Friday, May 18, 2018


Multiple fatalities' reported at Santa Fe High School shooting

There's cheering and bumping of fists at the NRA this morning, their masters, the gun industry and they are going to reap the benefits of the murders of the students.  The NRA will wait a day or so, then notify their millions of members that they need donations to help fight the socialist democrats that want to take their guns away.  The gun industry knows that as soon as the weapon(s) used are identified sales of those guns will skyrocket, just as they have in the past. Congress will say 'it's too early to talk about gun control', then shift the blame to one of several things. The nra will pat them on the back and pad their campaign coffers. 

This is trumps Amerika.  This is the nra's Amerika. This is who we've become. 59 million americans voted for the evil buffoon that occupies the oval office. We put him there. It's our doing. 

For those of us not directly affected this will be old news in a couple days. The next one will come along in a week or so, but it's just how things are. We've said that this is acceptable, it's the price we pay for the 'privilege' of living in the burgeoning nazi-like country. 

Cheers, all. Enjoy your morning coffee. 

Monday, May 7, 2018


My youngest, Emily, of whom I've written about many times here, is the reason for my extended absence here and extended time away from Montana.

A couple months ago, she suddenly started having persistent vision disturbances, she describes it as a overlay of static-type as from an old tv, over everything she sees, and a few other vision issues. A ophthalmologist confirmed her eyes were normal. That leaves brain.  After a negative CT, she had an MRI which showed a meningnoma near the optic center, and the carotid artery. This is the most common type of brain tumor. It also showed a chiari malformation, which can also affect vision, among other things. Another possibility is a type of migraine vision issue, in her case without the headaches. It's also atypical in that it is 24/7 for the last couple months, but not unheard of. 

She's currently going through a series of appointments, second opinions, etc. Next up is a neurosurgeon. 

Pretty much that's all I know for now. She is taking it remarkably well, considering she had to drop out of university because she can't read, so she's on medical leave as a student. 

More at some other point. I still read your posts once in a while. I'm staying with the oldest, alas on the opposite side of Seattle, so I have a long commute some days. 

Take care. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018


You know those times, when you're either thinking, worried or whatever about something, and do things that at the end you don't remember even starting? Well, such it was this afternoon, and a bit ago I found these on the stove. Navy beans with a very old ham bone with plenty of meat, and cornbread. Can't really remember the spices, I see there was onions, garlic, and maybe some chilies involved. But don't know.

Well, this is one of those times. I'll be out of touch for a bit, maybe longer. If my daughter want's me to talk about it, I will, but for now it's just one of those things that happen to millions of families, parents, children, all over the world. 

You all take care, and keep talking to each other......that was Herb Caen's advise to his followers. 


Friday, April 13, 2018

Disappointed birds

The spring birds have started to arrive, but somebody forgot to hit the 'reset' button on Spring.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Way back when....

A gig my oldest, Kate and I went to, long ago. John Hiatt and Ry Cooder, who was the lead guitarist that tour...."Riding With the King".....this was the kickoff to the tour, the 'warm up' I suppose. The audience was around 100 people, at the Cotati Cabaret.

Other stuff I liked:


Just for your amusement and enjoyment. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Springtime, April 2nd

BBQ on the back patio this afternoon, byob. No need for a coat, it's up to 23f. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

If ever I would have advise for parents.....

If ever you say 'listen to me', mean it.
Children will listen.
Guide them, then step away.