Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Super Glue


The Treason of the Ghosts Hugh Corbett #12 
Just saw this ad on TV for Super Glue. Says that it holds 16 tons. The only thing I can say about that is that you don't want to get two fingers stuck together. Sounds like it would be a big problem. You should definitely be using rubber gloves before you even handle it. Probably end up as a doctor visit.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

The Cliff's Edge (Bess Crawford, #13)


Our WW1 nurse, Bess, with the inflated ego and distain for the lower class has now put her nose in the affairs of new friends and almost becomes a victim herself. News of Simon Brandon's past will shake things up but that's a story for another time.

Friday, July 28, 2023

The Story of the Pony Express.

This is a short book explaining about the formation of the Pony Express. Information on the Pony Express is limited. A large part of the book relates to the beginning of the civil war and California's part in it. It gives the names of the riders, some of their exploits and the finances surrounding the whole operation. 

The Pony Express left a lasting legacy as a symbol of determination, courage, and the pioneering spirit that characterized the American West during that era. Today, it is remembered as one of the most daring and iconic ventures in the history of American mail delivery.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Marriage & Ego.


Woke up from a dream at 5:AM. My first thought was, "You'd be married now if it wasn't for your ego." Obviously not for me since I've been married 55 yrs. Someone in my dream was getting a lecture. 

Let's think about that. Should you get married just to satisfy your ego? Marriage is a significant life decision that should not be taken lightly. It should not be pursued solely for the sake of being married or societal pressure. Marriage is a commitment to another person, and it requires genuine love, respect, and a strong emotional connection.

Marrying someone just for the sake of being married, without genuine love or compatibility, can lead to an unhappy and unfulfilling relationship. If you are getting married solely to meet external expectations, it may not lead to the happiness and contentment you desire. If you are not ready or willing to commit to a person for the long term, it might be best to wait until you are more prepared.

Remember, there is no rush to get married. Take your time to find the right person and ensure that you are entering into a marriage for the right reasons. Focus on building a strong, loving, and committed relationship based on mutual respect and understanding.

As a final note, I knew this Indian once who told me, "If you plan to marry this woman, make sure you want her to be the mother of your children."

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Dead at First Sight Roy Grace #15 by Peter James


Another in the Roy Grace series by Peter James. 

In this installment, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues his work solving complex cases in Brighton, England. The plot revolves around a mysterious and dangerous online dating agency that appears to match couples based on their compatibility at first sight. However, as the story unfolds, Grace discovers a dark and deadly side to this seemingly innocent service.

Besides cleaning up this case, he also winds down a former problem and moves on to new adventures in London.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Shredded Wheat

I had Shredded Wheat for breakfast, what my son calls little bales of hay. When I was a kid that was a staple for breakfast. Shredded wheat is a generic breakfast cereal made from whole wheat formed into pillow-shaped biscuits. It was invented in 1892 by John Harvey Kellogg, who wanted to develop a healthier alternative to traditional bread. He believed that his invention would help prevent heart disease and diabetes.

Like any food, its nutritional value depends on how it fits into your overall eating habits. Moderation and mindful consumption are key. If you enjoy shredded wheat as part of a balanced breakfast with fresh fruits and unsweetened milk or dairy alternatives, it can be a healthy choice.

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Blue Jays Sponsored Jersey Patch


Watching the Blue Jays lately, I noticed (beside them losing) the TD ad on their sleeves. Of course it's from the Toronto Dominion Bank, one of their sponsors. I didn't like it. I'm not adverse to the ad, it was the stiffness of the material. Stiff as a board. Couldn't they find something more flexible? 

What do the fans think? Mixed reactions. Some comments were “The green sticks out like a sore thumb,” “Instead of matching the jersey it will match the turf,” No matter what you think, it all comes down to one thing, the bottom line. In other words, greed. Suck in the bucks.

The sponsored patch (green and white, 7.6 centimetres square) will appear on the left sleeve of home, road and alternate jerseys — but not on apparel sold to the public, the team said. So no worries there.

On another note - song note that is.

The song "Just Walking in the Rain" just came to my mind. No reason. That's a song from the era of Seniors. Maybe, for seniors, the words should be revised. How about " Just Peeing in a Cup"? 

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden

Written by Rumer Godden, first published in 1939. It is a psychological drama that delves into the lives and struggles of a group of nuns attempting to establish a convent in the remote Himalayan mountains of India.

Weather religious or secular, a group of women living together in basic isolation is bound to bring clashes of personality, loneliness and repressed desire.

One man on the scene, a fox in a henhouse, temps religious values, sexuality and emotional and psychological turmoil. Base instincts take hold leading to disaster and consequences.

