1) Pictures from the Net

a. Pumpkin season has arrived here in Seymour.  We had our own Pumpkin Festival on September 19, http://www.pumpkin-festival.org/index.html

I didn’t see any that were close to the size of this one:


What is your favorite pumpkin dish, besides pie?

b. Nature


The ghost beetle is the whitest object found in nature – much whiter than teeth or milk. The beetle’s whiteness is thought to be camouflage when set against the fungi it feeds on. It is caused by a dusty coating of pure white, overlapping, minute scales covering its head, body and legs

What is your favorite insect?

c. Landscape


The moon rises into view over the Chugach Mountains in this view from the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester)

2) One of my favorite actors passed away on Wednesday, Tony Curtis, from a heart attack.  He was 85. 

What actor/actress do you admire, for the way they live/lived? 

Most will remember Tony Curtis as one of Hollywood’s “pretty boys”, but his acting skills were very under rated.  He did receive one Oscar nomination for his role in the ““The Defiant Ones”, in 1958. 

Curtis had one of Hollywood’s “dream” marriages, to the beautiful Janet Leigh.  He was married a total of six times.  So while marriage  was something he never got right, it was something he seemed to really enjoying.  🙂

We think of stars as having story book lives.  Tony Curtis’ started out as anything but.

From an article in today’s New York Times, by Dave Kehr:


“Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925, to Helen and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Emanuel operated a tailor shop in a poor neighborhood, and the family occupied cramped quarters behind the store, the parents in one room and little Bernard sharing another with his two brothers, Julius and Robert. Helen Schwartz suffered from schizophrenia and frequently beat the three boys. (Robert was later found to have the same disease.)

In 1933, at the height of the Depression, his parents found they could not properly provide for their children, and Bernard and Julius were placed in a state institution. Returning to his old neighborhood, Bernard frequently found himself caught up in gang warfare and the target of anti-Semitic hostility; as he recalled in many interviews, he learned to dodge the stones and fists to protect his face, which he realized even then would be his ticket to greater things. In 1938, Julius Schwartz was hit by a truck and killed.

In search of stability, Bernard made his way to Seward Park High School on the Lower East Side. During World War II he served in the Navy aboard the submarine tender U.S.S. Proteus. His ship was present in Tokyo Bay for the formal surrender of Japan aboard the U.S.S. Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, which Signalman Schwartz watched through a pair of binoculars. “That was one of the great moments in my life,” he later wrote.”

Curtis was best know for his role in one of my favorite funny movies of all time, “Some Like It Hot”, from 1959: