Saturday, February 13, 2010


My husband Bob and I have never made a big deal out of such "obligatory" holidays as Valentine's Day. Better to impulsively surprise each other on any ordinary day, with something special for no societally dictated reason.
However, on a Valentine's Day several years ago, I did receive a gift of sorts from Bob. He had walked down through the snow to the barn, for one reason or another, and stumbled across this giant leopard moth which had descended into its permanent "sleep."
Its wings were more open when Bob first presented this "love bug" to me  and many of the naturally stenciled patterns on the insect's wings were more visible than in this later photo. They were little hearts!!
You may think a dead bug is a weird gift to receive from a husband, but I understood the thought behind it, and he was right! I did enjoy sharing this unusual "treasure."

Happy Valentine's Day from R.A.T. (Rose About Town).
Be loving to each other, but forget the artificial hoopla.

Friday, February 12, 2010


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Outside my winter windows to the north,
   the walnut tree lifts up its arms
   as if to say,
"I've had enough! My unclad limbs are
   suffering! Bring on the spring!"
         r. moore 2-12-2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


China, which has already quietly bought stock in some of our financial institutions (including Morgan Stanley and Citi Bank), is now purchasing stock in some of our key and most perennially popular corporations.

China already owns a big chunk of our national debt and has threatened that, if America doesn't "get control of her economy," we face paying China an even higher interest rate on the money we owe her. (Ironcially, some of the money we are currently borrowing from that country will go toward servicing that debt; and for that matter, a lot of it already has).

With the interwoven worries these facts generate, I can't help thinking about a "Back to the Future" column I wrote in the past, in which I listed a future event as:

"The Chinese government is calling in her debt and has initiated foreclosure on the U.S. White House and other U.S. owned buildings."

Were the items in my Back-to-the-Future column really tongue-in-cheek?

And what does China mean by "get control of our economy?" Is she suggesting the U.S. government RUN our economy? Have we already taken a step down that road?

This free-market R.A.T. (Rose About Town), who is gnashing her teeth again, has long since taken her tongue from out of her cheek, for fear of biting it off!

Monday, February 8, 2010


What a spectacular sub-zero dawn... CAVU!! Ceiling And Visibility Unlimited!!
Skies are arctic blue; treetops are gleaming in the morning sun.
Winter really can be beautiful, cold or not. And we hearty northeast Ohio people are not intimidated by the cold and snow; we don't let it blind us to the beauty.