Archive for August, 2016

Intrigue/Cover up in the White House? The only bachelor president, James Buchanan.

August 26th, 2016 Comments off

The only president to remain a bachelor was James Buchanan. He was the 15th president, immediately 

preceding Abraham Lincoln.

He was engaged to Ann Caroline Coleman but she broke off the engagement over “unclear circumstances” and died mysteriously shortly thereafter.  

Many questions surround her death.  If anything like this happened now,  during this news hungry era, we would never have heard the end of it.  On and on and on it would have been discussed by the talking heads, and it would have been headlines in every paper, especially the tabloids.

Ah yes . . . the truth of the relationship  would have emerged, including emails, pictures and texts.

And what if the rumors were true that he was gay and had a lover, would we have learned that too?  Would there have been a tearful press conference confession?  Would Ann Caroline Coleman have sued him for breech of promise?  Would she have lived a long life, written several books and been on every talk show in America?  

hmmmm What really happened to this young woman in 1819?

Pity we’ll never know.

Play Time With Baby

August 26th, 2016 Comments off

elephant play

This was true the years I was working, now retired . . . not so much!

August 25th, 2016 Comments off


Love the puns!

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And then he said . . .

August 23rd, 2016 Comments off

b“They used to laugh at me when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well, no one is laughing now!”

From the Lens of Bill Stice – Wow!

August 23rd, 2016 Comments off




293367_245847018779420_2765964_nA New Guinea Impatiens growing in my yard. This is the bud just after starting to open. I like the spiral shape.

Bill Stice

I do too Bill! God’s creativity never ceases to amaze me.  Thanks for sharing  it so that we can enjoy it along with you.


August 22nd, 2016 Comments off

The other night at the Gala the caterer served these things that were little bites of heaven. I know there is more to it than this but it was bacon wrapped around a fresh peach slice and grilled with some seasoning I’m seriously considering wearing as cologne. They were incredible. I actually dreamed about them last night. I ended up with a basket of goodies and a $40 gift certificate to Melody Fender’s catering that I was going to use to feed my family one night while they are home this week. After that dream I’m strongly considering using the entire certificate on those bacon peach things and telling everyone that’s all she serves…

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Not often, I hope!

August 22nd, 2016 Comments off


Poet T.S. Eliot

August 21st, 2016 Comments off

tseliot“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
T. S. Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri,  on September 26, 1888. He lived in St. Louis during the first eighteen years of his life and attended Harvard University. In 1910, he left the United States for the Sorbonne, having earned both undergraduate and masters degrees and having contributed several poems to the Harvard Advocate.

After a year in Paris, he returned to Harvard to pursue a doctorate in philosophy, but returned to Europe and settled in England in 1914. The following year, he married Vivienne Haigh-Wood and began working in London, first as a teacher, and later for Lloyd’s Bank.

It was in London that Eliot came under the influence of his contemporary Ezra Pound, who recognized his poetic genius at once, and assisted in the publication of his work in a number of magazines, most notably “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in Poetry in 1915. His first book of poems, Prufrock and Other Observations, was published in 1917, and immediately established him as a leading poet of the avant-garde. With the publication of The Waste Land in 1922, now considered by many to be the single most influential poetic work of the twentieth century, Eliot’s reputation began to grow to nearly mythic proportions; by 1930, and for the next thirty years, he was the most dominant figure in poetry and literary criticism in the English-speaking world.

He became a British citizen in 1927; long associated with the publishing house of Faber & Faber, he published many younger poets, and eventually became director of the firm. After a notoriously unhappy first marriage, Eliot separated from his first wife in 1933, and remarried Valerie Fletcher in 1956. T. S. Eliot received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. He died in London on Janurary 4, 1965.



Back in my painting days, last century.

August 21st, 2016 Comments off

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