Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wanted, Poop Miners

US researchers are investigating ways to extract the gold and precious metals from human fecesThe group identified gold in waste from American sewage treatment plants at levels which if found in rock could be worth mining.  Details were outlined at the 249th national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Denver. In addition to gold and silver, human waste also contains amounts of rare earth metals such as palladium and vanadium."We're interested in collecting valuable metals that could be sold, including some of the more technologically important metals, such as vanadium and copper.  Imagine explaining our career choice o he family -- off to the poop mines

Underweight models could go to prison under French proposals

Italy, Israel and Spain have all passed bills banning the use of ultra-thin models, with France expected to follow suit. The French National Assembly is considering a health reform bill that includes measures to ban designers and labels from using models deemed "too thin" by healthcare standards. They would be subjected to periodic weigh-ins. Models who come in under weight would face fines of up to 75,000 euros, (£55,000) or even prison sentences.

Paul Lynde

Peter Marshall: Eddie Fisher recently said, "I am sorry. I am sorry for them both." Who was he referring to?
Paul Lynde: His fans.

Wisdom of Irish Sayings

Say little, and the little you say, say well.

Dry soles won't catch fish.

Honor cannot be patched.

Ignorance is a heavy burden.

People live in one another's shelter.

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Mysterious Tribute.

A woman who spent her life caring for stray dogs received an unexpected -- and surprising -- tribute from the animals when she died.  At the funeral for Margarita Suárez in Cuernavaca Mexico a pack of stray dogs came inside the funeral home to stand guard.  The dogs sat quietly around the casket all day and through the night.  All but one left in the morning, but the gang returned and stood by through the cremation.  Curiously, none of the dogs had anything to do with Mrs. Suarez previously , as she was buried 850 miles from her home.


 Zubbles are like high-def versions of the classic soap bubbles. They contain a special dye that makes them vibrant pink or blue. The dye is nontoxic and non-staining, so if the bubbles pop on your shirt, the color will evaporate.

From the movies

“In a world where a carpenter can come back to life anything is possible.”
Spoken by Kathryn Hepburn in the film, The Lion in Winter.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Today's Inspiration

The demand for certainty is one which is natural to mankind, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.

But so long as men are not trained to withhold judgement in the absence of evidence, they will be led astray…

….To endure uncertainty is difficult, but so are most of the other great virtues

-Bertrand Russell

Sabbatum Sanctum

Holy Saturday before Easter Sunday

In Roman Catholic churches, the sanctuary remains stripped completely bare (following the Mass on Holy Thursday) while the administration of the sacraments is severely limited. Holy Communion after the Good Friday service is given only as Viaticum to the dying. Baptism, Penance, and Anointing of the Sick may be administered because they, like Viaticum, are helpful to ensuring salvation for the dying.

All Masses are severely limited. No Mass at all appears in the normal liturgy for this day, although Mass can be said on Good Friday and on Holy Saturday for an extremely grave or solemn situation with a dispensation from the Vatican or the local bishop.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

hips don't lie...but statistics, that's another matter

West Virginia is one of the poorest states yet it has the highest rate of home ownership.  I love WV as much as anyone could but when I worked social services in the hills and hollows, I saw what they owned.  I saw a family living under a large rock overhang;  I saw many living in an old bus; trailers of course, some with no floor.  Shacks and outbuildings. Some were unlucky enough to find a shady contractor who would build a shitty house in exchange for a lifetime of payments.  Not to say that there aren't beautiful homes in the state, many in fact, but statistics lie.

A rose

The lily has a smooth stalk,
  Will never hurt your hand;
But the rose upon her brier
  Is lady of the land.

There's sweetness in an apple tree,
  And profit in the corn;
But lady of all beauty
  Is a rose upon a thorn.

When with moss and honey
  She tips her bending brier,
And half unfolds her glowing heart,
  She sets the world on fire.

~Christina Rossetti

Jpr:  the woman was the best ever!

