NOVEMBER 25, 2008 11:15PM

Look What Ford Builds NOW!

1.6 TDCi Duratorq diesel with diesel particulate filter
Available on: ECOnetic
CO2 emissions: 98g/km
Annual vehicle excise duty: £0
Fuel efficiency (combined cycle): 76.3 mpg
CO2 rating Afiesta-diesel

Imperial Gallon= 76.3 mpg

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NOVEMBER 25, 2008 5:55PM

Salacious terms, mostly from Sailing

Humorous phrases taken from mostly sailing.

To be read aloud with a filthy, filthy mind and a leer to your voice. And mayhap a bit of Pirate Speak.  Arrrr..

1. Hot dipped galvanized box nails
2. An over ride on the wench (winch, sorry)
3. A double turn around the… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2008 1:53PM

Haiku Challenge


sweet well gazing deep

past below, reflects blue sky

my visage between

NOVEMBER 22, 2008 5:42PM

Feet (naked feet.)



Dawn comes early that far north in late June.

I  was  sixteen.

4:15 AM, or there abouts, I squeezed my way out of the back seat of a Volkswagen Beetle, one of the old, tiny originals of the mid sixties. Bent and folded and sore, a lank… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2008 4:59PM

OS Collage



Feet doing exactly what they were designed for.


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NOVEMBER 21, 2008 11:33PM

Sailing In Snow


In the Great Lakes Basin there is a season to sail.  The absolute of this season is the ice that will lock the surface of this wilderness in a hard white coat.  The lakes don't always freeze all of the way across, but the norm on the Great Lakes?, huge wind…

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NOVEMBER 16, 2008 12:33AM

The Ugly American



Mt. Blanc et la Mer de Glace



 BUBS, and her post,   made me think of this, so long ago, so far away.

 It was the winter of the Challenger disaster.  I was in France skiing.  News was not easy to come by in

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NOVEMBER 14, 2008 10:48AM

News; Good priest gone Bad! What a Maroon!

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Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 12, 2008 11:57PM

The Missouri Breaks

Quiet, so very quiet.  In our world of hurry, this may be the sublimest casualty. In the mornings, when I launched first, I would just paddle the few yards out into the core of the current,,,  then drift and eat my breakfast, nuts, apples, crackers, drift and open my eyes, really… Read full post »

There have been two studies, one of which I will print below, the other I have been unable to find again.  This is not psuedo science, this is the real thing.  The opening paragraghs are supplied.  I hope this is not an infringement.  It is information everyone of us needs.… Read full post »

The qualities of leadership, what are they?  Is it the man or woman who is strongest, best with sword and lance, quickest of eye and deadly hand?

It used to be.

My way or the highway!  You agree with me or you are a traitor, unpatriotic, a National Security Risk.   I would not… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2008 4:26PM

Park Bench

There is a park bench that I know so well
along the quiet foot path there
a short walk and below the footbridge
Bowl of forest cradles open space behind the bench
and shelters the bird filled clearing from the wind
While sun and moon and stars may bathe my tiny lea

The bench is… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2008 12:04PM

Reach Across the Aisle

Okay.  Now.


 Reach across the aisle.  Yes, I am a tilter of windmills.

 Appoint Powell to the cabinet?

Appoint McCain Secretary of State?


I think it is time, or will be time at or after the inauguration, to truly reach across the aisle. Let's make words real.

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NOVEMBER 4, 2008 11:10PM

Remarkable Night

In all my life I have never seen a major network sit and await the last few seconds for the polls to close, just so they could declare a projected winner.


Barack Obama


He carries much hope on his shoulders.  I think, I hope he will carry it well. … Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2008 8:21PM

The Last Boat In

The wind roared upward yet another notch, buffeting the sailboat and heaping wave upon wave, the surface being stirred in a mad and mounting broth. Vertical faced fresh water seas would smash the hull of the starboard side, spray shooting straight up, and then whipped a perfect 90 degrees straight si… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2008 6:22PM

Consumerism or Manufacturism?

Our economy is NOT based upon consumerism.


The dirty word of consumerism is a kind of slap at our wasteful , boastful, poluting ways.  And yes, we do waste and polute horribly.  There is SO much to be done, we can do ourselves, to waste less, leave a smaller… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2008 2:12PM

The Stream (formerly Untitled)

The stream hath started upon a frosted leaf
blazing maple morning sunshine
dissolving rime in dappled light
forming but a single tear
diamond pendant leaf's edge point

It fell to earth among the others
forming wetly rills, ranks upon the earth
rapid cadence dripping, dripping from
stony lip collecting mor… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2008 11:32PM


Today, I took some of my own advice.  Such a simple thing to do for one who seems to always be tilting at windmills. (Wind turbines are a new hot subject,,,, I may be coming back into style like old dresses.)


I wrote a letter to Kim Worthy, Wayne County,… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2008 5:23AM

Astride the Gale

Recently published.


Astride the Gale

Ease the sheets in the big puffs, let her round up
a bit, even luff, the scream of the gale in the leech
Sailin', standin', hard on her ear.
Barefoot for grip on the deck heeled alee

Bow burrowed through cold seas
Then up through… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2008 10:27PM

Please! Somebody TELL Obama.

Today! the paper was screaming that McCain and Obama were sparing over what do to about the staggering economy and NEITHER had an answer.

Please!  Go to Home Depot and read the labels!  We don't manufacture ANYTHING anymore!

 The STEEL in the automobiles comes from overseas,  the… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2008 12:44AM



The former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, was sentenced yesterday and jailed.

Had I caused the havoc and destruction, shown to be unrepentant, and egotistical, and cost the city of Detroit 15 to 20 million dollars, my sentence would have been 100 years, his, one hundred days.  What… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2008 10:37PM

What do I believe?

What do I believe and who would I like to vote for?

 First allow me to be clear.  In this rare election there are good people to choose from. In elections past, too often it has felt like choosing the lesser evil, or one complete boob and one good possible.  In… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2008 11:59PM

Peeling Back the Layers of an Onion



This post has been inspired by a particular special person.

Art has many forms. Loosely and properly defined it is the transmission of emotion. Emotion is something within us without words or a language. We try to describe it. But we always… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2008 8:04PM

The Workshop

This blog was entered into to mostly express political and social views of my own.  But there is much of me, as no doubt, there is much of you not seen here.  This post and maybe several others will be included to put some flesh on my bones. LOL Then I… Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2008 11:59PM

Casino Gambling

Casino Gambling.


The concept has been sold repeatedly as being jobs, jobs, jobs.


Lots of money invested, spent, taxes collected, local and state governments getting a cut for schools roads,,,,, and all for just allowing this benign stimulating, fun activity.

For many, of course, it is n… Read full post »