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Good grammar is essential

Good grammar is essential

Marty’s photo of the day #2215: Robin: “You can’t get away from Batman that easy!” Batman: “Easily.” Robin: “Easily.” Batman: “Good grammar is essential, Robin.” Robin: “Thank you.” Batman: “You’re welcome.”

Nobody wants war

Nobody wants war

Marty’s photo of the day #2214: Batman: “Nobody wants war.” Robin: “Gee, Batman. Belgravia’s such a small country. We’d beat them in a few hours.” Batman: “Yes, and then we’d have to support them for years.”

In memory of Adam West

In memory of Adam West

Marty’s photo of the day #2213: Catwoman: “Let no one say that Catwoman is not the best-dressed woman in the world.” Batman: “There are no fashion shows where you’re going, Catwoman.” Robin: “And how could a feline feloness like you also be a fashion model?” Batman: “Ah-ah. Give credit where credit is due, Robin. She […]

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Marty’s photo of the day #2212: Humpback whale, along the coast of Antarctica.

Your Friday morning smile

Your Friday morning smile

Marty’s photo of the day #2211: “Hi. We’re here to give you your Friday morning smile. Come on . . . we know you can do it. Good! Our work here is done.”

Agile wallabies love popcorn!

Agile wallabies love popcorn!

Marty’s photo of the day #2210: When Deb and I are at home, our dogs love popcorn night. When Deb and I are in Australia, the agile wallabies love popcorn night too.

Living among lupines

Living among lupines

Marty’s photo of the day #2209: At this moment, Deb and I live in a field of blue lupines. In this photo, Lucy, is resting on the land just below our house. And pretty much everywhere we look, lupines are in full bloom.

Momma flying squirrel

Momma flying squirrel

Marty’s photo of the day #2208: My home office has big windows, with a beautiful view of the mountains and the forest below. Two weeks ago, I happened to look out just in time to see a flying squirrel go by, with a gray squirrel in hot pursuit. The flying squirrel landed at the base […]

Rant of the day

Rant of the day

Unless something happens later to grab my attention, I don’t feel particularly ranty today. So here’s my rant of the day: rant.

Is it safe to come out yet?

Is it safe to come out yet?

Marty’s photo of the day #2207: “The orange lunatic is STILL president? Let me know when it’s safe to come out.”   (Gopher tortoise, photographed in Florida)

Separating a verbal gaffe from intentional racism

Separating a verbal gaffe from intentional racism

Here in the United States, we most definitely have a racism problem. As we work together on fighting racism, we need to avoid hyper-overreaction and be able to separate a verbal gaffe from intentional racism. Here’s an example of a verbal gaffe: Bill Maher calling himself a “house nigger. Here’s an example of intentional racism: […]

Pig-tailed macaque

Pig-tailed macaque

Marty’s photo of the day #2206: When I photographed this pig-tailed macaque on the island of Borneo, the first thought that came to my mind was, “I know where the creators of Star Trek got the idea for Spock’s ears.

Eve digests her deer

Eve digests her deer

Marty’s photo of the day #2205: On September 11, 2001, Eve arrived, via Federal Express, from a breeder in Ohio. All air traffic had been halted on that day, but somehow she made it through. She was so small, she fit into a fruit cup. Now at more than seven-feet-long, she is about a foot […]

Republicans: What is your moral justification?

Republicans: What is your moral justification?

Hey, Republicans! A few of my Democratic friends have criticized me for being too hard on you. Being a liberal, one of the requirements I put on myself is to be open-minded. That being the case, here is your chance to tell me to shut up. For this discussion, let’s start with some basic facts: […]

Newborn morning

Newborn morning

Marty’s photo of the day #2204: One of the things I enjoy most about my early morning bike rides is that babies of many different species are out and about. In the case of this newborn calf, she was out for maybe five minutes.

Backyard Elk

Backyard Elk

Marty’s photo of the day #2203: This elk walked by the motion-sensing camera in my backyard earlier this week.

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