Friday, March 27, 2015


foxes are feral creatures.  even if raised from a kit they will still be basically wild, with all the behaviors of such.  however a few years ago in Scandinavia (can't remember the precise country) a team of animal behaviorists bred domesticated foxes, which were as attentive, affectionate, and tame as the family dog.  it took them only 3 or 4 generations, selectively breeding the foxes which seemed "tamer" until they came up with a pet.
i think it was Finland but I'm not sure.

The Radioactive Man Who Returned To Fukushima To Feed The Animals That Everyone Else Left Behind

The Magic Rabbit

The Ili Pika is a rarel long haired, short limbed Chinese rabbit native to high rocky mountains.   Near extinction because of habitat loss, it was recently spotted by researchers for the first time in 20 years. Cute huh?

Growing In The Vale

Growing in the vale 
By the uplands hilly, 
Growing straight and frail, 
Lady Daffadowndilly. 
In a golden crown, 
And a scant green gown 
While the spring blows chilly, 
Lady Daffadown, 
Sweet Daffadowndilly.

by Christina Rossetti

bee hummingbird eggs

Low in cholesterol!

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Celtibiles be Hill folk what play Celtic and bluegrass and a mix of the two. I wish I could post their Celtic version of "racoon lullaby " .


Jpr: when wee, Me grandma would role back the rug with daughter Agnes at the piano and uncle Tam on the fiddle while grandpa would do the stepping. These folks be the hill Irish of long ago, at least  as close one can come today.

Celtic symbol, the Horse

As a Celtic symbol,the Horse was associated with war. With war, comes attributes of victory, conquer, longevity as well as procurement of territory and other spoils that come with triumph in battle.

All of these heady aspects of valor were associated with the Horse in Celt animal symbolism. In fact, so much so, the Celts hailed the Horse as the beast belonging to the sun god, and assigned it a place with the goddess Epona (Mother horse goddess of Earth).

A Prayer in Spring

OH, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends he will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.
-- Robert Frost

jpr comment ......soon!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Iwo Jima Remembered

The Battle for the island of Iwo Jima is perhaps the most famous of the WW2 Pacific campaign.  It was the first American victory on Japanese soil.   On its 70th anniversary a handful  of American vets and one Japanese, all put one in their 90's, visited the site, probably the last to do so.  Among them was Woody Williams, a flamethrower during the battle and a Medal of Honor awardee, and Tsuruji Akikusa, an 18 year old Japanese Navy radio operator stationed on the Island and one of the few survivors.  Adam Izzo, RIP,  the father of our childhood friends, was part of the unit that raised the flag in the famous photo.  He bore the physical scars. A large portion of his upper left arm was missing and badly scarred. Thank you gentlemen for your service and your sacrifice.

Bumper Stickers:

Never drive faster than your angel can fly!!"

"As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools"

"General Sherman"

Giant Sequoias which only grow in Sierra Nevada, California, are the world’s biggest trees (in terms of volume). The biggest is General Sherman in the Sequoia National Park – one behemoth of a tree at 275 feet over 52,500 cubic feet of volume and over 6000 tons in weight.

General Sherman is approximately 2,200 years old – and each year, the tree adds enough wood to make a regular 60-foot tall tree.  

The Beast of the Danube

The Danube salmon is an unusual beast in that it commonly lives for 30 years, grows to as much as six feet in length and weighs as much as 60 pounds.  Threatened by dams build on the river, the 'beast' is at risk of extinction.  Fishing for one is called 'hunting' by the locals.  I can understand why.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

spring in new england

My son, Kaelan noticed the fox asleep on his archery stop this morning. Must be nice to be able to take a break.

The Great Beaver Mystery

The English hunted their native beavers to extinction several hundred years ago. None have been seen since.  A few weeks ago 2 mating pairs and some  young were spotted on the Otter river.  Fearing someone introduced American beavers illegally, creating an environmental risk, they were captured. DNA test revealed they were actually native English beavers back from the dead.  NONE KNOWS FROM WHENCE THEY CAME. 

More Dumb answers

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country." -- Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, D.C.

