03/04/19 – Spring Is Just Around The Corner



I just could not put this book down, once I started reading Thoreau’s Wound. This is the second book by Danny Kuhn that I have read, the other being Fezziwig.

Thoreau’s Wound


Laconic Irishman Finbar Laverty is the unlikely hero of this rollicking, picturesque novel set in Ireland, London and New England from the Tithe Wars of the 1830s to after the American Civil War. A mix of iconic figures, both historic and fictional, ranging from Jacob Marley just as he’s about to become Marley’s Ghost, to antecedents of Oscar Wilde and Walt Disney, to the titular Henry David Thoreau, join Finn for the journey.

After Ireland’s troubles and family treachery, the teenaged Finn, his wife Maggie, and their lame son flee to inherited land in New Hampshire. But Maggie longs for her Celtic religion and spirit-infused homeland and is eaten by her secrets. She disappears until evidence of her body is found. The mystery surrounding her death spur anti-Irish, Know-Nothing sentiments that put Finn and his son in danger. They seek more tolerant pastures among the Transcendentalists in Concord, Massachusetts, who introduce them to Abolitionist activism and open a world of learning for young Colman. But old country family enmity continues to plague them until secrets are revealed and debts are paid.

Written with verve and power, this wild ride of a novel clips along, guided by the deft hand of author Kuhn, who does for A Christmas Carol what Tom Stoppard did for Hamlet… a wild dance around and through history and literature. Enjoy!

(Source: Historical Novel Society)


Sherlock Holmes

Starring Basil Rathbone

Although I have enjoyed the Jeremy Brett’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, it is hard to beat Basil Rathbone’s performances as Sherlock Holmes. 

This one-of-a-kind collection features the dozen Holmes movies digitally restored and remastered by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

South African-born British actor Basil Rathbone [ achieved] screen immortality playing Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant Holmes, beginning with The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1939. Those instant hits led to 12 more mind-bending mysteries over the next seven years, each also starring Nigel Bruce [ ] as Holmes loyal, if often befuddled, friend Dr. Watson.

While several of the Rathbone movies were based on Conan Doyle’s original stories, others pitted Holmes against contemporary villains, including the Nazis. But Rathbone’s personification of literatures most famous crime solver remained a constant source of wonder and delight throughout the series. (Source: Amazon)


No matter how may times I have seen this scene, I still enjoy it and hope you do also.

John Travolta Dance Scene

From the 1996 Film “Michael


The Topiary Cat

A tribute of British artist and photographer Richard Saunders to his grey cat Tolly. After Tolly’s death, Richard decided to pay tribute to him with a series of fantastic Photoshop collages featuring the cat silhouette onto topiaries in his favourite landscapes.


Dick The Bruiser

I took the above photo myself

William Fritz Afflis (June 27, 1929 – November 10, 1991) was an American professional wrestler and football player, better known by his ring name, Dick the Bruiser.

Afflis started wrestling in Chicago in 1955 under the Bruiser moniker where he faced Verne Gagne and Lou Thesz. Gagne had trained him to become a professional wrestler.

From then into the late 1950s, Dick the Bruiser wrestled live every Thursday on TV in the Detroit area. His typical opponent was “an up and coming young (unknown) wrestler” who would be pulverized by the Bruiser. His matches and interviews were so effective he became a household name in the Detroit area. A real bar fight with football player Alex Karras gained Afflis attention, which resulted in several more fights.

On November 19, 1957, Dick the Bruiser and Dr. Jerry Graham engaged in a tag team match at Madison Square Garden in New York City before a crowd reported as 12,987 fans. Their opponents were Antonino Rocca and Édouard Carpentier. After the match ended, fighting among the wrestlers continued, and a large number of fans joined in, leading to a riot. Two policemen were injured, two fans were arrested and over 60 policemen had difficulty dispersing the angry crowd. The floor of the arena was littered with hundreds of broken chairs As a result, Dick the Bruiser was banned for life by the New York State Athletic Commission. (Source: Wikipedia)





In case you feel people are putting too much pressure on you, here is something that may help.


Since there is so much debate about “Pro Life” and “Pro Choice”, I thought it was important to see this actual footage of a Canadian being born.


Today’s smart phones, social media, etc. are not necessarily bad, it is how you use them that determines whether they are good or bad.


Who was the better Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone or Jermey Brett?

I can’t decide  30%  (3 votes) 

I have seen neither performances  30%  (3 votes) 

Basil Rathbone  20%  (2 votes) 

Jermey Brett  20%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 10

Were you a fan of “The Monkees”?

Yes  70%  (7 votes) 

No  30%  (3 votes) 

I will answer in the comments section  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 10
Do you like the name “Tired Buddha” that I gave to that work of art?

Yes  77.78%  (7 votes) 

No  11.11%  (1 votes) 

I will say something in the comment section  11.11%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 9

Have you heard of “Cab Calloway” before this post?

Yes  70%  (7 votes) 

No  30%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 10
Have you heard of the “Nicholas Brothers” before this post?

No  90.91%  (10 votes) 

Yes  9.09%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 11

I’ve been at school sporting events and have heard some parents say all the kids are winners. Are those parent’s right or wrong?

Wrong  50%  (5 votes) 

Right  40%  (4 votes) 

I think those parents are right, but then I have never been asked to judge a sporting contest.  10%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 10
Are you going to make today count, or is this just going to be another ordinary day for you?

I’m going to make it count  80%  (8 votes) 

It is just going to be an ordinary day for me  20%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 10

When you hear of or encounter someone successful, what is you initial impression?

It depends upon the particular person  77.78%  (7 votes) 

They earned it  22.22%  (2 votes) 

They are privileged  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 9
Have you ever passed on a message encouraging people to forward it with the expectation that something good will happen if they do so?

No  80%  (8 votes) 

Yes  20%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 10

If you have passed on such a message, did it result in the promised outcome?

No  100%  (2 votes) 

Yes  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 2


If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $10.00

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

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