So True…

Prince Charles

“For many years, [Prince Charles] has championed organic farming and sought to raise world awareness of the dangers facing the natural environment, such as climate change. He has been outspoken on the role of architecture in society and the conservation of historic buildings, and produced a book on the subject called A Vision of Britain in 1989. He has also promoted herbal and other alternative medical treatment.” — Wikipedia.

I think he’d be a very interesting person to meet and with whom to have a nice discussion about organic farming… or climate change… or even the conservation of historic buildings. Maybe over a cup of tea.

I wonder how conversant he is on religious art….

Merona Mens Black Winter Snow Gloves with Thermolite Insulation

Thermolite Gloves

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Air, Ash, and Paper

Air, Ash, and Paper

Air, Ash, And Paper
2012, by Richard H. Gross

Something not a lot of people know: I use to draw a lot of maps. I got pretty good at it, I guess. I was always inspired by the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. It’s a very relaxing pastime, drawing maps. It’s one of those things there’s just not much real call for, kind of like writing haiku or being an amateur historian; people might from time to time (albeit rarely) act impressed when you announce that you draw maps, and then they make eyes at each other when you’re not looking, never really understanding that the enjoyment of the pursuit is an end in itself. That’s why most people don’t know that I use to draw maps.

Some maps are good to get to a place you’ve never been, but these aren’t the best maps because they are useful one time and then lose their usefulness. These are the basest, most common maps. These are the sort of maps that are downloaded daily, printed in reams, used and immediately discarded. Some maps are good to see a place that you might never go. These maps are more useful, because they take you to places that you could never otherwise see. These are maps of exotic places upon which you can follow distant coastlines and pick out likely towns in which to stay on trips that you will never book. Some of the best maps are of places that never were, but should have been – much like the maps in Mr. Tolkien’s books. These maps are very useful, because they take you to a place to which you most definitely want to go, but cannot. These are the maps that whisper in a language that few bother to hear and even fewer fully understand.

But the greatest maps of all are the maps back to the places that you once knew but that have since become distant. These are the maps of places where once you walked, but in the endless press of years have become only vague, fond memories. These are the maps that are written on air, ash and paper.

I’ve Had Worse….

With genuine starling flavor!

With genuine starling flavor!

Chicken of the sea? No... Chicken of the Black Lagoon.

Chicken of the sea? No… Chicken of the Black Lagoon.

Once you get past the legs, those eggs aren't bad!

Once you get past the legs, those eggs aren’t bad!

Ooh. Look at the size o' that' croc! Let's see if we can really make him angry....

Ooh. Look at the size o’ that’ croc! Let’s see if we can really make him angry….

Fish Mouths

Just like momma use to make!

Just like momma use to make!

Fresh as the day it was... well, fresh, anyway.

Fresh as the day it was… well, fresh, anyway.

Now lower in cholesterol

Now lower in cholesterol

Real Western flavor... but be sure to pick the bones out before eating.

Real Western flavor… but be sure to pick the bones out before eating.

Rudolph has been downsized!

Rudolph has been downsized!

The sauce is what makes it so good.

The sauce is what makes it so good.

Something bugs me about this one....

Something bugs me about this one….

Don't knock it until you've tried it... and then knock it.

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it… and then knock it.

Better than Roadkill Sausage!

Better than Roadkill Sausage!

I don't understand why no one comes to my parties... I serve the best canned escargots.

I don’t understand why no one comes to my parties… I serve the best canned escargots.

Giant... because anything smaller wouldn't be giant.

Giant… because anything smaller wouldn’t be giant.

But then you have to decide what to do with giant bug leftovers.

But then you have to decide what to do with giant bug leftovers.

Because other canned herring doesn't have that squid flavor we all remember from childhood.

Because other canned herring doesn’t have that squid flavor we all remember from childhood.

Just don't ask which part of the pig....

Just don’t ask which part of the pig….

I can has cheezburger!

I can has cheezburger!

Sweeter then possum.

Sweeter then possum.

Tactical bacon. Actually, this one isn't all that odd.

Tactical bacon. Actually, this one isn’t all that odd.

You can bet it is.

You can bet it is.

Candwich: Zombie Apocalypse ready-to-eat!

Candwich: Zombie Apocalypse ready-to-eat!

The non-creamed version... and still sweeter than possum.

The non-creamed version… and still sweeter than possum.

Robin Williams didn't know they have 'em.

Robin Williams didn’t know they have ’em.

Hop on down to the store....

Hop on down to the store….

Makes you wonder what they were smoking.

Makes you wonder what they were smoking.

Liverspread. Just the word should strike fear into you.

Liverspread. Just the word should strike fear into you.

100% Organic.

100% Organic.

I'm sure you would.

I’m sure you would.

Actually, pretty good for camping trips. Soak it in molasses.

Actually, pretty good for camping trips. Soak it in molasses.

The phallic choice is now the easy choice.

The phallic choice is now the easy choice.

9cans-36

When fresh is just oo much hassle.

When fresh is just oo much hassle.

Roadkill at its finest!

Roadkill at its finest!

Making the Ultimate Breakfast Tea

Start with filtered water.

Start with filtered water.

Add filtered water to heating kettle.

Add filtered water to heating kettle.

Heat kettle.

Heat kettle.

Retrieve tea light. Mazel tov.

Retrieve tea light. Mazel tov.

Put tea light in teapot warmer,

Put tea light in teapot warmer,

Light warmer.

Light warmer.

Place cover.

Place cover.

Prep teapot.

Prep teapot.

Add a measure of English Breakfast tea.

Add a measure of English Breakfast tea.

Add one tea bag of green tea.

Add one tea bag of green tea.

Mix teas together.

Mix teas together.

Place in pot.

Place in pot.

Splash teas with a little hot water.

Splash teas with a little hot water.

And pour off the initial water.

And pour off the initial water.

Then fill the pot to full.

Then fill the pot to full.

Place teapot on tea warmer.

Place teapot on tea warmer.

And let steep for five minutes.

And let steep for five minutes.

Remove tea basket, draining as it is removed.

Remove tea basket, draining as it is removed.

And set basket aside to cool.

And set basket aside to cool.

Pour tea.

Pour tea.

Add a small amount of honey.

Add a small amount of honey.

Stir and enjoy.

Stir and enjoy.

The Muppets… Again.

As of this writing, the next Muppets feature, “The Muppets… Again” is scheduled for release in late March, 2014. Sending the Muppets on a global tour. they run afowl (sorry, Camilla) of Constantine, the world’s greatest jewel thief… who just happens to look like Kermit.

Publicity stills began surfacing about a week ago:

Muppets Again 3 "THE MUPPETS ... AGAIN!" "THE MUPPETS ... AGAIN!"

Ricky Gervais plays Constantine’s head henchman in what is certainly not the first Number Two acting role of his career and is one more reason to dislike him. More importantly, though, the stills give a glimpse at the good guys. All the favorites are there: Kermit, Piggy, Rowlf, Sweetums, Scooter, Rizzo, Beaker and Honeydew, Animal, Camilla, Gonzo the whole Dr. Teeth gang, Fozzie, Waldorf and Statler, and Sam. Also prominent is Walter, who first led so many of us to ask that all-consuming question: “Am I a man or a Muppet?” Glad to see him back for another appearance with the Muppets

This promises to be another full-on win from the Muppets. My only question is this: any chance of releasing in early March, 2014? That would be the best birthday present ever.