Keeping track is vital. Our 6-year old notebook-keeping-Bird-watcher is learning this. A 420 character 9-liner.

Keeping track makes the thing matter,

leading to a wide-awake life.

The 2 generations down from me value this Earth

in a way I didn’t as a kid.

Value it in that they learn it & figure out how to care for it.

My grandkids’ parents know they have to be positive & constructive

to ward off intentional trumpian chaos w/ facts not fantasy.

Lots of science, history, nature, marches, writing, letter-writing, & talk.



Keeping track is vital. Our 6-year old notebook-keeping-Bird-watcher is learning this. A 420 character 9-liner.

Question for Ted Cruz: According to the Courageous Conservative PAC ad you are PROUD you stopped Pres. Obama’s push for gun control after the slaughter of children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School? (a 420 character, 9-liner)

Too boring*

is why the Cruz super PAC created a 60-second ad

(CT Congressman Chris Murphy says it makes him sick).

The ad cites the dead bodies of 20 First Graders

slaughtered by a killer triggering a military style gun with 30-round ammo clips

as a reason to HAVE guns in the wake of Sandy Hook

& why Cruz shut down Pres. Obama’s gun control efforts.

Sick. It’s the footage on Cruz’s rifle-butt bacon that’s

too boring.


*meaning Cruz’s other political clips weren’t exciting enough, so that’s why they had to take advantage of a tragedy. Although I’m getting NRA stuff now that’s telling me that Sandy Hook didn’t happen. What?!!

This is what Chris Murphy said (according to the Hartford Courant):

“If Ted Cruz wants to brandish his pro-gun credentials to Republican primary voters, that’s his right. But it’s sick that he thinks he’ll win votes by specifically pointing out that in the wake of 20 dead first-graders, he was the face of the fight to ensure no action was taken to stop more deranged killers from walking into elementary schools with military-style assault weapons loaded with 30-round clips of ammunition.”

See the Courageous Conservatives PAC 60 second spot

Maybe Ted Cruz doesn’t even know how to HOLD a gun?

#TBT Throwback Thursday–Ben Carson, please don’t think your Big Bang bash is your trump card, pun intended if that’s what it is, a get out of jail free card, or whatnot. Big Bang Theory a fairy tale? Surely not. And, yes, it is brain surgery.

If anything qualifies as a throwback it’s both Ben Carson’s ideas on The Big Bang and the Big Bang itself–the latter literally, the former figuratively. He needs to check “Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity” out of his local library, or buy it and listen to it on his campaign bus. ( The lecturer is great. “Big History” is a study of “the past in all possible scales, from conventional history, to the much larger scales of biology and geology, to the universal scales of cosmology.” * It’s won all sorts of awards and is a great listen if you choose the Great Courses as a way to learn.  The man I live with does this and he’s about the same age as the GOP presidential candidate (now, he WOULD make a good president, hmmmm..) which tells me that it’s possible to keep learning and thinking complicated stuff, something I’m not sure BC is doing. This course is taught by Professor David Christian, author of “Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History” which won the 2005 World History Association Book Prize. The pix below shows what it looks like when a learner keeps learning: He gets the courses out of the Farmington Library and listens piecemeal on the way to work. Ben? Are you listening? I think not.

Another way to learn about this: