Friday, November 20, 2015

I Love Paris

I've spent time in Paris. It's my favorite city in the entire world. If I could live there I would. It's a city of love, and food, and adventure, and culture, and walking, and romance, and light, and joie de vivre. The recent events in this beautiful city are tragic, horrific and unthinkable. The innocent victims were just ordinary people, going about their lives, enjoying the city and one another. We must never forget them.
We must also never forget that it is our duty, as free citizens of the world, to continue to live as freely as we can. We must exercise not only our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but also the responsibility to defeat evil with good. With a life well lived. With grace, love and humility. With a sense of obligation to give back, pay it forward, help when we can.
Recently I've been spending a lot of time on the website . I've been donating what I can, when I can. I give $5 here, $10 there. There are many heartbreaking stories, and I wish politicians would spend a couple of hours a week reading some of them. Maybe they wouldn't be so quick to judge, to slash assistance, to denigrate the needy. Recently I gave a few dollars to a family that needed to bury a child and couldn't afford funeral expenses. If that sounds like a downer, well, let me tell you. I felt uplifted all day. I was not only able to assist a family in crisis, but also to be a part of a larger effort, because crowdfunding at its best is a magnificent coming together of humans helping humans. Most people, I think, who donate to GoFundMe and sites like it are not wealthy. I myself am poor enough that I don't always make my bills at the end of the month (I sell tshirts for a living, for chrissake!). But when I have a few dollars left over, I get the urge to give. Well, once when I had $20 left at the end of the month, I bought flowers, but that's a luxury in my life.
All this is a long way of saying the only way to defeat evil is with good. Light is the only antidote for darkness. Laughter is the antidote for fear. And love is the antidote for hate.
Paris Motto Tossed but Not Sunk

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tip Jar Sayings and How to Make a Tip Jar that Stands Out

Every sandwich artist, barista and movie popcorn counter worker knows that tips are vital for service workers' existence. The best way to get good tips, of course, is to give great service! Smile, act like you're happy to see someone and happy to make their coffee (even when you aren't), and cultivate relationships. But even the best customer won't usually tip if the tip jar isn't readily visible. I don't know how many times I've had to ask "Do you have a tip jar?" only to be directed to some little baby food jar shoved in a corner, or some nasty old jar with a frayed and barely legible hand written "TIPS" label stuck on with yellowing tape.
A tip jar that's attractive, has a funny saying, appeals to the customer's sense of fun or guilt, or merely is eye-catching, can go a long way toward encouraging customers to drop a few extra quarters. Here are a few tip jar stickers you can order from Cafepress to brighten up your tip jar!

Pick up a bunch, for the holidays and after!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Top Ten Funny Donald Trump T-shirts

New polls are putting Donald Trump securely in first place in the race for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. According to CNBC:
"The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the billionaire real estate mogul still leading all GOP rivals with 25 percent of the vote. In September, he drew 21 percent. That change falls within 4.9 percent margin for error in the survey of 400 Republican primary voters."
Really, people?
But, if that's the case, there must be plenty of fun Donald Trump t-shirts out there just waiting to be snapped up for posterity! We headed over to Zazzle to have a look, and we hit the motherlode! Have a look and a laugh. We predict these will be HUUUUUGGGGGGE sellers for the holidays! or not...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New Billy the Kid photograph is worth $5 million

Described as the "Holy Grail" of photography, a new photo said to be of Billy the Kid (aka William H Bonney) has surfaced, and will be sold by California dealer Kagin's. It can be yours for only $5 million!

Close-up image showing the Kid (left) holding a croquet mallet instead of a rifle

The photo was taken as Billy was playing croquet with a group of Lincoln County Regulators, an American old west deputized posse that fought in the Lincoln County War.
Kevin Costner will narrate and produce a two-hour documentary for National Geographic Channel, covering Western Americana enthusiast Randy Guijarro’ s odyssey to authenticate this unique photograph. The program airs October 18th.
But just in case you can't afford the 5 mill that it will take to purchase this priceless artifact, you can still get yourself a tshirt with a Billy the Kid quote, at Amazon.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month -

One day there won't be a need for this annual post. One day breast cancer will be annihilated in this country, and in the world. One day, we'll have a vaccine, or a pill, or some other simple remedy for breast cancer. But until that day, we all need to keep the focus on awareness, treatment, prevention, and finding a cure. Tshirts are one way to raise awareness.
Cafepress has always been very good about opening a Breast Cancer Awareness portal with a percent of the profit donated to breast cancer causes. I've been attempting to contact folks there to see if that's still going to be the case this year. IN the meantime, here are some new tshirts from my shop at Cafepress, and I do donate. They are all available in my shop at Scarebaby Design. Please visit.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Is Donald Trump Going to be the Next President?

