Golden Tresses

The picture below is President Trump and Prime Minister Abe at dinner this past weekend. Bob Kraft, also at the table,  was at college with me although I didn’t know him well. In fact I didn’t know him at all, but other friends of mine did.

Do you think he has the same colorist as Donald. The color sure looks the same. That is, of course, unless you think that neither of them color their golden locks.

I’m seriously, well not very seriously, thinking of going orange. Orange may be the new gray!



Slipping on the Ice

We’ve had two days of rain sleet and ice forming on the roads. It is far more dangerous than snow and almost impossible to avoid slipping whether walking or driving. All of which brought to mind an incident several weeks ago when I almost went down for the count. I slipped on some ice but was able to get my arm down quickly to break my fall and quickly righted myself. I was not alone but a sympathetic friend, an amazing woodworker, said little other than to admire my dexterity and mercifully didn’t use the word spry.

Here is an old cartoon from the New Yorker that tells the story pretty well.eskimos-slipping-on-the-ice

That same friend send a video after my slip and almost fall, have you no mercy faithful reader?

slipping on ice

Boston 100 Years Ago

Trump’s anti-immigration playbook was written 100 years ago. In Boston.

A fascinating story of Boston and the  immigrants 100 years ago. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

“Irish need not apply for this job”, was a common sign in Boston in the late 1800s by 1917, something had to be done.immigrant-children-ellis-island

The picture above of immigrant children passing the time on Ellis Island, waiting their turn.

The More Things Change


The below article from the Washington Post describes a genetically modified apple that wont turn brown. I never even thought about whether apples turning brown was a bad thing. It never bothered me and we have three orchards.

Some friendly neighbors over in Millbrook are experts in what is genetically modified, good to eat, bad to eat, shouldn’t be eaten, must be eaten etc.

Canola oil-bad, Olive oil- good. I never have spent much time thinking about these things although my brother who is ten years older than I, is very careful, reads all labels before ingesting anything.

However I saw the label on some smoked salmon that appeared in one of those baskets at Christmas that is filled with goodies ( or maybe badies). How could you eat anything that stayed good until 2022. I tried it in my free range organic chicken eggs this morning, not bad.


non browning apples




Grizzlies in Schools

So far we haven’t seen any Grizzly Bears in Clove Valley, but Betsy DeVos was questioned at a Senate hearing today and suggested it would be OK to have arms in schools to defend against just such incursions.


Now to be fair to her I think she said that it should be left up to the States and in fact at Texas universities, students are allowed to carry concealed weapons.

“Sioux Center, Iowa (CNN) Donald Trump boasted Saturday that support for his presidential campaign would not decline even if he shot someone in the middle of a crowded street.

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Trump said at a campaign rally here.”

He was right about not losing voters but that of course doesn’t make it right.

I support the Second Amendment but agree with the Gipper who said:

“I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home.”