Sunday, August 13, 2017


If you aren't tuned into Leeanna's blog:
you are missing a good time.

Leanna posted this last week and I am passing it on - she did another one today - check it out.

Older ladies are the best!
the Ol'Buzzard

Saturday, August 12, 2017


News commentators are constantly proclaiming that Trump is erratic, but he has surrounded himself with excellent advisors by having selected military generals for critical positions. 

The problem with Trump and his bellicose statements is that he is surrounded by military generals. 

If you ask a any career Marine brass how to deal with an international problem, his first answer will always be ‘send in the Marines.’

Military men are trained to see military solutions and to be forceful and bellicose in the face of enemies.  

Trump is a todie hanging out with the big guys and trying to sound like one of them.   He needs to be surrounded by diplomats, not generals.

We are in a dangerous position when we have military Generals advising the President on North Korea diplomacy.  

the Ol’Buzzard

Friday, August 11, 2017


August 11, 1945 - One week after dropping a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan and killing 140,000 men, women and children, the United States dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki killing an additional 70,000 human beings.
The attack on the twin towers pales in comparison.

the Ol'Buzzard

Thursday, August 10, 2017



There have been five major extinctions charted through the geological record.   That the sixth extinction awaits somewhere in the future is not a question but fact.   Whether that event results from an asteroid impacting the earth or the moon; or the sun boiling away our atmosphere leaving the earth like its sister planet Mars; or a cataclysmic volcanic event…    The question is not if, but when and how. 

There is a new scenario to add to the mix.    3.2 million years ago, a creature came down from the trees and found it could grasp a stick in its tactile hands and beat the brains out of other animals and creatures like itself. 

The 1.6% genetic difference between human and its closest relative in the great ape family allowed development of a creature that has been able to bring most animal groups to the verge of extinction, destroy the rain forest, pollute the rivers and lakes and oceans of the world and contaminate the very air that sustains life on earth.

The earth was able to adjust to man’s destruction for 3 million years.   Then in the early 1900’s, only 100 years ago, the population of man exceeded one billion: thirty years later two billion, thirty years later four billion… five billion, six billion, seven billion; and by 2050 the world human population is charted to reach nine billion.    The ability of the earth to support the consumption of food, water and natural resources required by this human virus is finite.

Only seventy years ago, in the 1940’s man traded the stick in his hand for a nuclear bomb.  Now instantaneous mass destruction brought on by human error or madness is possible.  

For sixty years the sanest among the race have held the reigns on nuclear destruction while building a nuclear arsenal capable of destroying the entire earth seven times over.   

The fear has always been that at some point in the future this power would fall into the hands of a person or persons unstable enough to pull the trigger: fire and fury like the world has never seen.

Seventy-two years later, on the anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we have two psychotic narcissists being goaded by their minions to unleash Shiva the destroyer of worlds – not understanding that the world they will destroy is their own.

Sunday, August 6, 2017



This morning I smashed my toes into the base of my Total Gym and they hurt like hell.

I missed my chance of being an entrepreneur millionaire.  

Back in the early 1960 I was on a flight crew that flew into Greece.    Many of the flight crew members bought worry beads to hang on their flight jackets. 

When we returned home to Maine it was hunting season and while out hunting I came across a pile of moose poop.   Realizing they were about the same size as worry beads I scooped up a pocket full, later dipped them in acrylic and made a set of moose turd worry beads for my flight jacket.  I also made a set of moose turd earrings for a young woman I knew (I have always had class.)  

Ten years later, I happened to be in L.L. Beans and found they were selling moose pearl swizzle sticks and other moose turd items.  Now they are sold everywhere.

I had missed my chance at fame and fortune.

Now I have another brilliant idea for a product; but being in my seventies and having not kept up with electronic innovations I will offer the idea for free to any young entrepreneur that is looking to make their first million.

My wife and I live in a small cabin.   I am a good size man: six feet, topping two-hundred pounds and wear size 14 shoes ( I have big feet.)    As we have carpeting my wife doesn’t like me coming into the house wearing my boots or street shoes, so I usually walk around in my sock feet.   This means that I inevitably end up smashing my poor toes into furniture, steps, walls or the hearth of the wood stove.  

So here is my suggestion:
Make a pair of socks with the toe made of light sensitive material. 

A small chip can be added that can make the light sensitive sock perform like the motion light at your front door.

When the toe of the sock moves within 500 centimeters toward an obstruction the chip can activate a toe airbag the same way the airbags work in our cars.

As I am not able to develop this remarkable million-dollar opportunity I encourage some young entrepreneur to patent this idea and run with it.  

However, if you would have me as a loyal customer – you had best hurry.

