Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cat Tales -- Cat of the Week! Anastasia

Cat Tales -- Cat of the Week!


Gender:         Female
Breed:           Bengal
Color:            Brown Tabby
Age:               2 years old

I'm a very smart girl who is very sweet. I love head scratches and I seek out attention to be pet. I do not like to be held. I am a very high energy and busy girl who is very curious and loves to play. I always need to be doing something. I get along fine with other cats but I'd also be happy alone as long as you are devoted to giving me attention and playing with me. I am okay with children that understand cats and understand that I do not like to be picked up. Please adopt me!

No Dogs

Phone:          860-344-9043


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Just the Facts, Ma'am

In late June, city and state officials announced a plan to elevate Route 9 between the river and downtown, which would allow the removal of the traffic lights.  

The above image shows how lifting the highway would look at the bottom of Washington Street (that white building represents DeKoven House.)

Here's a bit more information:

•  You can see all the 3D renderings of the proposed changes at this link, provided by the DOT:

•  There's a public meeting for input tonight, Tuesday, July 26, at 7 pm at the Elks Club at 44 Maynard Street.   Apparently the venue was selected so that there would be ample room for the public to attend.

•  Here are two editorials on the subject, with differing viewpoints:

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Waiting for Godot or His Doppelganger -- The Colonel Carries on #42

By Terry Binth of Mamre, New Hampshire

Epigraph: “If Godot don’t show, love the one you’re with.”

πŸ’¬ Why do German households use less electricity than U.S. households? Basically, because electricity is much more expensive there than here, so they economize. Here’s how they do it.

πŸ’¬ They mostly don’t use air-conditioning or even fans.

πŸ’¬ They mostly don’t use clothes dryers. They hang things out to dry. In laundromats, there’s often a high-speed spinner/wringer between the washing machine and the dryer, so things going into the  dryer are already largely dry, so the dry/fluff session is shorter than in the U.S.

πŸ’¬ Home heating is never electric. Most homes use gas.  Older homes use oil. Distance heating (aka district heating, heat networks, and teleheating) is growing fast.

πŸ’¬ Houses are smaller. And many more people live in apartments and row houses, so heat is “shared.”

πŸ’¬ Germans don’t light their homes so brightly, preferring the intimate darkness of “GemΓΌtlichkeit.” And they don’t leave lights on needlessly.

πŸ’¬ Germans rush to adopt energy-saving technology like CFL and LED bulbs and energy-efficient appliances, because they save serious money quickly.

πŸ’¬ That German lifestyle may seem attractive or repellent, but if the U.S. replaced, say, the federal income tax with a carbon tax, we’d all be “going German” in short order. Hello, little bitty luxury cars!

πŸ’¬ The same would happen if the carbon tax revenue went to pay off all federally guaranteed education loans in a massive act of retroactive subsidy. The point is not what the tax revenues would go to, but the effect it would have on consumption. There’d have to be energy stamps like food stamps, too.


πŸ’¬ “The infinite monkey problem” is the name I like better than “the monkeys with typewriters problem.” How long would it take an infinite number of monkeys, each typing randomly on a typewriter, to produce Hamlet (the play, not the prince)? Almost surely several hours at least.


πŸ’¬ If Elizabeth Montgomery hadn’t landed the role of Samantha in “Bewitched,” Erin Gray would have been a good choice. Instead she was in “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.” Couldn’t wriggle her nose the right way, I guess.

Erin Gray with natural teeth

πŸ’¬ Speaking of Erin Gray and Elizabeth Montgomery, do you know that you are reasonably likely to have at least one doppelganger, and maybe many? At first, second, and third glance it seems unlikely, but...

πŸ’¬ A study of a public collection of photographs of U.S. military personnel measured distances between key features such as eyes and ears. The chances of two people having even eight identical such measurements are less than one in a trillion. Sophisticated facial recognition software would catch only 135 people in the world with doppelgangers.

πŸ’¬ But the brain apparently doesn’t work like facial recognition software. It takes shortcuts that produce a lot more matches. Consider these lads:

πŸ’¬ And these:

πŸ’¬ And these:

πŸ’¬ (Grammatical note: I use the generic “lads” to cover “lasses,” too. It’s not only efficient but also a tiny way to honor the patriarchs who built the world in which we live. Note to self: don’t go out in public any more.)

πŸ’¬ And here are Hallie Jackson and Lizzy Caplan, both reportedly of NBC News:

πŸ’¬ Apropos of nothing, did Jim Morrison of The Doors ever marry Sting of The Police?

πŸ’¬ The several pairs above are far from identical, but the brain pairs them nevertheless. Hence the popular “separated at birth” novelty feature.


