The latest 100 posts, with excerpts

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  • My new hero (12/8/2017) - In Ventura County, Calif., with the Thomas Fire raging just feet away, a man pulled over to rescue a frightened wild rabbit. Remarkably, he succeeded. Wish I could give him a hug.  
  • Why I wouldn’t live in Los Angeles (12/7/2017) - Today was the first time I’d seen this video of Thanksgiving traffic on “the 405” in Los Angeles. (I’ve never lived anyplace where people preface a highway number with “the.” Me and mine would say “I-405.”) Traffic like this would... Read More ›
  • All I want for Christmas (12/6/2017) - I can hardly stand the wait Please Christmas, don’t be late
  • It’s your internet … for now (11/29/2017) - Net neutrality is at stake. Please call and/or write to your representatives in Washington and tell them how important your internet access is to you. Tell them how unfair it would be for the FCC to allow the big telecommunications... Read More ›
  • Dictionary.com announces Word of the Year (11/28/2017) - I’d like to think all my readers are already well aware of the meaning of complicit. And yet Dictionary.com declared it their Word of the Year because of the number of people who looked it up this year. The curiosity... Read More ›
  • Cat Baloo and Harvey too (11/25/2017) - Baloo, the cat, and his buddy Harvey are rescues, and they go everywhere together. That includes hiking and camping in Colorado with their humans, Cynthia Bennett and her boyfriend. Don’t miss the full story and many more delightful photos on... Read More ›
  • From Australia, a heartwarming story (11/23/2017) - When the dying patient, en route to palliative care for the last time, expressed a wish to “just be at the beach,” Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedic Graeme Cooper took action. He and partner Danielle Kellan drove the patient to... Read More ›
  • It’s Thanksgiving 2017 (11/23/2017) - Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone!  
  • Bacon lattice turkey — seriously? (11/21/2017) - We’re doing Thanksgiving a day early this year because my daughter-in-law has to work Thursday. And she’s making it easy on herself by bringing in most of the food from a local restaurant. I don’t know how they’ll prepare the... Read More ›
  • Of permanence and change (11/20/2017) - I just read that the Georgia Dome in Atlanta was imploded this morning, and I experienced a familiar but still indescribable feeling … something about a big, concrete and steel structure, normally considered a permanent thing, being erased. Not so... Read More ›
  • Titanic small by today’s standards (11/19/2017) - Browsing the internet this morning, I came across an article about the Titanic and began wondering how that magnificent ship compared to today’s modern cruise ships, sizewise. Over the years, after reading many stories and books and seeing several movies,... Read More ›
  • Et tu, Al? (11/17/2017) - For weeks I’ve watched with mixed feelings as more and more women speak out about sexual harassment from notable men in entertainment, broadcasting, and politics. I celebrate their bravery in being willing to speak up, and I despair that so... Read More ›
  • Veterans Day 2017 (11/11/2017) -
  • Ball handling, wasp style (11/9/2017) - These photos are from a series by Malaysian photographer Lim Choo. In them, wasps appear to be blowing bubbles or playing baseball, or something similar. However, they are actually gathering drops of water from their nest and flicking them away... Read More ›
  • This is my heart (11/4/2017) - Come, let me show you my favorite place in the world …
  • Walmart: Just another shooting (11/3/2017) - By now you may have heard about the Walmart shooting here in Thornton, CO, Wednesday evening. And one or two of you might even have remembered I live here. But that particular Walmart is six miles away, so I wasn’t... Read More ›
  • Still my favorite jack-o’-lantern (10/30/2017) -
  • There’s a new shingles vaccine (10/25/2017) - The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, reports the Washington Post. It is said to provide much greater protection than Zostavax, the shingles vaccine that was approved a decade ago. The FDA is recommending... Read More ›
  • Tiny hands, tiny heart (10/19/2017) -   His tiny hands match his tiny, tiny heart.
