Monday, October 20, 2014

tooth be told

The tooth fairy is a well-loved part of global folklore.

Nearly every culture has their version. 

In Europe some folks leave glitter on the floor for fairy dust.

Visa Inc. found that American kids in 2012 averaged about $3.00 per tooth.

Last year it rose to $3.70.

Now this year it has slumped back down to $3.40.

As the saying goes, you don’t have to brush all your teeth.

Only the ones you want to keep.

You can’t handle the tooth.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

good on ya, Francis

Excitement this week that Pope Francis acknowledged gay folks as much God’s children as himself seems premature.

The hoopla just means that Francis was suggesting a preliminary draft of a document that would offer “recommendations” to later documents.

Annoyingly, the draft used phrases like “incomplete and imperfect” and “intrinsically disordered” to reference people of different sexualities.

This was all behind-the-scenes influence of one Cardinal Raymond Burke, the second most powerful Catholic after the Pope.


Burke is head of the Catholic "Supreme Court”, but last Friday Pope Francis had heard enough.

In the second demotion of Burke within a year, Francis pulled him from the court and assigned him a figurehead role, an embarrassment to a man of such obvious high style.

Still, it seems fitting.

Burke recently said “legally married gay and lesbian family members should be shunned.”

Nice to see a deserving bigot on the receiving end for a change. 

The Vatican Bishops voted 118-62 against an 
official gay welcome, just hours later. 

Officially it's still 
"a problem Roman Catholic families face."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

low in carbs, fully half your vitamin C

Cypriots were eating cauliflower in 400 b.c.
Syria has been growing it since about the time of Christ.

It was mentioned in Arab botanist writings in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Italy brought it to France in the 1500’s.

Louis the Fourteenth loved it about a century after that.

The white one is the most common.

The orange one is richer in Vitamin A.

The purple one is especially good for antioxidants, also found in red cabbage and red wine.

But the spiky, green one is a hybrid. 

White cauliflower is the Mother.

Modern botanists have identified the father.

Bi-racial children are beautiful! 


Friday, October 17, 2014

what’s in a name?


The Bruckner Bar at #1 Bruckner Boulevard has a long and storied history, named after Henry Bruckner.

Bruckner made his money in mineral water in the 1890’s then rose through Bronx politics to become Bronx Borough President in 1918.

But what’s this? His name is painted out.

New awnings are in place.

Now the old bar appears to honor Jordan Mott, founder of Mott Ironworks and namesake of Mott Haven.

...we’re in MOTT HAVEN?

The ClockTower and #1 Bruckner are in Port Morris. 

We’re “in the pink,” see?

Gouverneur Morris was a Bronx mover, shaker and railroad builder in the 1800’s.

He built the Harlem River Railroad, St. Anne’s Church and the Bronx neighborhood Morrisania still bears his name.

So should this actually be the Port Morris Bar?

Shakespeare would not have cared.

Good Luck Rosa!

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Thank you SMAR, ZR and JJ!