Update on NOTEFLIX’s production of “Troubles in the Garden”: Remember this photo of our cast? It was taken only a year or so ago…Peaceful times.Will they return? What is happening? (More will be revealed in next week’s exciting post.)



  • “DRAKE”:  When you see this name, you think of:  1) The man who discovered the oil drilling techniques, marking the beginning of US petroleum industry (1859). Or 2) A University in Des Moines, Iowa – renowned for experiential learning  or 3) The name of the musician who has more Billboard top hits than the Beatles – the most of all time. Can you even hum one of his tunes?  All three answers are correct.  The one you pick shows how:  educated, or cultured, or au Courant you are.
  • TV AND SUCH:  Research shows the Average American watches 141 hours of TV a month.  It she/he were to live to be 78, then 15 years would have been spent watching the tube.  The numbers are not completely in on Smart-phone time…but some studies show 50% of respondents spend 5-6 hours a day on them…22% said they only spend 3 hours a day.  Who knows the truth?  But to play it safe we could knock off a couple more years of living life by adding in the phone screen time to our TV time.  I guess what I am saying is that the average American who lives to be 78 really only lives about 60 of those years in real time.  Could that be right?  And are we paying out all that Social Security to folks so they can watch screens for 18 years?  If the GOP has something to say about this, things may change soon.
  • PROBLEM SOLVING TECHNIQUES: Remember the idea that our problems are the results of our solutions to previous problems?  Well, I was thinking about the concern that “Everybody talks about the weather; but nobody does anything about it”…and I got to wondering…worrying really, that if we tried to do something about the weather we might really mess things up big time.  I’m reading we are adding iron to our oceans to feed phytoplankton, (Whatever that is) and we are releasing aerosols into the air to reflect sunlight …and more geo-engineering experiments are on the go…oh, god, who gets the permission to do these things and do we trust them?  And where does the money come from?  And it’s too late to leave well enough alone because it is not well.  And none of this is being discussed in the national dialogue because Marjorie Taylor Green just sucked all the oxygen out of the universe by saying a GOP-led House would probe firms that stopped donating to Republicans after the Capitol riots.  So, enjoy the nice fall weather.

And now a comment from our Resident Rodent Guest Columnist MATHUZALA

  • We do not like it when you turn the heat on in your buildings. High temperatures make us drool and prevent us from procreating.  However, it looks like it will be a good winter for us in many parts of the world.  Your mismanagement of the world’s resources has not been as much of a disaster for us as it has been for you.  We have some plans, which if enacted, will make our lives – and yours – much more bearable in the near future.  Of course, this will take some concessions on your part.

Were you to want to know what plans are for the future, go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and buy “THE RAT PAPERS”…and prepare yourself for what is coming.

Notes From Tuscany

Yesterday was the 5th Sunday of the month and to celebrate that fact, our town put on a Ceramics/craft fair in the piazza..There was music:  an accordion, a bass, a guitar. People danced. A Potter let a little girl try her hand at the Wheel. How good is that?


And now a few salient quotes

  • “Television makes so much at its worst, that it can’t afford to do its best.”  -Fred W. Friendly, former President of CBS News.
  • “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”  -Charles Bukowski, Writer, poet.

That’s all their is for this week folks…and a fond “Hello” to Melanie…wherever you are.


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