Plain Speaking, Politics, Technology

“Which office do I go to, to get my reputation back?”

Those words were famously spoken by Raymond Donovan, Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Labor, after his 1987 acquittal on fraud and grand larceny charges in the State of New York. Perhaps thirty-nine British sub-postmasters posed that question yesterday.  (Well not quite thirty-nine, because before some of them got the chance to inquire, they died–their families and themselves… Continue reading “Which office do I go to, to get my reputation back?”

Plain Speaking, Science, Science Fiction

Are There Any Crazy Science Projects that RWKJ Would Not Support?

Sure there are.  Starting with any that involve frivolous harm to bunnies or other completely innocent four-legged or two-legged living creatures (as is not the case with many makeup and cosmetic brands She does not endorse).  Frankly, I've never felt that the softness of the tissue surrounding my eyes, or the fullness of my lips,… Continue reading Are There Any Crazy Science Projects that RWKJ Would Not Support?

Culture, Entertainment, Humor, Plain Speaking

Fire that Canon!

LOL. Following on his his refusal to apologize, and his subsequent "resignation" under duress from Hello, Breakfast, or whatever that show is called, for the thought crime of disbelieving Meghan Markle's Oscar-worthy performance in her conversation with The Oprah last month, Piers Morgan has struck back, suggesting that the senior Primate of the Church of… Continue reading Fire that Canon!

Plain Speaking, Womanly Feminism

Making It Up As I Go Along

I will give out divers schedules of my beauty: it shall be inventoried, and every particle and utensil labelled to my will, as: item, two lips, indifferent red; item, two grey eyes, with lids to them; item, one neck, one chin, and so forth.--Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene 5 I'm not sure if that's the… Continue reading Making It Up As I Go Along

Plain Speaking

If You’re Looking for Sparkling Conversation on the Internet…

...and you're over the mental age of about three, so you can immediately spot the fallacies and the deadly, mind-numbing sense of boredom and inevitability that are about to play out in chats which start like this: Person A--I don't really care for arugula. Person B--Why are you attacking people who like arugula? [Generally followed,… Continue reading If You’re Looking for Sparkling Conversation on the Internet…

Family Matters, Plain Speaking

March 22, 2021

I was searching out what I call "good post material" this morning, and, haftasay, there's quite a bit.  Some of the links from Wikipedia: 238 – Gordian I and his son Gordian II are proclaimed Roman emperors. Two emperors at once?  A bit of a tangle.  Or maybe even, a knot. 1508 – Ferdinand II of Aragon commissions Amerigo Vespucci chief navigator of the Spanish Empire. That… Continue reading March 22, 2021

Plain Speaking

Classy Kate vs Princess Pushy

In terms of British history and society, "Waity Katy" Middleton scaled a far greater obstacle in her path to marriage to an English prince than that of racism.  She overcame the "class" distinction. Her parents were from upper-middle -class families--not "noble," not even "aristocratic"--and they met while he was working as an air traffic controller… Continue reading Classy Kate vs Princess Pushy

Plain Speaking, Technology

A Huge “Thank You” to Readers of my Blog

Thanks to you, I feel no need to go back to "pointless, incessant barking."  Whether that means I'm engaged in "pointful, incessant barking," or "pointless intermittent barking," I'll leave it to you to decide. Have at it. This blog exists for two reasons; first because I think, on rare occasions, I have something worthwhile to… Continue reading A Huge “Thank You” to Readers of my Blog

Animals, Family, Family Matters, Literature, Plain Speaking, Rural Living

A Pre-Valentine’s Day Poem To Those Who Matter: Love Song: I and Thou

Nothing is plumb, level, or square: the studs are bowed, the joists are shaky by nature, no piece fits any other piece without a gap or pinch, and bent nails dance all over the surfacing like maggots. By Christ I am no carpenter. I built the roof for myself, the walls for myself, the floors… Continue reading A Pre-Valentine’s Day Poem To Those Who Matter: Love Song: I and Thou

Plain Speaking

On Stalkers, Cyberbullies, and (Finally) Turning the Page

There are two sorts of people in the world: There are decent, kind, honest people who treat others the way they would like to be treated and who return good for evil when they encounter it in the world.  And then there are those who are neither decent, nor kind, nor honest, and who take… Continue reading On Stalkers, Cyberbullies, and (Finally) Turning the Page