Friday, December 31, 2021
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
When I was high school I started clipping comic strips from the newspapers and giving them to frieds or putting them up in my room. As Newspapers are no longer anywhere near a quarter this would be a rather pricy activity these days. Thanks to website like Go Comics and Comics Kingdom I can still peruse the funny pages and share them here. These 6 strips are from 12/25/2021 to present.
Also as you are directed to the strips I chose for you, you can page back and forth to other strips you might enjoy as well.
Animal Crackers 12/28/2021
Monday, December 27, 2021
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Friday, December 24, 2021
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Monday, December 20, 2021
This post has been adaoted from a January 2015 post.At the end of each year I like to reflect on the year past and prepare for the coming year. I have been thinking quite a bit about some of my goals and whether I have achieved them this year. One goal I set each year and have so far failed to achieve is to watch 12 movies I have not seen before.
Let me explain the parameters I have placed upon myself. When I say new movies, I do not mean 12 2022 movies at the theater. I mean 12 movies released prior to 2022. Also, I don't only want to watch movies made in my lifetime, I want to explore through all the eras of cinema.
Here is how I am doing it: I was born in 1964 and have divided that time in 4 periods and then divided the time prior to my birth into 2 periods. These periods are:
2007 through 2021
1993 through 2006
1979 through 1993
1964 through 1978
1949 through 1963
- I will rate each movie on a 1 (worst movie ever) to 5 (best movie I have seen) scale.
- I will provide a 2-3 sentence summary of the movie.
- I will share 1 theme from the movie.
- I will write one thing I liked about the movie and 1 thing I disliked about the movie.
- I will say who I think would make the best audience for this movie.
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Monday, December 13, 2021
On Sunday, December 5th of this year. The Golden Days Era Committee voted on the 10 candidates up for the Hall of Fame. Before they met I wrote my analysis here. We had a busy day on Sunday celebrating my Daughter's 16th birthday a day early and picking out and decorating our Christmas Trees. It wasn't until my daughter's actual birthday the next day, that I saw the results of the voting. The Committee voted to put Minnie Minoso, Jim Kaat, Gil Hodges and Tony Oliva in the Hall. In my opinion they are all worthy of induction. I am especially happy about Minoso and Kaat's election. also the look on my Dad's face when he heard that Gil Hodges, who hit a home run at the first MLB game he ever attended was one of the biggest thrills of my life.
However as much joy as I feel about who the committee did include pales in comparison to the misery I feel about the exclusion of Dick Allen who for the 2nd time missed the HOF by 1 vote, Allen was my first White Sox hero and in my opinion more deserving than any of the aforementioned 4 of enshrinement.
Some might say that I'm not objective, as I've already declared that He was my hero. The truth is he was my hero over 50 years ago and for years I accepted the story that he had not played long enough and was not a high character guy as legitimate reasons for him not being in Cooperstown.
Over the past 10 years as I have learned more about the racism he encountered in Philadelphia from the fans and the Press and as the advanced stats that were not available until a few decades ago that have validated his career as one of the best players of his generation have made me realize that my first White Sox hero is probably the best baseball player not in the Hall of Fame. (
Here is one of many fine articles that articulate why he should be in the Hall.)
I guess it is possible to be deeply disappointed and delighted at the same time. I am delighted that Minnie Minoso long career has finally been validated, and at the same time, I am deeply disappointed that Dick Allen's family could not celebrate along with Minoso's. I am also hopeful that in 5 years time when the committee meets again that Dick Allen's HOF caliber career will finally be recognized.
Jim Kaat HOF class of 2022
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Friday, December 10, 2021
As you can see, Cat 1 uses me for 1 thing and 1 thing only, to have his food refilled. He will meow and walk over to his cat dish when he sure I will follow. could not capture his signature move, continue to meow for food while I am in the process of pouring it, because due to the hiring crisis, I have had to film my own cats recently.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
I have not participated in Six Sentence Stories at Girlie on the Edge's blog for some time now. Each Sunday she gives a prompt word and then later in the week posts a link to share the stories. This week's prompt word was guide.
The sun was setting on the life of Edison Solomon, who had never really achieved the wisdom or ingenuity of either of his namesakes. Solomon, a trust fund baby born in 1941, the same year Walt Disney released Pinocchio, who had never learned to let his conscience be his guide or learn from his mistakes laid in his hospital bed wondering if he had many any difference in his life. The wondering wasn't real, only something to pass his fleeting time away; he knew he had made no difference at all during the first and now final 80 years of his life. Edison knew that the 8 weeks, give or take, he had left on this mortal coil was not nearly enough time to make up for his misspent youth, middle age, and old age. 3 failed marriages had produced no offspring, which was good as 3 failed businesses had produced no sizeable inheritance. He had no time for religion in his life before this point. but when the doctor had asked him if he had wanted to see the chaplain he listened to his inner Jiminy Cricket for the first time in forever and said "sure, why not?".
To see more 6 word sentences or perhaps to submit your own click here to view this week's edition
Friday, December 3, 2021
Adventures in Substitute Teaching