More on Thoughts and Prayers

“The cliché “thoughts and prayers” is popular with people who don’t have a prayer of ever uttering an original thought.” Cheapstrat

Thoughts and Prayers and BS

“Companies trying to make caricatures of the teenagers these days, saying that all we are self-involved and trend-obsessed and they hush us into submission when our message doesn’t reach the ears of the nation, we are prepared to call BS. Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling […]

Outsourcing War

“In a democracy, the government is the people,” Milo explained. “We’re people, aren’t we? So we might just as well keep the money and eliminate the middleman. Frankly, I’d like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.”Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Spring Blooms in February

It was a splendid day at Guyte P. McCord Park last Saturday. Pretty colors with the fragrance of narcissus and saucer magnolia next to a busy road.

Holy Beech Tree and Trilliums

It’s a particularly good year for trilliums in Tallahassee. In some places the ground is a mixed carpet of trillium and bloodwort. We’ve had better rainfall than the previous year, and I think the City of Tallahassee’s efforts to control invasive non-native plants like coral ardisia is making a difference. This video was created on […]

Snow Wonder!

Some videos and photos from this morning in the Sunshine State’s Capital City. Tallahassee Snow 2018 from Cheapstrat on Vimeo.

If you just make money…

“We are what we do. And if you just make money, you become money.” Robert De Niro as Ray Arcel in Hands of Stone

We Have Met The Enemy…

“To the officials of nuclear-armed nations – and to their accomplices under the so-called “nuclear umbrella” – I say this: Listen to our testimony. Heed our warning. And know that your actions are consequential. You are each an integral part of a system of violence that is endangering humankind. Let us all be alert to […]

Portrait Mode Photos

I like using Portrait Mode on my iPhone 8+ for gardening photos, and it’s nice to use the power of Adobe’s servers to host this unedited images.

I’m a consumer, not a philanthropist

I understand it when a business uses a free online service like Weebly to make their website instead of hiring a web developer; it’s easy, cheap, and you don’t have to leave your house or interact with anybody else, which are the reasons that Amazon seems to get more and more of my non-food shopping […]

New 360 Views

Tallahassee Garden Club Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park Timberlane Ravine Park Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park Dorothy B Oven Park

Balthazar's Moment

Baroque Christmas Playlist

At some point in one’s life the endless repetition of pop music carols can induce a queasy feeling, as it seems to be tied-in to the faux merriment of desperate retailers assaulting all potential marks with their offerings. Better to Visit family and friends Shop local Listen to good music

Nikolai II: Wrong Man, Wrong Time

“In those fateful years — to have a Tsar with so little power over his country, mentally so limited, and so weak-willed. So inarticulate. And so inactive. Did he have any inkling of all this himself?” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn & H. T. Willetts. “November 1916: A Novel”


“If truth is not on our side, then away with the truth.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn & Marian Schwartz, March 1917 This seems as true now as it was in March 1917.

Beech Trees

Scenes from an afternoon walk at A.J. Henry Park, which is full of American beech trees. Beech Trees from Cheapstrat on Vimeo.

This Is The Enemy

“The enemy,” retorted Yossarian with weighted precision, “is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he’s on, and that includes Colonel Cathcart. And don’t you forget that, because the longer you remember it, the longer you might live.”Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Anything worth dying for…

“Anything worth living for,” said Nately, “is worth dying for.” “And everything worth dying for,” answered the sacrilegious old man, “is certainly worth living for.”Joseph Heller, Catch-22