Vegetarian/Vegan Lunch with the Wife

Mine is vegan lentil, roasted red bell pepper and kale soup with a nice salad. No cheese, please.

Hers is grilled cheese with arugula and tomatoes, and a wonderful organic soup. Mmmmm good on a cool Sunday afternoon. Go Pats!!



Changes in the Shave Den

Yup. Some of you may notice that my blue shave bowl is conspicuously absent from this corner of the den. I removed my dad’s shave mug for safety because last week my blue shaving bowl broke after I knocked it over the edge of the sink. Thankfully my Shave brush did a half gainor into the waste basket and was spared, but my bowl did a full belly flop onto the tile. Crash!!

So I went to Goodwill and picked up a suitable soup mug, that you see behind my Merkur 34c Heavy Duty and beside my dad’s first coffee cup, as an inexpensive and quite serviceable substitute. 

I’ve already done my head once and my face twice since the switch out. Awesome shaves continue… saving the mustache thru November. If you’ve never tried DE safety razor wet shaving I definitely recommend it to any guy who wants a better shave and a more enjoyable experience. I’m thinking of doing Decembeard too which may require just edging around the borders for the next month till the New Year.

Did I tell you I have a Christmas shaving bowl too?

Either way, have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday from the Recovering Know It All and our small family.


Frosty is Thankful too

Happiest of Thanksgiving Days to you all out there. I wore this tie last year to our family feast. It looks like it will be a traditional favorite of mine. Even Frosty is happy and joyous at the prospect of seeing family and enjoying time together around the Holiday Season. 

Another tradition is Grandma’s China. When we got married 11yrs ago, my mother surprised us with two big boxes and a note. They contained what my mom described as Grandma’s China purchased from  a mail order catalog in 1953. They have a platinum rim, and appropriately enough, a beautiful rose pattern. My grandmother’s name was Rosemary.

We have been reluctant, due to their age and fragility, to use them other than once or twice since rec3iving them in tears as I opened the gift of family tradition and trust. But since her passing in February at the age of 94, I’ve decided to use them thru the holidays every year from now on in honor of her gift, her love for family thru the years and my mother’s love and happiness for us as we entered this new phase of our lives together.

During Thanksgiving, my dad’s favorite holiday, and Christmastime, my mom’s, we remember the most important thing in our lives here on earth. For us now, since the passing of dad in 2010, mom in 2013, Chris in 2014 and now grandma this last February, over and over have been the reminders in my head and heart that, at least for us right now in this short life we have here, family has become the most important thing we can have after life and breath.

My your holidays be happy, healthy, full of love, joy and family. May you remember to love and honor those around your table this year and treat them as royalty… for next year there may be an empty seat where they once were. Love your family, don’t let stupid s#!t keep you apart. Do whatever you can, while you have the opportunity, “in as much as lies within you”, to make things right. 

Happy Thanksgiving, from our Family to yours.


Veterans Day: “We are the Dead”

Veterans Day is not for celebrating or idolizing. Veterans Day is for Remembering and Mourning, and for focusing on ways to end the madness of War and War Deaths. -kia

In Flanders Fields

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place; and in the sky

    The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

    The torch; be yours to hold it high.

    If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

        In Flanders fields.

To E. T.

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I slumbered with your poems on my breast 

Spread open as I dropped them half-read through 

Like dove wings on a figure on a tomb 

To see, if in a dream they brought of you, 

I might not have the chance I missed in life 

Through some delay, and call you to your face 

First soldier, and then poet, and then both, 

Who died a soldier-poet of your race. 

I meant, you meant, that nothing should remain 

Unsaid between us, brother, and this remained— 

And one thing more that was not then to say: 

The Victory for what it lost and gained. 

You went to meet the shell’s embrace of fire 

On Vimy Ridge; and when you fell that day 

The war seemed over more for you than me, 

But now for me than you—the other way. 

How over, though, for even me who knew 

The foe thrust back unsafe beyond the Rhine, 

If I was not to speak of it to you 

And see you pleased once more with words of mine? 

The Unhappy 270+

Just waking up for work this morning. it’s still like a bad dream that just narrowly escaped being a nightmare. Who knows, there may still be a nightmare to come. Now for the long road to January 20. How much damage can O still do before he leaves office? … Plenty.

I’m not happy with the results of the election. I’m probably less unhappy than I would have been, but I’m still unhappier than i would be if we’d really had a choice between two mature adults and qualified candidates rather than the ‘lesser of two evils’.

And no… I didn’t vote for either of the two major party candidates. and no… I won’t say who I voted for.

To all those out there who were incensed and filled with manufactured disgust when The Donald wouldn’t forthrightly say he’d respect the outcome of the election, and those who encouraged us who refused to let Hillary off the hook to ‘let go of their anger’ from the past and that we were just being hateful and maybe even sexist…

It’s time for you to put up. regardless of our unhappiness, anger, disgust, depression, or even rage this morning, it’s time for all of us to accept the results and move on. it’s time to go forward together.

