Elephant feeding…

If you’re not following FrankieKay you are missing some great photos of Africa and its wildlife in her home region of Zimbabwe. Her series during October on the Mana Pools has been spectacular, with its unusual morning light and abundant animals. She’s a heckuva’ story and novel writer too. Check it out.

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In the dry season, the interior of Mana has no surface water, forcing animals who need to drink daily, onto the relatively small area near the river. The elephants here at Mana have learnt to get at the very top of trees in a novel way.

I came across this elephant, right next to the road and he showed me how!


First, he sort of sniffed at what he wanted to eat – waaaay up in the tree! He moved around a bit, obviously getting the right angle…


And then he stood up on his hind legs…


And pulled down the branch he wanted.

He munched on this for a while and then repeated the activity! He totally ignored me and I was able to watch him for an hour or so, and even got a few close-ups


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Lapham’s Quarterly Spring 2011: Lines Of Work Pt. II of II

[CATEGORIES: Literature, Lapham's Quarterly, Reading, Book Review, History] [Click HERE to see my previous posts referencing Lapham's Quarterly.] [Some of LQ’s contents are available free.] [L.Q. cover and art from L.Q. Spring 2011: Lines Of Work.] A review continued.  Read PT. I for a smoother segue. Click pictures for full view. Thorstein Veblen (Theory of … Continue reading Lapham’s Quarterly Spring 2011: Lines Of Work Pt. II of II

7 Healthy Breakfast Tips

[Wow! And now for something completely healthy. I stumbled upon this blog post and was imPRESSED! -JohnRH]


Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork

visitorsbreakfast-7An American writer, Robert A. Heinlein, once wrote: “One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.”Although most of us would say that his words are only a pure exaggeration, I am more than sure that if our body could speak, it would highly disagree with us.  The importance of a healthy breakfast is often challenged by the demanding requirements of our 21st century lifestyle, which either forces us to eat some sugared doughnut with big latte on our way to work or to skip breakfast completely.

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Bloomberg: The Capeless Crusader

THINK?! Who will think anymore?!?!

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Bloomberg: The Capeless Crusader

Bloomberg is a man who never sleeps, apparently.

His zeal for public health and safety is unabated, despite a resounding “No,” from the courts in response to his ridiculous legislation banning large cups and bottles of soda. Now, the “capeless crusader” has turned once again to the item which health crusaders attack most often and most viciously: cigarettes and other forms of smoking tobacco.

The Capeless Crusader: Tireless Defender of Everyone Else's Health
The Capeless Crusader: Tireless Defender of Everyone Else’s Health

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t endorse smoking, nor do I smoke. But neither do I endorse the government-funded war on smoking. My reason for this is simple: smoking is not healthy, it’s true. But neither is eating too much. And the zealots are already turning toward overeating as their next crusade, starting with a seemingly innocuous requirement that restaurants post calorie content of each menu item. Today, require caloric content to be…

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FRESH POW, Powder Skiing, Copper Mountain Colorado, 05Mar2013, Part DEUX

[POW: Ski culture vernacular for powder snow.  This isn't about gun control.] It SHOULD have been a powder day. There was a brief but fierce  blizzard in Summit County Monday 4Mar2013 with 2 major pile-ups on I-70 near Silverthorne. Views from the condo Monday afternoon post-blizzard and Tuesday morning were beautiful: (On my Macbook I … Continue reading FRESH POW, Powder Skiing, Copper Mountain Colorado, 05Mar2013, Part DEUX

I Love Sarah (updated)

Well, I LIKE Sarah. Palin, that is. I just stumbled upon this news item about her speech at CPAC: Palin re-emerges to lash GOP establishment and Obama alike Lest I forget my conservative and evermore conservatarian roots I had to bring this up. I like Sarah's ability to stick in the proverbial, verbal, knife-sharp quip … Continue reading I Love Sarah (updated)

What, Me Worry…About The Debt Limit?

[This is yet another great blog about the U.S. national debt. The second video is sadly, hilariously funny. Both are short. (Refresh your web page if you get an error on the first video as I did. It worked for me.) Good work NecessaryAndProper.]

Necessary and Proper

Almost  17 Trillion Dollar US National DebtThe U.S. national debt is currently more than 16.6 trillion dollars.  To be specific:


Wait!  In the time it took me to type that number and this paragraph, it increased to:


What does that mean to you?

Well, it’s $52,672 per U.S. citizen.

Since only 36 out of every 100 citizens pays federal income taxes, it’s $146,848/taxpayer.

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Want to see for yourself how concerned the Democrat politicians in

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Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

FINALLY.  I've lived in Colorado for the better part of the last 40 years, my lady for over 17 years.  Until last Sunday, 23 Sep. 2012, neither of us had been on the Trail Ridge Road between Estes Park and Grand Lake, CO.  This is perhaps akin to living in central Paris and never having … Continue reading Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado


...WHY GOVERNMENT FAILS-- BUT INDIVIDUALS SUCCEED. This is libertarian John Stossel's retort to the big government political slogan "Yes We Can".  It is his latest book for individual freedom of choice and against overbearing government.  Stossel was a consumer reporter on ABC network and its 20/20 investigative show for a couple of decades.  Since becoming … Continue reading NO THEY CAN’T by JOHN STOSSEL

YES! My PRINT edition of Lapham’s Quarterly Spring 2012 finally arrived.

You can tell I'm easily pleased. I've been plowing through L.Q. Spring 2012: Means of Communication via my online access subscription satisfactorily enough. It's all there, the essays and extracts of Voices in Time, the art from around the world and throughout history. It is easily navigated and read on my laptop or iPad, even … Continue reading YES! My PRINT edition of Lapham’s Quarterly Spring 2012 finally arrived.

T.O.T.N. – Wed. 9/28/2011 – Part DUH! (Deux)(Two)

(Thoughts On The News.) Massachusetts Man Plotted to Blow Up Pentagon, U.S. Capitol Using Model Plane, Feds Say Excerpts that speak for themselves: "A 26-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested Wednesday and accused of plotting to blow up the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using large remote-controlled aircraft laden with explosives, as well as attempting to assist … Continue reading T.O.T.N. – Wed. 9/28/2011 – Part DUH! (Deux)(Two)

NYT Slams Obama Administration!

If this isn't a harbinger of doom for the anointed one's 2012 re-election then nothing is. In two separate articles (one 'reporting', the other 'editorial, though it's often hard to tell the difference in this publication) the New York Times criticized (yes, actually CRITICIZED) the Obama Administration.  (For those of you in Rio Lindo, this … Continue reading NYT Slams Obama Administration!


... Carlo Lucarelli. The final book in the DeLuca Trilogy. (My comments on the first two: (THE DAMNED SEASON by…, CARTE BLANCHE by Carlo Lucarelli .) Did I say book two concluded with a nice segue to book three? Guess I should have read book three first, because it picks up 3 years later and says nothing to … Continue reading VIA DELLE OCHE by