Friday, July 21, 2023

"The Runaway Jury" by John Grisham

A legal thriller novel written by John Grisham. It tells the story of a high-stakes trial involving a major tobacco company and the manipulation of a jury to influence the verdict in a product liability lawsuit.

The plot centers around a lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who died from lung cancer after smoking cigarettes manufactured by a fictional tobacco company called Pynex.

A secretive and influential consultant named Rankin Fitch is hired by the tobacco company to manipulate the jury selection in their favor.

However, things take an unexpected turn when a mysterious and unpredictable juror named Nicholas Easter makes it onto the jury. It turns out that Easter and his girlfriend, Marlee, have their own hidden agenda. They are playing both sides, secretly manipulating the outcome of the trial to their advantage.

"The Runaway Jury" explores themes of jury manipulation, the power of big corporations, and the ethics of the legal system.

It's hard to imagine a judge allowing any juror to take over his personal domain.

Friday, July 14, 2023


 As I was doing my walk yesterday, I passed the old farm museum. A woman was out front cleaning the sign that had been painted with graffiti. I also noticed paint on the pavement where they were marks for repairs. It was the same color blue paint. Makes you wonder.

Graffiti without proper permission is generally considered vandalism. While graffiti can hold artistic and expressive value, engaging in illegal graffiti by defacing property without permission is generally frowned upon and can result in legal consequences.

Excessive graffiti can be seen as a problem for communities and property owners. It can contribute to a sense of disorder and neglect, and it may require time and resources to clean and remove.

Thursday, July 13, 2023

The Noble Path by Peter May

 The Noble Path is a thriller set in Cambodia and Thailand amid the bloody reign of the Khmer Rouge. A rescue mission turned to an escape mission amid suffering and betrayal.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Energy Drinks


Energy drinks are popular beverages that are consumed for various reasons. Here are some common reasons why people may feel the need for energy drinks:

  1. Boost of Energy: Energy drinks often contain high levels of caffeine, which is a stimulant. Caffeine can provide a temporary boost in energy, alertness, and mental focus, which can be helpful during periods of fatigue or drowsiness.

  2. Increased Alertness: Energy drinks typically contain ingredients like taurine and B-vitamins, which are believed to enhance mental alertness and improve cognitive performance.

  3. Improved Physical Performance: Some energy drinks contain ingredients like creatine, amino acids, or herbal extracts, which are claimed to enhance physical performance and stamina. These ingredients may help individuals feel more energized and capable during exercise or sports activities.

  4. Extended Wakefulness: Energy drinks are often consumed to stay awake and combat fatigue, especially during late-night studying, long work shifts, or driving long distances. The caffeine content in energy drinks can help individuals stay alert and fight off sleepiness temporarily.

  5. Convenience and Portability: Energy drinks are packaged in convenient containers, making them easy to carry and consume on the go. This makes them a popular choice for individuals who need a quick energy boost and don't have time for a full meal or a cup of coffee.

While energy drinks can provide short-term benefits, it is important to be aware of potential drawbacks. Excessive consumption of energy drinks can lead to negative health effects such as increased heart rate, high blood pressure, dehydration, insomnia, and dependence on caffeine. It is advisable to consume energy drinks in moderation and be mindful of their potential risks. Additionally, individuals with certain health conditions, such as heart problems or caffeine sensitivity, should consult with a healthcare professional before consuming energy drinks.

When it comes to children and energy drinks, it's generally advised to be cautious and limit their consumption. Energy drinks are beverages that typically contain high levels of caffeine, sugar, and other stimulants. These drinks are designed to provide a boost of energy and increase alertness, primarily targeting adults and adolescents.

Here are a few important points to consider:

  1. Caffeine content: Energy drinks often have high levels of caffeine, which can have adverse effects on children. Children are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine, and excessive consumption can lead to issues like increased heart rate, high blood pressure, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and dehydration.

  2. Sugar content: Energy drinks are notorious for their high sugar content. Regular consumption of sugary drinks can contribute to obesity, tooth decay, and other health problems in children. It's crucial to limit their intake of sugary beverages and promote healthier alternatives like water, milk, or natural fruit juices.

  3. Lack of regulation: Energy drinks are not regulated as strictly as other beverages, such as sodas. This means that manufacturers may not always provide clear guidelines or warnings regarding their safe consumption, particularly for children.

  4. Dehydration risk: Energy drinks can act as diuretics, leading to increased urine production and potentially causing dehydration, especially during physical activities or hot weather. Children may be more susceptible to dehydration, so it's essential to ensure they drink enough water to stay properly hydrated.

  5. Impact on sleep: The stimulants present in energy drinks, particularly caffeine, can interfere with children's sleep patterns. Regular consumption may result in difficulty falling asleep, disrupted sleep, and daytime fatigue, which can affect their overall health and cognitive function.

