Archive for the ‘General Musings’ Category

Fall Foliage!

September 17, 2018

Now that we are mid-way through the month of September, the fall colors should be just around the corner (depending on where you live).  Here is an infographic that explains how we get the various colors (courtesy of the Chicago Botanical Garden).  If you planned on traveling to experience this phenomenon, here are the best fall foliage trips in the U.S. (courtesy of Fodor’s Travel).


Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-Two!

September 14, 2018

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about the tongue.  Did you know that . . .

  • the tongue is the fastest healing part of the body?  (Real Fact #60)
  • a crocodile cannot move its tongue? (Real Fact #132)
  • there are approximately, 9,000 taste buds on your tongue?  (Real Fact #452)
  • most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale?  (Real Fact #768)
  • like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different?  (Real Fact #787)


Good Harbor Trail!

September 13, 2018

Good Harbor TrailThis year proved to to have great timing for allowing me to attend more than one art fair while on vacation.  The Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair is always held on the last weekend of July (on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College) followed by the Sutton’s Bay Art Festival which is generally the first weekend of August.  For whatever reason, I rarely am able to attend both events.  Needless to say, I made the most of my opportunities and purchased several new works of art for my collection.  Pictured here, Good Harbor Trail (measures 21″ x 25″), an original oil painting by Rebecca Deneau, was the first piece to tug at my heart at the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair . . . I purchased two additional pieces at Crooked Tree and then one additional work when I attended the Sutton’s Bay event the following weekend.   Ah, the joys of retail therapy.


Let’s Not Slander!

September 12, 2018

My father was of the opinion that if you couldn’t say anything nice, it was best to not say anything at all.  Unfortunately in the world today this practice is seldom followed.  People are being vilified on a regular basis (especially in the court of public opinion via the media and social media outlets).  And, while “vilify” is an awesome word, there are some other synonyms that you could use every now and then.


\ viluh-fahy \, adjective;

  1. to speak ill of; defame; slander.
  2. Obsoleteto make vile.

Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of

The Gnat and the Gnu!

September 11, 2018

I have always been a fan of puns, wordplay, limericks, etc.  So, when I discovered this collection of limericks, I just couldn’t resist sharing one from time to time.  This one was authored by Oliver Herford.

The Gnat and the Gnu

“How absurd,” said the gnat to the gnu,
“To spell your queer name as you do!”
“For the matter of that,”
Said the gnu to the gnat,
“That’s just how I feel about you.”

Source: A Bundle of Birdbrains . . . Lots of Limericks selected by Myra Cohn Livingston

Autumn Leaves!

September 8, 2018

Happy Saturday.  With the official arrival of autumn just a couple of weeks away, comes the changing colors of the leaves.  And none are more spectacular than those of the maple tree.  Here is an origami pattern for you to try.  Happy folding.  Enjoy!


Fun Fact Friday, Number Ninety-One!

September 7, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “sports.”  Do you know . . . what distinguishes pugilism from boxing?

Pugilism, when distinguished from boxing, is bare-fisted.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

The First Century-Ride!

September 6, 2018

According to wikipedia, “a century ride is a road cycling ride of 100 miles (160.9 km) or more within 12 hours, usually as a cycling club-sponsored event.”  Did you know that the very first century ride occurred on September 6th in 1882?

Who: the Boston Bicycle Club (Boston, MA)
Route: from Worcester to Boston (102.5 miles) via South Framington, Natick, Wellesley, Dedhamm, Stoughton, Brockton, Randolph, Braintree, Quincy, Mattapan, Waltham, and Newton.
Start time: 4:38 AM; End time: 9:30 PM (12 hours and 6 minutes of actual riding time)

Seven men completed the entire length of the ride.

Source: Famous First Facts, by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell

Amazing Adjectives, Number Thirty-Nine!

September 5, 2018

Here is a word from the Medieval Latin diaphanus, and the Greek diaphaínen, meaning “to show through.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate:

“Whether dancers intent on attracting spirited young men chose to wear diaphanous gowns is entirely their own decision.”


\ dahy-afuh-nuh s \, adjective;

  1. very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent.
  2. delicately hazy.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and

Happy Labor Day 2018!

September 3, 2018

This graphic is a year old (I couldn’t find one for 2018), but gives you some interesting statistics regarding the Labor Day Holiday!  Enjoy your day!

Source: WalletHub