Friday, May 29, 2015


photo by Bruno Cordioli

It's art baby, and it's priceless!  Well, not totally priceless.  How about we put a price tag on it of over $140 million?  That's what the last auctioned Picasso and Giacometti works went for.   "The past ten years have seen a steady increase in top prices that collectors are willing to pay at auction for singular works by the most sought-after artists."  news link    "The Scream," by Edvard Munch (pictured above), sold in 2012 for around $119 million.   Holy moly, as they say.  Holy moly a lot.    
Chew on that this weekend, and let the kid in you dream.

Principle in the type:  "All children are artists.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."     Pablo Picasso    


                                 Here's what I would buy if able.  I can't explain it.  It just happily  'speaks to me.'   art4sale

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


photo by Mark Gulm

Now even burnt pizza is a bad guy!  Is there any end in sight?!  Recently the Iowa state Capital offices were briefly evacuated, with charred pizza crust from the cafeteria being the cause and culprit.  Thankfully, "many [Iowa Legislatures] were not at the Capitol . . ."  news story      (Gee, that's not the government officials I know??  Lol Lol Lol.)    Any-who, don't be fooled.  Where there's smoke, there's not always a fire.

Principle in the type:  "Ponder upon things you . . . feel, and prepare your minds to receive . . . truth."         Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


photo by David

You know the kiss.  It was the day the U.S declared victory over Japan, and a sailor in New York City exuberantly laid one on the closest nurse.  What a glimpse of excitement, joy, surrender, and romance it was captured by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt.  Check out the link if you need a refresher.  (story link)     Edith Shain, said nurse, passed away a few years ago, but her moment lives on.  She admitted once, that maybe she should have gotten the unknown fella's name and number!  

Principle in the type:  "Lust is temporary, romance can be nice, but love is the most important thing of all.  Because without love, lust and romance will always be short-lived.  Danielle Steel

Monday, May 25, 2015


photo by maf04

To Melanie House, "every day is Memorial Day and we don't need a special day to remember [John], because he's part of our lives every day." (news story)     House's husband John, who is also son James' father, was killed in action in Iraq over 10 years ago.   This Memorial Day we the public honor John House's sacrifice and so many like him and his family.

Principle in the type:  "Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid.  They have earned our undying gratitude.  America will never forget their sacrifices.    Harry S. Truman

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Is there better than Pearl Jam's "Better Man"?!  I don't know.  Eddie Vedder killed it on David Letterman this week, as a farewell to Letterman.  news link   

"Better Man" lyrics are poetic, meaningful, a sad love story.   Waiting, watching the clock . . . it's got to stop . . . can't find a better man . . . memories back when she was bold and strong . . . she lies . . . she dreams . . . . she tells herself . . . can't find a better man.  lyrics


Principle in the type:  "I have observed that in the happiest marriages both the husband and wife consider their relationship to be a pearl beyond price, a treasure of infinite worth."     L. Whitney Clayton 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015


photo by Montclair Film Festival

The Breakfast Club is 30.  Which makes me, um, older than 30.  Ally Sheedy, who played goth-type teen Allison in the movIe (did they have goth yet in the 80's?) told People magazine, "the movie has this message that in spite of peoples differences, there is something unifying in the experience of growing up and trying to find yourself."    news story

Principle in the type:  "There is something of divinity within each of you [teenagers]."  Gordon B. Hinckley

Monday, May 18, 2015


photo by Dennis Skley

Saw this on Facebook last weekend, and pretty glad I did.  It's a keeper, don't you think?


Principle in the type:  "The more we serve our fellowman in appropriate ways the more substance there is to our souls.  We become more substantive as we serve others, indeed it's easier to 'find' ourselves, because there's so much more of us to find."   D. Todd Christofferson

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Friday, May 15, 2015


photo by Gage Skidmore

What would People magazine's 2015 World's Most Beautiful Woman, Sandra Bullock, go back and tell her younger self?   " . . . [to] not worry so much.  I wasted so much time with worry.  I wish I could get it back."     story link

Principle in the type:  "Don't be gloomy.  Do not dwell on unkind things.  Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.  Even if you are not happy, put a smile on your face.  'Accentuate the positive.'  Look a little deeper for the good.  Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, with great and strong purpose in your heart.  Love life."      Gordon B. Hinckley  

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015


photo by Jamie McCaffrey

In Andrea Harris's "Zombies and Gender in Pop Culture" spring course at Wright State University, "students examine social order in the context of a zombie apocalypse and what the popularity of zombies says about humanity's future."   news link

Feel better?