As a general recommendation, it's best to avoid giving energy drinks to children altogether. Instead, encourage them to adopt healthy lifestyle habits such as a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and sufficient sleep to maintain their energy levels. If a child needs a boost of energy, it's better to rely on natural sources like fruits, whole grains, and adequate rest. If you have concerns about your child's energy levels or dietary choices, it's always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or pediatrician.

Monday, July 10, 2023



Eating oatmeal for breakfast is a healthy and nutritious choice. Oatmeal is made from oats, which are whole grains packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It offers several benefits for your health and well-being:

  1. Nutritional value: Oatmeal is rich in complex carbohydrates, providing sustained energy throughout the morning. It also contains protein, healthy fats, and various essential nutrients like iron, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins.

  2. Fiber content: Oatmeal is an excellent source of dietary fiber, including both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol levels and stabilizes blood sugar levels, while insoluble fiber aids in maintaining a healthy digestive system.

  3. Heart health: The soluble fiber beta-glucan found in oats has been associated with reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, which can lower the risk of heart disease. Regularly consuming oatmeal can contribute to a heart-healthy diet.

  4. Weight management: Oatmeal has a high satiety factor, meaning it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. This can help prevent overeating and assist with weight management goals.

  5. Blood sugar control: The complex carbohydrates and fiber in oatmeal are digested more slowly, leading to a gradual release of glucose into the bloodstream. This helps regulate blood sugar levels and can be beneficial for individuals with diabetes or those aiming to prevent blood sugar spikes.

  6. Digestive health: The fiber in oatmeal promotes healthy digestion and can alleviate constipation. It adds bulk to the stool, facilitating regular bowel movements.

To make your oatmeal even more nutritious and flavorful, you can add various toppings and mix-ins like fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, or honey. This adds extra vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to your breakfast. However, be mindful of portion sizes and the additional calories these toppings may contribute if you are watching your calorie intake.

Remember to choose plain oatmeal instead of pre-packaged flavored options, as they can contain added sugars and artificial ingredients. Opting for steel-cut oats, rolled oats, or old-fashioned oats over instant oats provides a higher fiber content and a more satisfying texture.

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Nine Years Among the Indians, 1870-1879 by Herman Lehmann.

 "Nine Years Among the Indians, 1870-1879" is a memoir written by Hermann Lehmann. It tells the true story of Lehmann's capture as a young boy by a Native American tribe and his subsequent years living among them. Here's a brief overview of the book:

Hermann Lehmann was a German immigrant who settled with his family in Texas in the late 1860s. In 1870, when he was just ten years old, he and his older brother were kidnapped by a raiding party of Apache Indians. His brother managed to escape, but Hermann was taken deep into the rugged and unforgiving lands of the American Southwest.

The book describes Lehmann's experiences living among various Native American tribes, including the Apache and Comanche. It provides insights into their way of life, customs, and beliefs. Lehmann gradually adapted to his new environment, learning the languages and survival skills necessary to navigate the harsh conditions.

During his nine-year captivity, Lehmann witnessed tribal conflicts, participated in buffalo hunts, and experienced both the joys and sorrows of Native American life. He formed deep bonds with some members of the tribes he encountered, including the chief's daughter, whom he married.

Eventually, Lehmann was recaptured by the U.S. Army in 1879 during a raid on the tribe's camp. He was then reunited with his family, who had thought him dead. Lehmann's memoir recounts his difficult adjustment to returning to a settled life after being fully immersed in Native American culture for so many years.

"Nine Years Among the Indians, 1870-1879" offers readers a unique perspective on the interactions between settlers and Native Americans during the late 19th century. It provides a firsthand account of the complexities and challenges faced by individuals caught between two distinct worlds.

Friday, July 7, 2023


"Tower fans" refers to a type of electric fan that is designed in a vertical tower-like shape. Tower fans are popular for their space-saving design and their ability to provide widespread airflow in a room. They typically have a tall, slim profile and come with multiple speed settings, oscillation features, and sometimes even remote controls.

Tower fans work by drawing air from the surrounding environment through an intake grill, passing it over internal blades or impellers, and then expelling it through the vents located along the height of the fan. This creates a steady flow of cool air, helping to improve air circulation and provide relief during hot weather or stuffy indoor conditions.

Tower fans are commonly used in homes, offices, and other indoor spaces to provide cooling and ventilation. They are known for their quiet operation compared to some other types of fans, making them suitable for use in bedrooms or quiet environments.

I picked up one last year that my neighbor had thrown out. When I took it apart, I found that the fuse was the problem. Replaced the fuse and it works great. I think this is terrible, making appliances with fuses inside. Not something the average person can repair. A $70. loss for a $1.00 fuse.

Thursday, June 29, 2023



Big rain yesterday and today. As they would say in the old days, raining cats and dogs. Do you know what that saying means?