You’re welcome

the Ol’Buzzard

Saturday, August 5, 2017




the Ol'Buzzard


I am obsessed with the wind
Of all natures children
Of all natures gods
It is the wind that awes me most

I can view the sunrise and sunset
And feel the sun's warmth on my skin,
I can appreciate the eerie light of a full moon
reflected on a snowbound world,
I can see and hear the tumbling water of a stream
And experience the pleasant serenity of a lake.

But it is the wind

I can welcome the soft touch of a snowflake
as it kisses my face,
And shiver as the rain soaks my clothes
and chills my frame,
I can hear thunder 
and startle at the streak of lightning ripping the sky.

But it is the wind that speaks to me.

I have bask at the fire that brings contentment
and warmth to my home,
And choked as my lungs fill with smoke 
as the forest burned away,
I have driven on the ice
on the Kuskokwim River.

But it is the wind

I have seen the northern light
blaze in the twenty-four-hour night,
I have felt the penetrating chill
of the cold at fifty below,
But it is the wind
the wind I remember most.

Huddled in my bed in a tiny log cabin
In the darkness of the never ending Arctic night
While the wind outside, unrelenting, warned me
‘You do not belong here.  This is my world.  I rule here.  Hear me and quake.’

It is the wind
The relentless wind that keeps me awake tonight.

the Ol'Buzzard

Monday, July 31, 2017


I do most of the cooking at our house: I like to cook and my wife doesn’t.  

The two appliances I use most are my George Foreman Grill and my slow cooker – as far as I am concerned the microwave is only used for reheating.  

Yesterday I made barbecue boneless spare ribs with baked potatoes and corn on the cob – in the slow cooker.

I spread a thin layer of Sweet Baby Ray’s hickory and brown sugar barbecue sauce on the bottom of the pot.

I place in my spare ribs in the crock pot and coat them liberally with Ray’s sauce.

I olive oiled the outside of two medium whole Yukon potatoes – wrap them in aluminum foil and place them on top of the ribs, making sure they don’t touch the sides of the pot. 

 I cook them on low heat for six hours. 

 When they are done I clean two ears of corn, liberally slather them in margarine, wrap them in aluminum foil, remove the potatoes and place the corn on the ribs and put the potatoes back on top of the corn. 

I turn the crock pot up to high and give them 45 minutes more.  

Barbecue ribs, baked potatoes and corn on the cob along with a cold beer – you won’t buy better at a restaurant.

the Ol’Buzzard

Monday, July 24, 2017



I am not blogging much this summer.   Summertime for me is maintenance time, and last summer I fell behind when my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer – she is doing great.

I have a post and beam house and it is built like a fortress.   

The sills are 8x6 inch beams and they are covered on the outside with a spacing board that allows Styrofoam panels to be placed between the interior and exterior walls. 

 I found some rot in the outer plate covering the sill so had to remove the siding, cut out and remove a section of the outer wall, replace the spacing board and then put it all back together: a two-day job that turned out to be four because of measure twice, cut once, then measure and cut again….   It took me three tries to get the siding right because six-inch cedar siding is five and a half inches wide and I had my head up my ass.


It is done now and done properly.    Now I have to repaint the front of the house.   


It is also time to put in my firewood for the coming winter.

 I order firewood cut and split, but about a third of the wood is larger than I like it, so I split the larger pieces before placing them in my wood shed: splitting firewood in the winter snow and cold is not fun.

I also have to replace some parts on my eighteen-year-old snow blower and hope it will get me through another year.


There are at least a half-dozen other jobs I hope to complete before the first snow – then I can kick back, feed the wood stove, read, blog and take it easy…. between digging out from snow storms.  

All this is not a complaint: I love my life in Maine and I wouldn’t change it.    Summer work and winter chores keep me grounded to the earth.   How boring and superficial it would be to have everything done for me.

the Ol’Buzzard


Are these things cheap to grow?   Is there a glut of mangoes on the world market?   Is there a cartel of mango dealers?  

I think mangoes are being used as a filler like lettuce at Subway.  

We buy frozen mixed fruit that my wife adds to yogurt, and sprinkles of granola for her breakfast.  These bags of fruit contain strawberries, peaches, pineapple, blueberries and a ton of mangoes.  

Since when did mangoes become the go to fruit?   There are mangoes in everything: mango salsa, mango mixed fruit, mango ice cream and try to buy a flavored bottle of water without mango in it: strawberry mango, orange mango, pineapple mango.  

I don’t believe consumers are raving for mangoes, so it must have to do with a profit margin – we are being manipulated to eat mangoes.     


the Ol’Buzzard

Sunday, July 16, 2017



the Ol'Buzzard



Tonight begins the seventh season of 
Game of Thrones

 If you have not watched this program from the beginning I would advise you to skip it tonight, until you have a chance to view it from the beginning. 