"We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees." -- Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks

hail poetry

Hail, Poetry, thou heaven-born maid!
Thou gildest e'en the pirate's trade:
Hail, flowing fount of sentiment!
All hail, Divine Emollient!

William Schwenck Gilbert

This song is a turning point in the operetta, 'Pirates of Penzance.'

Monday, March 23, 2015

unusual facts

Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

Julius Ceasar

When kidnapped by a band of pirates in his 20's, he quibbled with them over his ransom price. They were asking for 20 talents of gold, a sizable sum, he insisted that they ask for 50.

He was also the first Roman leader to print his own bust on a Roman minted coin and when he reformed the Roman calendar to contain 365 days with 12 months, he included his own name among them, July.

Plastic Money

Great Britain, following Canada, has begun converting its currency  to plastic notes.  Paper money will be withdrawn from circulation.  The bills last longer than their paper counter parts but will melt under high temperatures.  So don't leave your cash lying out on a hot day.  Drying it in a dryer is not such a 'hot' idea either.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Celebrate World Poetry Day

More Roses

“Truths and roses have thorns about them. “
_Henry David Thoreau

“Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you. “
_Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Tombstone humor

Sacred to the memory of
Major James Brush
Royal Artillery, who was killed
by the accidental discharge of
a pistol by his orderly,
14th April 1831.
"Well done, good and faithful servant."

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Medical use of beer

It’s the quicker upper-chucker!

It’s great practice for those of us who will get Alzheimer’s

It’s great with pizza and tomato sauce and contains
anti-oxidants. Okay, I admit it, I’m reaching!

Consumption increases a girl’s chances of getting married.

Sedative, painkiller, muscle relaxant, hormone enhancer…
um, hello?!?! What is this stuff NOT good for?


“A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her. “
-- Oscar Wilde

Friday, March 20, 2015

Amy de Bruhn

Irish actress just coming into her own. 


New life!

famous April fool's gag

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
1957: The respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."

Real philosophy

"I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes."

~Author Unknown

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

~~Mary Fry

Joy by Carl Sandburg

Let a joy keep you.
Reach out your hands
And take it when it runs by,
As the Apache dancer
Clutches his woman.
I have seen them
Live long and laugh loud,
Sent on singing, singing,
Smashed to the heart
Under the ribs
With a terrible love.
Joy always,
Joy everywhere--
Let joy kill you!
Keep away from the little deaths.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Celtic worm god

Crom Cruaich was the most ancient and venerated god of all the various tribes of Ireland. The God was worshipped in idol form. Such idols were extremely ancient even in the time of Patrick the christian bishop of the 5th century A.D.

The principal of Crom’s idol is described as having been once covered in gold and it was surrounded by twelve plain stones in a circle. The stone idol is described by classical Roman writers as being rectangular in shape and unadorned by any carvings or inscriptions.

replica of  Killycluggin stone
 The Killycluggin stone  now in the County Cavan Museum in Ballyjamesduff, is believed to be the idol known as Cenn Crúaich or Crom Crúaich

More advice

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
~~Anais Nin

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

being Irish

In the Gaelic "Dul chun mais!"

jpr: It's transformational to body and soul!

Latest Fad---3d Tattoos

God help us.


There is joy and hope in their beauty.


" Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future. "

this guy ;looks like our mikey

Monday, March 16, 2015

India's Anti Poo Campaign

Villages in the Nadia district in West Bengal, India are setting up "walls of shame" featuring the names and photos of people caught defecating in public,  Local authorities want villagers to form committees to monitor people who continue to defecate outdoors.  Anyone "shamed" on the walls will have some government benefits suspended, although these would be restored when they change their habits  A 2011 census showed that nearly half of the Indian population had no access to a latrine, meaning more than 500 million people were defecating in the open.  That's a lot 'poo.'

image of Saturn"s rings

The variation in the colour of the rings arises from the differences in their composition. Turquoise-hued rings contain particles of nearly pure water ice, whereas reddish rings contain ice particles with more contaminants.