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Animals Can Get A Version of Down Syndrome

Animals can get a version of Down syndrome. Most of us have seen photos of adorable animals with dwarfism. Dwarfism is caused by hormonal deficiencies. There are whole species of Dwarf This-or-That. (Many species of dwarf animals have gone extinct.) Down syndrome is caused by chromosomes. Animal versions of Down ...

By ritacastillo

February 12, 2018 10:09 p.m. read more..

Only Two People Could Have Done It

I saw a special on the Flying Wallendas. Acrobats, tightrope walkers. Trapeze artists. All family, at least in those days. The interviewer asked two of the trapeze artists how they manage it-- especially husbands and wives-- when they were Teeth Gritting Angry with one another, yet one of them had ...

By ritacastillo

February 6, 2018 5:46 p.m. read more..

Still No Bigfoot

The female of our species can get VERRRY angry and verrry vengeful, as demonstrated in our fairly-recent history by such luminaries (pronounced “loon-inaries”) as Jodi Arias, Lorena Bobbitt, Betty Broderick, Jean Harris, Amy Bishop Anderson, and Clara Harris. To name several. They are shocking because they are rare. “Hell Hath ...

By ritacastillo

January 26, 2018 7:49 p.m. read more..


Would you like to go back in time and get a do-over for, say, 3 things in your life? Sorry-- only three. Could be something you did, something you said, or even something you thought. You're a very lucky person if you don't respond with a plaintive, “only three?” Some ...

By ritacastillo

January 18, 2018 8:27 p.m. read more..

I. WAS. WRONG. Glitter BAD.

I.WAS. WRONG. Glitter BAD. It's past time that I admit that I was wrong in my happy, published embrace of Sparkle and Glitter. That was written August 9, 2017. In November 2017, these items showed up on the Internet: Live and learn.... read 'em and weep.... Sorry, ...

By ritacastillo

January 10, 2018 1:17 p.m. read more..

Unmixed Good News, Part 2

Yes it's The Holidays and you are feeling SOOOOOOO good already. Yes there are like 3000 Holiday movies a day on the Hallmark Channel, most of them starring Dean Cain. Yes you can go to almost any mall and hear enough Holiday Music to give you diabetes. Yes there is ...

By ritacastillo

December 4, 2017 7 p.m. read more..

Unmixed Good News, Part 1

It's Past Time we enjoyed some unmixed GOOD news. (Come on, you know you need it!) Three reasons to celebrate-- and with Thanksgiving a few days away! Number one. For all of us: The hole in the ozone layer is, at last, healing! After GROWING from 1985 (and being checked ...

By ritacastillo

November 18, 2017 8:42 p.m. read more..

Fog and Cloud

Fog happens when a cloud goes to ground. We say our thoughts are cloudy sometimes. We say we have “brain fog.” Sometimes our memories are foggy or clouded. Sometimes that's a wonnnnnnderful thing! Sometimes it's even MORE wonderful when our SPOUSE'S memory is a little foggy. There's a story about ...

By ritacastillo

November 4, 2017 11:01 p.m. read more..

Full of Surprises

It's past time we give a little attention to some of the “WHAT THE-- ??” (otherwise known as “Didn't See That Coming!” ) snippets of our past. After the Fact (see link below) tells, in 14 chapters, how several people from various historical events fared after the event in which ...

By ritacastillo

August 24, 2017 10:02 p.m. read more..


Cyanoacrylate or (Super glue) fuming works by having a high affinity or strong attraction to the amino acids, fatty acids and proteins in a fingerprint and the vapors of the super glue adhere to these components.--Wikipedia There's only one Super glue. There are at least 20,000-- count 'em, 20,000-- types ...

By ritacastillo

August 9, 2017 7:18 p.m. read more..

Our Confusing Language

Think -- how versatile you are! You possess a talent to understand, and use, one of the hardest languages in the world. You'll think of a lot more, but these confusing things about our culture often give me pause. For example... Why is there no egg in an eggplant, no ...

By ritacastillo

July 24, 2017 10:48 p.m. read more..


Jesus sells His dog to Zorro

Jesus knocks on the opening of Zorro's secret hideout cave. He is holding the leash of an ADORABLE male Schipperke. Bernardo, Zorro's friend and helper, motions Jeus in. He is mute, so he cannot speak his mind. "This has to be good," he thinks. "It is," Jesus says. "I'd like ...

By ritacastillo

July 10, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..

How You Saved Humanity and Got a Ticker-Tape Parade

You've never seen one by itself, because it's about a micron in size. The naked eye needs something to be about 10 microns to focus on it. Few have seen one anyway, since it's only recently that Science knew about them. Nevertheless, it is a GIANT. In its own category, ...

By ritacastillo

June 25, 2017 6:08 p.m. read more..

Sub Grub

My apologies for my recent absence from this blog. I got food poisoning, which was followed by a severe intestinal infection. Which explains why, after eating jello and puddings for 12 weeks, I want to talk about.... Sub Grub! Ever try to put together a delicious, varied meal for a ...

By ritacastillo

June 16, 2017 6:15 p.m. read more..

They're Making Them Younger and Younger!

Boomers, Seniors... you know that thought you get. A feller younger than your youngest grandchild starts to explain your medication to you at the pharmacy window. And he's the pharmacist. A sweet lil' lady in the same age bracket comes in to perform your minor surgery, because your PCP is ...

By ritacastillo

April 13, 2017 6:17 p.m. read more..

Brush With Death

Boomers, Seniors....we almost parted company. I just Beat the Reaper in a colossal joust with food poisoning. Twenty-eight days ago, in an honest effort to eat fewer animals, I bought a single-serving packet of vegan curry soup mix. Checked the expiration date, of course. Made it myself. Just add water. ...

By ritacastillo

March 24, 2017 10:35 p.m. read more..

Everybody Wants To Get In On the Act

Everybody Wants To Get In On the Act Guest Column by I.M. Tickmeoff Pop Quiz: *How many planets are there? Name them. How many continents are there? Name them.* (Boomers, probably felt confident in what you were taught. Seven continents, nine planets. “Arctica” is not a continent, just a ...

By ritacastillo

February 20, 2017 10:11 p.m. read more..

Wanna Feel Smart?

Wanna feel smart? RS will signify something you can flash around as Real Smarts. MEELS will signify a situation or person that Makes Everyone Else Look Smart. ~~~~~ RS: There's a town in Quebec with three dashes and two exclamation points in its name. (Founded, no doubt, by some guy ...

By ritacastillo

January 30, 2017 11:32 p.m. read more..

Enjoy Every Oreo

It's past time we ate all those Oreos. Sweets Here we are, halfway through January. Our household and its guests have polished off the Christmas/New Years' pastries...cakes...pies...homemade cookies. We've polished off the hard candy and all but one box of delicious chocolates... Ah, every sweet tooth we (are lucky to ...

By ritacastillo

January 15, 2017 10:42 p.m. read more..


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