Way..... Out there !

Way..... Out there !
Deepest, most colorful Hubble image yet of our universe. Click for info.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


    Another year of fun and folly has mostly gone by. But we're mostly still here and looking forward to a visit from St. Nick.

    May the spirit of Christmas live on forever in your hearts. And bring you-all a wonderful and exciting New Year in 2013.

    Here's a treat: The Polyphonic Spree with a song by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Peace and Love,

John L.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Politics – The American Way! — Updated Again

Not that I'm biased or anything, but I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would vote for anyone else for President of the United States.

Barack Obama has a record not only of solid achievements in the face of determined stonewalling by the political opposition, but of genuinely caring about his country and his fellow citizens.

  All his fellow citizens!

Follow the Democrats as they nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden for President and Vice-President this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Visit the White House blog for a quick introduction to the policies and successes of this excellent President. 

 And remember to VOTE* on November 6 !!

John Ludwigson

*  Maryland Board of Elections has all the information you need.

•  Debates are over, but you can still visit the schedule  here at 2012 Election Central

•  Best campaign coverage is on C-SPAN

•  Obama campaign has compiled a (partial) list of his accomplishments so far, with links for further information.  Go to BarackObama.com

•  He won!  Now the real work begins. 


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Green & Growing!

    Didn't think it would grow, did you? But somewhere in there there's radishes and would-be turnips. If I wait long enough there might even be a kohlrabi, or a beet. But there sure ain't enough space for the pepper plant(s) I had planned to put in the middle. At least not now.

    And today I finally went out and sickled the weeds in the main garden. That's not digging or amending the soil, but it's a start. Not bad for a two-footed sloth!

John L.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


It's spring again... and an old geezer's heart turns to thoughts of veggies, springing from the earth in his back yard, a miraculous bounty usually enjoyed mainly by squirrels and sometimes by humans.

Still, he forges ahead, buying a half-whiskey barrel and filling it with dirt from a plastic bag in hopes of future greenery. Perhaps the presence of a catnip bush in the older tub is inspiring.... if catnip can grow so lush, just maybe some radishes or herbs, or even a pepper or two, might happily occupy the new tub.

And working on only the tubs makes it possible to avoid, for the moment, thinking about the hoeing and digging awaiting in the larger garden beds on the hill just behind the tub plantation. There, tomatoes and a panoply of larger veggies will find a home, if only the lazy gardener can get a wiggle on.

For now, too, it's almost therapeutic to watch the birds and squirrels celebrate spring. There's seeds and peanuts for them both in the feeders scattered around the place. Food paid for with songs and clown acts in the trees overhead.

Spring! It blooms in my heart as well as the garden. And now, back to work.

John L.