The Darker Side of Being Human

In 1991 the movie “Silence of the Lambs” was released. The movie, starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, was about agent Clarice Starling (played by Foster) chasing a serial killer with the help of a brilliant but terrifying murderer already in prison named Hannibal Lector (Hopkins). In order to do her job, Starling needed to get into the head of why a serial killer does what he does and Lector, gleefully, helped her to do just that. It was a dark and terrifying descent into the darkest parts of the human mind. I loved that movie! A lot of people did. It won the best picture Oscar. Foster and Hopkins won best acting Oscars and the catch phrase “It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it g

Where Do We Go From Here?

Not long ago, just last week actually at the time of this writing, I went through a HUGE hurricane named Irma. She pretty much hit us dead on. Thankfully, it downgraded from the Category 5 to a 3 or 2, but, I still felt gusts of wind, about 80 mph, hitting my house. Was I scared? You betcha. I did try to make plans for evacuation along with the entire state of Florida, but, it seemed hopeless. Hotels booked up through Alabama. Gas running out. Interstate backed up for hundreds of miles, so, I sheltered in place. We came through just fine, although, I will probably be picking up branches in the yard for weeks to come, but, I am OK with that. Within hours after Irma passed us by, and, those of

IT is...SCARY!

IT is also a lovely treat with some seriously spooky fun! Too many film adaptations from Stephen King novels miss the mark, but this one hit it with a sledge hammer. The story takes place in the fictional small town of Derry, in New England, which is a thin disguise for Stephen King’s hometown of Bangor, Maine. Horrifying events occur in Derry every 27 years. Buildings burn down, with people in them. Explosions take place, children go missing and those numbers keep growing. A group of young friends in their early teens, known as The Losers, decide that they must confront whatever IT is that has caused so many to go missing in the sewers of Derry when one of their own is taken. The Losers are

Securing the Dinosaur

Outside my window I can see there is a balmy breeze blowing and the sun is shining. So far, it is one of the most delightful days we have had after the searing heat and drowning humidity of summer. Later today, just as evening starts to sneak in, the winds here will start to pick up. Throughout the night, they will become more erratic and heavy gusts will batter the house from time to time, sort of like a big truck slamming into it. Tomorrow, the main part of the storm is due to hit. This is no ordinary storm, her name is Irma, and she is Godzilla on steroids – twice as wide as the entire state I live in. Several days ago, I started to review options. First of all, I have dogs and cats and I


It is just a few days away. The biggest hurricane in history is approaching Florida and I have made the decision to shelter in place. I do have some bug-out locations, but, the thought of being caught out on the road in the middle of the storm with bad drivers and places running out of gas has me vetoing that plan. Last night, I could barely sleep. Every few hours I would wake and turn on my laptop and the TV to check on the progress of the hurricane. Ultimately, even though I loathed the idea of loading 5 dogs and 3 cats into my SUV and heading north, I would absolutely go if the storm was headed right for us. Earlier today, the storm maps were all updated and lo and behold, Hurricane Irma

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The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way it's animals are treated - Mahatma Ghandi

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