Swimming with a Giant Moray Eel in the Maldives

Okay, it was more like swimming near it, shrieking into my snorkel mask, squidding my swimsuit, swallowing a chunk of salt water then surfacing to calm my arse down before attempting to dive down to see it again. The giant moray eel (a “small one” according to the resident marine biologist we were snorkeling with) … More Swimming with a Giant Moray Eel in the Maldives

Nothing is Certain but (Computer) Death and (Overdue) Taxes

I’m blogging to you from the arse end of a crappy computer, and the exhausted end of “nervous prostration.” It was magnificent in its day: 285GB on the hard drive; a recovery drive with another 12. It was fully loaded with Acrobat Writer and the full version of Photoshop as well as all the latest … More Nothing is Certain but (Computer) Death and (Overdue) Taxes

A Coshocton Photo Blog from Baxter the Dog

Baxter says I can share some of his favorite Coshocton photos for today’s blog. I wish you could hear him the way I do. I hear his voice as a cross between Patrick the starfish from Spongebob, and Droopy the Dog; in other words the oafy quality of Patrick, but the wise and exhausted tone … More A Coshocton Photo Blog from Baxter the Dog

Foreign (Weekly Photo Challenge)

This week’s challenge from WordPress is on the word “Foreign.” It would be easy to just put up any of thousands of location photos I’ve taken, because anything not familiar is foreign. But what the word made me think of first was about Việt Nam and how many times that little country was occupied by other … More Foreign (Weekly Photo Challenge)

Win a Jar of Apple Butter: Stick Your Head in Something!

I will stick my head in anything. Okay, maybe that’s a little bit of a yarn, but I really do love those plywood cutouts with a silly scene just begging passersby to insert their noggins. So as you can imagine I was ecstatic to pose, Marla Appleseed style. Kurt was, well, a little less than … More Win a Jar of Apple Butter: Stick Your Head in Something!

The Butterfly at Chautauqua. Are Monarchs Going Extinct?

I didn’t see my first Monarch this year until September 28th, at the Chautauqua Festival in Madison, Indiana. On our trips home this summer from Kurt’s work I had been watching the caterpillars. (I call them Pittsburgh-pillars, because of their black and yellow coloring.) I didn’t follow-up to see how many cocoons I could find … More The Butterfly at Chautauqua. Are Monarchs Going Extinct?