The books are a fantastic read; and the series is every bit as good as the books.

My wife and I are making supper early, as last year’s Season 6 episode 9 rerun begins at seven-o-clock, followed by Season 6 episode 10; and then the long-awaited Season 7 episode 1 – the final season.   We plan to binge watch.

Like The Godfather and the Hobbit and Harry Potter, Game of Thrones is destine to become a classic.

The temperature today was 84 in Maine; but 

the Ol'Buzzard

Thursday, July 13, 2017


It is raining today and I can’t work outside, so I am taking the day off.

That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

Time to catch up reading blogs and sharing what’s on my mind.

Bill Maher is always complaining about the ignorance of a large percentage of American voters; and the sometimes maddeningly political correctness and fantasy obsessions of liberals.

A program on Public Radio this past week-end told the story of an environmentalist movement that decided to try to reverse evolution on one of the islands that was visited by Charles Darwin in the Galapagos group - restoring the island of Pinta to the condition Darwin found when he landed. 

A number of these islands are home to giant tortoise, but on the island of Pinta there was only one tortoise left: Lonesome George.  

Now a tortoise is a tortoise is a tortoise, but the liberal environmentalist and college biology departments involved decided that not just any tortoise would do, but the replacements should be from the blood line of Lonesome George. 

For forty years they tried to get Lonesome George to mate, but he wasn’t interested.   One College professor and his female assistant went so far as spending two years trying to jack off ole George for his semen, but to no avail.  

Finally, Lonesome George died.   One of the scientist said he was ready to shoot him anyway. 

This is the type of obsessive bull shit that liberals are known for.   Probably hundreds of thousands of dollars and many hundreds of man hours were spent on this project so tourist could visit the Island and experience it as Darwin did – what a waste of time and money.

Now as to the dumbing of the voting population:

What can I say?
the Ol'Buzzard

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


I am busy as hell with summer projects...  
But had to post this. 

Dwarf porn - really?  I think it is time for the Liberal Red Neck to leave California.

It is hard to say what the Republicans are going to sneak under the radar while we are all focused on Trump the Clown.

the Ol'Buzzard

Monday, July 3, 2017


I have a routine I try an adhere to each morning.   Right out of bed I go downstairs and drink a small glass of orange juice to add electrolytes to my body; then back upstairs, stretch out, and workout twenty minutes on my Total Gym.   I go from one exercise to the next without a break in-between and by the time I am finished I am in an aerobic state.

I turn around on the gym seat and place both my feet firmly on the floor, place my right hand in my left palm with thumbs touching, close my eyes and focus on slowing down my breathing.   After about a minute I am conscious of my heart beat and I focus on slowing down my heart rate.  That done, I focus on breathing for a few breaths and then totally blank my mind.     I spend no more than five minutes in meditation after workout – and I don’t time it.  

Anyone can do this with a committed practice.   It begins with finding a quiet, private place to meditate.   Sit comfortably on a pillow, a stool or a chair.  Close your eyes and focus on your breathing: visualize the breaths going in as you expand your stomach and visualize the air exiting as you release the breath.   Breath with your diaphragm.  Relax.   If your mind wanders bring it back to your breaths.   Spend no more than five minutes – but don’t time it.   When you feel totally relaxed open your eyes, focus around you and then gradually, comfortably, move your body and continue your normal day. 

With a minute’s meditation (even in a doctor’s office) I can bring down my blood pressure ten to fifteen points.    And you can too.    

As meditation becomes natural to you, you will find you can control anxiety, and relax your body, and focus your mind in times of stress; and with five minutes morning practice you can begin each day in a better frame of mind.  

the Ol’Buzzard

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Since there are just the two of us, not counting our cats, it has often been the case that food we have stored in the refrigerator has gone over before we had the chance to use it. 

Supermarkets often pack foods in quantities too large for two people to consume.   Anything that is sold by the pound you should be able to downsize.    Grapes are offered in large bags and most people feel they must buy the whole bag; we take a produce bag and select only enough grapes from the large store bag that we feel we will consume in a couple of days.   I have no problem opening a store sealed package and selecting what we need, and it seems the stores have no problem with this.

Some things like broccoli, cauliflower and celery can’t practically be separated, but you can extend the refrigerator life by slicing off a thin layer of the stalk and covering the newly exposed area with a wet paper towel before returning it to the frig. 


I have found I can extend the life of mixed greens, which are usually wet when I buy them, by placing a dry paper towel at the bottom of a storage container – putting in the greens – and placing a dry paper towel on top before sealing the container.  I replace the towels if they are damp each time I use the greens.

