J-J-Jolly M-M-Monday!!!

Good morning, my friends, and welcome to another Monday!  Do you realize that this year is already 28% over?  Yes, more than a quarter of a year has passed since we welcomed in 2021 and … what have we done with it?  In my case, not a damn thing!  I’ve been out of the house exactly 14 times, once a week to the grocery store that is just one mile from my front door.  Whoopee, huh?  Ah well … enough of that, else you’ll all be joining me down here in the rabbit hole!  Oh, and in case you are wondering, Christmas is just 257 days away, so you better start making those lists and buying some cards!  Given the time it took my packages to arrive in the UK last year, I’m thinking to try to have them ready for the mail by July this year!  So, this week we have some ‘toons, some funny signs, some cute pics, and for a special treat, a … well, Joyful says she wants it to be a surprise, so I best say no more.  Grab a snack and let’s find something fun to start this Monday morning with, okay?



As always, our friend over at Phil’s Phun has some cool ‘toons for us this week …


I think these cute pictures will melt your heart … they melted mine and it’s still in the freezer attempting to re-solidify!


Just a few funny memes that I stumbled across …


A few funny signs …


And of course, if it’s Jolly Monday, there MUST be a cute or funny animal video, yes?  Since autumn, a pair of squirrels have been visiting my patio and giving me so much joy. At first, I purchased some fairly pricey food from the National Audubon Society that they were guaranteed to love, and it was healthy for them too.  They hated it … the neighbor’s dogs finally ate most of it, and the birds finished the rest.  So, I now buy 4 pounds of unsalted, unshelled peanuts each week for them and feeding them, along with the kitties and the birds, are among my first chores of each morning.  They also get bananas, apples, and sometimes other nuts such as pecans or walnuts.  Yes, they eat as well as the humans in this family!  So, is it any surprise that tonight I went in search of a cute squirrel video?


I don’t know if our friend Hugh will drop in this morning, but in case he does … Hugh, please get well, my friend, and I hope this at least gives you a chuckle this morning …


And sadly, my friends, that concludes our time together on this lovely Monday morn.  I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead, and that you share those gorgeous smiles I see, for there are many of us who are having a really hard time finding our own smiles these days.  Much love and many hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

Saturday Surprise … Bits ‘N Pieces

My posts this week have been rather downers, and now here it is the weekend, so I thought you guys deserved something more fun than hearing me rant.  To start your weekend with an ‘Awwww’, I have just a couple of cute and fun things that I hope you’ll enjoy.


Fresh out of hibernation, this mama black bear is trying to get all four of her adorable cubs across a road and to safety, but two of them don’t seem to want to cooperate.  This video is courtesy of a man stopped in his car filming the cuteness …


The article was titled “Baboon, Bear, or Bison: Find Out Which Animal Personality Best Matches Yours in a Free Fun Quiz”.  Okay, it was only 10 questions, so surely that will only take a couple of minutes.  And it did, in fact, take less than 2 minutes.  But … fully expecting to find that my personality matches some cute little animal like a wolf, koala, panda, or bear, I was a little disappointed with the result:  a warthog!

Me … a warthog!  I must admit, though, that the description they give is pretty accurate:  Industrious • Bright • Brave • Blunt • Cranky.  Yep, I am all of those things, especially that last one.  Sigh.  A warthog.  If you’re interested in trying the quiz, you can do so here.  Let me know if yours is … um … cuter than mine!


A stray dog in North Carolina fell in love with a stuffed purple unicorn in a Dollar General Store.  He loved that stuffed unicorn so much that he kept sneaking into the store and trying to take the unicorn off the shelf.  Finally, after the fifth time, store employees called the Country Animal Services Department who sent Joe Newburn to investigate …

“The store called and said they had a stray dog in the parking lot that kept coming into the store.  He’d walk in, go to that unicorn and try to get it. He did it four or five times before they locked the door and called us to come get him. Maybe he had a stuffed animal like that in his original home. I don’t know, but he wanted that purple unicorn bad.”

The pup found himself at the local animal shelter, where he was booked in as a stray and given the name Sisu (a nod to a character in Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon).  But on the bright side, the animal control officer who took him to the shelter, first purchased the purple unicorn and let Sisu take it to the shelter with him.

As of this writing, Sisu and the unicorn are pending adoption and will soon have a forever home.


