Monday, May 15, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Scare Quotes (and behind the scenes)

Catskill, New York

I don't recall encountering the term scare quotes when I was an English Major nearly fifty years ago. Quotation marks that were used not to indicate a quotation were referred to as false, or emphasis, quotes. I kind of like the scare word instead. But the internet-driven rampant overuse of false quotes for emphasis seems ill-advised. Junk mail and junk ads on otherwise-worthwhile websites are probably the worst offenders, but one expects those to be illiterate. It's also somehow weird to see this infecting off-line vernacular communication.

On the behind the scenes front, tomorrow will be three weeks out from surgery. I'm still exhausted. It seems that spending a couple hours reading a non-fiction book from the new release shelves at the library requires about an equal time back asleep. At least I was able to drive to the library and select a book a few days ago. Driving somewhere to look for some pictures is still out of the question. This may be progress, but the pace is glacial.

Seven at Seven

Saugerties, New York

Friday, April 28, 2017

Birds along the Hudson

Kingston Point, New York

There are almost always lots of seagulls at Kingston Point Park, in any sort of weather. But, this guy, in the foreground of the second picture, sure ain't no seagull...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Here's Lookin' at You

Winsted, Connecticut

Entrance to an antique/used-stuff/junk store with, from what I've seen, highly irregular business hours.