I’m not happy this morning, but i think I’m a little less unhappy than I would be. I hope some day we will breakout of the stranglehold that the two party Oligarchy has on American politics. I doubt it will come in my lifetime.


Sorry, Political Rant ahead: “The Illusion of Choice”

We are all being lied to, from both sides of the aisle. Neither Reps or Dems are the true representatives of the people. They own us, manipulate us, and lie to us so they can stay in power over us. This election is so fckd up! We don’t have freedom anymore. We have what they give us.


This post may make me seem like something I am definitely NOT.

I’m sure many will interpret it that way and try to assume my motivation and underlying reasons.

But they would be wrong. Let me speak for myself please.

Binary Control and Manipulation

Why are we satisfied with only the illusion of choices in our political choices? Every Election season, we have only two choices given to us by only two major parties. Then they pit us against each other in an increasingly vitriolic and hate filled battle of ideologies that they provide the Talking points for.

All other points of view and ‘third parties’ are either ignored completely or marginalized in the press and media. It’s almost as if both of the Major Parties are the Same Ruling Party. This was my comment earlier on one of my posts in answer to a Canadian commenter.


SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 AT 4:46 AM

  • Here in the US, we only have the choices they give us. Red or blue. And the major parties make sure we only have those choices encouraged and shown to us in the media and news. When your choices are limited to just two and you are being herded into them by fear and vitriol, you don’t really have choice. You don’t have freedom. You have two major parties that are in reality one ruling party with the illusion of choice and the illusion of freedom. Truth is, the very nature of our national government and it’s relationship to the states and it’s citizens dramatically changed in the 19th century. We are not the same country as when we were founded. Neither trump nor Hillary are fit or sane enough for the office. I won’t be consenting to either.

  • The Federal Government was set up to serve, not rule

  • The relationship between the National Government that used to serve the “Free and Independent States” spoken of in the Declaration of Independence was irrevocably changed during the 19th century from one of subservience TO the States, to one of dominance and control OVER the States. 

  • We as citizens of our Several States (plural) before, our States being members of the Country thru their representatives, Elected and chosen by the States, became Citizens of the new National entity (singular) The United States. We are literally not the same country and our citizenship was transferred without our knowledge or consent to the new ‘collective’ citizenship.

  • That was also about the time when our Elections changed from multiple choice to just binary. When what we had as multiple parties, narrowed to just two Major Parties. Easier to control and manipulate us against each other.

  • Can you peg when this happened? 

  • That’s when National Government began to grow, when spending increased, debt started piling up, mandates and interferance in personal lives stated increasing as well, Wars against other countries and peoples around the world for control and financial gain, we started ‘projecting American power’ into the world arena. When the Federal Government stated limiting our freedom and choices… and the two Major Parties started choosing our Only Options for us. 

  • “Red or Blue, Dem or Rep? And we will choose who you will get for options even within those two.”

  • Instead of being heard, we are being ‘herded’ against each other and ourselves

  • It’s about “the consent of the governed”, right? Well, what happens when your consent is manipulated to just the Options ‘they’ provide for you? Is that really ‘free consent’? Or is it Tyranny from an Oligarchy of National Socialism?

  • Just my opinion, your milage may vary

  • I will not consent to either Trump or Clinton. Neither are fit, sane or qualified to receive my vote. I know that the present system guarantees one of them will be ‘elected’, in November, but not by my Consent.

  • -kia

Watch “Must Watch!! Hillary Clinton tried to ban this video” on YouTube

Most of You really don’t know who you’re voting for. 

This might help. And if it doesn’t, I’m not sure there’s much more I can say that would convince anyone that regardless of Trump’s issues, Hillary Clinton is the very least qualified Democratic candidate the DNC could have nominated, and one of the most inept, corrupt and incompetent candidates ever to be offered up for consideration to the American people for President of the United States. It has nothing whatever, as some people might say trying to emotionally bias you, to do with her gender. It has everything to do with her character, her history and her corruption. 

I’m sure there are similar videos about Trump, but the faults and even crimes of one person do not excuse or negate the truth about another person. And before someone starts calling me a Trump Defender, I have no dog in this hunt. I’m not voting for either of these monsters that the major political parties have limited us to. Neither the idea or the fact that Trump is as much or even more of a monster than Hillary mean she herself is qualified or deserving of being elected President. Most of the young people, and alot of people my age, simplementation have no memory or faded memory of who this woman really is and what her history is. Hillary Clinton is not who you think she is. She may not even be all I think she is. But she certainly isn’t who the American people have been told/sold she is. 

This is how the Clinton DNC Rolls

Trump or Clinton? Neither of these people are fit for public office or a position of public trust. She just has a longer public rap sheet. But don’t worry, we have only been provided with two major party choices. by all likelihood, only one of those two will be elected and it’s already been decided that it’s going to be Hillary. Just lean back and enjoy the ride.


For First 50 Words: Diamond


“When I was younger, I thought baseball would be my life forever. Rounding the bases at twenty two, the smell of infield dirt and outfield grass was my heaven.
She threw a curve ball, dusted the corner of my plate and captured my heart. I exchanged one Diamond for another.”

Ain’t Love Grand!