch,
One sounded with melodious voice,
Whilst t’other made a jarring noise.
To him the minstrel — “Dunderhead,
“Wish as just cause thou might have wondered.
“At winter’s frost, or heat in June,
“This fiddle here is out of tune.
“Fiddles alone are not to blame,
“The sticks must often take the shame;
“Too feeble, short, or limber chosen,
“And often fail for want of rosin.”

Note: printed on the page following the title page was the following: “from a collection of poems that have been generally ascribed to Thomas, sixth Earl of Harrington. He was the son of Charles, the fifth Earl, and Margaret Lesslie, Countess of Rothes; and fought on the Royal side at the battle of Shirreffmuir, along with his brother John Lesslie, Earl of Rothes, and his own son, Lord Binning. These poems, according to Pinkerton, were printed about 1730, and have been reprinted in 1753, 1765, 1767, and 1777. He was also the author of Mia treatise on forest trees, which has gone through several editions. He died in 1735.” However, if these dates are correct (and I am by no means an expert historian in such matters), these poems could only have been written by either the first or second Earl of Harrington (William Stanhope and W.S. Jr.).

Shrimp and Bacon!

August 20, 2016

Happy Saturday!  I just ran across a recipe involving two of my favorite foods (shrimp and bacon) that I can’t wait to try (courtesy of http://www.simplyrecipes.com and Elise Bauer).

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

1 pound of shrimp (raw, peeled and deveined – tail on)
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Zest from 1 lime
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspon of chipotle/chili powder (adjust to your liking)
6-10 strips of thin bacon, cut in half (have as many pieces of bacon as you have pieces of shrimp)
Skewers (for grilling) or toothpicks (for oven)
Optional brine
4 cups of water
1/4 cup of kosher salt
1/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of ice

Directions (abbreviated, here’s the full descriptive recipe)
1. Toss shrimp with lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, chipotle/chili powder.
2. Partially cook the bacon.
3. Prepare the grill or preheat the oven.
4. Wrap the shrimp with the bacon.
5. Secure the bacon to the shrimp with skewers if grilling, toothpicks if cooking in the oven.
6. Grill or bake the shrimp.

Source: http://www.simplyrecipes.com (Elise Bauer)

God Bless the U.S.A.!

August 19, 2016

Beautiful a capella rendition of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” performed by Home Free in front of Mount Rushmore.  Enjoy!

Stop vs. Slow Down!

August 18, 2016

If you are needing a reason to laugh today, check out this joke.  Disclaimer: if you find this too violent or not funny, I will apologize in advance.  Coming from a law enforcement background myself, I find this “gallows” type of humor very funny.

A lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a sheriff. He thinks he’s smarter being a big shot lawyer from New York and has a better education than an sheriff from West Virginia. The sheriff asks for license and registration. The lawyer asks, “What for?” The sheriff responds, “You didn’t come to a complete stop at the stop sign.” The lawyer says, “I slowed down and no one was coming.” “You still didn’t come to a complete stop. License and registration please,” say the sheriff impatiently. The lawyer says, “If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I’ll give you my license and registration and you can give me the ticket. If not, you let me go and don’t give me the ticket.” The sheriff says, “That sounds fair, please exit your vehicle.” The lawyer steps out and the sheriff takes out his nightstick and starts beating the lawyer with it. The sheriff says, “Do you want me to stop or just slow down?”

Source: http://www.laughfactory.com/jokes/office-jokes

Yesterday vs. Today vs. Tomorrow!

August 17, 2016

You never know what will prompt you to ponder.  For example, when talking about my plans or activities, I’ve long used the following quotation  — “Tomorrow is promised to no one” — spoken by the character Luther Whitney who was played by Clint Eastwood in the movie “Absolute Power.”   This got me thinking about the past, the present, and the future a bit.  Here are some other quotations to help me continue my pondering . . .

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” (Don Marquis)

“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”  (Bil Keane)

“Today will die tomorrow.”  (Algernon Charles Swinburne)

“Don’t lose today by worrying about tomorrow!!!”  (John F Herbert)

“Plan for tomorrow, but live for today.”   (Joseph Rain)

“Forget about tomorrow; it’s a myth. You only have today to do what you want to do”  (Bangambiki Habyarimana)

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”  (L.M. Montgomery)

“Let’s save tomorrow’s troubles for tomorrow.”   (Patricia Briggs)

“Tomorrow you promise yourself will be different, yet tomorrow is too often a repetition of today.”   (James T. McCay)


Reservoir Run Off!

August 16, 2016

Murphy_Reservior_Run_OffToday I’m following up with a post from a couple of weeks ago re: a recent acquisition.  This is the second piece that I purchased during Charles Murphy‘s “painting potluck” last spring.  The title of this piece is “Reservoir Run Off,” the medium is watercolor, and the size is a bit larger than a normal sheet of paper (11″ x 15″).  I’m hoping for and looking forward to a future painting potluck to continue to grow my collecting of this fabulous Michigan artist (resides and paints in the Traverse City area).  Thank you Charles and keep up the good work.


August 15, 2016

Happy Monday!  A perfect example of deracination: the Trail of Tears.  As part of Andrew Jackson’s Indian removal policy (1838-1839), the forced migration  from east of the Mississippi River to present-day Oklahoma had a truly devastating effect on the Cherokee nation.


\ dih-rasuh-neyt \, verb;

1.  to pull up by the roots; uproot; extirpate; eradicate.
2.  to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com.


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