πŸ’¬ And now a meditation on gun control. The Bill of Rights, which includes the Second Amendment (right to keep and bear arms), applies by its terms to Congress and by extension to the whole federal government, but not to the states.

πŸ’¬ Enter the Fourteenth Amendment, which bans the states from violating due process and equal protection. This has been held to “incorporate” the Bill of Rights into the Fourteenth Amendment, so that not just Congress, but the several states are banned from infringing Second Amendment rights.

πŸ’¬ Wouldn’t it be hermeneutic child’s play to replace “incorporationism” with another theory of due process and equal protection that doesn’t embrace the right to bear arms? That would leave the states free to pass any gun control laws they pleased.

πŸ’¬ There might be the side effect of leaving the states also free to establish churches and abridge the rights of speech, press, and assembly, but there may be lemonade to be made from those lemons. Think state-passed campaign finance restrictions not allowed to Congress under incorporationism (Citizens United).

πŸ’¬ And imagine Metropolitan Community Churches as Connecticut’s established church, the first since 1818.

πŸ’¬ We may be on the verge of a new era in which novel omelettes can be made because previously sacrosanct eggs can be broken. One more “living constitutionalist” on SCOTUS and they'll outnumber the “dead constitutionalists.”


πŸ’¬ Many sayings are hard to interpret. Here are two examples.

πŸ’¬ “One thing about being successful is that I stopped being afraid of dying. Once you’re a star, you’re dead already. You’re embalmed.” --Dustin Hoffman.

πŸ’¬ One unsatisfactory interpretation is the “John Wayne interpretation”: once you’re a star, you get typecast, and it’s like being embalmed. That’s probably not only a bad interpretation of the saying, it’s demonstrably false: Meryl Streep.

πŸ’¬ Here’s the other difficult saying: “Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand.” --Guinean proverb. Obviously, it means knowledge is inferior to wisdom in some way. But how? “A without B is like C plus D”? Puzzlement.

πŸ’¬ Reminds me of the French saying, “Dessert without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.” (Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin)

πŸ’¬ Many allegedly African sayings befuddle me. Some I get, like “Never compete with the elephant in defecating” (Kenya).

πŸ’¬ But what to make of “Never climb from a lower branch to a higher”? Know thyself? The higher you climb, the farther you fall? Higher branches are less sturdy than lower, so keep safe, y’all? Beware ambition, Macbeth, those witches haven’t your best interests at heart? You don’t have to go looking for Coyote, because Coyote is always waiting? The higher you climb, the more you will see, and what you see will drive you mad?


πŸ’¬ This is a couple of years old and does not reflect Brexit:


If the following is the sort of thing that excites you, it will surely excite you: "New Yale-developed device lengthens the life of quantum information." Weren't we just saying how nice it would be if our quantum information only had a longer shelf life?

Potrzebie, y'all!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Inside Out, Outside at Films On Foss Saturday July 23, 8:30 PM

The Mayoral Youth Cabinet in partnership with the City of Middletown and Wesleyan University is bringing back the wildly successful movie series called "Films on Foss". 

This is a FREE event where multiple generations can come together to build community.  The City of Middletown and Wesleyan stepped up to the plate to make this a reality. 

Just as the name states, the films are shown on campus at Foss Hill, just off Wyllys Ave. in the center of the Wesleyan University campus.

Food trucks will provide snacks, desserts and dinner for those who choose to dine al fresco.  And there's pop corn and water.

The acclaimed animate film, Inside Out (the third of four movies this year) will start at 8:30pm (or shortly after depending on how dark it gets).  The movie will be preceded by a community picnic that starts at 7:00 pm.

Drew on Pokeman

From Mayor Drew
I understand that the Pokemon craze is exciting and I’m glad to see so many people coming together to participate. However, there have been a few unforeseen consequences as a result of all the activity. These are public spaces and in most instances, people have a right to go where they please.

So I’d like to make a request on behalf of the community:

If you are a Pokemon player, please refrain from using the Veterans Memorial Green on Washington Terrace and please refrain from using cemeteries. They are solemn locations in which people pay their respects to and remember those who have passed on and the people who fought to keep our nation free.

This is also becoming an issue because we are starting to find pollution in these places and damage to cemetery property. If this continues we will step up police patrols to these areas.

The only legal restriction to Pokemon – or other gatherings – is that if “meetings and events” are held on city property, then organizers must seek the permission of the Department of Public Works in City Hall. If a meeting is more than 30 people and has food available, then it must be approved by the Public Works Commission. These legal stipulations can be found in Chapter 214, Article III (§ 214-13) of the Middletown Code of Ordinances, available here:

Please use areas that are designated for recreation only and if you are gathering in a large group, please follow the above-cited ordinance provisions.

