...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732

Sunday, March 26, 2017


"Were I to be the founder of a new sect, I would call them Apiarians, and, after the example of the bee, advise them to extract the honey of every sect."  
- Thomas Jefferson

Have the courage to face
the light of your own Being.
~Sufi Saying

"The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul..."
~Carl Jung

If bullies actually believe that somebody loves them and believes in them, they will love themselves, they will become better people, and many will even become saviors to the bullied.
~Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

It's easy to stand with the crowd, but it takes courage to stand alone.
~ Rumi

"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within."
- Maya Angelou

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”
― Plato

"It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear." ~Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

The light of the flame is the knowledge of reality, its heat is the reality of reality, and Union with it is the Truth of the reality.
~ Sufi Saying

Be foolishly in love, because love is all there is.
~ Rumi

"Withdraw to the untroubled quietude deep within the soul,
and refresh yourself."
~Marcus Aurelius

"Anywhere is paradise; it's up to you."
~ Author Unknown

Friday, March 24, 2017

Night Music ~ Runaway - Del Shannon Original

Found For Friday

A sceptical anthropologist was cataloguing South American folk remedies with the assistance of a tribal pujo who indicated that the leaves of a particular fern were a sure cure for any case of constipation. When the anthropologist expressed his doubts, the pujo looked him in the eye and said, "Let me tell you, with fronds like these, you don't need enemas."

Went to the corner shop - bought 4 corners.   

So I met this gangster who pulls up the back of people's pants, it was Wedgie Kray.  

I'll tell you what I love doing more than anything: trying to pack myself in a small suitcase. I can hardly contain myself.  

I tried water polo but my horse drowned.

A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He slides up to the bar and announces: ''I'm looking for the man who shot my paw.''  

You see my next-door neighbour worships exhaust pipes,
he's a catholic converter.

I've got a friend who's fallen in love with two school bags, he's bisatchel.     

Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. But when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it.

I said to this train driver ''I want to go to Paris". He said ''Eurostar?'' I said, ''I've been on telly but I'm no Dean Martin''.

My phone will ring at 2 in the morning, and my wife'll look at me and go, ''Who's that calling at this time?' ''I don't know! If I knew that we wouldn't need the bloody phone!''


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Night Music ~ Sister Sledge - We Are Family • TopPop

Throwback Thursday

My Grandmother had several pieces of this pattern.  
I believe it was her aunt's (Sadie Smith) dishes.  
I think that there were four or so of them. 
I don't know what happened to the others. but I love this one.

Copeland & Garrett - Late Spode
   Copeland, an Alderman of the City of London and Lord Mayor, continued the old Spode works in the heart of Stoke and there produced a wonderful range of fine quality and decorative porcelains and earthenwares. He was also probably the largest producer of quality Parian ware, excelling in figures, busts and groups. 
    The Spode works under Copeland were one of the largest and best known in the country and, at the time of the 1861 Census, he employed over eight hundred workers- 359 men, 213 women and 241 children. 
    In 1867 W.T. Copeland's four sons were admitted to the partnership and the trade style then became W.T. Copeland & Sons. However, on December 31, 1867, William Taylor Copeland retired, leaving his four sons to continue the large firm. The sons were William Fowler Mountford Copeland, Edward Copper Copeland, Alfred James Copeland and Richard Pirie Copeland. 
   In 1970 the company reverted to the old name of 'Spode' under the style Spode Ltd. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Night Music ~ Carmen - Les tringles des sistres tintaient

Toad Tales

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul), also called the manul, is a small wild cat with a broad but fragmented distribution in the grasslands and montane steppes of Central Asia. It is negatively affected by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting, and has therefore been classified as Near Threatened by IUCN since 2002.
The Pallas's cat was named after the German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the cat in 1776 under the binomial Felis manul                                    

The Pallas's cat is about the size of a domestic cat. ...The combination of its stocky posture and long, dense fur makes it appear stout and plush. 

