Category: Random Topics and Musings

An Unexpected New Container Species

While engrossed in the first phase of my autumn yard cleanup today, I was surprised by the sudden appearance of a ‘volunteer’ new container species. Although I had previously seen it on the property recently, this was the first time it has seeded itself in this particular location. I immediately recognized it as Felinus sheldonii…

Remembering Brielle Galleries

Most of us have a few special places that once – as the Beatles aptly put it – “had their moments” setting them apart in our memories as something special; the quintessential gone-but-not-forgotten. For me, one such place was Brielle Galleries, a unique store owned by Ira Jacobson. 1950 – 1970: Launch and Growth The…

In Memoriam

Political topics usually find no place here, but today is an exception. It has been more than 50 years since the death of a public figure has affected me as profoundly as the news last night of the passing of Senator John McCain. The fact that this loss, unlike the one we experienced in November…

The Chatsworth Lady Goes Car Shopping

Being a research geek is both a blessing and a curse, especially when a ‘significant purchase’ such as a house, car, or major appliance is in the offing. Thus it should come as no surprise that I began researching my next new car approximately one year ago.  Visions of spending a mere pittance on gasoline…