Archive for July, 2015

Well, That Clears That Up!

July 31, 2015

I like it when the denouement of a book or film is neat and tidy, but complete.  Unfortunatley more often than not, the intricacies of the plot are wrapped up quickly without the level of explanation or development that would satisfy.


\ dey-noo-mahn \, noun;

1.  the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
2.  the place in the plot at which this occurs.
3.  the outcome or resolution of a doubtful series of occurrences.


July 30, 2015

Here’s the next installment of manners and etiquette (courtesy of the Goops)?

When you have been a naughty child,
Or taken more than was your share,
When you’ve been sulky, cross or wild,
You must not say, “Oh no, I don’t care!”

But when you hate to see it rain,
and when it’s time to comb your hair,
And when you have a little pain,
Then you can say, “Oh, I don’t care!”

Source: Goops and How to Be Them: a Manual of Manners for Polite Infants Inculcating Many Juvenile Virtues Both by Precept and Example by Gelett Burgess.

The Perfect Bow!

July 29, 2015

How often have you had a gift to wrap only to discover that you didn’t have any ribbon or a bow?  Here is an origami version of a paper bow that can allow you to decorate any package in a snap.

Traverse City Film Festival Getting Underway!

July 28, 2015

Today marks the official start of the Traverse City Film Festival 2015!

Are you ready to watch movies?  This year there will be more than 200 screening across the ten venues: the State Theatre, the Old Town Playhouse, the Lars Hockstad Auditorium, the City Opera House, the Milliken Auditorium, the Bijou by the Bay, the Buzz, the Dutmers Theater, Movies on a Boat, and the Open Space Park Outdoor Cinema on the waterfront.

I’ve got my tickets, what about you?

The numbers last year (the tenth anniversary) . . .

– 131,000 admissions
– 82% of available tickets sold to 250 screenings, of which 170 were sold out
– 128 features, 85 shorts across 12 venues
– 160 industry guests
– 1,600 Volunteers, 500 Volunteer Managers
– 100 festival musicians
– Mid-Life Achievement Award – Barbara Kopple
– Movie Around the World
– The Buzz and Movies on a Boat added as Venues
– “Best of” Open Space

Humor, a la Police-Style!

July 27, 2015

Happy Monday!  As we ease into the new workweek, here is a little police humor to entertain.

Why did the chicken cross the street?  Answer

Do you have any idea why I pulled you over?   Answer.

There’s nothing to see here?   Answer.

“I haven’t reported my missing credit card to the police because whoever stole it is spending less than my wife.” (Ilie Nastase)

Join the Virtual Choir!

July 26, 2015

HelmetHey Spartan Fans, did you know that the Michigan State University Fight Song is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year? To commemorate this most auspicious occasion, the first-ever Spartan Virtual Choir is being assembled to “group sing” the fight song.  Here’s a link to the webpage with all of the details and instructions for you to get involved.  And, while you still have time to add your voice to the virtual choir, I wouldn’t delay too long, the final deadline is August 12th.  This is going to be awesome.  Go Green!

Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Forty-Seven!

July 25, 2015

Do you know that difference between butterscotch and caramel and toffee?  (Please don’t tell me you thought they were all the same thing.)  What they do have in common — they all use sugar, butter and milk/cream (in varying quantities).

While caramel is typically made with granulated sugar, milk/cream, butter, and sometimes vanilla, butterscotch is made with brown sugar, butter and a little milk/cream (not nearly as much as caramel).  And toffee?  Well toffee is simply butterscotch that has been cooked to the hard-crack stage.

What Do You Think Of . . . ?

July 24, 2015

As I was perusing my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary the other day, I noticed that there were several entries for specific cities.  I found it quite interesting and informative.  Here are a few.

Boston: “A city with champagne tastes and beer pocketbooks.”  (Alan Friedberg)

Chappaquiddick: “The name of a place brought up by political candidates every time they say they are not going to bring it up.” (Mose Russell)

Chicago: “Virgin territory for whorehouses.”  (Al Capone)

Dublin: “A place that’s much worse than London, but not so bad as Iceland.”  (Samuel Johnson)

Edmonton: “Not exactly the end of the world . . . but you can see it from there.”  (Ralph Klein)

Hollywood: “Where people from Iowa mistake each other for movie stars.”  (Fred Allen)

Las Vegas: “A place with all kinds of gambling devices — roulette tables, slot machines, wedding chapels.”   (Stanley Davis)

Los Angeles: “Seventy-two suburbs in search of a city.”  (Dorothy Parker)

Oxford: “Like a chat show, but with more people.”  (Alan Coren)

Paris: “A city asleep — and snoring loudly.”  (Ned Rorem)

Venice: “Like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one go.”  (Truman Capote)

Source: The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone

How Insulting!

July 23, 2015

Being bullied, being the butt of the joke, being marginalized . . . whatever the reason, finding yourself at the wrong end of this contumelious treatment is never fun.  And no matter how many times you try to convince yourself that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me,” you inevitably discover that words can and do cause pain.  To “consider the source” and rise above the humiliation and insult was always the noble thing to do, though it was easier said than done at times.


\ kon-too-mee-lee-uh s, -tyoo- \, adjective;

1.  insolent, reproachful.
2.  insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment.
3.  a humiliating insult.


July 22, 2015

sacrificetempledemotivator_largeHappy Wednesday!  As we reach the midpoint of the week, allow us to ponder the concept of “sacrifice.”  Dedicated and passionate people make sacrifices all the time.   No, not the practice of offering or killing as a religious sacrifice (as implied by this demotivator, courtesy of, but rather, the act of giving up something highly valued for the sake of something else considered to have a greater value or claim.   How have you sacrificed lately?  I often find myself staying late at the office to finish one last task or project that simply has to get done.  I also regularly sacrifice an eight-hour night’s sleep to arise early enough to exercise before going in to work . . . especially since I know i will be too tired at the end of the day to be able to motivate myself out the door for evening exercise.  How have you sacrificed lately?