  • Oh joy, the Christmas season has begun (10/15/2017) - Ugh! Well, it’s official and will be snowballing from now till the first of the year. I saw my first Christmas-themed commercial this morning. I can’t tell you who the sponsor was; I was too busy changing the channel. And... Read More ›
  • Walk, don’t run, in this hallway (10/12/2017) - Tired of people running down their hallway (supposedly), Casa Ceramica, a tile company in Manchester, UK, installed this optical illusion floor. It also happens to be a great attention-getting device. A company representative said “the inspiration was to create an... Read More ›
  • Mysterious cloud appears on Denver radar (10/6/2017) - First came the mystery: Then came the explanation. But I can’t embed it so you’ll have to click on the picture to watch the video on the Weather Channel: Or see video in the comments below.
  • Please get your flu shot (10/4/2017) - Got my flu shot today. One of the high dose vaccines for seniors. If you haven’t gotten your shot yet, schedule it right now. Even if you aren’t interested in protecting yourself, do it for me and the other senior... Read More ›
  • If they’d been armed … (10/4/2017) - I’ve already had my say on this subject. Far too many times. Congress and the NRA can go peddle their excuses somewhere else.
  • USAF Lt Gen Silveria urges ‘civil discourse’ or ‘get out’ (9/30/2017) - Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, superintendent of the US Air Force Academy, addressed the cadets this week on the issue of hate and racism. All Americans should hear this. It’s solid, level-headed advice for the whole country. This, by the way,... Read More ›
  • A gorgeous fall day? (9/30/2017) - It’s a spectacular autumn day here in Denver, so I thought I’d take a look around the high country via webcam. Was both startled and bemused when I encountered the scene above (looking north from Ward, CO).
  • Pikas losing the battle with climate change (9/29/2017) - This cute little guy is an American pika, spotted this month in Rocky Mountain National Park by Estes Park photographer Erik Stensland. Pikas are about the size of hamsters and look a lot like mice but are actually related to... Read More ›
  • NFL: They did it to themselves (9/27/2017) - This time that deflated football is not Tom Brady’s fault. It’s the fault of many National Football League players. It all started in 2016, when San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained seated during the playing of the national anthem. He said... Read More ›
  • Breaking the Goldwater rule (9/24/2017) - Readers may be familiar with the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater rule” which says it is unethical to offer a professional opinion about the mental health of a public figure without a personal examination of that person and permission from that... Read More ›
  • Estes Park webcams page now has map (9/21/2017) - I suppose it was inevitable that when I figured out how to make custom maps with Google’s My Maps feature, I’d make one. And the obvious things for me to mark on such a map were the locations of all... Read More ›
  • Trump said WHAT at the UN!? (9/20/2017) - “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and... Read More ›
  • I couldn’t have said it better myself (9/15/2017) -
  • Ah, safe in Mommy’s arms … (9/14/2017) - (It’s a GIF. Wait for it to load … )
  • The gold rush begins (9/13/2017) - I confess this photo is from Sept. 20, 2012. But yesterday, Sept. 12, 2017, the color in this location was already worth the trip. Not this extensive, but still notable. I think the experts are right; the color is coming... Read More ›
  • Ten years with WordPress (9/13/2017) - Today is my 10th Anniversary with WordPress. Wow. Time flies when you’re having fun.
  • How we handle traffic in Denver (9/11/2017) -
  • If Irma hit Colorado (9/8/2017) - So just how big is Hurricane Irma? I found a story on the Washington Post with an interactive map that lets you superimpose Irma (as she was on Wednesday) on a map of your city or state. Fascinated as I... Read More ›
  • Summer’s end (9/4/2017) -
  • Dinosaur in Denver (8/31/2017) - Quick, name that dinosaur. Triceratops, of course. Most grade school children could tell you that. And yes, I know you know dinosaur fossils are discovered all the time. No big whoop, right? Wrong. This time the triceratops in question was... Read More ›
  • Flag waving in Houston (8/30/2017) - There was a bit of flag waving in Houston this week. I much preferred this reporter’s patriotic, respectful rescue (and correct folding) to Trump’s gratuitous waving of the Texas flag. If Trump wants cheering crowds and a pep rally, he... Read More ›
  • Rescued Texas nursing home residents safe, dry, warm today (8/28/2017) - The residents of the flooded La Vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson, TX, rescued yesterday after their plight became known nationwide via social media, are safe, dry, and warm today. They were relocated to a nursing facility in nearby Alvin,... Read More ›
  • Attention riveted on Houston area (8/27/2017) - Hurricane Harvey has rightfully dominated the news for several days, and while I’ve seen plenty of hurricane coverage in my life, this is the first time I’ve had friends in the danger area. They’ve been uppermost in my mind as... Read More ›
  • Try these ideas when you’re bored at work … (8/25/2017) - (Click a photo to see all enlarged.) From Bored Panda, here are some of my favorite examples of what people do when they get bored at work. At the moment there are 95 amazing photos in the collection. You can... Read More ›
  • Eclipse: 92% was no big deal (8/21/2017) - (Updated Aug. 22, 2017) I knew we weren’t going to get a total eclipse in Denver, but I thought our 92% would be notable. Meh, as you can see above, not so much. Apparently the sun is so bright that... Read More ›
  • 1,069 robots dance to new Guinness record (8/19/2017) - This video from Guinness World Records announces that these 1,069 robots set a new record for “Most Robots Dancing Simultaneously.” The event was staged by the WL Intelligent Technology Co, Ltd in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, and beat the previous record... Read More ›
  • More on the statue controversy (8/17/2017) - *For my considered opinion on this subject, please see my previous post, “Removing statues can’t change history.”
