Dedicated to my Uncle Danny (and the rest of my extended family)

I know in some circles it would be totally inappropriate to post this link so soon after a heavy political post, but dammit, this couldn’t wait, especially for those so closely related to me who were worried that they themselves might be sent to prison for such conduct: Charge dropped against man accused of passing [...]

The girl in the window

“The authorities had discovered the rarest and most pitiable of creatures: a feral child.” This is a story from the St. Petersburg Times about a young girl who was the victim of one of the worst cases of neglect you will ever read about. It’s such an incredible story, and here you have both the [...]

From one of my favorite albums of the last year

This is Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, and his album For Emma, Forever Ago was written and recorded when he moved to a remote cabin in the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin at the onset of winter. Here he’s playing “Flume” from the album: It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but oh my god, [...]

Total goosebumps

The following is a video of Prince covering Radiohead’s “Creep” at Coachella over the weekend. It is the audio equivalent of a Reese’s peanut butter cup: two great tastes that you didn’t think could get any better, and then some genius comes up with the idea to eat them both at the same time. Thom [...]

To replace the other song you had stuck in your head

Get ready for the most fantastic 35 seconds of your life: I have watched this video over 40 times this morning, stopping each time to cherish the look on the guy’s face at about 24 seconds in. And it gets better every time. This video is about so much more than a simple bidet, it’s [...]

A true scientific marvel: the Utah accent

How I start my day, this plus a bucket of coffee

Jon and I recently discovered the Bryant Park Project on NPR, and I am including his name here even though he is emphatic that I am the target audience for the program, not him, but he says that about all his guilty pleasures, including his fascination with “The Hills” which he will not let me [...]

The baby kangaroo and the wonder dog that saved it

Look! A BABY KANGAROO! A pointer named Rex saves a four-month-old baby kangaroo in Australia. And there are pictures. OF A BABY KANGAROO. And after what happened yesterday with some of the comments, no, I’m not going to open them up on this entry (although I was really touched by most reactions and stories, thank [...]

One of the million, billion grains of sand in the desert

Portraits before and after death. “This somber series of portraits taken of people before and after they had died is a challenging and poignant study. The work by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded interviews with the subjects in their final days, reveals much about dying – and living.” These [...]

“Winters like this are not something that humans are built to endure.”

What’s eating you, Mother Nature? A Canadian columnist rips into Mother Nature for the very mean things she has done to us this winter: “We’ve tried to have patience. Some of us have also tried patience’s little helper, Xanax. But look what you’ve done to us. We’re a quivering mass of shattered nerves, deadened eyes [...]