Can an overly tan, combed-over, thrice divorced, casino-owning businessman whose companies have filed for bankruptcy four times, really be elected President of the United States?
Seriously, I'm not worried. According to Nate Silver's website, The Donald is mostly interested in keeping the attention on himself, almost at any cost. This is why he says the things he says, such as:
* "I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created, I tell you that."
* “It’s freezing and snowing in New York. We need global warming!”
* “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest—and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure. It’s not your fault.”
* “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day."
* "While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct." ( a tweet by the Donald)

And that's just a few I found in 5 minutes of searching! While there are going to be people who think these kinds of comments are funny or cute or somehow endearing, the vast majority of Americans, Republicans included, understand that you cannot spew this kind of mindless, self serving, uninformed bloviating when you're dealing with foreign governments, trying to avert wars, and working to make America respected again in the world. So, no, in my opinion, Donald Trump will NOT be President of the United States. In fact, he won't even get the nomination.
Cue the funny tshirts!

Monday, September 14, 2015

September is National Honey Month!

September... the end of summer, the start of fall. Bittersweet times. But made much sweeter because September is National Honey Month! We all have heard about the worrying demise of the honeybee, so this is the perfect time to tell you what you can do to help our bees. Here are some things you can do:

1. Plant bee-friendly flowers and plants in your yard or in containers. Bees aren't fussy, they'll get their pollen from the lushest yard or the smallest balcony. The Honeybee Conservancy suggests planting single flower tops such as "daisies and marigolds, rather than double flower tops such as double impatiens. Double headed flowers look showy but produce much less nectar and make it much more difficult for bees to access pollen."

2. Plant 3-season flowers. The Honeybee Conservancy advises: "Plant at least three different types of flowers in your bee garden to ensure blooms through as many seasons as possible. This will provide bees and other pollinators with a constant source of food. For example:
Crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac provide enticing spring blooms. Bees feast on bee balm, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, and hosta in the summer. For fall, zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel and goldenrod are late bloomers that will tempt foragers."

3. Limit or eliminate entirely the use of pesticides, which can be dangerous to bees.

4. Buy local honey, and support local beekeepers. Support locally grown organic fruits and vegetables farmers.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Don't Forget Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19!

This year, 2015, is the 20th year we'll be celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day. This fun event was created by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, in 1995.

Here's some pirate jargon to get you started:

Aye - yes
Bilge-sucking - insult
Blow the man down - command to kill someone
Booty - treasure
Cleave him to the brisket - to cut across the chest, from one shoulder to the lower abdomen
Heave Ho - give it some muscle and push it
Jolly Roger - pirate's flag including white skull and crossbones over a black field
Man-O-War - pirate's ship outfitted for battle
Scallywag - mild insult akin to rapscallion or rogue
Scurvy dog - the pirate is talking directly to you with mild insult
Shiver me timbers! - comparable to "Holy Crap!"
Son of a Biscuit Eater - insult directed towards someone you don't like
Three sheets to the wind - someone who is very drunk. One sheet is mildly drunk and four sheets is passed out.
Walk the plank - punishment in which person walks off a board jutting over the side of the ship while at sea. The consequence is drowning and a visit to Davy Jones' Locker.
Yo Ho Ho - cheerful exhortation to demand attention
(source: Pirate Treasure Now)

And did you certain Krispy Kreme locations around the country, you can get a free Krispy Kreme doughnut just for speaking pirate! And even better, if you're in full pirate garb, they'll give you a DOZEN Krispy Kreme doughnuts! That's pretty good! Check their website for details, and check with your local Krispy Kreme to see if they're participating.