I’m Being Blackmailed! No, Seriously!!

I’m actually being blackmailed! For real! I mean, who ever would have thought?!! I freely admit to trending off the beaten path. But blackmail? Really?! I spent most of the past month chilling out in San Fransisco. Steve joined me for a bit, but when he returned to our home in Atlanta, he found this letter addressed to me in… Continue reading

ScatMat — Best Invention Ever!

I rarely do product reviews, but, for the ScatMat, I feel a genuine need to extoll the product’s virtues.1 Waldo is cute. He’s adorable. He is friendly and lovable. But, he is also the most stubborn animal I’ve ever encountered. E.V.E.R! We will not tolerate an animal atop our food preparation and serving areas. Those cute little feet paw around… Continue reading

Flush: Singularly Special and Pretentiously Precocious

I know that every “parent” thinks their beast is singularly special and pretentiously precocious—just like their children. I get that. But… Waldo, our beast, well… He really is. [wink] Most cats don’t like water. They do, however, like drinking from a fountain of moving water. We have learned that Waldo isn’t exactly like most cats. He’s at a stage in… Continue reading

Musterole: Near Death

Childhood Trauma When I was a young child, I frequently got terrible sore throats, chest colds, and sinus infections. I took enough antibiotics to kill every germ east of the Mississippi. One of the old-timers’ remedies of choice that was always said to be  “good for what ails ya” was this horrific suave called Musterole. The Musterole packaging reads: “America’s… Continue reading

Welcoming Waldo, a New Beast, into the Family

We decided it was time to add another feline to the family. Ten years ago this month we adopted Conrad the Kat from Good Mews, a no-kill cat shelter that keeps about 100 cats at a time. We went back about 3 weeks ago.1 While we will never de-claw a cat, we need to protect our leather furniture from cat… Continue reading

The Time Machine

I had no idea that electricity is actually a time machine! The disadvantage of living in an area with so many beautiful old trees is that during a storm, they blow over onto the power lines. This year we have had over a half dozen old trees fall in the neighborhood. Some have badly damaged, even completely destroyed houses. One… Continue reading

Quality, Reflected, Warm Light

I’ve always thought that one of the most important elements in photography is the quality of the light in the scene. It’s the difference between “Oh, that’s nice.” and “Wow! That’s glorious!” Since I so very, very rarely shoot in controlled lighting environments, I generally get whatever I get when it comes to lighting. I mean, I have the apps… Continue reading