Again, I can’t and won’t hassle people who are legally using designated public spaces, but I do ask that you refrain from playing the game in solemn spaces for honoring our military and our deceased.

Please let me know of any questions and continue to enjoy the game.

Thank you!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Eric Kuhn 

with Noah Baerman and Dave Kopperman 

July 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm | $10

Eric Kuhn, Noah Baerman, and Dave Kopperman are all multi-faceted performers, songwriters and bandleaders. On this evening we will be treated to solo sets of mostly original songs by each artist along with collaborative jams on one another’s material.

Check out more of these amazing performers here!

Aligned with Source: An Interactive Workshop

July 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | suggested minimum donation $5 

Aligned with Source will be meeting at Harbor Park for the summer. Meet at the tunnel gazebo. Parking at the river or at Melilli Plaza lot, and then walk through the tunnel. 

Hosted by Annaita Gandhy, A Spiritual & Holistic Healer from India, who is experienced in applying varied healing modalities to a wide range of situations. In these inter-active workshops, Annaita seeks to empower, sharing her deep understanding of life, holism and spirituality, enabling you to rise above life’s challenges, live a healthy, fulfilled & confident life. 
To learn more about Annaita Gandhy and her work click here!

Stay tuned for more information about our Saturday night event on July 23

Visit us at our website and check out our July calendar for constant updates!

The Tile Project

Members of The Buttonwood Tree are mounting a fundraising campaign that will bring a beautiful visual art installation to the foyer of The Buttonwood Tree. A 46”x 58” space on the wall will be filled with a ceramic tile mini mural of an artist’s interpretation of both the mission and Buttonwood Tree logo. The area holds a total of 154 tile squares used in the artwork. Each tile, sold for $50.00, represents an investment in the extraordinary performances, connections, and good will found at The Buttonwood Tree every single day.

Names will be engraved on a bronze plaque that will hang alongside the finished piece. The tile work will hang in the lobby for a period of two years or more before being retired to another location in the facility.

Purchasers of tiles will also be invited to a special reception where the work will be unveiled for the first time and be given an opportunity to meet with the artist as he/she discusses the work.

Be part of the Tile Project or become a member and donate HERE


The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center
605 Main Street / PO Box 71, Middletown, CT 06457
CLICK TO GO TO WEBSITE: / 860.347.4957 

ARTFARM opens second week of The Servant of Two Masters with “Pay What You Can” Wednesday performance

ARTFARM’s The Servant of Two Masters is kicking off its second week of performances the with a ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ night on Wednesday, July 20th. The eleventh annual Shakespeare in the Grove production is Carlo Goldoni’s 1740 commedia masterpiece, performed outdoors on the campus of Middlesex Community College, and tonight is a great opportunity to see it for whatever you can afford to pay.

First week audiences are raving about this fast-paced farce: “The play is HILARIOUS from start to finish. We LOVED it and plan to see it again, later this week. Check it out!” writes one audience member. Another happy patron gushed: “I LOVED it! I am so thrilled and impressed. Can you please keep doing commedia?” People who have been to ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove productions for years are calling it their favorite show yet.

All performances start at 7 pm, and are preceded by an hour of live music beginning at 6 p.m. Each evening’s performance is opened by a different Connecticut headliner musician, showcasing some of the State’s best musical acts.

This week’s musical headliners are as follows:
Wednesday 7/20- Andrew Biagiarelli
Thursday 7/21- Krizta Moon
Friday 7/22- Nancy Tucker
Saturday 7/23- Anitra Brooks Band, with Eric Kuhn, Matt Russ and Trevor Davis
Sunday 7/24- Kate Callahan

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic and enjoy professional music and theater at sunset in the beautiful Cedar Grove overlooking the Connecticut River Valley. Popcorn and ice cream are available at the venue, but most patrons bring their own picnic and beverages and enjoy the music and the setting with friends or family before the play begins.

The performance on Friday, July 22 will be followed by a “Talkback” with the director and cast.

Middlesex Community College is located at 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT. 
Shakespeare in the Grove 2016 is made possible by generous support from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Pratt & Whitney, and generous donorsbusinesses who supported ARTFARM’s Shakespeare Goes To Italy Gala. Shakespeare in the Grove is co-sponsored by Middlesex Community College. Tickets are $15 for children, $25 for adults.

Marcella Trowbridge as Beatrice and Alex Kydd as Silvio. Photo by Bill De Kine.

The full cast of The Servant of Two Masters. Photo by Bill De Kine.

Brian Jennings (AEA) as Truffaldino. Photo by Bill De Kine.

Kaia Monroe (AEA) as Pantalone and Joni Weisfeld as Smeraldina.
                                                    Photos by Bill De Kine.

For tickets and information, contact ARTFARM at (860) 346-4390, email, or go to