*Song by Turner & Parsons

Update from NOTEFLIX’s  production of: “Troubles in the Garden”: Why do we show you this picture of Bork, the Angry Purple Slug?  Why is he smiling? It is because Bork is one of those creatures who is happy when others are not. He thinks his future, in this regard, is bright. Thank goodness Bork is a stuffed Slug and can’t really do anything about anything; unlike we humans.



  • A Global Economic Crisis is building, which nobody can do anything about. Wealth disparity, natural resource monopolies, Delivery problems, Competing Financial systems. Some say this is the biggest problem facing the world today…threatening Global Stability; perhaps mankind itself.    Or,
  • The Climate is Changing for the worse.  It is getting hotter out there and  waters are rising and we are not really doing anything about addressing this.  Some say this is the biggest problem facing the world today…threatening Global Stability; perhaps mankind itself.  Or,
  • Mass Migrations are on the move, violating the integrity of Nation States and no one is really doing anything about them.  Some say this is the biggest problem in the world today…threatening Global Stability; perhaps mankind itself.

Those are the Big Picture problems.  Then we have: Dictators, Voter restrictions, Covid, Inflation, Wealth Inequality, Social Injustice, Racial Strife, Conspiracy Theories, Horrible movies on Netflix & Amazon, on and on almost ad infinitum…I need a break, you need a break.  You might take a walk, go see something pretty that nature has offered up….all I can do to help is give you a little something to ruminate on, or to smile about.  The quotes below come to mind; due to the topics mentioned above:

  • “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over.  Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”    -Kurt Vonnegut
  • “The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”  -Erma Bombeck
  •  “It seemed rather incongruous that in a society of super sophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners.”  – Erma Bombeck, again
  • “Everyone prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.”  -Seneca
  • “Everyone has to believe in something.  I believe I’ll have a drink.”           -Dean Martin
  • “When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent.” -Isaac Azimov
  • “Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.”  -Will Rogers
  • “Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.”                -Anatole France
  • “The broad mass of a nation…will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.”  -Adolph Hitler
  • “Nothing wrong with shooting…as long as the right people get shot.”      -Clint Eastwood
  • “In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.”  -Bruce Lee
  • “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”  -Hunter S. Thompson
  • “I am not a crook.”  -Richard Nixon
  • “We are not amused.”  -Queen Victoria
  • “Send in the clowns.  Don’t bother, they’re here.”  -Stephen Sondheim
  • “The future ain’t what it used to be.”  -Yogi Berra
  • “Nothing ever gets anywhere.  The earth keeps turning around and gets nowhere.  The moment is the only thing that counts.”  -Jean Cocteau

And now for a quote from our guest columnist MATHUZALA:


  • “We rats think the biggest problem,(you have created) is the one of CLIMATE CHANGE. We rats do not like the heat. Hot weather makes us sick. So, we will help you address this problem.”

If you want to know how MATHUZALA and his pack are going about addressing CLIMATE CHANGE, go to: Amazon or Barnes & Noble and buy “THE RAT PAPERS” and learn what is what.

 Notes From Tuscany:

  • It is getting cold over here…Shorter days, dark and damp in the 50’s…this is usually the time for the Olive Press but there was little of it…bad weather, bad climate this year for the olives.  I am told the Grape Harvest was not as good as it has been. I think the attitude here is “We’ll get through this.” They have been growing olives and grapes for hundreds of years, they have had good times and bad. In past decades they have had the Germans and the French invasions. The Sienese fought the Florentines over the centuries…there have been long  histories of difficult times…A meagre olive and grape harvest is not much to get bothered about. The espresso is still good. …And the pesto on the pasta, aaahhh!

Be careful out there and “Hello” to Marco, wherever you are.


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