It's Past Time!



Irritating...Reassuring...Awesome! Kind of reminds me of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. By the way, there's a marvelous YouTube cut of the theme for that movie, done by the Danish National Symphony. I'd never have BELIEVED it took so many instruments and voices to create this theme. ~~~~~~ ...

By ritacastillo

December 1, 2018 7:33 p.m. read more..

This Is Not a Hallowe'en Blog, Either.

Do you have a seemingly silly, not-so-silly fear? Two of mine are getting caught in quicksand, and predatory, giant white worms or snakes. I was in first grade in southeast Minnesota, walking home across a huge empty field. Broad daylight. Snow on the ground ahead of me was undulating. The ...

By ritacastillo

October 27, 2018 5:19 p.m. read more..

Space Bullies and Space Snitches

It's Past Time that bullies take notice of The Big Picture. We think that the personality flaws of our planet's inhabitants are limited to this planet. What a crock. Science fiction writers have hammered THAT into our heads since...well, since science fiction began. Space aliens are depicted as kindly and ...

By ritacastillo

September 12, 2018 12:11 p.m. read more..


Shtoopid Lyrics and New Mineral

Shtoopid Lyrics There've been many funny columns written about mis-heard song lyrics. (i.e., “Then I saw her face, and now I'm gonna leave her” (actually “Now I'm A Believer”). This is not one of them. This section is about hit songs with lyrics that are Just. Plain. Shtoopid. The author's ...

By ritacastillo

August 10, 2018 7:40 p.m. read more..

UPDATES: Glitter Bad, She's 10. NEW: Cats and Boxes.

Seniors, Boomers, don't stay awake nights worrying about how this or that story turns out. Not stories from THIS blog, anyway. One of the very best things about the Internet is that (remember? --of course you do) you DON'T have to drive to the library and spend money on the ...

By ritacastillo

July 18, 2018 6:48 p.m. read more..

Brain Stuff AND Radioactive Wolves

Get off your seat and on your feet... I tell you what, get off your butt... When in a slump, get off your rump... AAAAAAACK! I'm channeling my high-school gym teachers! OK, apparently, some 31 years later, I am cursed with still hearing their harsh, grating growls. OK, 41 years ...

By ritacastillo

July 2, 2018 10:33 p.m. read more..



It's past time we confront one of the forces that remake our beautiful planet. The password today is “Volcano.” Let's pick one with lots of vowels in its name. How about... Eyjafjallajokull. That's Eyja as in “(El) ijah” Fyalla as in “Fee Allah” Jokull as in “ Joe Cull” Take ...

By ritacastillo

June 2, 2018 9:10 p.m. read more..


NOT Small Potatoes... and Brain in Ovary

This is NOT small potatoes! Comic Richard Belzer has brought this up. Why did so many people starve to death during the Irish potato famine? Because... Ireland being an island... by definition, it is surrounded by fish. So the Irish were dying because...they wouldn't eat fish. Current seafood harvests from ...

By ritacastillo

March 31, 2018 9 p.m. read more..

Animals “Talking” to One Another

Of course YOU never do this, but you've seen it done. Someone is trying to convey information, and the intended recipient of the information is completely tuning them out. Of course if the information is really USEFUL, the recipient sometimes tunes back in-- “Eh, you said something about buried treasure?” ...

By ritacastillo

March 12, 2018 10:05 p.m. read more..

Hackers Could Control Your Vehicle

This is a head's-up blog. You might be concerned if you own, or are shopping for, an older model of vehicle. Or you are planning to pass one on to a friend or relative. Please feel free to share this information with friends and neighbors who are owners of same. ...

By ritacastillo

February 28, 2018 10:59 p.m. read more..

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..

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