 Its fur is ochre with dark vertical bars on the torso and forelegs. The winter coat is greyer and less patterned than the summer coat. There are clear black rings on the tail and dark spots on the forehead. The cheeks are white with narrow black stripes running from the corners of the eyes. The chin and throat are also white, merging into the greyish, silky fur of the underparts. 
Concentric white and black rims around the eyes accentuate their rounded shape. The legs are proportionately shorter than those of other cats, the ears are set very low and wide apart, and the claws are unusually short. The face is shortened compared with other cats, giving it a flattened look. The pupils are circular. The short jaw has fewer teeth than is typical among cats, with the first pair of upper premolars missing, but the canine teeth are large. The cheeks are white with narrow black stripes running from the corners of the eyes. The chin and throat are also white, merging into the greyish, silky fur of the underparts.  
Pallas's cats are solitary. Both males and females scent mark their territory. They spend the day in caves, rock crevices, or marmot burrows, and emerge in the late afternoon to begin hunting. They are not fast runners, and hunt primarily by ambush or stalking, using low vegetation and rocky terrain for cover. They feed largely on diurnally active prey species such as gerbilspikasvoles and chukar partridges, and sometimes catch young marmots.


The breeding season is relatively short due to the extreme climate in the cat's native range. Oestrus lasts between 26 and 42 hours, which is also shorter than in many other felids. Pallas's cats give birth to a litter of around two to six kittens after a gestation period of 66 to 75 days, typically in April or May. Such large litters may compensate for a high rate of infant mortality in the harsh environment. The young are born in sheltered dens, lined with dried vegetation, feathers, and fur. The kittens weigh around 90 g (3.2 oz) at birth, and have a thick coat of fuzzy fur, which is replaced by the adult coat after around two months. They are able to begin hunting at four months, and reach adult size at six months. Pallas's cats have been reported to live up to 11 years in captivity.
The manul has long been hunted for its fur in relatively large numbers in ChinaMongolia, and Russia, although international trade in manul pelts has largely ceased since the late 1980s. About 1,000 hunters of Pallas's cats are in Mongolia, with a mean estimated harvest of two cats per year. Cats are also shot because they can be mistaken for marmots, which are commonly hunted, and trapped incidentally in leghold traps set for wolves and foxes and snares set for marmots and hares. They are also killed by herding dogs. The fat and organs of the cats are used as medicine in Mongolia and Russia. While Mongolia has not recorded any trophy exports, skin exports have grown since 2000, with 143 reported exported in 2007.


Otocolobus manul is listed in CITES Appendix II. Hunting of this felid is prohibited in all range countries except Mongolia, where it has no legal protection despite being classified as Near Threatened in the country. Since 2009, the felid is legally protected in Afghanistan, banning all hunting and trade in its parts within the country and is listed as an endangered species in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Manul kitten in Parken Zoo, Sweden

In captivity

In 2010, there were 47 Pallas's cats in 19 institutions that are members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and four litters were expected. No births and three deaths occurred in 2009. Pallas's cats have the highest percentage of 30-day mortality of any small cat at 44.9%. The seasonality of their reproduction makes it difficult to control reproductive cycles. Keeping Pallas's cats healthy in captivity is difficult. They breed well, but survival rates are low owing to infections, which are attributed to an underdeveloped immune system. In their natural high-altitude habitat, they would normally not be exposed to viruses causing infection.
In June 2010, five kittens were born in the Red River Zoo in Fargo, North Dakota. A female was artificially inseminated for the first time at Cincinnati Zoo, and gave birth to three kittens in June 2011. In May 2013, three kittens were born at the Nordens Ark zoo in Sweden.In May 2016, four kittens were born at the Korkeasaari zoo in Finland

Monday, March 20, 2017

Night Music ~ "You've got a Friend" By: James Taylor

Molly and Jon take a walk. (Photos by Jon Jackson)

Jon begged, and then he took me to the Skunk River.  The snow has melted but the green has not returned.  These will be best seen if you click on the first picture and then click again to go to the next slide. Enjoy....be sure to find the deer.