"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, October 31, 2011

Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt or BOO!

photo by Eric Alder

Bring on the candy

Oh just one more piece

Over indulgence

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Magpie Tales #89 or SPLAT!

There once was a writer Olivetti
Who obviously loved his spagetti
He spilled his sauce
Which made him quite cross
And now his prose is confetti

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Eric Alders Monday Photo Prompt

Go by car
Gotta get that corn laced fuel
Go buy it

Crowded Mexico City Traffic

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Magpie 88 or Where Do I Look?

I see you
No matter where I look
Reflecting me

image: Lee Friedlander, from America by Car
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Unecessary Demise of a Tree

Residents of Lake Oswego are well aware that last summer
the city spent an inordinate amount of money "beautifying"
the entry to the local municipal par 3 golf course.
Drought resistant natives were summarily ripped out
and annuals and plants needing irrigation were planted adjacent
to 3 lovely Manzanita trees.
I noticed that irrigation was put in place and daily watering
commenced. I called the Parks and Recreation department to
voice my concerns about the well being of the Manzanita trees
as it is well known that Manzanita trees require well drained soil
and will not thrive if over watered as they are very drought resistant.
I was assured that the watering was past the trees drip line.
This spring it was obvious that two of the three trees were dying.
I talked with one of the Parks Maintenance employees and he admitted
that indeed the city had "killed the trees by over watering".
A few weeks ago I saw that one of the trees had "disappeared".
It had been cut down. I never saw a notice of the potential removal
or permit posting and I go by this site several days a week.
So my question is this:
Is the city not required to follow the rules that we residents have to follow?
It seems to me that hypocrisy rules here in Lake Oswego.
Below are photos of what is left.

Entry to golf course- note annuals in lower right corner.

One of the remaining Manzanita trees.
Even though it is now October the irrigation is still turned on.
This Manzanita tree is very stressed and may not live another year.

A picture is worth a thousand words.
No permit was ever observed before the tree was removed.

"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." Albert Einstein

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Magpie Tales 87 -a visit to Chinatown

Sneaky peek
Behind Peking Ducks
Hung so low

Peking ducks live in a free range environment for the first 45 days of their lives....

Monday, October 10, 2011

Two for the price of one!

Brick by brick
The snug little house was built
Blowhard safe
There once was a guy named Clay
Who loved to make bricks all day
Til one sunny morning
Without any warning
He left for Spain to make whoopay

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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Magpie 86 or How Dare They!!!

As I read the news and sip my coffee
I am appalled at the state of affairs
Mis-using their powers-they sure don't care
Scandalous leaders are white collar crooks
They are far too busy cooking the books
I fantasize a hilarious simple solution
Let's take those papers and swat them like flies!
Watch them run with their power red ties
No possible escape for these pesky 'festations
Lets swat them all with our frustrations
Sweeping them into a deep dark corner
There won't be any hired mourners
Lets toss the lot into the dust bin
These so called leaders committed a terrible sin
They thought our money was theirs to keep.
Swat them again til they're in the BIG sleep.

Image: Michael Sowa - from the Little King
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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Luck of the Draw?

photo courtesy of Eric Alder

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Shaking hands roll the dice-
once twice thrice
Providence is not in those bones
Safe harbor is found
In the depths
Of your head and heart

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Magpie 85

Image courtesy from Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales

I'm not Babar nor that circus trick Dumbo

and I'm certainly not the famous African Bush Jumbo

Finally after being faithful 100 percent
I have wings and I'm so elegant
I'm Horton the flying Elephant!*

*"I meant what I said and I said what I meant,
an elephant's faithful, one hundred per cent!"
Famous quote from Dr Seuss book Horton Hatches the Egg
One of my children's favorite book and author.