It Selectric

IBM Selectric I

“The IBM Selectric typewriter was a highly successful line of electric typewriters introduced by IBM on 31 July 1961. […] Selectrics and their descendants eventually captured 75 percent of the United States market for electric typewriters used in business. […] Notable Selectric users from the world of literature include Isaac Asimov, Hunter S. Thompson, David Sedaris, P. J. O’Rourke, Stephen J. Cannell, and Philip K. Dick.”


The Creature, Revisited

I’ve cast my own reimagined version of the Frankenstein saga by cherry-picking three of my favorite performances from the many films made over the years.

Elsa Lanchester reprises her role from Bride of Frankenstein as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of the source material and narrator/Greek Chorus in my retelling.

Michael Sarrazin is back as The Creature, offering the beauty and pathos he provided in Frankenstein: The True Story.

Finally, Gene Wilder is Baron Victor Frankenstein, with a less comical (but equally unhinged) turn than in Young Frankenstein.

Water Walker

For the first time, I ran into an invasive/exotic Basilisk Lizard in our backyard. |

“The common basilisk (Basiliscus basiliscus) is a species of lizard in the family Corytophanidae. The species is endemic to Central America and South America, where it is found near rivers and streams in rainforests. It is also known as the Jesus Christ lizard, Jesus lizard, South American Jesus lizard, or lagarto de Jesus Cristo for its ability to run on the surface of water.” -Wikipedia

Madam Secretary

Deb Haaland, U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

On December 17, 2020, President Joe Biden announced that he would nominate Haaland to serve as Secretary of the Interior. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 15, 2021, by a vote of 51–40. Following her swearing-in on March 16, 2021, she became the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary and the second to serve in the Cabinet. –From Wikipedia

Mutual Admiration Society

Brian Wilson on The Beatles:

“Rubber Soul is probably the greatest record ever. It wasn’t just the lyrics and the melodies but the production and their harmonies.”

Paul McCartney on Brian Wilson:

“God Only Knows’ is one of the few songs that reduces me to tears every time I hear it. It’s really just a love song, but it’s brilliantly done. It shows the genius of Brian.”