Cool Doggie Days + Lillian Brummet’s Leeks Recipe

Happiness Between Tails by da-AL

K-D doggie is a singer. K-D takes her singing seriously.

Even writers get hungry. When I hit a rough patch as I edit “Flamenco & the Sitting Cat,” my novel, it’s fortunate I’ve got my workmate who reminds me to break for lunch. Having her beside me as I eat on the steps of our front porch turns breezes into caresses. If she’s in the mood, she’ll serenade me when a siren inspires her…

These soft days of late spring are when Monarch butterflies make their way across Los Angeles. They’ve flown all the way from Canada and are headed for Mexico (here’s a wild PBS video of them). How arrogant humans are to use our supposed intelligence as a yard-stick against the know-how of earth’s other life forms, insects included.

During a recent walk with K-D, I accidentally shot these photos as I listened to an audiobook (the outstanding “How the One-Armed Sister…

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Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn Casually Suggests Armed Citizens Should Overthrow the Government | Vanity Fair (Me: Traitors afoot in GOP)

So it’s a bit odd to hear a U.S. representative seemingly brag about how well the Viet Cong performed, and suggest that armed civilians could and should do similar damage on American soil. Cawthorn’s comments follow remarks from Rep. Matt Gaetz wherein the Florida lawmaker lashed out at tech companies for harboring alleged conservative biases, telling supporters: “The internet’s hall monitors out in Silicon Valley, they think they can suppress us, discourage us. Maybe if you’re just a little less patriotic, maybe if you just conform to their way of thinking a little more, then you’ll be allowed to participate in the digital world. Well, you know what? Silicon Valley can’t cancel this movement, or this rally, or this congressman. We have a Second Amendment in this country, and I think we have an obligation to use it.” (Harlan Hill, a spokesman for Gaetz, has insisted that suggestions that the congressman was encouraging people to take up arms against Silicon Valley are “willful lies,” telling The Washington Post: “The wildly irresponsible mis-framing of the Congressman’s comments is designed to divide America and we demand it stops.” Gaetz has also said he was taken out of context.)

Source: Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn Casually Suggests Armed Citizens Should Overthrow the Government | Vanity Fair

Are these Mango shaped Apples?? 🤔 – Bio-Blogger

A couple in Madhya Pradesh has deployed four guards and six dogs to prevent the theft of two mango trees.

The orchardist couple Rani and Sankalp Parihar planted two mango saplings tears ago. However, little they had any idea the two mango saplings would develop and bore into unusual ruby-coloured mangoes, the Japanese Miyazaki, according to a report in HindustanTimes.https://b9748fceb7b8e6f27882840e4d195464.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0TRENDING STORIESSee All

Miyazaki mangoes are said to be one of the most expensive breeds of mangoes in the world. Also known as an egg of the sun, the Miyazaki mangoes sold at ₹2.70 lakh per kilogram in the international market last year, the daily said citing a Japanese media report.

Source: Are these Mango shaped Apples?? 🤔 – Bio-Blogger

Dozens of Texas prisoners who died in the pandemic had been granted parole | The Texas Tribune

At any given time, thousands of Texas prisoners have been approved for parole but not yet released. At least 42 of those people died in the 12 months after the coronavirus first swept the state.

Source: Dozens of Texas prisoners who died in the pandemic had been granted parole | The Texas Tribune

1 dead, over 100 infected in COVID-19 outbreak at U.S. Embassy in Kabul – UPI.com

COVID-19 outbreak at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, has infected over 100 people and killed one as hospital resources stretch to capacity.

An internal Embassy management notice on Thursday obtained by The Wall Street Journal and CNN confirmed 114 COVID-19 cases and one death among staff.

Source: 1 dead, over 100 infected in COVID-19 outbreak at U.S. Embassy in Kabul – UPI.com

“We Will Not Be Used”: Asian Americans Say They Won’t Demonize Black Americans – Gothamist

“It breaks my heart,” said Tanikawa. “Because, as Black-indigenous-people of color, we can’t be fighting against each other. If we don’t fight the white supremacist structure, there’s just no way we’re gonna make it.”  Source: “We Will Not Be Used”: Asian Americans Say They Won’t Demonize Black Americans – Gothamist

Java Chip Cookies

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What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? The Chow Down: Java Chip Cookies! Anyone will tell you the aroma of coffee triggers good feelings. If you don’t believe me, check out the neighborhood coffee shops and you’ll find a local place where people hang out. It’s not just the free Wi-Fi either. Coffee is one of the most popular beverages around, especially now with intense flavorings topped with a mound of whipped cream. Transform the blend of coffee and sugar into a cookie, charged with caffeine, and you’ll be as popular as the Pied Piper. People will follow you anywhere!

JAVA CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

3 tablespoons espresso instant coffee

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

3 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup toffee bits

1/4 cup chocolate covered espresso beans…

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Pećina Orlovača, Pale, Republika Srpska / BiH – Orlovača Cave, Pale, Republika Srpska / BiH

Orlovaca Cave, Pale, Republika Srpska

Myrela

Pećina Orlovača je jedina turistička pećina Republike Srpske. Nalazi se u mjestu Sumbulovac, udaljena od magistralnog puta Sarajevo-Sokolac 900 metara. Pećina je odavno poznata u biospeleološkoj literaturi. Viktor Afelbek, kustos Entomološkog odjeljenja Zemaljskog muzeja u Sarajevu, još je početkom dvadesetog vijeka u uskom kanalu (“Ulaz prvih istraživača”) pronašao pećinskog insekta kojeg je determinisao poznati koleopterolog Edmund Rajter 1913. godine i dao mu naziv Orlovacensis, po lokaciji na kojoj je pronađen. Podzemni kanali pećine, kakvu sada poznajemo, otkriveni su 1975. godine. Na poziv Save Minića (po kome je pećina jedno vrijeme i nosila ime), speleolozi SD “Zelena brda” iz Trebinja i smučarsko-planinarskog društva “Jahorina”, Miroslav i Božidar Kurtović, Momčilo Piljević i Muhamed Hadžiabdić, propuzali su kroz 206 metara dugačak, uzak kanal koji se sada naziva “Ulaz prvih istraživača”, i ušli u, do tada, nepoznate dijelove pećine. Narednih godina istraženo je oko 2.500 metara podzemnih kanala.

Pećina Orlovača je svojim kanalima…

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The Battles in Me #2

Mariana

Click here to read Battles in Me #1

It’s an ache I so want to control,
A chilling pain yet hot as coal.
I want to scream but I have company.
I want to run but I have one home.
I wish for options but this is a tyranny.
It’s like longing to fly when…
You’re enclosed in a dome.

I am close with a few around.
And I want to open up but I’m bound.
Bound by tales so horrific,
Tales that we share, tales that scare.
And I care, I keep them safe from my terrors.
But since I don’t speak, they do.
…. Not every hurtful word is true.

So now, I’m torn between the two.
Between me and myself, separated by a laser wall.
A walk across is painfully transforming.
Who am I? What do I want?
I feel like a caged bird,
Who loves the…

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