A Country United To Be Divided

In looking for the image above to include in this blog, I came across an interesting article regarding the history of these two political logos at FactMonster.com. Something you see all the time but do you ever wonder how/why these two images were chosen? Another thing that I have learned from researching this blog is that there are actually six candidates that you will find on the ticket, not just two. These are: Barack H Obama, Jr (Democrat), John S McCain III []

Diary of a Dead Raccoon

I am a creature of habit.  I will inevitably write about many of those habits here so you may muse with me why it is that these habits are in place or maybe laugh at the scenes that occur due to said habits.  One of these habits is this – on payday I treat myself by driving to my train station that morning.  It is only a half mile walk, however, it is nice to occasionally just drive there.  This past Tuesday []

2008-10-23 Ponderances

This morning, on my way into work, I sat on the train facing west as it headed into Manhattan. Because of where I was seated the sun shone brightly on my face. I had left my DVD player at home, opting to give my ears a rest from the earbuds I use incessantly and to allow the readers here to catch a breath from my marathon movie watching. The sun felt good. I suffer from winter blues and try to find ways []

I Go Back…

There is a Kenny Chesney song called “I Go Back” which is about music and how a song can spark a memory from years past.  I blared the song Sunday as I took a shower.  I sang out loud (even though I knew my daughter would be laughing on the other side of a very thin wall and that my neighbors above were being serenaded against their will).  I live for, in and wrapped around nostalgia.  Why?  What am I trying to []

Movie: Quid Pro Quo

(Compliments of IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414426/) A wheelchair bound radio journalist, Issac (Nick Stahl), receives a lead into a secretive group whose undiagnosed condition leaves them malcontent with their functioning bodies and wanting to be disabled. One such wannabe, Fiona (Vera Farmiga), agrees to assist Issac with his story only to study him and his paralysis with equal intensity. Their relationship bolsters her determination to be like him, even through extreme measures. Conversely, a pair of wing tip shoes miraculously heals Issac, temporarily []

Brisingr, Christopher Paolini

“Brisingr!” I scream it aloud. Alas, there are no flames that flare about my laptop, my weapon, my sword…. Ok, melodrama aside – let me tell you about yet another young adult series that I find myself knee deep within. I picked up Eragon a couple of years ago and found myself deep within a mystical land full of Dragons, Elves, Dwarves, Urgals. It was a great read. I found it utterly amazing that a young man, late into his teen years []

Twilight Series, Stephenie Meyer

In a one week period I read the entire Twilight series. This was not an easy feat. See I do have a regular job and I do have jobs on the side. Fortunately (for my reading) I have no real life outside of being a workaholic with a lengthy commute. I had heard snippets on the radio and TV regarding this new book from the Twilight series and how great it was. However, I never could catch what the storyline was. On []

Brilliant Memories

Getting older there is one thing that astounds me – you can be walking along and with no apparent rhyme or reason a memory is triggered with instant clarity – something you have not thought of nor thought of anything that would bring you close to that memory…it happened for me recently.  I was walking down 34th, heading to Penn Station to catch my train home and I was struck by a memory from when I was maybe 16.  The memory was []


There is nothing to it really. In NYC it is like breathing in and out, a necessity of life unless you are one of those people who drive in every day. I could never do that, it would screw up my “me time”. For my forty minute train ride into the city and my forty minute ride home, the LIRR can offer me the opportunity to catch up on my reading, to listen to my favorite tunes or to just stare blankly []