The vacuum food saver we purchased last year has allowed us to buy meats in larger quantities without worrying about freezer burn.   We also use the vacuum sealer to store blueberries, strawberries and any fruit that can be frozen before packaging.    We even buy frozen fruits and store them in portion size bags for fruit desserts and smoothies.  

Can anyone add to these ideas?

the Ol’Buzzard

Friday, June 23, 2017


My wife and I went to Bangor yesterday and before entering the highway (I-95) to return home we swung onto a ramp that took us to a Tim Horton's. A Timmy’s in Maine!

The restrooms were really clean and orderly: I felt like I was pissing in Canada.

the Ol’Buzzard



Repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act has been the mantra of the Republican Party for eight years.  Now the priorities of the Republican Party are on full display in the Trump Care replacement passed in the House and being modified in the Senate.

The Bottom line is that eight hundred billion dollars ($800,000.000,000) will be cut from Medicare and subsidy programs in order to give a six hundred billion dollars tax cut to 1% of the wealthiest people in this country.   

This is the Trickle Down Economics that has been the goal, along with doing away with Social Security and Medicare, of the Republican Party since the election of Ronald Reagan.  

Another outcome of this bill will be the cutting of regulations on the health industry, giving a big win to pharmaceutical companies and health insurance companies.    Who really believes that deregulating the health industry will have companies siding with the sick over profits?

Twenty million people will lose their health coverage on Trump Care, and millions of these people will die early as the results.
Whenever Republican politicians are confronted with this fact they always fall back on justifying the cuts as controlling government spending and the booming deficit.   
How much money is a life worth to a Republican?   It seems they are able to place a dollar amount on life and pass the savings on to the rich.

the Ol'Buzzard

Thursday, June 22, 2017



If you haven’t seen Susan’s blog Phantsythat - you should have a look.   Susan’s drawings and water colors fill the imagination with possible scenarios, and her close friend Crow travels the world and shares his insights with her.
A truly fascinating blog that can, for a while, remove you from the harsh realities of this world. 

the Ol'Buzzard

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Charlaine Harris has a new series, MIDNIGHT TEXAS, and it's beginning July 24.  

I have read the three books of the series she has written so far: Midnight Crossing, Day Shift and Night Shift; and if this new series is as well produced as True Blood it will be a grabber.  

The main difference between the books and the trailer is the script writers seemed to have modified the cast.
In the book the population of Midnight is approximately twelve: an ancient vampire, a witch, a pawn shop owner, a psychic, a couple of weretigers, two gay angels, a mob hit woman and some people you are not sure of.  Almost everyone in Midnight is middle aged.

But who wants to look at a bunch of middle aged people?  In the trailer it looks like everyone is young and hot, and they changed the two gay angels to one angle hunk – probably straight (why?)

Oh well, that what you get when you read the books before seeing the movie.  

Anyway, I will be watching and I invite you to watch with me.  
the Ol’Buzzard

Note: on YOUTUBE it looks like the series was possibly released sometime in 2016 – unless that was an advanced trailer; but it is airing here in Maine on NBC on 24 July.  

Monday, June 19, 2017


Rarely is a movie as good as the book – almost never.   It may be that after reading the book the omissions in the movie are glaring.  

James Patterson has written the book Zoo, and a second one out Zoo 2. I have not read the books and do not want to; because I have started watching Zoo on Netflix and find the series riveting.   Reading the book at this time would be like a spoiler alert… 

If you watch the first episode you will be hooked.
the Ol'Buzzard

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017



I am a person of nature and have been all my life.  I have hunted, fished, trapped, canoed, been a survival instructor and a Maine State Guide.  

One of my pleasures is identifying plants as I take walks.

In the military as a survival instructor I needed to be familiar with edible plants and poisonous plants.   After I retired from the military my wife and I attended college.  One of the courses we most enjoyed was field botany, and I have remained interested in plant identification ever since.  

I don’t go out looking for plants; but as I take walks I enjoy knowing the names of the plants I see in bloom, and if I find one I am not familiar with I look it up. 

There are many plant and wildflower identification books on the market and most try to make identifications by color – this can be a hit or miss.   The absolute best wildflower identification guide available in my estimation is Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb.  Once you master the key you are almost guaranteed of identifying any wildflower, shrub or vine you find.


The old Newcomb’s guide I have had for years was written for the north-east; but I have used this guide from Maine and Kentucky, across Canada and Alaska and have always been able to find any plant in question.

If you are walking in rural Maine at this time of year you might wonder what plant is turning most of the fields yellow: 

Among the ferns

It is Silvery Cinquefoil.   I know: because it is in Newcomb’s.

Have a good day
the Ol’Buzzard