  • Removing statues can’t change history (8/15/2017) - The Soldier’s Monument, or Obelisk, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was dedicated in 1867 to Union troops who died in that state during the Civil War and to New Mexicans who died fighting Indians, represented by two different inscriptions on... Read More ›
  • Pantone announces new purple to honor Prince (8/15/2017) - The Pantone Color Institute, in collaboration with the estate of the late singer Prince, yesterday announced a new shade of purple called “Love Symbol #2” (the symbol he used for several years instead of a name). Inspired by the purple piano... Read More ›
  • Let’s start the week with a smile (8/14/2017) - On Reddit there’s a subreddit called “Better Every Loop.” It features GIFs that readers think are entertaining and get better with every loop or repetition. Tastes vary, but these amused and entertained me. And there’s much more where these came... Read More ›
  • Rally Cat, best story of the week (8/13/2017) - Rally Cat was my favorite story this week. Note the score as the video begins. The St. Louis Cardinals trail the Kansas City Royals by one run. And then a stray feline wandered on to the field. The game continued... Read More ›
  • Dunes in the mountains (8/11/2017) - This breathtaking image of Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park is from photographer Nate Zeman of Breckenridge, Colo. He was captivated, as am I, by the contrast between the jagged, snowy Sangre de Cristo mountains and the smooth, warm dunes in the... Read More ›
  • What, me worry? (8/9/2017) -
  • Times gone by: Glen Campbell (8/8/2017) -   R.I.P. Glen Travis Campbell April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017   Nothing makes me feel my advancing years quite as poignantly as losing the musicians who’ve scored my life.  
  • One-trick pony (8/8/2017) -
  • Miller, phone conversations, grand jury … (8/4/2017) - This morning (Aug 3) I started to write about my dismay at the reappearance of Stephen “Dead Eyes” Miller at a White House press conference yesterday. You remember Miller, don’t you? He’s the awful little senior policy advisor to the... Read More ›
  • Be still and know … (8/2/2017) - Estes Park photographer Eric Stensland shot this unidentified trail in Rocky Mountain National Park last week. There’s so much more to our national parks than crowded roads and panoramic views. It’s hard to beat the sweet serenity of a quiet... Read More ›
  • Thornton, CO, named America’s safest city (8/2/2017) - I was as surprised as anyone when I saw that my city, Thornton, CO, was recently named America’s safest city. It strikes me as an average suburban bedroom community, large enough to have some very pricey neighborhoods and some older... Read More ›
  • News flash: The Mooch is out! (7/31/2017) - ABC just broke in to my daytime tv with a very welcome news flash. Anthony Scaramucci, that foul-mouthed, cringe-inducing goodfella look-alike sent in from central casting, is out as White House communications director. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving... Read More ›
  • A murmuration of sheep (7/26/2017) - Sheep herding, New Zealand style. It takes some well-trained dogs to pull this off, and you have to look closely to even see them in this video from aerial photographer Tim Whittaker. It was posted to YouTube in February 2016... Read More ›
  • So 19th Century, and yet … (7/24/2017) -
  • Colorado’s ‘Charlie Blackmon kid’ meets Charlie Blackmon (7/21/2017) - Denver TV stations have been airing this delightful video repeatedly for the last three days, and I suspect its appeal is not just local. Two-year-old Tommy Colson was quietly watching the All-Star baseball game when his favorite player, Colorado Rockies... Read More ›
  • NOT an Alaskan brown bear* (7/19/2017) - * Brown bears and salmon and seagulls, oh my!  
