Night Hunter

Meet the Night Hunter, a barred owl on the look out for meal. This bird is the latest of my intarsia creations. I began this project in December, 2020, and worked diligently up to March, 2021. Then, I put it to rest to percolate. In September, 2021 I picked it up again to complete the effort. Although I am not pleased with the outcome I decided it was good enough to finish and to share.I tried to incorporate a unique subliminal feature in this piece, i.e. the title is only visible when a light is spotted on it as in the night. During the day one has to put his nose up against the work to see the words. On the display wall, the title appears only after the halogen spotlight turns on. Now, I ponder what my next project will be, I’ll entertain suggestions from the field.

The owl came on the heels of a piece I call Three Roses which was supposed to be a simple relief project after my greatest work to date which is Cecil the Lion. As it turned out, Three Roses was more work and more complex than the lion. Another relief work was Hummer Snack which has been rolling in my mind since 2008, I finally decided to tackle the work in 2020. That was a rollicking year for me as I completed two pieces and started a third. Night Hunter is by far the most complex piece I have endured, coming in at 330 pieces.

A couple of weeks ago, I visited a place called the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center. They have a couple of huge aviary cages in which they house injured birds of prey no longer able to fend for themselves in nature. One of them was a barred owl that I studied for several minutes. I realized that I had made the pattern life size from a photograph of a bird I had never seen in real life. How lucky can one get?

Three Roses
Cecil

PUN-FUN

1.  Never buy flowers from a monk.  Only you can prevent florist friars. 

2.  How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced?  A buccaneer.

3.  I once worked at a cheap pizza shop to get by.  I kneaded the dough. 

4.  My friends and I have named our band ‘Duvet.’  It’s a cover band. 

5.  I lost my girlfriend’s audiobook, and now I’ll never hear the end of it. 

6.  Why is ‘dark’ spelled with a k and not c?  Because you can’t see in the dark. 

7.  Why is it unwise to share your secrets with a clock?  Well, time will tell. 

8.  When I told my contractor I didn’t want carpeted steps, they gave me a blank stare. 

9.  Bono and The Edge walk into a Dublin bar and the bartender says, “Oh no, not U2 again.” 

10.  Prison is just one word to you, but for some people, it’s a whole sentence. 

11.  Scientists got together to study the effects of alcohol on a person’s walk, and the result was staggering. 

12.  I’m trying to organize a hide and seek tournament, but good players are really hard to find.

PSA-211008-Friday Funnies

210928-Senior Wisdom

TWELVE COMMANDMENTS FOR SENIORS….

#1 – Talk to yourself. There are times you need expert advice.

#2 – “In Style” are the clothes that still fit.

#3 – You don’t need anger management. You need people to stop making you mad.

#4 – Your people skills are just fine. It’s your tolerance for idiots that needs work.

#5 – The biggest lie you tell yourself is, “I don’t need to write that down. I’ll remember it.”

#6 – “On time” is when you get there.

#7 – Even duct tape can’t fix stupid, but it sure does muffle the sound.

#8 – It would be wonderful if we could put ourselves in the dryer for 10 minutes, then come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller!

#9 – Lately, you’ve noticed people your age are so much older than you.

#10 – Growing old should have taken longer.

#11 – Aging has slowed you down, but it hasn’t shut you up.

#12 – You still haven’t learned to act your age and hope you never will..

Bonus: “One for the road” means a stop in the bathroom before you leave the house.

Contradictions

Critical things to think about in 2021.      
I never dreamed that I would have to face the prospect of not living in the United States of America, at least not the one I have known all my life.  I have never wished to live anywhere else.  This is my home, and I was privileged to be born here. But today I woke up and as I had my morning coffee, I realized that everything is changing for the worse.  No matter how I vote, no matter what I say, no matter how much I pray, something evil has invaded our nation, and our lives are never going to be the same.  I have been confused by the hostility of family and friends.  I look at people I have known all my life–so hate-filled that they agree with opinions they would never express as their own.  I think that I may well have entered the Twilight Zone.  We have become a nation that has lost its collective mind! And I don’t see positive change anywhere on the Horizon. The statements I listed below are wildly insane as expressed in some cases, but whether your Democrat or Republican you must admit that many of them are indisputably true.  
  
You can’t justify this in any application of truth or logic:

  
• If a guy pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him. 
  
• Somehow it’s un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America.   

• Russians influencing our elections are bad, but illegals voting in our elections are good.   

• It was cool for Joe Biden to “blackmail” the President of Ukraine. 

• Twenty is too young to drink a beer, but eighteen is old enough to vote.   

• People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves.   

• People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for their degrees.   

• Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you’d better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated.   

• Irish doctors and German engineers who want to immigrate to the US must go through a rigorous vetting process, but any illiterate gang member or terrorist who jumps the southern fence is welcome.   

• $5 billion for border security is too expensive, but $1.5 trillion for “free” health care is not.   

• If you cheat to get into college you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the country you go to college for free. 
  
• If you cheat in an election nothing happens to you, but if you point out the mathematical errors of that election you are a conspiracy theorist & disdained. 
  
• People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President.   

• We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, but it seems like a great plan for us.   

• Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now.   

• Criminals are caught-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it’s a violation of their rights.   

• And pointing out all this hypocrisy somehow makes us “racists”?! 

Nothing makes sense anymore – no values, no morals, and no civility. People are dying of a Chinese virus, but it’s racist to refer to it as Chinese even though it began in China.  We are clearly living in an upside-down world where right is wrong and wrong is right, where moral is immoral and immoral is moral, where good is evil and evil is good, where killing murderers is wrong but killing unborn babies is okay   ! 
  
   Wake up America, the great unsinkable ship Titanic America has hit an iceberg, it’s taking on water, and is sinking fast. We Americans are drowning.  Speak up while you still have breath and a voice for soon you will have neither if you don’t!

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