Messrs. K’s and H’s first encounter with a horse, whose name probably was not Henry. That would have been too Sgt. Pepper, even for me.  (Photo Credit: Sue Ellen Collins)


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•  Disposables may be more expensive, but I have no feelings of nostalgia about washing cloth diapers.  If you think disposables harm the environment and you want less waste, maybe your second dog and third cat would be good places to start.

•  What you need to know about plant moisture-meters:  They are all made in the same repurposed flip-phone factory in South Korea and they are all just as useless.

•  I keep swatting at my eye floaters but I have yet to catch one.

•  Dispatch from Duh Corner: This NYTimes article from September 2011 was headlined, “Doctor Fees Major Factor in Health Costs, Study Says.”  Those crack Columbia University researchers did it again.  I hope they won the Nobel Prize for lowering our health costs.•  The 5th U.S. Congressional District in Georgia is centered on Atlanta.  Although I never want to live in Georgia, I regret not having the privilege to cast a vote for John Lewis.

•  From the Old-Habits-Die-Hard File: I have been alone in the house for several days now and I am still closing the bathroom door for privacy.  (And I still haven’t made the bed.)

•  Yes, my wife is on the road visiting friends and family.  Thankfully, she has found time to call and ask what I am getting done around the house, my being alone and all.  I appreciate her concern.

•  By the way, this is one of the things.

•  In the little town I live in, the police-rescue of a kitten from a storm drain merited this eight-paragraph article in the local newspaper.  And yet, I was still hungry for answers.  Like, what did the kitten eat all the time it was in that sewer?  Will it ever live down the stigma of being a rescue animal?  Did it receive counseling afterwards?

•  Many members of the Trump Administration were expressly chosen for positions they were not qualified for (and/or openly disdained) in order to sabotage the effectiveness, or the very mission, of the departments they were to lead.  In that spirit, I would also accept a position from Trump.  I would take Chairman of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (I would issue a Hillary Forever stamp) or the Deputy Press Liaison for the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, which is more useless in the Trump Era than a plant moisture-meter.  I requested Deputy Press Liaison because the positions of Press Liaison, Alternate Press Liaison and Backup Press Liaison already seem to be filled.

•  By the way, that was true.  The U.S. Government Ethics Office has three Press Liaisons, presumably in the event two are unable to serve due to ethics violations.

•  Having a seven-letter word in your tray but nowhere on the Scrabble board to play it produces the same empty feeling as having a liberal vote with no inspired place to cast it.  There should be a word for that.  One with more than four letters.

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Donald J. Trump, Caretaker.  This isn’t really his job.  He’s just living in that mansion for a while until the real president returns.  But while we wait for that day, The Caretaker grows steadily madder.  We watch with horror as he falls prey to the same evil forces he invented and pulls the rest of his world into his twisted unreality.

Delbert Grady:  Mr. Mueller has a very great talent. I don’t think you are aware how great it is. That he is attempting to use that very talent against your will.

Donald J. Trump: He is a very willful boy.

Delbert Grady:  Indeed he is, Mr. Trump. A very willful boy. A rather naughty boy, if I may be so bold, sir.

Donald J. Trump But my attorney-general.  He, uh, interferes.

Delbert Grady:  Perhaps they need a good talking to, if you don’t mind my saying so. When my wife tried to prevent me from doing my duty, I “corrected” her.

Donald J. Trump, Caretaker.  He’s always been the Caretaker, wielding his axe, obsessed with keeping his mad promises to “correct” things that need to be “corrected.”

Stephen King, please write a happy ending to this ongoing horror novel.

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