Tuesday, February 28, 2017

nesting red tails


Nests are active by April with nestlings leaving in early June. The young birds spend their first days on the ground before they fly off.

jpr. gots me a nest in sight from my window!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Russians sing for peace


jpr: the major music artists from Russia are featured...very moving video...bravo!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fresh water of India

Only 4% of the earth s fresh water is found on India. 80% of this comes in the monsoon rains. Water harvesting is a national necessity. Conservation systems as old as 5000 yrs are yet in use! One of the oldest water harvesting systems is found about 130 km from Pune along Naneghat in the Western Ghats. A large number of tanks were cut in the rocks to provide drinking water to tradesmen who used to travel along this ancient trade route.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dhamek Stupa, India:

Oldest building in India known to date!

 It is one of the most famous and Buddhist stupas located in Sarnath near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India. Originally built in 249 BC during the reign of king Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty.This solid cylindrical shape stands at a height of 43.6 m with a diameter of 28 m. The significance of this sacred place is that it marks the spot where Lord Buddha preached the first sermon to His five disciples after attaining enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. Buddhist pilgrims from around the world visit Sarnath to circumambulate the holy Stupa and worship Lord Buddha.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Reece "Goose" Tatum

Reece “Goose” Tatum excelled at two sports, baseball and basketball, but is most famous for his basketball career with the Harlem Globetrotters. Known as “Goose” for his comic walk and for his exceptionally wide arm span, he is remembered more for his comic antics in games than for his athletic ability and accomplishments, which were considerable.


jpr:he was the best of the lot! RIP

Thursday, February 23, 2017

welsh pony


jpr: a friend raises these and uses them to pull a carriage!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


 Described as “one of the most remarkable women in Irish history” Granuaile or Grainne Ni Mhaille (ang. as Grace O’Malley) was a renowned sea captain who led a band of 200 sea-raiders from the coast of Galway in the sixteenth century. Twice widowed, twice imprisoned, fighting her enemies both Irish and English for her rights, condemned for piracy, and finally pardoned in London by Queen Elizabeth herself, her fame was celebrated in verse and song and in James Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake.” She is often seen as a poetic symbol for Ireland.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

spring for the hawks

 saw a pair of red tails busy in air over the river ..... can't fool mother nature!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

penguin humor

Q: What’s black and white, black and white, and black and white?
A: A penguin rolling down a hill!

It's practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.
 Joe Moore

Friday, February 17, 2017

februry storm

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

jpr: not much winter time left for mother nature 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Is there no dignity anywhere, anymore?

Hasboro has introduced a new toy/game called the toilet game.  'Share some hilarious and suspense-filled moments as players take turns spinning the toilet paper roll, flushing the toilet handle, and hoping they don't get sprayed with water!'  $20 per unit, can't wait.

stock humor

Q: What's the difference between a pigeon and a stockbroker?

A: The pigeon can still make a deposit on a BMW.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

irish humor

Mrs. Pete Monaghan came into the newsroom to pay for her husband's obituary. She was told by the kindly newsman that it was a dollar a word and he remembered Pete and wasn't it too bad about him passing away. She thanked him for his kind words and bemoaned the fact that she only had two dollars. But she wrote out the obituary, "Pete died." The newsman said he thought old Pete deserved more and he'd give her three more words at no charge. Mrs. Pete Monaghan thanked him and rewrote the obituary: "Pete died. Boat for sale"

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Amazing politics.

A drag queen standing more than 6ft5 tall and with a bright orange bouffant stood out among the otherwise soberly-attired delegates at the ceremony to choose Germany's new president in Berlin.  Olivia Jones, real name Oliver Knobel, is well known in Germany for her guided tours of Hamburg's infamous Reeperbahn red light and bar district, her numerous TV appearances and her activism in support of animal rights, AIDs patients and anti-racism.  The 47-year-old was invited to be among the 1,260 voting delegates by the Green Party,

Happy Valentine s Day


Sunday, February 12, 2017

valentine s garden

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

 William Shakespeare

Saturday, February 11, 2017

a puppy s valentine day

I claim there ain't
Another Saint
As great as Valentine.
~Ogden Nash

Friday, February 10, 2017

valentine s day

Although the roots of Valentine’s Day stretch back to A.D 496 (when it was established by Pope Gelasius I to commemorate the life of a Christian martyr), most scholars agree that the holiday did not become associated with any romantic notions until the late middle ages. 

When love is not madness, it is not love. ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Thursday, February 9, 2017

queen pharaoh hatshepsut

A daughter of King Thutmose I, Hatshepsut became queen of Egypt when she married her half-brother, Thutmose II, around the age of 12. Upon his death, she began acting as regent for her stepson, the infant Thutmose III, but later took on the full powers of a pharaoh, becoming co-ruler of Egypt around 1473 B.C.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Great Siege of Malta in 1565

Invaders (70,000)  from the Muslim world laid siege at the island of Malta defended by 700 hundred knights of Cross of St John. The attempt failed under impossible odds.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

soccer and lightning...October 28, 1998

All 11 members of a football team in Congo were reportedly killed by a bolt of lightning which left the other team unscathed.

The players who survived had plastic in lieu of metal cleats in their shoes.


Robert Jenner, from Eccles in Kent carries out his DIY tasks and gardening while not wearing any clothes.  He has 11 charges pending at Maidstone Magistrates' Court. He 'caused alarm and stress to people who felt uncomfortable seeing him naked.'  But Alex Davey, for the defense, said his "naturism" was "perfectly legal".  The court has yet to rule.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sister Monica and Siervas

Peru's hottest rock and role band: 12 nuns from 8 countries with a world wide reputation.   Their albums sell, their concerts sell out, and they even played for the Pope.  Watch them 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Saka s Cele

The movie Saka Zulu has become an enduring classic starring  Henry Cele as adult king and his son Khumbulani as Saka the young prince.

Henry and son Khumbulani

This series is played in my home once a year..the cast is great and the story factual

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fabeness to the Fantabulosa Fairy

A Church of England theological college trainee priests held a service in the antiquated gay slang language Polari to commemorate LGBT history month.  Polari originated in Victorian London but fell out of use as homosexuality began to be decriminalised in England in the 1960s.  The translation was based on the Polari bible, a work compiled as a project in 2003 by the self-styled Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  “Glory be to the father, and to the son, and the Holy Spirit" the prayer offered was: "Fabeness be to the Auntie, and to the Homie Chavvie, and to the Fantabulosa Fairy".

Friday, February 3, 2017

the art of the protest

There s a sensibility here that needs shared

Thursday, February 2, 2017

dana loesch

jpr: get ready to see a good deal more of this lady...rising star...conservative for sure