Friday, April 30, 2021

From the mind of Chuck Jones


Singing Frog  is my favorite. I took the idea of time capsules, made one with my students. No frogs,

Chuck Jones created some amazing cartoon characters over his career; crazy characters emerged from his creative mind, ending up on TV. As a child, I watched those cartoons over and over, not knowing or caring who did the creative work. All I knew is that I was always caught when one came on. In fact, they inspired me.  

This is a compilation of some of Chuck Jones' most popular cartoon creations. It is about 5 to 8 minutes long. 

“A lion's work hours are only when he's hungry, once he's satisfied the predator and prey live peacefully together”

“Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them and the only way to get rid of them is to draw them out.”

"The Coyote is limited, as Bugs is limited, by his anatomy."

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Revenge of Killer Robot Grannies


What do children enjoy reading? There are a number of those who do, greater than those who do not.  Part of the problem over the years is keeping students engaged.

My fond memories of Dick and Jane, Hardy Boys, Tarzan, Louisa May Alcott, and so many more are as shadows of the new books that have children reading.

How about this: "Granny's Revenge was a competitor robot in two series of Robot Wars. It was often considered to be a joke robot as it was allowed to qualify for the main series to provide entertainment for the audience and TV viewers. These contests can get nasty.**

But, there is more. It will give more information than I cared to do:

The original Granny's Revenge featured a dummy of an elderly woman sitting in a motorised wheelchair, therefore making it    top heavy. Despite this, the robot was extremely lightweight at 66kg. It had a pneumatic flipping leg as weaponry, which was not seen in action. 'Granny' herself held a chainsaw in her arms, but this was static and for display purposes only. The dummy was extremely flammable, and would torch the whole robot when set alight

There is a better overview: 

"Granny's Revenge trundled around the arena, attempting to dodge its opponent. After some spinning around by both robots, Axe-Awe slammed into Granny's legs with its back, shaking it but generally doing nothing. Granny at that time was avoiding Axe-Awe by steering around it. Axe-Awe nudged it gently before backing off as Granny's Revenge turned around. Granny then drove on the closed pit but then Axe-Awe again used its back to slam into Granny's Revenge, pushing the robot into Sgt. Bash."

The books are a huge hit, mainly with boys. Perhaps they are the sons of the "Captain Underpants" generation. There is also the "Goosebumps" series. Huge hit.

How did I learn about this gem of literature? My eight-year old grandson from Switzerland told me about it. He loves the books, but then he is a reader.

Below is info about 

Both are available from Amazon

These were books that reluctant readers glommed onto and ate it all up. And, it really doesn't matter at that age to read the ridiculous and funny. 

**My husband was the credentialed teacher supervising science teams' contests who spent untold hours creating robots. Not your traditional robots, but there were robots nonetheless. His team's name was "The Cyborg Zombies".

Friday, April 23, 2021

This is the Way


Isaiah 30:21

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying

This is the way.
Walk in it.

The Book of Isaiah is daunting reading. For years I have started reading and stopped after two chapters.  Then, another few years later, I would pick up there and try for another two chapters. It wasn't until I tried reading it on Kindle that I could focus on His words given to the prophet Isaiah.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Bring them home.

1985 photo taken Stephen McCurry. Search for the green eyed girl led to this woman.
                                              Afghanistan Nat'l Geo

Afghanistan used to be a rugged country "somewhere up there" on the map and that it was vulnerable to Russia's invasions. National Geographic was active in documenting its history, people, and landforms.

Then 9/11 happened, and American troops went to this country, staying there since 2001. Our President has set September 11, 2021, as the date to start the process of demobilizing. 

How to come home?  Coming home from a 2 week vacation is hard enough, but coming home after being there?  From the longest war seen in the modern era?

Bring them home.  Bring our soldiers home. Bring them joy, bring them peace. Bring them home.

The YouTubes are from "Les Miserables", a musical about the French revolution. Each is about 3 minutes or so.

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Eagle in the Sky


YouTube, about 3 min. long from"1776" movie, which is

Viewing bald eagles from ground level, we can see how impressive they are from that perspective.  But, to see more and closer?  

During bitter winters, eagles migrate down to a stretch of river from Iowa down to Alton, Illinois. We could watch hundreds of eagles on the ice and trees from our Illinois side of the river. It is impressive.

