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Things I learned on the way to something else--May edition Just a few scattered pieces of information I glommed onto while browsing through the likes of VANITY FAIR, NEW YORKER, NEWSWEEK, TIME, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. a couple of garden equipment catalogues and a church bulletin or two. * SCORPION which premieres this Fall on CBS will mark the first time since 1948 that a sitcom hasn't appeared Monday Nights at 8 Central on the Tiffany Network. (TV GUIDE) * It takes roughly 8 times longer to move oil through pipelines than it does shipping it via rail. (TIME ) * "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children-" Sitting Bull ( posted on the wall in Hibbard Hall at UW Eau Claire ) * Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment, producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, runs 3 to 5 miles a adya and reads 4 to 5 papers a day (FORTUNE)

Things I learned on the way to somewhere else-October 2015

In between reading for fun (Fannie Flagg's STANDING IN THE RAINBOW, Ken Follett's WINTER OF THE WORLD and John Hildebrand's THE HEART OF THINGS ) I still find time to digest a few things trivial, others annoying,some whimsical and others flat out aggravating.  For instance.... Read more...

Things I learned on the way to somewhere else-SEPTEMBER

Temps are dropping--leaves are falling--even gas prices are on the way down. It's September and back to the bookshelf, the library and the magazine rack I go to grab whatever research I can. Some of it intended. Some of it by accident. MOST of that ends up in this blog. Those stray bits of trivionic (clearly not an ACTUAL WORD) data that have to end up somewhere--such as  Read more...

The Wheels on the Bus

After watching BOTH the Kiddie Table/Happy Hour Debate as well as the Big Kids/Primetime Throwdown on FOX I came away with one lasting impression. The whole messy scene was taking me back to middle school, maybe high school. A bus ride. The kids on the bus. Stay with me here...  Read more...

Things I learned on the way to somewhere else JULY Edition

Somewhere in between the weedings and weddings, band concerts and baseball games, hornet destruction adventures (Yes--we have a small Hornet Hilton--or Wasp Westin growing beneath our deck) festivals, fairs, fishing and fun--I do find a little time to read this and that--usually when I'm searching for something else. Read more...

Feeding the Ducks 6-4-2015

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are "summering" at our home. Our front yard more specifically. They drop by once or twice a day, eat some corn and bird seed that were really intended for the chickadees and bluebirds. I'm really enjoying their visits. I've been watching them a bit voyeuristically . They are committed to one another. They've got each other's back. Romance in Nature, all right there in my front yard. I've thought about taking dozens of pictures and posting them on facebook,etc. but I decided against it.

It is nice to expierience life and to Not always document it. My Mom used to have a great phrase for all those times on summer vacations when she didn't have time to get the camera out, or the batteries weren't working, or we didn't have film or we just didn't bring the camera with us.

"Take a picture in your mind "

This got to me thinking about all the "forced interactions" we seem to conduct--things we do to make us seem more connected, more alive, more involved in each others lives. Selfies, hand-shaking with complete strangers, living someone else's life vicariously through facebook,etc.

One of the best things you can do to improve my life is to live your life well. I can't, won't and do not plan on pretending to believe that I control your choices, your decisions, your beliefs--or that you control mine.

Back to the ducks. If we spend all of our time just feeding the ducks, the swan starves. Reaching for the lowest hanging fruit every time gains us the same results. The Ducks keep coming back--because they can.Because we encourage them to come back. We train other creatures how to treat us by the way we treat them.


By the way--the pictures of the ducks featured are NOT the Mr. and Mrs. Mallard I know. There is some kind of privacy clause that prevents the publication of such pictures.Could it be that even the ducks have lawyered up ?


Things I learned on the way to somewhere else-May Edition

As temps starting rocking 80 in May here in Western Wisconsin, i find myself reading a lot more on the deck, than in the man cave ( Like I have a ManCave, I wish) or the livingroom. That's a good thing. Here's a few things I stumbled across on the way to learning something else that was more vital--or at least more interesting/useful at the time. Use these sparingly. This kind of random knowledge is dangerous in the wrong hands. Read more...

More Stuff I learned on the way to somewhere else April 2015

This Month i stumbled into way too much info for you that there's no time for chit chat.. Read more...

Things I learned on the way to somewhere else MARCH 2015

Here's more of those trivial tidbits I come across while researching something infinitely more important ( like where I'm going to dinner tonight or who was the starting quarterback for the Rams in the 60's--Roman Gabriel, don't even go there) Read more...

Things I learned on the way to somewhere else February

Wintertime and the living is READING..

Things I learned on the way to somewhere else-January

So, at some time during the late 4th quarter of that fate-filled, disaster -ridden, ottoman -kicking BAD 15 minutes spent begrudgingly with Buck and Aikman and the hours and long days that followed, I still found time to learn a thing or two while paging through everything from TIME to Entertainment WEEKLY to ESQUIRE  to a website or 2. My best guest is that I was looking for an escape from the inevitable misery that comes from the wouldas, couldas, shouldas, didn'ts and what was thats? Read more...