The phrase "raining cats and dogs" is an idiomatic expression that means it is raining very heavily. It is used to describe a torrential downpour or a heavy rainstorm.

In the past, when houses had thatched roofs, this is like the Middle Ages, small animals like cats and dogs would seek shelter in the thatch. During heavy rains, the animals could be dislodged and would fall from the roof, giving the appearance of "raining cats and dogs."

"Raining cats and dogs" is now a common idiom used to vividly describe a heavy rainstorm, emphasizing its intensity. If you did see animals falling, that would be weird.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

MILA 18 by Leon Uris

 "Mila 18" is a historical novel written by Leon Uris. It was first published in 1961 and is based on the true story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during World War II.

The novel takes its name from the address of the main resistance bunker in the Warsaw Ghetto, located at 18 Mila Street. The story follows a group of Jewish resistance fighters who are determined to resist the Nazis and their efforts to exterminate the Jewish population.

"Mila 18" provides a fictionalized account of the events that occurred during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. The main characters in the novel are based on real people who participated in the resistance, and Uris's narrative weaves together their individual stories to create a powerful and poignant depiction of the Jewish struggle against Nazi oppression.

The book explores themes of heroism, sacrifice, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of extreme adversity. It highlights the courage and determination of the Jewish fighters, who despite being vastly outnumbered and outgunned, refused to surrender and fought for their freedom.

"Mila 18" is considered one of Leon Uris's most significant works, alongside his other well-known novel, "Exodus." It has been praised for its historical accuracy, compelling characters, and gripping storytelling. The novel provides a poignant portrayal of the Holocaust and serves as a reminder of the horrors that occurred during that dark period in history.

Monday, June 19, 2023


 The truest obedience
 to God is the opposition to tyranny. Tyranny itself can manifest in various forms, including political, social, economic, or religious oppression. Our first thoughts are WW2 and countries in Africa. But it is also possible to experience small forms of tyranny in our daily lives. Tyranny refers to the exercise of power in a cruel, oppressive, or unjust manner, typically by a government or authority. While we often associate tyranny with large-scale instances, such as totalitarian regimes, it can also manifest in more subtle ways in our everyday interactions and systems.

Unequal power dynamics and abusive behavior by supervisors or managers, prejudices and discrimination and excessive control and interference in one's personal or professional life can be a form of tyranny. Smaller instances of tyranny can accumulate and lead to oppression and injustice.

Soon we will experience a reduction in T.V. channels while paying the same fee. Some will see this as a form of tyranny. Although it may appear that they have complete control over our viewing habits, in the end, we can just cancel the subscription. Although not tyranny, it is at least unfair.

Saturday, June 17, 2023


 Fixing a lawnmower can vary depending on the specific issue you're facing. However, here are some general steps you can take to troubleshoot and potentially fix common lawnmower problems:

  1. Safety first: Before working on your lawnmower, ensure it is turned off and disconnected from any power source. Wear protective gloves and goggles to avoid injury.

  2. Identify the problem: Determine what exactly is wrong with your lawnmower. Is it not starting? Is it running rough? Is it vibrating excessively? Identifying the problem will help you narrow down the potential causes.

  3. Check the fuel system: If your lawnmower is not starting or running poorly, the fuel system could be the culprit. Check the fuel tank to ensure it has enough clean fuel. Replace the fuel if necessary. Inspect the fuel lines and filter for clogs or damage. Clean or replace them if needed.

  4. Inspect the spark plug: A faulty spark plug can cause issues with starting or running the lawnmower. Remove the spark plug and inspect it for signs of damage, such as fouling or excessive wear. Clean or replace the spark plug as necessary.

  5. Clean or replace the air filter: A dirty or clogged air filter can restrict airflow and affect the performance of the lawnmower. Remove the air filter and clean it if it is washable. Otherwise, replace it with a new one.

  6. Check the blade: If your lawnmower is not cutting properly or making unusual noises, the blade might be damaged or dull. Inspect the blade for any bends, cracks, or excessive wear. Sharpen or replace the blade as needed.

  7. Clean the deck: Grass clippings and debris can accumulate underneath the lawnmower deck, affecting its performance. Use a scraper or brush to clean out any built-up debris.

  8. Check the drive belt: If your lawnmower has a self-propelled feature and it's not functioning correctly, the drive belt might be worn or broken. Inspect the belt for any signs of damage and replace it if necessary.

  9. Consult the user manual: If you're still unable to diagnose or fix the problem, refer to the lawnmower's user manual. It will provide specific troubleshooting steps and instructions for your particular model.

If the issue persists or if you're uncomfortable performing repairs yourself, it's recommended to seek professional assistance from a lawnmower repair shop or a qualified technician.