The music world suffered a major loss today with the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park co-singer was found dead at his home this morning, in what is believed to be a suicide. It's heartbreaking to see depression apparently take yet another life. Bennington had spoken often about his issues with drug and alcohol abuse, as well as being sexually abused as a child. He was only 41 years old. Chester Bennington in action. (pic via fuse.tv) Bennington (who also had stints with Stone Temple Pilots, Dead by Sunrise, and Kings of Chaos) was good friends with the late... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? Besides being overheated, that is? This weather is brutal. I don't know how BDH and Little Buddha manage to stay so cool in weather like this. They're just two cool cats. Speaking of our dynamic duo, they thought we should take a peek through the headlines since we've still got some time before this afternoon's Red Sox game. Works for me. As always, they've got fresh coffee for you, or you can have some ice water if you prefer. Help yourself to whatever yo like, and let's... Read more →


Trish revisits the scene of her attack, another suspect is added to the list, and new details come out about what happened that day, as Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller continue their investigation. (Warning: Spoilers ahead) Observations: Of course, the big off-screen news this week is that Broadchurch's Jodie Whittaker has been announced as Peter Capaldi's replacement on Doctor Who! I thought Olivia Colman was the much more likely choice, but we'll be paying more attention to Whittaker's Beth Latimer for the remainder of this series, looking for any clues about her take on becoming #13. This week felt like... Read more →


Somebody get me a doctor. I'm completely exhausted and a little sore from head to toe. My eyes won't fully focus, I'm slightly light-headed, and maybe just a little nauseous. I wouldn't say I'm delirious, but I might be tip-toeing into that neighborhood just a little bit. How did I get this way? Is it a bug of some sort? No, no, it's much simpler than that. I was at last night's Boston Red Sox 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays that went 15 innings, and I think I only went to bed about 10 minutes ago. The evening... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? Moving a little slowly here at the moment. Had a hard time getting to sleep for some reason last night, and then I was woken up by a dog barking early this morning. I asked BDH if he could have a talk with that guy to see if maybe we could hold off on the barking until at least 6:00 in the morning. He said he'd see what he can do. In the meantime, we've got plenty of headlines to sort through, so grab yourself a nice... Read more →


It's official: The 13th Doctor's still not a ginger. Even better, he's a she! Actress Jodie Whittaker was revealed yesterday as Peter Capaldi's replacement on Doctor Who, thus becoming the first woman in the history of the TV program to play the lead character. Apparently we were given a hint in "The Doctor Falls," when the Master asked, "Is the future going to be all girl?" and the Doctor responded, "We can only hope." Change is coming, friends! Welcome, Jodie Whittaker! (pic via bbc.com) I'm pleasantly surprised to see the show make this move. It's a great call, both in... Read more →


The Clearing out the Clutter staff is always trying to stay in the moment. Life's all about being present, you know? However, that goal is going to be put to the test with the news that the 13th Doctor will be revealed after the Wimbledon Men's Final on Sunday! How are we not supposed to want to leap ahead to that announcement right now? If only we had a TARDIS to let us jump to tomorrow, find out the news, and then come back. Everything would be so much easier! Since we've got some time to kill between now and... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? We're all doing fine here at the moment. The big news of the day at Clutter Headquarters is that the scaffolding around the Clutter Tree finally came down this week. We were starting to think that was never going to happen! The Clutter Tree is significantly thinner now, which means the view has changed quite a bit around here. I had to explain to BDH and Little Buddha that there aren't as many places for them to go bird-watching now. They told me that's fine, and all they care about is that the... Read more →


Assumptions about Trish's attack run rampant, and the more that Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller investigate, the longer the list of suspects seems to grow. (Warning: Spoilers ahead) Observations: This week's episode featured a theme of challenging assumptions about "what kind of woman" is sexually assaulted, and "what kind of man" could commit such a heinous crime. The fact of the matter is that every woman is at risk of that kind of crime, and any type of man could commit it, which makes Hardy and Miller's job increasingly difficult. My vote is that the text message and gifts that... Read more →


I was leaving the house for this morning's bike ride, when I was suddenly stopped in my tracks. Everywhere I looked, I was greeted by new flowers who weren't there when I went to bed last night. It was a gorgeous collection of reds, yellows, peaches, purples, blues, pinks, and more. I felt like I was the guest of honor at the world's quietest surprise party! We're at the start of the peak of this year's garden, and I couldn't be happier about it. As I've made clear over the years, I love these flowers with all of my heart... Read more →