Episode #55 of NOTEFLIX’s International Production of “Troubles in the Garden”: Remember Mortimer, the not too smart, but well intentioned Speaker in Episode #53?  Well, he is back and he is preaching the value of social distancing to our Hero, the Bluebird of Happiness and our Heroine, Mamzelle Pinkie.  The Bluebird of Happiness hates this Social Distancing business because all he wants is to be close to Mamzelle Pinkie.  Mortimer is not behaving properly in this picture.  Can you tell why? (See below for the correct answer.)



  • I scan headlines of newspapers, political sites, magazines and more – and I have noticed  writers and editors are going crazy with ideas for what we can do with ourselves during this time of Social Distancing; Play Scrabble, Solitaire, do push-ups, sit-ups, learn a language, learn how to meditate…on and on…and the writers like to use a lot of words to communicate these ideas to you.  I’ve read about favorite music lists of famous celebrities, music lists to match all possible moods, music recommended by people who know a lot about music. Favorite music selections  of Left or Right-wing pundits and politicians. Do people really need these suggestions?  Before I had read any of these articles I had  already decided to: Learn how to play the Harmonica,  do more and better push-ups, throw 52 playing cards into a hat placed 20 feet from me, learn to juggle with 3 stones.  There is so much I want to do; I do not need to scan the internet to find more.  When the Lockdown is over I may have to stay in a little longer to catch up on myself.
  • Somebody, a friend, sent me pictures of their baby grandchild the other day.  Why do people send pictures of babies to other people?  What can you say to the senders of these pictures?  “Cute!’ I suppose.  Maybe it is just me; but I think all babies look pretty much alike – skin tone not considered.  People sending me pictures of their babies, or of their children’s babies must have been told to do that by some article on what to do while in Lockdown.  Have you noticed people do not send pictures of their grandparents to other people.  Why is that?  Grandparents tend to all look pretty much alike, too, come to think of it.  Someone could write an article about that – something to do while in Lockdown.
  • With nothing better to do the other day, I took an on-line personality test – and I failed. The results came up saying I am a ‘Performer’, Type (#3).  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I am really an ‘Observer’, Type (#5) I will take the test over again after I throw 52 cards into my hat.
  • I am fascinated by the idea that we have to know History – so we are not compelled to repeat it.  Me?  I think we should learn our History, also, because if it repeats – we might know what to do about ‘it’ the next time around – and also, History makes for good reading while in lockdown.
  • I have been thinking about adding a ‘Get Rich Quick’ section to my posts.  On the one hand if it were full of good get rich quick ideas, my blog would become a smash hit.  On the other hand, if all I did were to make readers rich while not adding to the  improvement of the human condition  – then I all I would have done is add to the over-all problem of mankind. On the third hand, it might just be an interesting add-on. So.  Here goes: I read about a company which has invented a process that makes Vodka out of Carbon Dioxide…and, maybe even better than that – it also can make hand sanitizer out of Carbon Dioxide. There probably is not enough carbon dioxide to handle all the demand for this product.  (Over the years, I have found that by the time a good idea has come to my attention – it is already too late to make an early investment.)

From the Silver Screen:

  • “Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”  -Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. (Do not ask this question to your mirror while shut-in.  Your life is not a movie.)
  • “Carpe Diem.  Seize the day.” -Dead Poets Society

Never give up the ship,


Episode #55 cont’d.: You are CORRECT, if you noticed Mortimer (in the picture at the top of this post) was NOT wearing his mask while speaking to his audience.  BAD form.  He was immediately replaced by Mathuzala, the All-Wise Rodent, (who will become a staple of this production and other educational outlets.)  Mathuzala says that while stuffed animals do not need to wear masks for their own health – as they do not contract virus’s in the same way Humans do – they must wear masks to show solidarity, since they are now living in the Land of Humans and other Dangerous Creatures.  The Bluebird of Happiness is not happy to comply with this edict; but he is afraid of the stick in Mathuzala’s paw.

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