Don’t drive your motorcycle when drunk


“Suffer The Last Supper” is a photographic experience with Iriga City’s noted artist Alfonso “Al” Oliva. A chronological look at the making of what could probably be his most taxing project: life-size sculpture of Christ’s final meal with the apostles, built atop a sacred hill called Inorogan.

Schoolteacher-turned-painter-sculptor-landscape artist-madman, Alfonso Oliva is the artisan behind numerous artworks in Bicol’s Rinconada district and beyond.

In the summer of 2016, he was commissioned to construct his own representation of The Last Supper up on Inorogan, here in Iriga city.

At 75, contending with all the physical demands of the job, and with a nagging osteoarthritis, he limps his way to his tour de force — an amalgamation of post-impressionist cum surrealist modelling created via his own bohemian character.

The undertaking soon to be marred with controversy, strife and adversity.

One afternoon, he met a serious accident.

Coming home drunk and all boozed…

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New Decade

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify. At one time I thought it would be a great idea to create several blogs, each with its own theme. This is one of those niche blogs. On August 8, 2018 I decided to transition to a single, self-hosted blog which I named My Strange Life.

However I have no intention of forgetting the folks that actually read my posts. Without readers this is just a wasted effort. Here is an updated list of posts that are available at my new location.

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    I'm probably overstating the productivity of my garden by calling it a harvest, but I am getting daily salad greens from my plantings. The snap peas will be ready soon.
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    The New Ipswich Green Center has reopened with guidelines for COVID-19 and other safety enhancements.
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    My Dad loved to fish. I'm sharing some memories of his passion for this Father's Day.
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    In winter everything is in a potential state, in summer it is all kinetic. This is the Yin-Yang of gardening.
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    My son described my videos as a something out of a dystopian movie. He may be right, I'm thinking of the 1972 film "Silent Running"



10 No-Photography Places in Manila by elmer nev valenzuela Sekyu: Tasked with the dirty job of enforcing company policies

Photography is a strong arm. Here in the Philippines, the House Bill 4807 boner is proof of this. You don’t mess with photojournalists. Photojournalism rules! I’d like to think, in this democratic population, while civilian authority reigns supreme over military, photojournalists reigns supreme above all.

But no. For we have another sector which doesn’t budge to photographers and reigns topmost in this hierarchy — the Security Guards.

You see, where the power of camera ends, security guard supremacy begins. Thou shalt not mess with the sekyu. They don’t bend to photographers and photojournalists’ carte blanche. They can declare NO PHOTOGRAPHY and they don’t even need a legislation from your friendly neighbor Congressman.

A recent brush with a security guard made me dig up past experiences involving photo refusals and run down this 10 No Photography Places in Manila (Metro…

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Lighting up the Christmas Spirit

A Project for Christmas

Mrs. Twinkle

Here is my “little” (well it started out as a little idea) DIY Christmas project.

To beginn with I thought that I would use 1 or two pallets (and ended up enjoying the sawing so much that I did four). I was very pleased with the result and decided to see what it would look like if I painted one (BIG mistake!!!). It worked out so well that I ended up painting the whole lot (half way through I did start to question the whole idea). But it was well worth it…

The Wood Work

The Painting

The Result

If you want to give it a go all you need is:
-a couple of pallets
-a jigsaw
-a drill
-a tin of paint
-some Christmas lights
(and some patience)
Have fun!

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A Favorite Place Revisited

This place looks amazing

New Hampshire Garden Solutions

It was another of those hot, humid July days last Sunday so I decided to see if the air conditioner was running up in the deep cut rail trail in Westmoreland. It was, and the relief was immediate. This man-made canyon creates its own breeze and the air blowing over the moist canyon walls usually runs about 10 degrees cooler than it is “out there” in the world. It was wonderful to stand there and be cooled but taking photos was a chore because it was very dark due to all the overhanging trees. I had to use the flash to get this photo, which is the mediocre best of a poor lot. But it does show you what I’m talking about and I guess that’s the point.

The railroad used a lot of the stone they blasted out of the bedrock in the previous photo to build walls, and…

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Things I’ve Seen

Thanks for the information about the dragonflies

New Hampshire Garden Solutions

Our hot dry weather continues, and the more visible stones there are in the Ashuelot River the lower the water. This is normal in the in late July and August, but it has been this way since May, and that isn’t normal. Or maybe it’s the new normal.

Despite the low water levels I’m seeing a lot of dragonflies, like this 12 spotted skimmer.  Males are sometimes called 10 spotted skimmers, but apparently it depends on whether you count the white spots or brown spots. Only males have white spots between the brown. I’ve read that mature males seldom perch, but this one returned to its twig again and again.

I’m not sure about the identity of this dragonfly, but it might be a dusky club tail. There is a similar dragonfly called the ashy club tail though, and I’ve read that care needs to be taken in identification of…

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Late June, Early July Flowers

New Hampshire Garden Solutions

Tall meadow rue flowers (Thalictrum pubescens) always bloom close to the 4th of July and always remind me of “bombs bursting in air.” These are the plant’s male flowers; starbursts of petal-less dark yellow tipped stamens.

I don’t see tall meadow rue in meadows unless the meadow is very wet. I usually find it growing at the edge of streams or in ditches as the example in the above photo was. In fact this one sat just where a ditch met a stream. It was down an embankment, which was a good thing because it often grows 7-8 feet tall and towers over me. Getting above it is usually next to impossible without a ladder. Native Americans are said to have given lethargic horses ground meadow rue leaves and flowers to increase their vigor and to renew their spirit and endurance. In spring the plant’s young leaves fool…

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