Thursday, December 14, 2017

West Virginia advent


A primary school unwittingly illustrated its newsletter with a picture of a "rude" Christmas jumper.The notice, sent to pupils at Hyde Park Junior School in Plymouth, carried a photo of a festive sweater emblazoned with what looked like rutting reindeer.Children were invited to "jazz up their uniform" with the yuletide attire.  DA

Advent in the jungle

hard to keep the north pole accent

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Advent underwater

jpr: my wife would enjoy seeing this but would never let one of her babies take a plunge.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Happy B Day Max

Today is the birthday of Nobel prize winning mathematician Max Bon, the grandfather of Olivia Newton-John.  He has a wonderful concept of evil, 'all evil is caused by belief in complete truths, final truths, and absolute certainty.  All are really figments of the imagination.' 

advent in the desert

Friday, December 8, 2017

jump'n catfish Hanna

jpr: this used paper back is currently selling for $325 USD in Britain?????????????? It was $7 originally!!!  I would not pay this sum.

Christmass train...advent

 time to get on board ya'll

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Advent in purgatory

Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. 
Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, December 2, 2017

louis l amour

age 12 yrs

Sold nearly 200 millions books, 90 were best sellers with numerous made into TV series and movies. He finished his last book several days before his death.
jpr: circumstantially we have similar style, emphatically we do not share sales. Me ma  lved him.

Advent by Christina Rossetti


Weeping we hold Him fast to-night;
  We will not let Him go
Till daybreak smite our wearied sight,
  And summer smite the snow:
Then figs shall bud, and dove with dove
  Shall coo the livelong day;
Then He shall say, "Arise, My love,
  My fair one, come away."

jpm: love the gal ..she's as good as the bard says I.

Friday, December 1, 2017


from Martha Stewart....lov her stuff

video calendar

Thursday, November 30, 2017

ways to say i love you

French=je t'aime
Italian=ti amo
German= ich liebe dich                               
Spanish=te quero
Arabic= ohibouk
Dutch= ik hou van jou
Cherokee - Tsi ge yu i
Cheyenne - Ne mohotats
Gaelic - Ta gra agam ort
Latin - Te amo
Pig Latin - Iay ovlay ouyay
Lebanese - Bahibak
Polish - Kocham Ciebie

for the gals


A team of British scientists based their reconstruction of what Jesus probabaly looked like on the analysis of three ancient Semite skulls dated to around the same period when Jesus lived.The calculations of a computer program worked out the appearance of the underlying muscles and the skin.The team hypothesized that, based on his occupation as a carpenter, Jesus would have had a muscular frame, and tanned skin from working outdoors. The beard and short hair were required by the old testiment. They estimated his height at five foot one, and his weight at around 110 pounds.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hugh Hefner Syndrome

alive  in DC and the newsrooms.

How old?

If you're good enough, you're old enough is a common phrase in sporting parlance and Irish Premiership club Glenavon FC have taken it to heart by playing a goalkeeper in their first team at the age of 14.  Conner Byrne made his debut for the Lurgan team as they triumphed against derby rivals Portadown on Monday night to reach the Mid-Ulster Cup final.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bear kills minture horse

some states have let their bear populations increase nearly 10x

jpr: it snot naturalism as the problem but goofballs that get in charge! Next the bears will be after the children no doubt.

Monday, November 27, 2017

stephanie pomboy

Economist Stephanie Pomboy said she believes the stock market is in a bubble because economic growth will not live up to expectations and because any federal stimulus from the president , if it even comes to be, will be mostly canceled out by tax increases and spending cuts on the state and local level.

Jpr: one tough lady....serious and competent!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Neanderthal calling

How safe would be this ancient babe from politicians and hollywood execs?  Not very says I.

young wild turkey

jpr: Coyotes been taking lots of them birds they be hard to find thesedays.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Jpr much like me home 50 yrs ago!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

thanksgiving feast

jpr: Only a mother's love can produce the real deal!  Thanks Mary Ann for some 60 of these occasions.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New batteries cometh

The new bat is solid state, i.e. Non flammable. It is higher energy dense, i.e. smaller in size. about 1/3 the traditional cost, and will charge in about 60 secs. A game changer for electric cars for sure.

Oh yeah some new solid state bats will charge to 90% capacity after 10,000 charging cycles!!! Note  battery in use for electric cars are useless when they only charge to 70%

More Lewis Carroll

'If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there'
'Contrarywise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.'

Monday, November 20, 2017

fall snow in appalachia

The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river and the heaven,
And veils the farmhouse at the garden's end.
The steed and traveler stopped, the courier's feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm......

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thought for the day.

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

Lewis Carrol

granddaughter (1st grade) art

jpr: sent  the child a package of bits from the dollar store...just items that caught my eye but not for any particular reason. check out the child's original project.  family proud!

its getting to be a rare book

It seems this work is popular in UK as the price has risen from $7 to  ~$100 US since published.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

First Snow, Marie Louise Allen

Snow makes whiteness where it falls.

The bushes look like popcorn-balls.
And places where I always play,
Look like somewhere else today.

Crabapple Tree by P. S. Michaels

Friday, November 17, 2017

Free j p Ronan books on BookRix

" Cata of India".   My most favorite work to date.

The Jergertroppen

The Norwegian Jegertroppen is a unique special forces unit whose prime focus is special reconnaissance.  It is all female group, the only such in NATO, and the members served in Afghanistan.  Norway has compulsory military service for men and woman. Applicants face a 10 month rigorous training program.  To graduate, candidates must be able to march 9 miles in full gear (49 lb backpack, weapon, boots) through forests within two hours and 15 minutes or less; perform 50 sit-ups in two minutes, six pull-ups and 40 push-ups; run 1.9 mi in 13 minutes or less; and swim 1,300 ft in 11 minutes or less, the first 25 metres underwater

grandma s home in appalachia

jpr: This image captures the feel of our gandma s house/farm
out on St John s road

leprechaun tales myths

As part of Irish mythology and folklore the Leprechauns are part of our faerie folk, called by some as the “wee folk”

William Butler Yeats once said,
because of their love of dancing they (the Fae) will constantly need shoes
He goes on to tell the story of a woman who had been spirited away by the Faeries and had been returned seven years later minus her toes. She had danced them off!!!

jpr: when my older brother and I were preschool, my grandfather would chase a wee folk about his bushes for our entertainment!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Appalachian turkey dogs

Gots to lov them dogs

Love Thanksgiving

Me and mine will be away this Thanksgiving.  I like my house, actually I prefer mom’s house, for the festivities. It’s my favorite holiday since childhood.  The ones I missed were when I was a detective, traded it for Xmas, or Xmas eve off.  (Always had someone stabbing a family member at the T dinner table.)  It’s my favorite for two reasons.  We had enough to eat (thanks to someone’s charity, the brown boxes).  And Xmas, birthdays, were always disappointing, empty stockings, empty promises, and my father’s anger. I can’t think about those,  but Thanksgiving was full of food, good company and cheer.  Thanks Mom.  We’ll be toasting you again this year.  

fall in applalachia

The Autumn by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them --
The summer flowers depart --
Sit still -- as all transform'd to stone,
Except your musing heart.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving in West Virginia

native American burial mound

The mound-building Adena People lived in West Virginia from approximately 1,000 B.C. to 1 A.D.  The Grave Creek Mound has been preserved and is located within this West Virginia town's city limits.This Indian burial mound was constructed around 200 B.C. The mound stands 69-feet tall and has a base diameter of 295-feet. The original mound was also encircled by a moat 5-feet deep, and 40-feet wide. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017