There are some of us who avoid the news, and some who, for many reasons, have restricted access to news. I live in a country where the news is very parochial and sometimes it seems that we are caught up in a kind of collective narcissism.
Readers, are I am so excited for my friend, Sharon Bonin-Pratt, whose story, Hawaiian Songbird, has been selected by The Braid to be part of their theatre show, “The Rest Is History”. Venue is Santa Monica, LA. If you are in the area and looking for a night out, do get along to see it.
Hello dear readers, I hope you are all of sound mind and body. If not, and even if you are, you will love Mark Berkery’s nature blog, Nature’s Place. Mark is a gifted photographer and exponent of macro photography. His photographic subjects are primarily insects, spiders and other small critters. His photos are exquisite. Mark is also a firm believer in nature’s healing power and combines this with meditation. If insects, macro photography and/or meditation interest you, go check out Mark’s blog. For those of you who live in Southeast Queensland (Australia), Mark is proposing some meet-ups in a public park. So if you are looking for a bit of quiet time (an hour or so) in the great outdoors and would like to go along, check out the details of the meet-up here. Fostering good mental health is a very important part of learning to live with Covid-19. Mark is doing his bit to help others who may be struggling.
I do not know Mark personally, and cannot vouch for the actual state of his mind, so readers must make their own judgement regarding the bona fides of the invitation. Whatever you decide, definitely check out his blog. It is fantastic.
David Cox from Our Off The Grid Home, is all cynicism and wit. He often sums up the Western zeitgeist in offbeat and entertaining ways. And because I am too lazy to write my own post, David has succumbed to my charms and has agreed to let me share his thoughts on engines, the times (political and economics), and other fun stuff.
Thanks Dave. Check him out.
Let us start with the inanimate objects – like engines. Damn them!
I mean; I LIKE engines, I really do. Power. Work made easy and all that but…the damn things ‘act up’. In and of itself an engine that acts up is to be expected but lately every engine in our lives is getting out of sorts.
My trusty little Honda 2000eu has crapped out after almost ten years of very dependable and hardy work. And that little sucker ran perfectly even after being run over by a road grader!
My ‘pretty new’ Yamaha 50 is beeping when the key turns on…diagnosis to follow. Sal’s little Suzuki had carburetor problems until I stripped it down, cleaned it in a sonic cleaner and reduced the problem down to the idle jet that I THEN over-reamed and made too big. Gotta replace that mistake. Someday.
Hello Everyone, I just thought I would let you know that I appreciated every comment on my last post. It probably wasn’t the wisest decision to cover that incident but it is an important subject and I needed suggestions. So thank you. I have now closed comments on the post. Somehow my bravery, make that bravado, has deserted me. That’s all.
I think I have encountered it, ladies and gentlemen. My spirit animal. And what type of animal is it? Is it a dingo, a blue whale, a rare bird or a raw prawn? Well no. It is a duck. A very common native duck. Read more
My thoughts are with the good people of Sri Lanka as you mourn the loss of many lives to terror and ignorance. I am sorry for your loss. May God give you the strength to respond to violence not with more violence, but with peace.