One November, we watched these magnificent creatures soar over the River while we followed their flight from inside a restaurant. The temperature outside had been about 30 degrees when we went inside; it was 10 deg. when we left an hour or two later.

Birds are fascinating creatures.  One cannot see and watch a bird fly without realizing how amazing they are. One blogger who writes about this is David Gascoigne, and his photos are exquisite. He has an eye for somehow capturing their beauty.

Look up to the sky! Focus on the stars, clouds, and birds. You might see an eagle sometime.

Female eagles are larger than the male. Females measure 3 feet from tip to tail; wingspan is around 7 feet (90 in.); and, weight is 10 to 14 pounds. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

I have one job to do.


YouTube Galaxy Quest "I have one job..."

In this show, Sigourney Weaver is the blond sex interest in Galaxy Quest, 1999, with Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, and other name actors. The show is too interesting and funny to relay here.  But in this movie, Weaver has to tolerate her boobs and this inane job.

I HAVE ONE JOB TO DO is something that resounds through her role, and, it turns out that many throughout time have dealt with this claim. 

All below jobs-poorly-done can be found at 

Too many grammar and spelling errors exist in every media.  The teacher in me shakes a fist at them all. Who pays these people?? Doesn't anyone higher up edit or proofread what will be published?

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Women made civilization possible.

The programs in the 1950-60s were focused on Westerns, though I do not know why. Matt Dillon, Lone Ranger (with Tonto, played by Jay Silverheels), Rawhide, Have Gun Will Travel, and many more filled our living room with galloping horses, lots of gunfights. Many up and coming stars began their acting careers in a Western.

What is seldom seen are the dramas with female wives who are racing around in long prairie skirts, always working in the background.  Working? They were the workforce until children grew enough to pitch in.

Who are these women? Why in the world were they always stirring pots over log fires, especially when hell is breaking loose around them?

Native Americans and European immigrants, being a woman was desperately hard. Sunrise to sundown, women worked hard to feed and care for her family. 

Women settled the West, more so than the men. Sure, men were charged with protecting family, keeping them safe, chasing bad guys. But, women provided more than food and children--they civilized the West. Churches, schools, and a sense of community emerged from the strength of these special strong women.

Salute the women in your life. You are lucky to have, or to have had, these God-blessed women who make the world bearable. Give them some roses, just for the heck of it.

She will deserve every petal.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

You Raise Me Up


On all days, God reminds me that He is here with me, with everything.  Whatever hurts, He hears my voice. When the world seems dark, God is in charge. 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Hop on, Easter Bunny. Hop on.


vintage Easter basket // woven wicker natural and pink and green Easter decoration 1960s 1950s
Source etsy
This event was before the Superman Travesty, back before I knew just how low and evil my brothers were, and would become.

It was Easter, maybe 1960 or 1959.  Church was over.  Ham dinner was eaten and done. It was time for the egg hunt.  Hard boiled and dyed eggs had been hidden in our vast lawn after we all had fallen asleep.  It was never questioned by whom.

Free Stock Photo: Whole chocolate Easter Egg unwrapped with smooth plain surface on straw.

It was a brutal competition, with lots of screaming, shoving and pushing. There may have been some scratching and punching as well. There are no memories about who garnered the most eggs; the hunt was not so much about speed—it was about who was most devious and/or violent. 

Then Easter was gone, baskets were packed away for next year, and deviled eggs were supper. With no holiday to anticipate, a veil of tedium settled over our farm in a pre-summer heat.

In the middle of the night, something woke me, something like a POP!  I rolled over, catching just a hint of chocolate.  Then a new smell came in waves---foul, recognizable, nauseating.

It was the distinctive odor of rotten eggs.  Rolling out of bed and looking under it, I spotted a lone Easter basket with the remains of an exploded egg.  One of my three brothers had placed it there before I went to bed. (My bedroom was that clean...seriously...even under the bed...)

Opened the window…threw the Basket out…and heard the muffled giggles from my brothers’ rooms.  They were waiting for my own explosion. 

Well, they did not get it.  I tiptoed down the stairs and slept on the couch.  The rotten egg smell did not limit itself to my room; it traveled to their room as well.

Justice and revenge would wait for another day.  I was the soul of patience.

Those bastards....

This is a post from 2015, rewritten and re-posted 2019 and 2020. Rewritten and here it is now. 

My brothers (whom I love dearly now) were miserable bastards in my youth. They were mean to me most of the time. Revenge will be mine.