•April 18, 2007 • Leave a Comment


“Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair.”
T S Eliot

in Memoriam


Quiz Tuesday part 20

•April 17, 2007 • Leave a Comment


Today marks my 20th consecutive Tuesday quiz post! I’m sure I deserve some kind of award! Oh, yeah…your participation is a reward in itself. Honest 😉

This is Phoebe. She is full grown and pedigree. We met her at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, and while we spoke to her “mom”, she was trying to make herself comfortable amidst the peasant loaf, sack of oranges and a bagful of zucchini.

Today’s question: which dog breed is Phoebe?

Update: After 25 guesses you are not even lukewarm ;-). So here are some extra clues: Phoebe can sniff out a good cigar, and she might’ve been great friends with F. Puss…

Murder at dusk

•April 16, 2007 • 1 Comment

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evening sky from the lanai

“The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind.”
– Carly Simon


•April 15, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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Please forgive the quality of this photo – I lack both the equipment and the know-how of Abraham, the Nature Guru.

But this Pileated Woodpecker’s hammering the palm tree outside my window reminded me of the famous animated cartoon – Woody Woodpecker – and how he came to be. Apparently Walter Lantz, the Hollywood producer, honeymooned in Sherwood Lake, California with his wife Gracie. A noisy woodpecker outside their cabin kept the couple awake at night and when a heavy rain started, they learned that the bird had bored holes in their cabin’s roof 😉 Gracie, bless her heart, suggested that her husband make a cartoon about the bird, and thus Woody was born.

Just remembering his goofy “Heh-heh-heh-HEH-heh!” laugh… Tell me if that does not take you back to those early Saturday mornings in front of the TV set…

Alligator 101

•April 14, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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Seeing the many posts here about our resident alligator (Al), my friend Rauf from India, sent me this photo of his oft seen neighbor, the crocodile.

For those of you still unclear about the differences between the two, this should make it easier:

– crocs live mostly in saltwater, gators in freshwater
– crocs are found in Asia, Africa, Americas and Australia, gators only in the USA and China
– crocs have pointy snouts, gators round
– crocs are aggressive, gators…well, look at that goofball Al, sunning himself like a contented cow, smelling the flowers, daydreaming of some hot lady alligator…

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But the biggest difference between them is their feeding behavior. If you were unfortunate enough to become their meal (hey, stuff happens!), the croc will rip you apart and feast on the pieces immediately, while the gator will grab you, drag you underwater and wedge you under a rock to marinate for a few days…He will be gentle not to make any teeth punctures in your body to prevent other gators from smelling your blood and stealing his stash…Alternatively, he can fold you and hold you in his mouth until you deteriorate to the point where he can swallow you whole. Lovely thought, isn’t it?

And this entire post was sparked by the recent news item, where a Taiwanese veterinarian had his arm bit off by a crocodile. For the full story, and some (WARNING) gory pictures, click here.

Class dismissed!


•April 13, 2007 • Leave a Comment


The week-end’s approaching – take time out to enjoy the view 😉


…The birds around me hopped and played,

Their thoughts I cannot measure:-

-But the least motion which they made

It seemed a thrill of pleasure.


The budding twigs spread out their fan,

To catch the breezy air;

And I must think, do all I can,

That there was pleasure there.


If this belief from heaven be sent,

If such be Nature’s holy plan,

Have I not reason to lament

What man has made of man?


Lines Written In Early Spring by William Wordsworth (1798)

Uptown, Downtown #6

•April 12, 2007 • Leave a Comment


OK, I’m willing to concede; your city might be bigger and older than mine, with more history and tradition, with more museums and statue studded parks, with more cafes and street markets. But, how many of you have a concierge in the middle of town, huh?

So think of Naples as an upscale hotel – we’ll feed you, bed you (easy on the jokes there!) and provide entertainment …No tipping required 😉

(In case you ever wondered if we have seasons in Florida, here’s a photo of the same place in the depth of Winter!)