Friday, June 23, 2017


My wife and I went to Bangor yesterday and before entering the highway (I-95) to return home we swung onto a ramp that took us to a Tim Horton's. A Timmy’s in Maine!

The restrooms were really clean and orderly: I felt like I was pissing in Canada.

the Ol’Buzzard



Repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act has been the mantra of the Republican Party for eight years.  Now the priorities of the Republican Party are on full display in the Trump Care replacement passed in the House and being modified in the Senate.

The Bottom line is that eight hundred billion dollars ($800,000.000,000) will be cut from Medicare and subsidy programs in order to give a six hundred billion dollars tax cut to 1% of the wealthiest people in this country.   

This is the Trickle Down Economics that has been the goal, along with doing away with Social Security and Medicare, of the Republican Party since the election of Ronald Reagan.  

Another outcome of this bill will be the cutting of regulations on the health industry, giving a big win to pharmaceutical companies and health insurance companies.    Who really believes that deregulating the health industry will have companies siding with the sick over profits?

Twenty million people will lose their health coverage on Trump Care, and millions of these people will die early as the results.
Whenever Republican politicians are confronted with this fact they always fall back on justifying the cuts as controlling government spending and the booming deficit.   
How much money is a life worth to a Republican?   It seems they are able to place a dollar amount on life and pass the savings on to the rich.

the Ol'Buzzard

Thursday, June 22, 2017



If you haven’t seen Susan’s blog Phantsythat - you should have a look.   Susan’s drawings and water colors fill the imagination with possible scenarios, and her close friend Crow travels the world and shares his insights with her.
A truly fascinating blog that can, for a while, remove you from the harsh realities of this world. 

the Ol'Buzzard

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Charlaine Harris has a new series, MIDNIGHT TEXAS, and it's beginning July 24.  

I have read the three books of the series she has written so far: Midnight Crossing, Day Shift and Night Shift; and if this new series is as well produced as True Blood it will be a grabber.  

The main difference between the books and the trailer is the script writers seemed to have modified the cast.
In the book the population of Midnight is approximately twelve: an ancient vampire, a witch, a pawn shop owner, a psychic, a couple of weretigers, two gay angels, a mob hit woman and some people you are not sure of.  Almost everyone in Midnight is middle aged.

But who wants to look at a bunch of middle aged people?  In the trailer it looks like everyone is young and hot, and they changed the two gay angels to one angle hunk – probably straight (why?)

Oh well, that what you get when you read the books before seeing the movie.  

Anyway, I will be watching and I invite you to watch with me.  
the Ol’Buzzard

Note: on YOUTUBE it looks like the series was possibly released sometime in 2016 – unless that was an advanced trailer; but it is airing here in Maine on NBC on 24 July.  

Monday, June 19, 2017


Rarely is a movie as good as the book – almost never.   It may be that after reading the book the omissions in the movie are glaring.  

James Patterson has written the book Zoo, and a second one out Zoo 2. I have not read the books and do not want to; because I have started watching Zoo on Netflix and find the series riveting.   Reading the book at this time would be like a spoiler alert… 

If you watch the first episode you will be hooked.
the Ol'Buzzard

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017



I am a person of nature and have been all my life.  I have hunted, fished, trapped, canoed, been a survival instructor and a Maine State Guide.  

One of my pleasures is identifying plants as I take walks.

In the military as a survival instructor I needed to be familiar with edible plants and poisonous plants.   After I retired from the military my wife and I attended college.  One of the courses we most enjoyed was field botany, and I have remained interested in plant identification ever since.  

I don’t go out looking for plants; but as I take walks I enjoy knowing the names of the plants I see in bloom, and if I find one I am not familiar with I look it up. 

There are many plant and wildflower identification books on the market and most try to make identifications by color – this can be a hit or miss.   The absolute best wildflower identification guide available in my estimation is Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb.  Once you master the key you are almost guaranteed of identifying any wildflower, shrub or vine you find.


The old Newcomb’s guide I have had for years was written for the north-east; but I have used this guide from Maine and Kentucky, across Canada and Alaska and have always been able to find any plant in question.

If you are walking in rural Maine at this time of year you might wonder what plant is turning most of the fields yellow: 

Among the ferns

It is Silvery Cinquefoil.   I know: because it is in Newcomb’s.

Have a good day
the Ol’Buzzard