We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Newts have unusual life-cycles. Actually, this is a photo of a Red Eft I took yesterday. Red Efts are the land-dwelling intermediate form of our Eastern Red Spotted Newt.
They go from egg to gilled young newt to Red Eft on land and then, after a few years, back to adult air-breathing, breeding water newt.
Saw many of them yesterday in our Hemlock groves up above the beaver marsh, poking around the leaf litter on the balmy October day. They are surely only days away from hibernation deep in the leaf litter.
Although they look like Gummy Salamanders, their orange color announces their toxicity to predators. Cute little critters that provide instant good cheer when seen.
well it was a stretch. i needed a 'sal' for salamander, see, and Sal Mineo (50s actor, "Rebel Without A Clue", starring James Dean) was all i could think of--which i thought would work, because actors are chameleons, and chameleons like newts are lizards.
OK, sounded/ looked familiar but i couldn't place it. Am very glad it wasn't a salt mine yonder. Interesting actor, and the pun works except for being ruint by having to explain it to the one person who didn't get it.
Actors without a cause. Would love to see them do TV spots promoting that.