  • Price going up for senior national park pass (7/11/2017) - Seniors, time is running out to buy your lifetime pass to America’s national parks for just $10. On August 28, per Congressional legislation passed last December, the price will jump to $80. Still a bargain when you consider that admission... Read More ›
  • Brown bears and salmon and seagulls, oh my! (7/10/2017) - Hard to believe it’s been a year already. But the Katmai (Alaska) National Park bear cam is operating again at Brooks Falls. The salmon are running and the bears are feasting. It’s a live camera (several cameras, actually), with sound,... Read More ›
  • Marmots on Niwot Ridge (7/9/2017) - I’ve spent a lot of time using the controllable TundraCam, up on Niwot Ridge near Nederland, CO (17 miles west of Boulder). It’s at 11,600 feet, in the middle of an area of research projects, with great views of surrounding... Read More ›
  • Trump at G20 making America great again (7/8/2017) - This morning’s Washington Post newsletter featured this photo with the headline “Growing U.S. isolation on display at G-20 as world aligns against Trump policies.” My reaction was profound sadness. That’s not Donald Trump sitting there alone. That’s the United States.... Read More ›
  • Enshrining oxymorons (7/8/2017) -  
  • Forget me not, Colorado (7/7/2017) - Estes Park photographer Erik Stensland shot these alpine forget-me-nots, above, in June 2015. But they can be found every summer in Colorado’s high country. Forget-me-nots are my favorite alpine wildflower (tied with columbine), and their intense blue is only part... Read More ›
  • Happy Birthday, America! (7/4/2017) -
  • Teeniest, tiniest origami cranes (6/23/2017) - David Kawai, a photojournalist in Ottawa, Canada, makes what surely must be the world’s tiniest origami cranes. Unless someone else has extremely tiny hands or uses tweezers, or maybe pins and a microscope. Kawai, however, uses only his bare hands... Read More ›
  • Warm thoughts and well wishes to Ronni Bennett today (6/20/2017) - Quietly, soberly, I’m thinking about Ronni Bennett today. Many of you probably know her as author and administrator of the blog Time Goes By. She has, for a number of years (I’m not sure how many) written with humor and insight... Read More ›
  • Denver surreality (6/7/2017) - I’ve been AWOL for a while. I realize that. But when you don’t want to see or read another word about the grotesquery in Washington, or the terror attacks overseas, or the endless shootings in the U.S. … there’s not... Read More ›
  • Freedom isn’t free (5/29/2017) - ~ REMEMBER ~ All gave some … Some gave all
  • A timely reminder (5/28/2017) -
  • Thug in Congress (5/26/2017) - Wednesday evening, Greg Gianforte, Montana candidate for a vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, took it upon himself to grab and body slam reporter Ben Jacobs from The Guardian. No cameras were rolling, but the reporter got an audio... Read More ›
  • With apologies for my addiction, here’s another Denver webcam (5/23/2017) - I apologize to those readers bored by my addiction to webcams. But I came across another one this morning at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science that is too good not to share. It’s the downtown Denver skyline, but a much... Read More ›
  • Oops, we had a little snowstorm (5/20/2017) - A friend sent me this picture a few weeks ago and today I felt a need to edit it for our big storm this week. While my street got off easy and looked a lot like this picture, other parts of the... Read More ›
  • Ominous echoes from the past (5/16/2017) -
  • TGIF (5/12/2017) -
  • Elder outrage (5/9/2017) - I try hard to give people the benefit of the doubt. I try not to be racist. I try not to be unduly suspicious of groups of teenagers. I try to be a good person, a good neighbor, courteous and respectful to... Read More ›
  • Gaming Grandmas Guild? (5/4/2017) - I am not, it seems, the only gaming grandma on the internet. Today, quite by accident, I came across Shirley Curry of Rocky Mount, VA. If the information on her YouTube channel is up to date, she’s 81 years old.... Read More ›
  • Unconscionable (5/4/2017) -
  • Clueless … and then some (5/3/2017) - Both my intellectual and emotional health require that I not spend more than a few minutes a day thinking, talking, or hearing about Donald Trump. I should probably include my physical health as well since any Trump exposure tends to... Read More ›
