Send your Love Ones A HAPPY NEW YEAR QR Code to their Cellular or Mobile

Here's a novel idea.  Send your loved one a New Year's Greeting to their smart phone.  The colorful QR code above says "Happy New Year  -- With Love".  As I was making this blog entry, I thought -- Hey, if I was having an affair, what a great way to send secret messages.  The QR code below has the text "Let's make love tonight".

I think that I am on to something here.  Feel free to steal these by right clicking on them.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.  Thanks for reading the blog.  Wishing peace and joy to all of my readers.  Happy Holidays.

Last Minute Ideas for Inexpensive but Treasured Christmas Gifts

Stumped as to what to give for Christmas.  Here are some last minute gift ideas that will win hearts and won't hurt you in the wallet.

1) Photographs.  Frame a photograph and it will be treasured.  Photographs to consider are pictures of deceased loved ones, pets both past and present, holidays together, or photographs of treasured places.  For example, if you have a neighbor that has moved

2) Food Baskets.  Do you have someone to buy for and can't think of anything.  Buy a basket and fill it with their favorite foods, be it Nutella, jams, biscuits, cheeses or fruits, or a combination thereof.  Tuck in a little bottle of their favorite libation and you have a winner.

3) Building on the photograph theme, give them a photo key chain for electronic pictures.  They are relatively inexpensive and you can open the gift and load up some of your favorite pictures.

4) Gift cards for a meal at a favorite restaurant.  Accompany this with a note saying "I know that you will be busy this holiday weekend, so have a dinner out on me".

5) Offer the person a personal service like a housecleaning, dog walking, babysitting or if appropriate, a massage.  Create a coupon and put it in a fancy envelope.

6) If you at all are artsy, create a keepsake for them.  Be it scrapbooking, painting, sketching or quilting, in this modern 'Made In China' world, people treasure hand made items.

These are six quick ideas to help you get out of a jam this Christmas.  I am off running to do my Christmas shopping now.

Anne Hathaway Wardrobe Malfunction

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Once again my purveyor of the lurid and Anne Hathaway fan has sent me some pics of Anne Hathaway arriving at the premiere of Les Miserables.  Unfortunately she wasn't wearing panties as she exited the limo and had a massive wardrobe malfunction.  You would have thought that with the previous example of Lindsay Lohan and Brittany Spears, that she would have put on a pair of Spanx panties.  (I was not paid to promote Spanx panties.  I admire the woman who started it.  By sheer dint of hard work, she is now a billionaire).

Jobless -- Need help getting a job in a tough market?

OK -- so you have been out of work for a while.  It is starting to look grim.  Nobody will hire you.  Perhaps there are no industries in your area that hire people with your skills.  Maybe you are perceived as too old to be hired in a hip young company.  Does it look like a dead end for you?  Do you think that you will end your working career as a Wal-Mart greeter or saying "Do you want fries with that?".

Well there is a way out.  The job market is evolving and changing.  New trends are emerging that are hard to see until you see it in your rear-view mirror.  There is a way to capitalize on your experience and work history.  It is called Job-Chunking or the advent of the micro-job.

There is an e-Book that tells you how to go about job-chunking and restore your income stream in spite of being jobless.  This method was discovered first hand, and it reflects the changing paradigms of the job market.  This book is called "55 and Scared" and it is available as an eBook in multiple formats on @ :

or if you have a Kindle, you can get it on

On Smashwords, you can download 35% of the book for free and Amazon lets you sample the first chapter or two.

Good luck.

Butterfly With a Broken Wing

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This past summer, I snapped this pic of a butterfly with a broken wing.  The loss of wing structure didn't appear to hamper his flying but it must have in some way.  Here it is, sipping nectar out of the flower of Queen Anne's Lace.

I don;t know how the crows do it.

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This is a murder of crows.  That is the official name for a flock of crows.  The reason that I photographed them, was that I was amazed at their abilities.  Two days ago before the snow storm, I threw out a couple of tablespoons of rice vermicelli on the ground.  Then the snow came and covered it all up with an inch and a half of snow.

I really don't know they found the rice noodles, but they did.  The yard is a big place, and the food was frozen so it didn't give off a very big smell.  Yet I found these crows digging out rice noodles out of the snow.  I really don't know how they found the small amount of food so quickly.

The reason that they are in the tree, is that they were spooked when I moved the Venetian blind on the window to photograph them.

Ripped From The Headlines -- Suicide Radio

This short story was inspired by the headlines of the British nurse who committed suicide after being pranked by a couple of Australian deejays.  The fictional character in this story was inspired by the story as well as the front page tabloid picture of a man about to be killed by a New York subway train.

The wannabe shock jock will take things to the next level as a shock jock.

On Amazon Kindle as an eBook.

What Silver Bells and Christmas Time actually Sounds like

Did you ever wonder about the Christmas carol called "Silver Bells" and what the silver bells would actually sound like.  Here are the sounds of silver bells in this short video.  It's Christmas time in the city.  Ring a ling.  Here them ring.  Soon it will be Christmas day. Enjoy.

Video of Hand Feeding Chipmunk with tail bitten off

This chipmunk had its tail bitten off by a cat.  It was still brave enough to come and take a peanut from my hand. I just uploaded this video to my youtube channel.   Have a look at my other videos as well.