The Invasion of the Mermaids!

The Invasion of the Mermaids!

While i was at work Thursday evening, I noticed that a guest was checking out two of the Mermaids found on one of our displays in the store.

Then I noticed that the guest was sporting a mermaid tattoo on her left arm. I suppose that’s why she gazed at her sister mermaids with such longing in her eyes…

If I could have bought them for her, I would have.

What are the odds that a shopper with a mermaid tattoo would come across our mer-folk in the store that evening?

Well, I have no idea, but it seems like King Neptune 🐟 was winking at me or something! 



Heading to the shore soon, I am,

“Beachdog Ben” Basile



Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile


National Love a Tree Day!

National Love a Tree Day!

Well, that’s what day it is! I’m feeling like they made one of those cool “National Days” just for me!

I love trees. I worship trees! No, I do! I’m just so tickled that this day does, in fact, exist! If it didn’t, I’d try hard to create it!

The banner photo is of a tree or two that I’ll remember for a very long time. Put a trip to Moss Park on your fun list today. That gem is in southeast Orange County, Florida.

And these three at the bottom are special, too. I’m making my way back to the old neighborhood soon to see them again.

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Hey, tree-lover! Get out there and admire a tree or two today. And then give him a big hug! With all that trees do for our species, so many others and for the planet, they certainly have earned our admiration and a caress or two from grateful humans!

And not just today! The Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit based in Nebraska and its mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. To learn more about the work of the ADF, follow this link.



An earnest and devout lover of trees, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile


Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile



Reflections on Mothers Day

Reflections on Mothers Day

I do want to wish a most Happy Mothers Day to any Moms who read this humble blog post! Here’s hoping your day is wonderful in every way.

My own mother passed about four years ago. She was a good mother, loved the three of us with her whole heart. Like all moms–and all fathers, too, of course–she had her issues and shortcomings, but she was a tender and loving soul and we never doubted that she loved us intensely. Much love to you today, Lois Marie Basile!

Having that intense and unconditional love is a great blessing in life and I’m acutely aware that not everyone enjoys that blessing on this day of celebration.

If you’re a Mom, I truly do wish you the very best today. Keep loving those kids–of any age–in that crazy, over-the-top way that Moms do; they need it!

If you’re celebrating with your Mom, get all in with it! She deserves it.

For those of you who may have serious issues with your parents–maybe with your Mom–I sincerely hope it can be made better. Do all you can to try to make that happen.

If it’s a situation of complete estrangement, I grieve with you. You have my best wishes, too. I mean that.

For those of you who–like me–don’t have your Mom anymore, I hope you find strong comfort today in remembering her love. Pass some of that around.

Every day of the year.



Ben Lawrence Basile


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Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile




A grim milestone for Earth

A grim milestone for Earth

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of many scientific bodies that monitor CO2 levels on our planet and they noted in the last few days that we’ve crossed an alarming threshold.

After examining the data for the month of April, they’re announcing that the concentration of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere has crossed the 410 ppm threshold for the entire month, something which hasn’t happened on our planet for 800,000 years.

This is a very bad thing.

The Nation seems to be totally polarized now. About most any subject relating to our common life. I would include anything relating to politics; issues around the environment, especially climate change, are certainly on the list.

As I post on another grim event relating to the change in climate on our planet, I know that readers who live in the fact-based world and embrace science will not need any more evidence to persuade them that the time for foot-dragging is over.

Those who draw their opinions from science-deniers and the drivel put out by agencies who get their funding from corporate interests will not be persuaded by anything they read, especially on an obscure blog with a tiny readership.

But I’m going to go on beating the drum.

To see a timely and very informative article about this grim milestone and what this uber-high concentration of atmospheric CO2 means for humanity, just follow this link.

To have a look at the home page for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and learn more about their amazing work, click here.

The longer we wait to take action, the harder it will be to mitigate the damage to our Earth.


Bulldog Ben Basile

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Ben does not own this photo and believes it is covered under Fair Use.


Passing along some amazing pix

Passing along some amazing pix

As anyone who’s read my blog knows, I really love sharing good photos with folks who come around. Wanting to share good photographic work is, by far, the biggest motivator for me when I’m putting together a new post.

Usually it’s my work. Today it’s not. This brief feature I found on yahoo news is just so very good! I like it better than any photo feature I’ve seen in a very long time.

A smallish ship named Gunilda went down in Lake Superior 107 years ago. Because of the depth at the site and the cold climate, it’s almost perfectly preserved.

Seeing these extraordinary photos is well worth a couple of minutes of your day. Really.

If you like good–and very unusual–photography as much as I do, click on this link.


Lover of good photography, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile


Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

PS: the banner pic at the top of this post is one of mine and is not, of course, from the wreck of Gunilda. It’s from the “wreck” of a now-sunken restaurant I loved. I chose it simply because I like it and it fits the mood of the post better than any other photo I have at my disposal.






I love cornbread too much!

I love cornbread too much!

Back in mid-January I posted about making scratch cornbread. It truly is something I enjoy. A lot.

Strange as it my seem, I think I enjoy the baking as much as the eating.

I did it again. And I’m posting about it again. And I’m not sorry!

I like the photo I took while I had this yummy stuff cooling on the kitchen table. It turned out very well. And it was just the thing to broaden my breakfast choices for this week!

I hope life is going well for you these days. Your kitchen life. Your life in general.

Just eat it up!



“Baker Ben” Basile


Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile