WHAT ANIMALS THINK ABOUT EPA CHIEF SCOTT PRUITT

WHAT ANIMALS THINK ABOUT EPA CHIEF SCOTT PRUITT

“Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is under increased White House scrutiny over his housing and travel arrangements as some of his own senior staff are expressing growing frustration with the public criticism of their boss.” — New York Times, April 5, 2018

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American White Pelican
(Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Galveston, Texas

“Scott Pruitt’s scandals at the EPA are pretty damaging, in my opinion,” said the pelican, who then resumed his attempts to extricate himself from a puddle of sludge spreading from an oil refinery that would suffer no consequences for its actions. “This is probably the worst thing he has ever done.”

Piping Plover
(Charadrius melodus)
Lake Huron, Michigan

“I find it pretty suspicious that an EPA administrator was renting an apartment for such a low price from the wife of an energy lobbyist,” noted one of the last piping plovers in the Great Lakes, hopping along the shore and searching fruitlessly for any location for a nest that wasn’t already destroyed by human activity or climate change. “And what makes me angry is that I know the real estate in D.C. is expensive. It’s just so unfair.”

Channel catfish
(Ictalurus punctatus)
Ohio River

“If you ask me, giving huge raises to your staffers without going through the normal administrative procedures is unacceptable,” said a catfish who prided herself on reading Politico every morning. “And he should have been more careful. Just look at all of the turnover there’s already been in Trump’s cabinet so far.” She then resumed her leisurely swim downstream, ingesting astronomical levels of arsenic, lead, and mercury that would be passed on to the fisherman who caught her later that day.

Polar Bear
(Ursus maritimis)
Northern Alaska

“But did he really do anything so bad?” asked a Republican-leaning polar bear on a patch of ice. “I mean, yes, he rented his apartment from the wife of an energy lobbyist. But I’m sure lots of lobbyists and government officials responsible for regulation are friends. It’s a revolving door.” At that moment, the bear heard about the EPA administrator’s travel expenses. “What the hell?” he exclaimed, as his ice broke away and started floating into the open ocean.

American Bison
(Bison bison)
Yellowstone National Park

“I personally have more issues with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. I just don’t like that guy,” opined the large land mammal before being shot by a poacher.

Wood Frog
(Lithobates sylvaticus)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“I’m so confused,” confessed the amphibian, wallowing pensively in the metallic green water of a pond near the heart of American industry. “Who’s in the government anymore? Who’s out? Will we have any stability in policy? This is what worries me most of all.” The frog had seven eyes.

Monarch butterfly
(Danaus plexippus)
Raleigh, North Carolina

“Does anything even matter?” asked a monarch butterfly, raising its wings in exasperation as it was blown off course on its annual migration by the exhaust from a vehicle that was no longer subject to fuel efficiency standards. “I’m so tired even trying to argue about it at this point. If he leaves, someone else will take his place who will have exactly the same views. It’ll look new and different, but inside it’ll be the same gross hairy caterpillar.”

Canary
(Serinus canaria)
Coal Mine, West Virginia

The canary had no opinions on any scandals at the EPA. Because it was dead.

Things Seen in the Airport

I am a frequent traveler for work. The parent of one of my gymnasts jokes that I fly more than her husband WHO IS A PILOT!

I am a bit of a freak when it comes to arriving early. Whether I am arriving early to the airport or arriving early to a convention center or gym. I do not like to be rushed I would rather have some extra time to get my bearings, plan, etc. When I arrive early at the airport I tend to just read or write. When my brain needs a break I play a few mental games as I people watch.

Where are they going or coming from? : Based upon what they are wearing or carrying. For example- sun burned family, kids hair braided, dragging through the airport- Just came from Caribbean Vacation.

What is their job? : Based on what they are wearing or carrying- What is their job

Rank most OVERDRESSED travelers  in a certain amount of time.

Rank most UNDERDRESSED travelers in a certain amount of time.

I really try to be nice to airport and airline employees. They are just doing their job. What I get annoyed with is other travelers who seemingly have NO IDEA how to travel or act at an airport. I will save that rant for another day.

Here are some photos from airports.

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October 19. International Evaluate Your Life Day

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Evaluate Your Life Day is a bit scary. It sounds just a little bit too serious for my liking. And, what if I evaluate my life, and find out that I don’t like it????????

fullsizeoutput_497fWell, for starters, you can then make positive changes.

Evaluate Your Life Day gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon our life, where it’s been, and where its going. C’mon, be honest with yourself. Are things going well? What is bothering you? What do you need, or want, to change? How’s your Job? Why are you stressed? How is your relationship with friends and family?

With a self evaluation, you can then make big changes to improve the quality of your life, as necessary. Or, if things are going well, just tinker with small adjustments.

I have to believe that  Evaluate Your Life Day is the beginning of a happier and healthier you!


Origin of Evaluate Your Life Day:

Evaluate Your Life Day was created by the good folks at Wellcat.com

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Fun Ways to Repurpose Your Wine Corks

To all my wine drinking friends- we love wine! In fact, there’s nothing we find more enjoyable than gathering with other people discussing current events over a bottle of wine. The true cost of these get-togethers, though, is an ever-increasing mountain of corks. Here are a few fun ways to repurpose those pesky stoppers!

Like many of you I have a drawer nearly completely FILLED with corks. Every few months I empty out this drawer and put all the corks in a ziplock and put them in the basement. I now have a room in my basement almost filled. We have made a wreath out of corks- Now I need to be more creative.

Here are some more creative ways to use the corks.

1. Fill a large glass jar to the brim with your corks. This is an inexpensive and easy way to find a decorative use for them. Cork-filled jars look great on end tables!

2. Fill another jar with corks, and this time toss in some marbles to spice up the display. These also look great on end tables. An end table entirely covered with them looks even better!

3. Stuff corks into a hole in your wall as an added layer of insulation. Use as many corks as possible. I’m sure that you have several garbage bags full, and the more corks you stuff, the fewer corks you’ll have taking up valuable hallway space.

4. Bury some corks in the dirt around your houseplants. This will not rid you of many corks, but each cork buried is one more that you’ll never have to deal with again.

5. Grind the corks into mulch and put the mulch in pillowcases. These cork pillows are great for guests with feather allergies or guests who’ve had too much wine to drink and have passed out, face first. Place a cork in their pocket while they’re sleeping. That’s one more cork down.

6. Pack your own pockets with corks before you leave home in the morning, and distribute them around the city. My favorite place to leave corks is at my local public-library branch. I’ve left dozens there in the past month alone. Friends’ homes are another alternative.

7. Throw corks at weddings! They sort of look like rice. Try not to hit the bride and groom, as corks can cause serious injury.

8. Listen to a police radio for 911 chatter. When you hear about a house on fire, rush there as fast as you possibly can and toss in a sack of corks. It’s fun to watch corks burn.

9. Eat corks! Pop a cork in your mouth from time to time. After a while, you’ll start to enjoy the taste, and eventually your body will figure out how to digest them. Some days I eat only corks.

10. Finally, feel free to throw a few of those corks away! After all, you’re not superhuman. You’ve done your part, and there’s no way in hell you can get rid of them all at the rate you’re drinking.