Thursday, April 26, 2018


Walking hand in hand, kisses from cheek to cheek, effusive praise.

The "bromance" between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron raised eyebrows during Macron's state visit.
The official day began when the two shared an unreserved double-cheek kiss upon Macron's arrival at the White House Tuesday. 

After the arrival ceremony, the two men walked side by side into the White House with their hands on each other's backs. They then walked hand in hand through the colonnade toward the Oval Office. 

Later, at their joint press conference, the two again locked hands and shared a kiss.

Not shy about expressing his affection for Macron, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, “We do have a very special relationship,” as he brushed off what Trump called “a little piece of dandruff” off Macron's suit jacket shoulder. “We have to make him perfect. He is perfect,” Trump added. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Mother Nature's April Fool's Day Joke

Easter Sunday fell on April 1 this year, and just like an April Fool's Day joke, it snowed!
Flowers in the back yard
April 3's News-Gazette reported that we received 4 1/2 inches of snow which made this the snowiest Easter Sunday ever.  The previous record was 2 inches on April 4, 1920.

Furthermore, this also set a record for snowfall on April 1.  The previous record had been 4.3 inches in 1962.
April 2  -  Early morning
I suspect some people attending Easter Sunday mass at St. Matthew's may have thought they were living an April Fool's Day prank.  The first Sunday morning mass is at 8 a.m.  But for the past few years, Easter Sunday's mass start time has been 7:30 a.m. in order to reduce the parking lot congestion between the 8:00 and 9:30 masses.  Those people who seldom attend church were probably surprised when they arrived to a full parking lot and the mass already begun.

Monday, March 19, 2018


Former CIA Director John Brennan blasted President Donald Trump after he tweeted about the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Retired four-star Army general Barry McCaffrey tweeted:


For the record, this is Trump's tweet about the firing:

Thursday, November 9, 2017


November 2
Two weeks ago my Fitbit would not sync to my phone.  To be clear, the Fitbit was working ... it simply would not transfer the data to my account.  This went on for a couple days so I emailed Fitbit Support.  I followed their suggested fixes.  We communicated back and forth a couple times, but the Fitbit still would not sync.  They finally threw in the towel and mailed me a new replacement Fitbit Zip.

The new Fitbit arrived, but I could not get it to sync.  According to the information on my phone, it appeared to be a bluetooth issue between the two devices.  I took the equipment to the cellphone store and explained the dilemma.  The guy checked and said bluetooth was operating o.k.  So he reinstalled something, and presto-chango, I was back in Fitbit business.  So happy to have it syncing like it should after two weeks of not working.

lost data
Oct. 27 - Nov. 2
Sadly I lost the data from those two down weeks.  And, it included an 11-thousand step day!  That's huge for me -- I seldom make it to 10-thousand steps in one day.  And I'm also bummed because the two weeks of missing data means my next award will take longer to achieve.  The last award I received was the Italy Badge for walking the length of Italy, north to south (or vice versa).

earned Sept. 28, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Million and One Times


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

States That I Have Visited

Admittedly, my only claim to a few of these states is driving through them.  I think we crossed into South Carolina just so I could say I'd been there.

Now, these are the states where I've actually slept a night:

Albeit, I was just passing through Arkansas on the way to Houston, Texas.

Note: I've never been to Alaska or Hawaii, but I had to tint them in order to include them in the graphic.