Category Miscellaneous


The new site of BELOW THE SALT NEWS is shaping up beautifully — thanks to the spectacular work of WordPress master coder Edee Lemonier at Jeans&Beans who took Studio Press’s Magazine Pro to a whole other level. There is still a bit of formating and tweaking to do, but all the BTSN post are in place […]

Words To Create By: “The creative Person …”

“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth-century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months, or six […]

Pondering The Possibilities: Digital Toilet Paper?

Like it or not.  Embrace it or not. The digital age has brought a lot of changes to our world. But there has to be a limit. Right? Still … Can we really rule out the possibility of digital “toilet paper”? After all, there was a time when we used leaves, rocks, and even sticks. […]

Words to Live By: “It Is Not Enough To Understand …”

It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task. ~~ Robert Kennedy

BTSN Book Feature: A GAME OF PROOF by Tim Vicary

“Gripping moral dilemmas in a top-notch crime/legal thriller.” Whether British or American, we like to think of our laws and our legal system as the bright moral lines in the sand of our respective communities.  Those clear points where we’ve collectively agreed thou shalt not cross.  Sure we know no institution is perfect, nor the […]

Mother’s Day – An Appreciation

My mom has long been my hero.  Her tireless work ethic, impish sense of humor and Saks’ Fifth Avenue style on a Woolworth budget never cease to inspire.  I wrote this poem for “Toni” years ago, but I share it with moms everywhere.  Thank you for all you do… Please pass it on to anyone […]

Words To Live By: “Eyes Blinded By The Fog Of Things …”

“Eyes blinded by the fog of Things cannot see Truth. Ears deafened by the din of Things cannot hear Truth. Brains bewildered by the whirl of Things cannot think Truth. Hearts deadened by the weight of Things cannot feel Truth. Throats choked by the dust of Things cannot speak Truth.”    ~~ Harold Bell Wright, […]

The Bluebird of Happiness — Do We Forget About The One In-Hand?

Have we raised our expectations for what will make us happy to unreasonable heights? I wonder. Too often it seems as if we are striving and searching for a bigger, better kind of happiness.  And always more, of course.  It’s as if we are determined to prove that when it comes to the Bluebird of […]

Words To Live By: “Once You See It …”

“… once you see it,

you can’t unsee it.

And once you’ve seen it,

keeping quiet,

saying nothing…”

For The Joy of Animals: Hummie Cam (Baby Hummies Soon)

Spring is in the air and I’ve been celebrating the season of renewal by going over to Melissa Crytzer Fry’s What I Saw… blog and watching her Hummie Cam.  She set a camera up to record the hummingbird nest in her breezeway. Melissa graciously allowed me to share a couple of awesome images her Hummie Cam […]

Words To Live By: “The Secret of Change …”

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~~ Socrates

A Humble Thank You To Women Writers

In honor of Women’s History Month, a humble thank you to the many amazing women writers and the characters they created who inspired my dreams, impacted my life and shaped my future through the use of storytelling.

The Story of How Young Jack Used Google to Change Cancer Detection

I’m a bit of a TED Talks junky, so I frequently listen to people that are inspiring, thought-provoking and passionately engaged.  But I can honestly say that none has made me quite as optimistic about the future as did the story of how young Jack Andraka used Google to change cancer detection. From the first moment I watched […]

BTSN Book Feature: PASSAMEZZO by J. E. Mathieson and A. A. Guest

“… rich generational saga … gripping political thriller… brutal cautionary tale” The subtitle “Who is trying to kill the boss of bosses” clues you into its thriller plot and the gangster hat on the cover points you to its Canadian crime family subject. The authors J. E. Mathieson and A. A. Guest describe their riveting, […]

For The Joy of Animals: Woe Is Henri, the Cat

Oui.  It is true. The sun hides, while the wind stills. The air chills and the clouds weep. The earth languishes in sodden sympathy. As millions watch.  And laugh. At the woeful tail and frenchified air. Of Henri, the cat. ~~ ### (h/t S.Ivy – Henri 2, the first video above, was uploaded to Youtube […]

For The Joy Of Animals: Gambolling Cows

After a winter spent cooped up in a barn eating oats and grains, can there be a better celebration of spring then seeing cows surging toward the heady smells of the fresh open air rejoicing at the uninhibited freedom of the great outdoors and rediscovering the sheer bliss of personally selecting their own patch of grass […]

~ It’s Time For Women to Play the Leadership Card

When Suffragettes demanded our right to vote, to own property, to earn a living, to get an education, to live independently, and to control our financial security women were told that the power to control these rights should reside with those who had the physical power to fight for those rights — men. When Feminists, […]

~ For The Joy Of Animals: Barking Dog Choir

If only the spotting of an intruder or the ringing of the doorbell prompted this response from the “Barker Sisters” at my house… ##

~ Who is Defending the Honor of the “Political Marketplace”?

In its 2010 “Citizens United” decision, the US Supreme Courts held that:  Political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections.  While corporations or unions may not give money directly to campaigns, […]

~ Pondering the Possibilities: Packing Wisely For Life

 “All life’s a journey.  So pack wisely.” It seems a simple enough prescription in theory, but in real life it’s less easy to follow then one might think. Too often what we carry through life has long ceased to be important.  In our youth, we are strong and resilient and we tend to ignore our […]

~ More Wild West Show Than Presidential Horse Race

The MSM likes to depict any election as a horse race, but the more I watch the 2012 presidential nomination process and particularly the debates, the more it feels like I’m watching the waning days of a Wild West Show. See what you think… Posters have been up all over town for weeks, but budgets […]

~ “Can’t Decide” in Fourth, “Don’t Want” Gaining

Just to keep you up-to-date with all the latest tail swats and whinnies coming from the 2012 presidential horse race … The Iowa State poll of likely caucus-goers has Herman Cain leading at 25%, Ron Paul running a hard second with 20% and Mitt Romney trailing respectably in third with 16%. But the surprise dark […]

~ The Minimum Required

What does it say about our society and the people within it, when the measure of a man (or woman) is his success at achieving the maximum in money and power with the minimum morality required by the law or his job.  What about the minimum required for humanity?  Shouldn’t that be a part of […]

~ For the Joy of Animals: A Howl From The Wild Side

A howl from the wild side of a wolf — eerily compelling. A howl from the wild side of a puppy — completely adorable. ~ ###

~ The Wrong Deciders On Johnson

This post is not an endorsement of Gary Johnson.  It is about the American people’s right to be the deciders. It is also about a candidates equal opportunity to be heard.  And it is about the absurdity of the entertainment (MSM) industry running our debates and doing a grave disservice to the nation by interjecting […]

~ For The Joy of Animals: A Monster To Both Clean and Clear A Room

Here is a helpful tip to consider as you make your Halloween purchases: Multi-purpose monsters are always a wise investment. Particularly when, with an inadvertent flick of a switch, the monster has the power to both clear and clean a room. Every home should have a vacuum monster!! ####

~ Is Obama Beyond The Tipping Point?

It is nothing short of  amazing the amount of energy people are willing to expend fighting change. Change is a fact of life.  It routinely happens without our knowledge.  And it frequently happens without our consent. The best we can hope for is to not be caught totally unaware and that the timing at least manages […]

~ Demanding a Leader and a Plan, But What About Unity?

Throughout our history, it took a strong leader, a bold plan, and a unified American people to get us through our toughest times and enabled us to build an even brighter future.  And yet here we are once again facing the abyss, without any of the three. Where is our strong leader (Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt) […]