And on that note, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Two Worlds

Of late … well, for the past decade or so … I have wondered how the human species could possibly survive to the end of this century, for we are destroying our home, our world, and each other at an alarming rate. Professor Taboo, aka PT, has written a post that I think should be required reading for every human alive … thoughtful and though-provoking. Thank you, Prof, for your words of wisdom and the eye-opening photos.

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OF WONDER AND SPLENDOR

Just like as in a nest of boxes round,
Degrees of sizes in each box are found:
So, in this world, may many others be
Thinner and less, and less still by degree:
Although they are not subject to our sense,
A world may be no bigger than two-pence.
Nature is curious, and such works may shape,
Which our dull senses easily escape.Margaret CavendishOf Many Worlds in This World

There are a number of Earth’s animals, great and small, that care for each other. They seem to have feelings for the welfare of another. They demonstrate an innate behavior to protect their own as a whole rather than and possibly at the demise of themselves. In human terms this is called compassion, empathy, courage, altruism, love, and other inspiring virtues. In scientific terms it is known as eusociality and forms of superorganism behavior

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Jolly ‘n Joyful Monday … Sans Gwammie

When me ‘n Joyful reminded Gwammie last night dat we needed to get a start on Jolly Monday, she threw a water bottle at us and told us to … erm … [insert bad word] Jolly Monday.  We think Gwammie is in a funk or somethin’.  But, me ‘n Joyful talked it over an’ … well, we know you guys count on Jolly Monday to start your week off good, so we did da best we could.  Joyful made some cookies ‘n other tweats, while I found some ‘toons I think will make you laugh, so have a snack and see da ‘toons, okay?  We’re sowwy there’s no bacon dis week, guys …

 



I almos’ forgot, but Joyful minded me ’bout da cute animal video!  We hope you like dis one ’bout a doggie an’ a parrot dat become good fwiends!

Now go have a good week, and wemember to smile, ’cause it makes other peoples happy, yeah!  Love ‘n hugs from Jolly ‘n Joyful … an’ Gwammie too!

A Bit Of This … ‘N That

I receive a number of emails each week alerting me to newly-published, or about-to-be-published books of all genres.  Most I simply skim, usually find one or two that I look more closely at, but only rarely buy one, for I have a backlog of books on my TBR (to-be-read) list already and little time for reading these days.  This week, however, there was one that caught my eye, in the least likely genre:  children’s picture books!

Curiosity stirred, I read the brief description …

From an award-winning team, a tale about a cat and a dog who discover that even though they don’t look at things the same way, they can still be friends.

In today’s divisive climate … isn’t this just brilliant?  Teaching children at a young age to work through their differences, to overcome them and move on, remaining friends.

The author, Anna Kang, deserves a Nobel Peace Prize! A slightly longer description on Amazon …

Hudson and Tallulah may be neighbors, but the fence between their yards isn’t the only thing that divides them. They can’t see eye to eye on anything. One day they venture out, and after nonstop disagreement, they realize something surprising: they don’t always have to agree to be on each other’s side.

Inspired by a story their daughter Lily wrote in the second grade, the author and illustrator of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small have created a tale of finding common ground when you least expect it—and using it as a stepping-stone to friendship.

This book is a must-read for every child … heck, I think it should be required reading in schools, and maybe every member of Congress should be forced to read it and report on it!  In fact, you and I should read it!  I downloaded a free copy to my Kindle that I will be reading tonight … how ‘bout you?


Yesterday, the Capitol was under lockdown for over two hours after a person attempted to ram his car through a barrier in front of the Capitol, hitting two Capitol Police officers, killing one.  Officer William F. Evans was an 18-year veteran of the force who was part of the First Responder’s Unit.  The other officer, who has not as of this writing been named, is in serious but stable condition.  The attacker was shot dead by police.

Not for one solitary minute did I believe that the attacks on January 6th were to be the last, and especially after they were applauded and excused by so many after-the-fact.  Yesterday’s attack was … well, obviously there was no planning and it was a single perpetrator, not a well-planned action by the likes of “Proud Boys,” “Oath Keepers” or other domestic terrorist groups.  Thankfully, else far worse damage and loss of life might have occurred.

Is this to become our new ‘norm’ then?  Has the door been opened and the dogs let out to kill and maim those whose job it is to protect our elected officials?  Is it likely that at some point, there will be another serious breach and our lawmakers themselves will be killed or injured by people whose rage against our government has been fueled by the likes of Roger Stone, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, congressional newbies Boebert/Greene/Cawthorn/Hawley, and the former guy, to name only a few?

