Giovanni da San Giovianni

September 30, 2014



Black cat on green

September 29, 2014


Francesco del Cairo

September 28, 2014


Drawing of Botticeli

September 27, 2014

Getting around to drawing from the catalog bought at The Uffizi last summer. Recalling that you need a fan and bottles of water to traverse the building. And lots of time, and some idea of what you want to see before you go in.

Seeing from a book is not the same thing as seeing while being there. Drawing is however much more pleasant.


In My biggest disappointment is that I didn’t gain any superpowers I mentioned the surprise incident. All the puzzles bits aren’t yet in place, but it looks like a seizure caused by a warning stroke, or a TIA, or Transient Ischemic Attack. The bubble test, where they run some oxygenated fluid, like a carbonated software drink, through your heart shows an intra-atrial shunt, likely a PFO, or Patent Foramen Ovale, which is a small hole which allows stuff to pass through that shouldn’t.

About a quarter of the population has such a thing. And in a history of an otherwise healthy person a TIA or “out of the blue” event a PFO is the likely source. Even then, many PFO strokes are cryptogenic, or have no apparent cause.

Strokes are caused by blood clots making their way to the brain. The suspicion here is that a tiny blood clot made it through the PFO to my brain. So the question then is where did the blood clot come from? I have no history of trauma, or any extended non-mobile activity, in the past year.

Any other ‘anomalous’ findings in my battery of tests, all are typically age related and not unusual. Blood tests continue to look for the zebra in that large herd of horses.

At this point, there are simple drugs – a daily aspirin – which act as a blood thinner. This should keep the clots away. PFO’s can be managed otherwise with surgery. We’re not near that point yet.

I can continue with my otherwise uninteresting normal boring life. As I did have the seizure, though, it will require my being clear for a year before I can drive again. is a light quick overview.

“Symptoms of PFO include fatigue, shortness of breath upon exertion, heart palpitations, swelling in the legs, feet and ankles, cyanosis, or possibly stroke.”.


and is little more thorough and medical.

Ghost cat

September 25, 2014

Here is ghost cat without my moaning.

Ghost cat. Links and thoughts

September 24, 2014

:-(  working in this desktop post box is troublesome. I want to put this text BELOW the image. I can’t seem to place the image after the fact, or insert my cursor below it to put text there.

Below this is the pasted link to this same image on G+ and Tumblr, which is very extremely easy to post from mobile, both through the G+ app, and the app, Paper, in which the drawing was made.

15:46 The Google+ link

Photo The Tumblr link

More and more I am sharing directly to other places from my iPad. This is far more tedious to do from the WordPress app and still bound in multiple clicks in the desktop. Despite this, this site gets its continuing handful of ten to twenty or so hits a day. Tumblr followers (about 100) continue to grow, G+ followers (about 300) and cartoon life followers (about 300) continue to grow, despite my neglect.

A Ghost Cat

Ghost Cat Beewhooomeoooowl!

Joni Mitchell in concert 1970

September 15, 2014

Oh, this is a lot of fun

My sister in Mauchenheim

September 6, 2014

a bit of personal history from my mother’s side.

What dogs do best

September 5, 2014

Experimental 2

September 4, 2014



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