We must have been good in 2017, because Santa dropped off an unexpected present: Zen Pencils - Creative Struggle: Illustrated Advice From Masters of Creativity, by Gavin Aung Than. The New York Times bestselling author, and creator of the Zen Pencils website, presents this collection of cartoons and stories featuring inspirational figures as a helpful reminder that even some of the most creative people in history have faced obstacles in their journeys. However, they continued to push forward in the name of self-expression and discovery. The stories in the book cover a range of fields. For example, there's Vincent van... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. What's new? Nothing too crazy to report here at the moment. Sounds like we've got snow coming tonight and into tomorrow. It was nice to see a few glimpses of the garden over the past couple of days, but oh well. The return of gardening season is still probably about 90 days away, so we'll focus on other things in the meantime, like say, coffee. BDH and Little Buddha just made a fresh pot, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter. Just... Read more →


It's only January, but 2018 seems determined to top 2017 for bad news. The music world suffered a great loss on Monday with the passing of Dolores O'Riordan. The lead singer of the Irish band the Cranberries was only 46 years old. While details were not immediately revealed, the mind races, and the heart sinks, with the news that someone so young died suddenly. RIP, Dolores O'Riordan. (pic via irishnews.com) The Cranberries were one of the defining sounds of the early 1990's. To hear "Dreams" or "Linger" from their debut album, Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We?,... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? What's new? We're just about halfway through January. Is it just me, or is this the slowest month of the year? Thanksgiving - New Year's Eve goes by faster than the past two weeks. On the other hand, at least the days are getting longer. It's soul-crushing to have to turn on the lights at 4:30 in the afternoon, but now we're up to about 5:00. Anyway, enough of that. We've got plenty of headlines to sort through, and above all else, we've got coffee! Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How's your weekend going so far? The temperature literally dropped 33 degrees during a 70 minute drive from Boston to New Hampshire yesterday. That includes a 10 degree drop within about a half mile stretch by the state border. People in Boston thought I looked like an idiot all bundled up while they jogged by in t-shirts and shorts, but it worked out well when I got out of the car a little while later. Now today is just cold. Oh winter. Whether it's hot or cold outside, you know one thing will always remain the... Read more →


People in Hawaii got the scare of their lives yesterday when they received an erroneous alert about an inbound missile attack. Officials are blaming human error, saying that an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency pressed a wrong button during a shift change. Who else here is getting tired of hearing stories about buttons and nuclear war? Officials are having follow-up meetings to make sure something like yesterday's scare doesn't happen again. Maybe someone can put a sign over the button in question that says, "Don't press this unless you're reallllllly sure." There has yet to be an explanation... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? We're just waiting for today's rain to begin. Sounds like it's going to be pretty heavy later in the day, so drive carefully if you have to be out on the roads. In the meantime, BDH and Little Buddha say that the coffee is ready. Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Friday Clutter. Donald Trump doesn't have many core beliefs, but one thing which has remained consistent throughout his lifetime is his racism. The man would be most at ease in... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? We were just checking out the weather forecast. It's supposed to hit a high of about 50 degrees today, so BDH and Little Buddha want to know if they can put on their shorts later. The warm temperatures of the next two days, along with the oncoming rain, should reduce the snow levels around here, at least for a little while. That would be nice, since some of the sidewalks near Clutter Headquarters are a little challenging to navigate right now. Apparently not everyone got the memo about shoveling. Anyway, we've got plenty... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? "Adulting" seemed to be the main theme of the day yesterday. There were issues to resolve with the car and the Northern Estate, and I think everything has been taken care of now, but we might have to wait a little longer to know for sure. Fingers crossed! One thing I do know is that we have coffee. BDH and Little Buddha have a fresh pot ready to go, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter. Sound good? Sounds... Read more →


Today is a historic date for every Van Halen fan. January 9, 2018 is the 34th anniversary of the release of the band's iconic 1984 album. It's one of the all-time great rock records, fueled by guitar god Eddie Van Halen's blazing riffs (as well as melodic keyboards), and David Lee Roth at his peak frontman/master of ceremonies powers. Add in bassist Michael Anthony's trademark backing vocal harmonies, Alex Van Halen handling the drums, and you've got 33 minutes and 16 seconds of rock that stands the test of time today. An album for the ages. (pic via amazon.com) All... Read more →