Is this the nation you want to live in?  A nation where our legislators’ lives are in danger every single day, where our very government is being threatened by freaks like this one …

How do we end this madness?  There is a continued threat from many of the major white supremacist groups to attack the Capitol again when President Biden addresses a joint session of Congress.  Must we hold our collective breaths, not knowing for sure that we will still have a government at the end of that day?

I don’t know about you folks, but I’m sick and damn tired of what’s happening in this country.  I don’t see an end in sight but see only more chaos and madness.  If We the People are stupid enough to elect fools and idiots like Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Greene, then how … HOW can we ever hope to end the chaos?  I have no answers … if I did, perhaps I wouldn’t lie awake nights worrying, pondering, wondering where we go from here.  But we damn well better be finding a way out of this mess, for many of us won’t survive this decade, perhaps not this year, if we don’t.

Jolly Monday Sans Both Jolly & Joyful

Jolly and Joyful seem to have left the building today … I have no idea where they are for they didn’t even leave a note, but they aren’t here, meaning I have to do Jolly Monday all by myself and I’ve largely forgotten how.  However, since I cannot let you all go out into the cold, cruel world without starting your week with a warm drink, some humour, and some hugs, I shall give it the old college try.  Just don’t expect too much, okay?

Grab a snack, such as they are, and let’s try to find something funny in the news, shall we?


Ever-GivenBy now, you’ve all heard about the ship Ever Given that’s been blocking the Suez Canal since last Tuesday, right?  Yes, it’s still stuck, and I read that as a result, we can expect a new toilet paper shortage, so y’all might wanna stock up today!  But that’s not what this story is about.  This story is similar, but it’s about a 40-foot boat, not a 220,000-ton ship, and it’s blocking a Florida highway, not one of the world’s major waterways!

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Turns out, the boat fell off a trailer, turned sideways like the Ever Given, and blocked multiple lanes of Interstate 10 in Crestview, Florida, for hours.  Unlike the Ever Given, however, this boat was finally moved by the Florida Highway Patrol.  Hmmm … maybe we should send the FHP to the Suez?


And since I’m quite literally lacking both Jolly and Joyful, let’s move on to some ‘toons …

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And a few memes I found over at Phil’s place …

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And last but not least, I found a cute animal video Joyful had picked out before leaving for parts unknown with Jolly, so I won’t have to disappoint you on that!


Let’s hope that Jolly ‘n Joyful find their way home soon, for this place is like a tomb without them and I really miss the smiles they bring me daily.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa (and the missing miscreants Jolly ‘n Joyful)!

AAAARRRRROOOOOOOOO

Just one short snippet for this Sunday morning, for I am both exhausted and discouraged and most anything I write is going to come out surly at best.


Mr. Greg Gianforte first popped onto my radar in May 2017 when he beat up a reporter … yes, physically beat up Ben Jacobs, a reporter from The Guardian during a campaign event.  The fools in Montana elected him to the U.S. House of Representatives anyway, and last year they went one better and elected him as the governor of Montana.

Beating up a reporter who was simply trying to ask a question is a serious crime, one worthy of some prison time and certainly not one to be taken lightly, as the people of Montana have apparently done.  Gianforte had a history of abusing and damning the press even before the 2017 event, and he does not, obviously, have the temperament to be in government … in any position.

But what he did last month is, to me, worthy of a life-long prison sentence.  He committed murder.  Yes, murder … for no good reason whatsoever, he trapped and killed a black wolf in Yellowstone National Park.  Now, I’m in a rage because of what he did to the wolf … a collared wolf, meaning he was under the protection of the park.  Others, however, are only upset that Gianforte didn’t take a mandated trapper education course before murdering the wolf.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  He was given a warning, no fine, and is being allowed to keep the beautiful victim’s head and hide for … bragging rights?  The wolf, No. 1155, was born in the park, was estimated to be 6 or 7 years old and had been collared by park biologists in 2018.

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This wasn’t Gianforte’s first murder, either, for in 2017, the same year he beat up Ben Jacobs, he murdered a bull elk and was given only a warning and a $70 fine.  Okay, as far as I’m concerned, we can cut Montana out of the United States map, if people there are stupid enough to first send this evil idiot to Congress, then elect him to the governorship, and not care that he murders beautiful, defenseless animals.  Gianforte, by the way, received a written warning.  He better hope that when I come back to earth as a wolf I don’t land in Montana!


