Choens (Nullius in verba)


Folks, there's never been a situation like this in the history of our country.

Mr. Trump,

I thought I would start with a quote from you, Mr. Trump. I use this quote to highlight just how out of line you and your campaign are. You will get defeated in November. Hell, you’re going to get flattened, because you are not a winner. Not this time.

In the meantime, please don’t break our democracy. This election has been one ongoing shit-show from top to bottom. This debacle has been driven by the deplorable policy positions taken by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee. Since the beginning of his campaign, I have argued that his campaign has been a traditional Republican campaign. The only difference was that it embraced, openly, the deplorable ideology that other Republicans only wink at. Let’s be clear, Donald Trump is the nominee the Republican Party deserves. Paul Ryan, John McCain, and all the others are running away from their candidate, but this is the logical end-result of the reality-distortion play that has been run time and time again by the Republican leadership.

He didn’t come out of nowhere. He was created by the Republican leadership. It took years for their crazy train to go this far afield, but there ain’t no stopping the crazy now. Do establishment Republicans WANT an openly sado-masochistic, racist nominee? Probably not. But they have long winked at the right-wing cultural crazies, and now they run the party.

Congrats. This is what the Republican Party deserves. It isn’t what we as a nation need. I don’t particularly like Hillary Clinton. I might have even been open to voting for a responsible Republican this season.


In the past few days, Trump evolved as a candidate. He metastasized from being a cancer of the Republican Party to a cancer of the electoral system. His baseless claims that he is losing the election for any reason, other than the obvious (he is a terrible person), undermine the trust our democracy rests upon.

At this point, I’m worried. Could there be violence on election day? I truly hope not. But if there is, I lay the blame squarely at the feet of Donald Trump and the establishment Republicans who created him.

Don’t break our democracy. Please.

September 1st Friday!

Spread the word! We are celebrating 10 years of 1st Friday Albany at the UAG! This is shaping up to be one for the history books. School is back in session (meaning more people on the street) and we have several new participants this month, combined with some old participants we haven’t seen in a while. I am really looking forward to this.

A flier for 1st Friday Albany, celebrating 10 years of monthly art nights.

This month's 1st Friday Albany theme.

Almost There

Success! We spent most of the day at Albany Med (of course). Leila is doing great. More on that later. But we are still chilling in the NICU. Today, I spent some of that time working on the laptop and wrote lots and lots of backposts. I still need to get Karen’s AWESOME videos up and a few of her pictures, but this finishes most of my old pictures.

Ha! Old . . . none of them are more than two months . . . old. Whatever.

I’ve got a picture or two from today I’d like to share and some AWESOME video, but for some reason my phone is NOT wanting to sync to Google’s cloud. Not sure why. Once I figure that out, I’ll update / tweak this post with a pic or two and a video.

One Eye Open

She may or may not be looking at me.

Leila, on her side, with one eye open.

Back Posting

I am, apparently, a horrible person. My daughter was born on May 12 of this year. Yet, it took me nearly two months to write anything about it here.

Clearly, I must make amends.

I am going to write some back posts, documenting the journey of my Monkey. She deserves that and so much more. To recap, she was born over two months early. She has been in NICU all this time. She was a mere four pounds, nine ounces when she was born.

She is perfect.

Question: Why is her nickname Monkey?

Answer: Because she makes monkey sounds! On the day she was born, and every day since, she has made these little squeaks. Sometimes they sound like a premature laugh. They are adorable. And for some reason, they made me thing of a monkey.

And there you have it. The origin of the Monkey.

Cold Brew FAIL

This was such a cool idea. Too bad it didn’t quite work. Tasted nice, but it was soooo weak. Must adjust and try again.

Water with coffee floating in it.


Leila, asleep, again.

Leila, asleep, again and again again..