Principle in the type:  "You learn something new every day."    Your Mother

              (Below, a fav clip from okay zombie movie from a person who doesn't like zombies or zombie movies. lol lol lol.)


Tuesday, May 12, 2015


photo by Brandon, HONY

Humans Of New York met this man this week, and we are all better for it!  He tells his students at the Excellence Boys Charter School, in Brooklyn, "Every decision you make matters. Because once you’re older, you’re going to revert back to the same behavior you have right now. If you have a foundation of rudeness, dishonesty, and not caring, that’s what you’ll fall back on when you’re faced with a challenge."  There are some pretty amazing folks out there, teaching amazing things.  Thank you Amazing Folks!   story link

Principle in the type:  "It has been said that history turns on small hinges, and so do our lives.  Decisions determine destiny."  Thomas S. Monson   

Monday, May 11, 2015


photo by Kate Haskell

Yes, senior pranks are an animal all there own, but still, I mean, come on, right?  Let's use a little judgement kiddos, please?   "Officials say a senior 'prank' at an East Tennessee high school that left the floors littered with trash, hay, urine and dead animals took things too far."     news link

Principle in the type: "[Youth], now is the time to set your course, to establish fundamental priorities. You will learn to select from many good and bad things those that are . . . most important."     Richard G. Scott    

Friday, May 8, 2015


photo by Mauricio Lima

Happy Mother's Day all you little lambs, and mothers.  Sweet wishes, and thanks!  Speaking of sweet, and in honor of mothers, enjoy the mighty sweet clip below.


Principle in the type:  "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."   William Ross Wallace

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015


photo by Keith Allison

The Los Angeles Clippers are in the playoffs.  Where I come from that is big news.  Monday in Game One against the Houston Rockets, they won, even with Clippers star Chris Paul sitting ringside with a strained hamstring.  Coach Doc Rivers theorized it was good they'd played a game just two days earlier.  " '. . . that always helps too,' Rivers said. 'I think the rhythm of playing is not a bad thing.  I think it's actually a good thing.' "   Life lesson.  Keep a rhythm, find your pace, and hold on to that desire to win. 

Principle in the type:  "Indeed, this life is a test.  It is a test of many things - of our convictions and priorities, our faith and our faithfulness, our patience and our resilience, and in the end, our ultimate desires.   Sheri L. Dew

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015


photo by Mr.TinDC

Hands off is the best policy, when it comes to another man's (or woman's) potatoes.  Police reported in Petaluma a "would-be burglar got side-tracked by heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into."  Smelling trouble the owner called the police, who apprehended the bad guy.     news link

Principle in the type:  "We need a more peaceful world, growing out of more peaceful families and neighborhoods and communities."   Howard W. Hunter

Monday, May 4, 2015


photo by Unknown Fangirl

Out of Grey's Anatomy, and his marriage.  The surprise twist of Patrick Dempsey's character dying in the hit television series, follows the far sadder story of the end of his 15 year marriage with Jillian Fink.  In a press statement they relayed, "It is with careful consideration and mutual respect that we have decided to end our marriage . . . Our primary concern remains the well being of our children . . . "   news link

Principle in the type:  "May every spouse, every child, and every parent be blessed to communicated and receive love . . . and to become more consistent in the seemingly small things that matter so much.    David A. Bednar

Friday, May 1, 2015


photo by Daniel Oines

Walter "Chick" McGill has come a long way.  Across the nation, that is.  He is a 69 year old, newly converted pastor, who heard the call three years ago to ". . . do the right thing."  That's what society has to get back, "being good to each other," he believes.  McGill's form of preaching this message was to walk across the nation, and he is almost there -- reaching the pier in Santa Monica, California any day.  Say what you will about his way of proclamation, but 'being good to each other,' sounds pretty nice about now.   news link

Principle in the type: "There is no end to the good we can do, to the influence we can have with others. Let us not dwell on the critical or the negative."  Gordon B. Hinckley

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