And now I shall go howl myself to sleep …

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♫ Earth Song ♫ (Redux)

Sometimes music is just for fun, other times to stir memories, and sometimes it is to make a statement.  In recent years, the environment has been a hot-button topic, with scientists telling us that we are destroying the only planet that is capable of sustaining human life as we know it, and others claiming it’s all a hoax, that we should go on filling the air and seas with toxins and trash.

Michael Jackson, known for his socially-conscious music, released this song, dealing with the environment and animal welfare, on November 27, 1995.  The music video you are about to see was shot in four separate geographical locations, including the Americas, Europe and Africa.  According to Michael Jackson …

“I remember writing ‘Earth Song’ when I was in Austria, in a hotel. And I was feeling so much pain and so much suffering of the plight of the Planet Earth. And for me, this is Earth’s Song, because I think nature is trying so hard to compensate for man’s mismanagement of the Earth. And with the ecological unbalance going on, and a lot of the problems in the environment, I think earth feels the pain, and she has wounds, and it’s about some of the joys of the planet as well. But this is my chance to pretty much let people hear the voice of the planet. And this is ‘Earth Song.’ And that’s what inspired it. And it just suddenly dropped into my lap when I was on tour in Austria.”

The song has won numerous awards, perhaps none more important than the Genesis Award: 1995 Doris Day Music Award, given each year for animal sensitivity.

In 2008, a writer for the Nigeria Exchange noted, “Earth Song drew the world’s attention to the degradation and bastardization of the earth as a fall out of various human activities”.  Ten years later and we still haven’t gotten the wake-up call.

The video, directed by fine art photographer Nick Brandt had an environmental theme, showing images of animal cruelty, deforestation, pollution, poaching, poverty and war. Jackson and the world’s people unite in a spiritual chant—”Earth Song”—which summons a force that heals the world. Using special effects, time is reversed so that life returns, war ends and the forests regrow.

Earth Song
Michael Jackson

What about sunrise
What about rain
What about all the things that you said
We were to gain
What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said were yours and mine

Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood we’ve shed before
Did you ever stop to notice
This crying Earth, these weeping shores

Aah, ooh

What have we done to the world
Look what we’ve done
What about all the peace
That you pledge your only son

What about flowering fields
Is there a time
What about all the dreams
That you said was yours and mine

Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war
Did you ever stop to notice
This crying earth, these weeping shores

Aah, ooh
Aah, ooh

I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don’t know where we are
Although I know we’ve drifted far

Aah, ooh
Aah, ooh

Aah, ooh
Aah, ooh

Hey, what about yesterday
(What about us)
What about the seas
(What about us)
The heavens are falling down
(What about us)
I can’t even breathe
(What about us)
What about apathy
(What about us)
Drowning in the seas
(What about us)
What about the promised land
Preachin’ what I believe
(What about us)
What about the holy land
(What about it)
What about the greed
(What about us)
Where did we go wrong
Someone tell me why
(What about us)
What about baby boy
(What about him)
What about the days
(What about us)
What about all their joy
Do we give a damn

Aah, ooh
Aah, ooh

Songwriters: Michael Jackson
Earth Song lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Jolly Monday — Spring Is HERE!

Monday-sleepy-2Good Monday {yawn} morning, my friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready {yawn} to face the world this week.  But, just in case you aren’t Jolly, Joyful and I will try our best to help you get off on the right foot, anyway.  I can’t promise anything for the rest of the week, but we’ll try to start you on your way with a full belly and a smile.  So, grab a bite and a cuppa and let’s see what we’ve got … OH … and please be sure to leave a piece of the Strawberry Pie for Larry … he missed out last week and was not even comforted by an extra serving of b-a-c-o-n.


My island!

For the last several years, I’ve thought how wonderful it would be to live on a deserted island … just me, perhaps a few people who are near and dear to me, and nature.  Well … for the price of a small house, I could own that island!  That’s right … according to United Press International …

An auction house announced an entire 11-acre island in the Scottish Highlands will be auctioned online with a starting bid of $111,700.

Auctioneers Future Property said Deer Island, on Scotland’s west coast, is a space that can be “enjoyed with zero chance of intrusion.”

Property manager Stephen McCluskey said the island is being sold for the first time after being owned by the same family for the past 500 years.

