Thursday, March 3, 2011

Miscellany . . .

The 2011 Tucson Festival of Books is scheduled for March 12, 13 on the University of Arizona Campus. The index of events is on the left side of this website and it includes a list of the participating authors


Iron Eyes Cody (April 3, 1904 – January 4, 1999) was an American actor. He was recognized for portraying American Indians in Hollywood films.You might remember Iron Eyes Cody from the Youtube video of this commercial

Iron Eyes Cody

Near the end of his life, his Italian ancestry was made public. Cody was born Espera Oscar de Corti in Kaplan, Louisiana, a son of Antonio de Corti and his wife, Francesca Salpietra, immigrants from Sicily, Italy.


Yesterday I received an email from a longtime friend. He cleared up the mystery of The Dot... For centuries, Hindu women have worn a dot on their foreheads. Most of us have naively thought this was connected with tradition or religion, but the Indian embassy in Ottawa has recently revealed the true story.

When a Hindu woman gets married, she brings a dowry into the union. On her wedding night, the husband scratches off the dot to see whether he has won a convenience store, a gas station, a donut shop, a taxi cab, or a motel in the United States . If nothing is there, he must remain in India to answer telephones and provide us with technical advice.

I read somewhere that the title of John Roberts is chief justice of the United States, not chief justice of the Supreme Court. That could be an important distinction if an author is stating this official title in a novel, or more importantly, in a non-fiction book.

While out on my daily walk I heard what sounded like the rattling of chains and a "clop, clop, clop" -- so I turned around and saw...

After the wagon passed my location (off the beaten path) I snapped another shot...

Quite a sight. A wagon carrying happy Arizonans, being pulled by mules and trailed by a horse, all headed South on Conestoga Avenue ready to turn onto Tanque Verde in East Tucson.


Miscellany: noun A group or collection of different items; a mixture.

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