  • An emotional plea for all of us (5/2/2017) - Last night comedian Jimmy Kimmel explained why he was absent from his show last week. His wife gave birth to a son who had a life-threatening heart deformity and underwent immediate open heart surgery. All are home now and doing... Read More ›
  • It’s Tajiri (5/1/2017) - It’s official, in case you hadn’t heard. Fans of April the giraffe voted to let handler Allysa name the new calf. She and her fellow handler decided on Tajiri, the Swahili word for hope. The plan is to call him “Taj.”... Read More ›
  • How high’s the water, mama? (4/29/2017) - Social media have dubbed this tiny Berlin puddle sculpture “Politicians discussing global warming,” but the sculpture is actually called “Electoral Campaign” and is part of a larger street art installation called “Follow the Leaders.” Spanish street artist Isaac Cordal installs his... Read More ›
  • Still time to help name April’s calf (4/28/2017) - For those still following the saga of April the giraffe and her new calf … you have until April 30th to help choose a name for the calf. After several weeks of preliminary submissions/voting, the top ten names, in alphabetical order,... Read More ›
  • Earth Day 2017: Keep it wild (4/22/2017) - Although Thomas Jefferson argued that no one generation has the right to encroach upon another generation’s freedom, the future’s right to know the freedom of wilderness is going fast. It need not go at all. A tragic loss could be... Read More ›
  • The Blue Trees in Denver (4/19/2017) - There’s a new public art installation in Denver. Work on it started yesterday and continues today. Artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, with the help of volunteers, is creating his Blue Trees project. It entails painting all the trees in the Denver Theatre District blue.... Read More ›
  • Easter Sunday (4/16/2017) - Estes Park, Colo., photographer Erik Stensland posted this on his Facebook page on April 12. He didn’t include a desciption, but I’m guessing it’s a recent sunset in Rocky Mountain National Park. Yet somehow it seems appropriate on this Easter Sunday... Read More ›
  • It’s a giraffe calf, finally (4/15/2017) - Lots of news today. But perhaps the happiest is that April the giraffe, at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY, finally calved this morning. I managed to miss the whole event (early in NY is really early in Denver) but there... Read More ›
  • Tomorrow is Tax March Day (4/14/2017) - Tomorrow, April 15, Tax Day, is also the day for the Tax March. (I confess I only learned about it yesterday.) In Washington DC and in cities across the country, Americans will gather and march to demand Pres. Trump release his... Read More ›
  • It’s about priorities (4/13/2017) - This cartoon reminded me of a quotation from Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower. I saw it earlier this week in a comment from Herb Van Fleet on his blog, The Humanist Challenge: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every... Read More ›
  • Thinking of flying the friendly skies? (4/11/2017) - (Updated April 13, 2017) If by some remote chance you missed the story today, passengers now risk being physically dragged off United Airlines planes to make room for their own employees: There’s another video and the complete story on CNN. I’m outraged... Read More ›
  • Hopeful but not optimistic (4/4/2017) -
  • Purrfect for pet owners (video) (4/1/2017) -
  • A little sunshine for your day (3/31/2017) - Today’s Google home page features artwork celebrating peace and diversity. A national Doodle 4 Google contest asked student artists to consider the concept “What I see for the future ….” The winner was 15-year old Connecticut high schooler Sarah Harrison, with... Read More ›
  • It’s World Meteorological Day … and more (3/23/2017) - It’s World Meteorological Day. How appropriate. The meteorologists around here are excitedly dealing with a typical Colorado weather forecast for the next 24 hours. Typical in that very little about our weather is ever “typical.” Right now, it’s a beautiful... Read More ›
  • Congress in the palm of your hand (3/20/2017) - Want to be heard in Washington but not sure where to begin (aside from voting, of course)? Well, you’re in luck. There’s an app for that. I first heard about the app “5 Calls” from Ronni Bennett on her blog... Read More ›
  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day (3/17/2017) -
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