Deer Island is completely undeveloped, according to McCluskey …

“It’s rock and trees really at the moment — there’s nothing on it — and never been anything built on it, or any application to have anything on it. There’s nothing at all. It’s been completely uninhabited for 500 years.”

deer-islandMy DREAM!!!  I must have this island!  Deer Island is expected to sell for $209,000 to $279,00 in the March 26 online auction.  Here in the U.S., that’s about the price of an average house … I wonder if I can get financing?  I have an idea … I have about 5,000 followers here on Filosofa’s Word … if each kicked in just $56, I could buy that island!  What would you get out of it?  Well … I’d invite you for a visit after I got a guesthouse built!  And while visiting, you’d have access to Joyful’s wonderful cooking, you could lounge on the beach all day, fish to your heart’s content … no news, no politics, just … peace.


Greetings, Mr. Salmon

In Taiwan, nearly 100 people have registered to change their name to ‘Salmon’.  Why?  A restaurant chain called Sushiro’s has promised free sushi for customers whose names include the Chinese characters used to spell the name of the fish. The restaurant requires customers taking advantage of the promotion to provide official ID, inspiring some to change their names legally.

The Taiwanese Ministry of the Interior urged residents not to change their names for the promotion, pointing out that the Name Act only allows a person to change their name three times — meaning some of those who change their names for the promotion could be stuck with the name for the rest of their lives.

sushiI guess it would depend on how much free sushi they’re promising … if it’s for a lifetime, then heck, it might be worth it!  Oh wait … sushi is raw fish … I don’t eat sushi.  Never mind.


So, now are you ready for some ‘toons?

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I found a few funny signs over at Phil’s Phun …

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And last, but not least, a cute animal video is a must for a Monday morn … I bet you can’t watch these baby stoats without smiling … maybe even laughing!


I wish you all a beautiful week and I’ve left a few extra smiles by the door, so feel free to take a few and share them with those who seem to need one, ‘k?  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful.

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Saturday Surprise — A New Street Artist!

His name is Carlos Alberto GH, he is 31 years of age, lives in Guadalajara, Mexico, and is one of the most talented artists I think I have ever seen!  According to his bio …

“I am a street artist from Mexico. Mostly of my work is anamorphic painting, also knowing as 3D, but I like to do murals as well. The subjects I represents is on surrealistic scenes with nature, animals, and people, using bright colors and deep contrast. I can work out and indoors”

While some graffiti artists put questionable art and tags around cities, others are turning urban spaces into mind-bending art.  I did a Saturday Surprise post last April about Banksy, the internationally renown and extremely talented street artist whose fabulous art often makes a statement.  Though his style is different than Banksy’s, Carlos brings surrealistic scenes to life when viewed at the right angle. It looks like his creations are jumping out of the pavement or walls and the best part is that you can make it seem as if you are interacting with them! The artist masterfully plays with shadows and perspective to create colorful 3D optical illusions that would make any passerby stop for a second and rotate their head trying to figure out ‘how.’

Take a look for yourself …

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Carlos Alberto has been painting all his life but ended up as an art conservator until he fairly recently discovered 3D street art and proved that practice indeed makes perfect.

“I specialized in archaeological heritage, so I worked for some years in the Mayan Peninsula in Mexico with the restoration of mural paintings, but since I started to attend street art festivals (every year more often), I decided to pause my career and give 3D paintings a try. At first, it was a bit confusing, I didn’t quite understand how to create the perspective to make the illusion work perfectly, but as I started to practice more and more, it became easy and mostly automatic for me, so now it is part of my life and I can’t imagine myself doing anything different.”

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“It was fascinating for me that this kind of expression was not only outdoors, but this art was close to people, in public spaces, urban areas, so they were able to see the creation process and be part of it. It’s like a big performance. And at the end, they could interact with the final picture. This was impressive to me, so I had to try it.”

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“For me, the world around me is an endless source of inspiration. Nature is filled with wonders, so I try to represent the beauty of all the creatures I see, putting them into surreal contexts, like a magical dream. But not only that, I also find that human beings can be extraordinary and inspiring. Every time I read about someone doing good, it gives me hope that a better future can be built, so while I’m not painting people very often, their actions give me the inspiration to create and try to inspire others with my work.”

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Some of these … I find it so hard to believe they are just paintings on flat surfaces … walls or streets!  Amazing, aren’t they?  These are but a few of Carlos’ works, and you can see more at Bored Panda.   I hope you’ve enjoyed Carlos’ art … now go have a wonderful weekend, my friends!