Melinda Gates challenges Vatican by vowing to improve access to contraception

I totally agree with and applaud Melinda Gates' statements about the Catholic Church's position on contraception. The Vatican's position on this issue, and its impact on women's rights, human health, and the spread of HIV in Africa and elsewhere, is one of the key...

Dallas (Matherly) Fallert ~ Obituary

My Mother's best friend, Dallas (Matherly) Fallert, passed away. Dallas was a force of nature. With all her energy and enthusiasm, it's hard to imagine her gone. Together, she and my Mom got into a lot of mischief 😉 May she rest in peace...Below is her obituary from...

Portland Japanese Gardens

Visited Portland Japanese Gardens last spring or summer. Gorgeous grounds. Very well maintained.  

“Imagine” cover by Pentatonix

I found a lot to love about this Pentatonix cover of John Lennon's Imagine.
Neil de Grasse Tyson ~ Photo by John Roling

Neil deGrasse Tyson ~ We Stopped Dreaming

This collection of Neil deGrasse Tyson clips (assembled by Scrunchthethird on YouTube) are inspiring. I'm old enough to remember when we landed on the moon and the excitement that generated in me as a child. It was a great way to grow scientists. It was a great way to...

Dilbert – How was your weekend?

Dilbert - How was your weekend? OUCH! This Dilbert cartoon hits too close to home. If I was honest, this would often be my answer to the question: How was your weekend? Dilbert - How was your weekend?

Alice Eve ~ Interviews reveal her charming accent and wit

Bumped into this interview of actress Alice Eve on Conan that just charmed my socks off. I'm not familiar with Alice Eve, but during the interview she demonstrates how she can instantly change from her gorgeous English accent to an American, Los Angeles accent—which...

How to make a Peet’s Freddo

Critbritlit on blogger shared this recipe for Peet's Mocha Freddo, and I'm VERY appreciative. At over four bucks a hit, my Freddo addiction is killing my financial status. I've been using Swiss Miss Cocoa(w/ marshmallows) blended with ice and espresso as a substitute,...

Clint Eastwood sets us straight on gay marriage, sanctity, and what’s really important

Clint Eastwood sets us straight on all the crap about gay marriage, sanctity, and what's really important. These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage? I don't give a f*** about who wants to get married to anybody else. We're making a big deal out of...

Oregon Coast snaps

Took a trip to the Oregon Coast, Seaside, and sites nearby.    
You are my forever

You are my forever

At some point, while submariner Mikhail Averin waited at the bottom of the Bering Sea to be rescued, he wrote this short letter to his wife. No one has forever... But I wanted more. I wanted to give you more...more babies. Love our son and the baby for both of us....

Guillermo Del Toro on the Success and Failure

Guillermo Del Toro offers his perspective on the nature of success and failure... Failure and success live next door to each other and they have no numbers at the door. You just knock. ~ Guillermo Del Toro

Glorious Octopus Image

Glorious Octopus Image

I bumped into this image of an octopus recently and had to share. Such a striking, symmetrical geometry to this octopus' pose. Totally mesmerizing.

Domesticated foxes ~ Are they like dogs?

Domesticated foxes ~ Are they like dogs?

I'd watched a documentary some years ago about a Russian scientist who, in 1959 or so, started trying to domesticate foxes in hopes of discovering how wolves were domesticated into dogs. Surprisingly, the answer to that question still remains a mystery. This video...