Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why I Can't Water My Fern

The fern hanging next to my front door looks like this.

And this is why.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Croon River

On a recent Friday night I was privileged to help lead a sing-along of Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s classic, “Moon River.” My favorite group of ladies had gathered at Cindy’s house on the water, the full moon was rising, and it just seemed appropriate. I got to help lead because I know the words:

Moon River, wider than a mile, 
I'm crossing you in style some day. 

Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker, 
wherever you're going I'm going your way. 

Two drifters off to see the world, 
there's such a lot of world to see. 

We're after the same rainbow's end…waiting 'round the bend, 
my huckleberry friend, Moon River and me.

Moon River is one of my favorite songs ever. I know it was written for the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and that Andy Williams used to sing it on his variety show (although I was a very small child at the time). And for you lady crooners, and thanks to Wikipedia, here are a few more fun facts about the song:

"Moon River" was played at John F. Kennedy's funeral, as it was a favorite song of his.

It’s been featured in dozens of TV shows and movies, including The Deer Hunter, Curse of the Pink Panther, Angels in America, Cheers, Sex in the City, and the Simpsons.

The Andy Williams version of the song was chosen as the wake-up call on Day 5 of Space Shuttle Discovery’s mission in 1998. Payload Specialist John Glenn, then 77, would have used it as his alarm clock.

The line, "My huckleberry friend" is often thought to be a reference to Mark Twain’s character Huckleberry Finn. However, Johnny Mercer said it referred to a childhood friend with whom he used to pick huckleberries near the real Moon River in Savannah, Georgia.

In 2010, in a series of joint concerts by Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, the song was played as an encore number with Beck playing the melody on the guitar and Clapton singing the lyrics.

Someday I would like to hear Clapton and Beck do the song. But because it’s easy to sing, and because of our enthusiasm, we ladies sounded pretty darn good.

Of course, there was a little wine involved.

Friday, February 25, 2011


I love the curvature of objects as they appear in the reflecting ball. It's like a magic mirror--you almost feel that you could step inside.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love Potion

No no no no no...Valentine's buzzkill below! But it's amusing.

"....few people would fall in love if they had never heard of love. The adoption of a literary convention naturally fosters the use of latent feelings which can be most easily expressed in that way. Such feelings existed before (there are romantic love poems from ancient Egypt) but they were rare and were regarded as an accident, an illness, or a mistake."

(From Marriage; Love, Sex and Divorce: What Brings Us Together, What Drives Us Apart by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy)

True Love an accident, illness or mistake? I think not.

Well, maybe, under certain circumstances, it might make you feel a little bit dizzy.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and all of your sweeties!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Nobody Else Thinks This Is Funny

Every few months I help copyedit articles for a neurosurgery association. I like the gig because, among other things, if someone uses the expression “Come on, it’s not brain surgery,” I can say, well, actually it is.

The group has an educational event coming up, and one of the features is “Live Cadaveric Demonstrations.”

When I saw this, my first reaction was, oh, those whimsical neurosurgeons! But although I have referred to it a few times in emails, in a nudge nudge wink wink sort of way, there has been no reaction at all. It seemed nobody else on the team finds the juxtaposition of “live” with “corpse” even mildly amusing.

Now I realize that these sessions with the cadavers are demonstrating life-enhancing procedures, and that is serious and valuable. If I or my loved ones ever need one of those procedures, I will be glad to know that our neurosurgeon had had the opportunity to practice with a willing, previously donated volunteer body.

But come on, isn’t the title just the teensiest bit funny? Don’t you think so?

Or is it really just me?