Aren't the phrases "unprecedented" and "new normal" a bit... tired? How about some extraordinary stories?
Tell one and pass it on, thanks https://splot.ca/extraordinary/worldwide-stories/
The most recent Episode of This American Life "The Show of Delights" had a strong flavor of #smallstories
Got a slick (I think) new feature in one of the WordPress "SPLOT" themes, ones that create places for sharing w/ no logins, tracking.
SPLOTbox is for a place to collect media from various sources (direct URL, upload) https://lab.cogdogblog.com/splotbox/
The new thangs is a built in audio recorder, saves directly to site. Give a spin?
The convos @bryanalexander started over in that blue bird place made me open up this account after a while. Howdy.
Today's walk, second very unusual grey cloudy day in northern Arizona.
Then something weird happened.
Water started falling from the sky. One burst for a minute a second for about five.
A bright flash.
Followed by a huge boom of thunder that sustained continuous rumbling overhead for at least 25 seconds.
This pic was pink sunset glow over Strawberry Mtn last night, boosted w/ HDR. That tiny red dot is a patch of red canyon maple, I stood there Sunday.
In addition there are a lot of _____ Tommy people in town.
Barkeep Tommy, well you know what she does. Bicycle Tommy? doesn't seem to work, he just circles his bike around the parking lot til Barkeep Tommy opens the door.
When I moved in I hired Cowboy Tommy to cut down some dead trees. He was the real deal, a trail rider.
Give me 10 more years here and I will be Web Guy Tommy?
I miss Wayne.
An ideal neighbor, age and health kept him down in the valley in winter. He had tons of stories of this place, rendered opinions on everything with a straight out of "Fargo" North Dakota accent, plus a contagious self-laugh.
The people who bought his house did a lot of reno. They drive tinted window SUVs and wave only some of the time. They are here weekends, often different vehicles. Shades are always drawn tight and few lights are on.
I think they are devil worshippers.
Since adopting my dog Felix, walking several times a day, I've easily tripled the neighbors I know by name and chat with.
Something about a [friendly] dog makes it much easier. I respect you cat lovers, but I don't see many people out there walking their cats, nor any cats eager to jump up and kiss you or go madly chasing a ball.
As screwed up as the world seems, having the right dog puts it all in place, https://mastodon.social/media/6BbvTTuo65JnpMPi87c
Two nights ago my dog walk was a bit late. With minimal disk left, we were perched on crossing a wild, overgrown ditch (with a path) that connects to my street.
We listened the local fire department siren going off.
This was then echoed by mimicking coyotes, a normal sound, but usually coming from the hills outside of town.
These yips were coming from just up the ditch we had to cross, maybe 200 yards away.
We crossed, making loud "WE ARE LARGE: stomping sound.
Sorry Mastodon, we forgot about you. Then got bored and wondered, what are they all tooting about? Then a squirrel ran past.
@katebowles @Tdorey #smallstories that won't happen in this or any other social media stream. A 6 year old blog post about the stories of my cousin's life growing up as part of a high dive act in the 1940 is found for 3rd time by someone who knew cousin Lorrie. And I am able to connect.
This is what blogs do, as old and creaky and antiquated as people make them out to be http://cogdogblog.com/2017/06/long-soaring-dive/
Cacti in the forest are strange enough, but then again not, as in this part of northern Arizona all are adaptations to varying seasons of limited water. Strike your visions of desert as sand dune piles. They are lush.
But behold the surprise when a cactus is not just a prickly fella, but one bearing, for a short while, bouquets.
All still part of the life cycle, draw bees, pass on pollen, germinate, reseed.
I once liked twitter.
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