I’m Just Sayin’

I’m Just Sayin’

Not the real “Fargo”

T. Eugene Thompson has died.  He was a criminal attorney convicted in 1963 for arranging the contract killing of his wife so that he could live on her $1.1 million insurance with his secretary.  He got no points for originality.  The Coen brothers playfully suggested their excellent movie, “Fargo,” was based on a “true story” in Minnesota in 1987.  Joel Coen later said there was no truth in that belief.

Panda-monium

Congratulations to Mei Ziang, who gave birth to twin giant panda cubs at the Washington, D.C., zoo. Sadly, one of the cubs did not survive but a son is thriving.  I have particular affection for giant pandas, having been privileged to pet a cub named Zhen Zhen, a lovely lady who was born in the San Diego Zoo but now resides and is protected in the Bifengxia Panda Base near Chengdu, China. Watch her at play at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MK-xbNG_QI

Mock Pandas

I am happily sharing living quarters and my office with two black and white rescue cats — Jade and Amber.  because they look like twins, I chose to name them according to their eye color — and their semi-precious status.  The younger of the girls, Amber, has plumped up to the point she looks like a miniature panda.

Janis at the Maryland Science Center

Alma Matters

Look for an article about me to appear next spring in the University of Memphis magazine.  I got my start as a writer when I majored in journalism there.  Got a great education.  Just goes to show state schools can do wonders for people who are willing to work hard and indulge in the treasures of a fine university.