Nov 15, 2018


     There were flakes on the 2nd story deck this morning when I left for work. 

     TINY flakes that melted as soon as they landed, but flakes none the less.

     The earliest measurable snow on record in Montgomery was on 12/05/1886. The latest was 4/3/1987.

     Which reminded me of some more substantial snows in Montgomery.

The 4th deepest snow in Montgomery recorded weather history, 3.5 inches in 2010

     Wanna see the list of the days when it snowed even more in Montgomery and other cities in Alabama?? Go here.

Reading Recommendation.


The American civil war didn't end. And Trump is a Confederate president.


From an article in The Guardian.


Being twinged, even after SO many years of not smoking....

Oh yes, i was a smoker.
I started in the Army, and continued for a lot of years.
But I quit about 15 years ago.

Yet when I read a story in The New York Times that a ban on menthol was coming, I had a little twinge of regret....missing something I haven't experienced in a very long time...something that won't truly be banned for two years or more...hows that for a long-lived addiction?

If someone gave me a cigarette of the same menthol brand I used to smoke right now....before bedtime I would be out buying two packs.

If you don't smoke, don't start.
If you, try to quit.
Added incentive: a carton cost over $100 in many big cities now.

Nov 13, 2018

The Quilters in The NY Times

Watch a 14 minute video about Gees Bend quilters in Alabama's Black Belt from The New York Times (pay wall):

Can Stressed Fathers Pass Along the Results to Kids? Perhaps....

Scientific American has the story:

"Striking evidence that harsh conditions affect a man’s children came from crop failures and war ravaging Europe more than a century ago. In those unplanned human experiments, prolonged famine appeared to set off a host of health changes in future generations, including higher cholesterol levels and increased rates of obesity and diabetes. To probe the inheritance of such changes at the cellular level, Bale and co-workers performed a series of mouse experiments."

Nov 12, 2018

The Whitest States

  • Vermont 96.2%
  • Maine 95.5%
  • New Hampshire 95.0%
  • West Virginia 94.3%
  • Iowa 92.9%
  • Idaho 92.1%
  • Wyoming 91.6%
  • Minnesota 90.94%
I was surprised that Wisconsin was not on the list after this photo emerged showing High School students giving the Nazi Salute:

 Yes, High School kids are stupid, but....really?
The one kid in the upper right NOT following the crowd told CBS News he did not feel right doing so. 

Here is the CBS story: