Poultry In Motion


I’m not sure where the flock is going, but it looks like they’ll be there in a .gif.


If you like chicken eggs, like the kind you find at the supermarket, you owe it to yourself, (and to the poor, cruelly caged birds who suffer for your souffle,) to try organic, free range duck eggs. They are huge, have a better yoke to white ratio than chicken eggs, which makes them even tastier, and they can often be tolerated by people who are allergic to regular eggs.

You will probably be surprised the first time you see the dark yellow (almost orange)  of organic eggs (even the organic chicken eggs.) Factory eggs have yokes that are almost pastel yellow (they literally pale in comparison) because these chickens are fed a diet of corn. Did you even know that chickens in the wild don’t eat corn? Did you know that their natural diet includes bugs, plants, seeds and worms? Surprise!

egg near blueberries

Cooking with organic duck eggs is just the same as with chicken eggs, but since duck eggs are several times larger it will take a bit of calculation to make substitutions in your favorite recipes. You will have to learn to measure your eggs by volume, but then, you should always weigh your ingredients to get consistent results. This holiday season I will be doing a lot of baking, including a custard pie that is “To Die For”, and is now even better since I started using duck eggs. If you try them and find a recipe that they seem especially good in, please feel free to share it in the comments below.

You should be able to buy your cruelty free, organic duck eggs at the farmer’s market. They will cost more than supermarket eggs, and they will be worth every penny.  If you can’t find them locally you can search for sources Online. And if you are fortunate enough to live in, or near to, Houston, Texas, you can purchase them from Renaissance Chicken, in the town of Sealy; it’s a paradise for poultry, and a perfect source for their organic eggs. I happily recommend this company because I have been there, know the owners and can vouch for their dedication to a holistic system that includes healthy food from healthy sources. It doesn’t hurt either that they are also woman owned, minority owned, and open for inspection to anyone who wants to visit and see the flocks for themselves.

If you love eating eggs, like I do, you have a choice. You get eggs produced by birds that live in dark, cramped warehouses, by birds which never see the sun, and exist as nothing more than living cogs in giant egg making machines, or you can support local organic farmers and their free running, free feeding flocks. Omelet you decide.

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Posted by on December 1, 2018 in Food, The New Age


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Hey, Waiter!

Hey! Waiter! 6

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Posted by on December 1, 2018 in Humor, Joke


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Candy Apples

My all-time favorite treat! My father, my brother Ray, and I used to bike down Ocean Parkway to Coney Island and get Jelly Apples (That’s what we called the red ones. The term candy Apple was usually reserved for the ones covered in caramel, or nuts) on the promenade. 

Neither Raymond, nor I, could penetrate the hard, red, candy shell with our tiny teeth, and little jaws, so we would have to ask Dad to, “Start it for me, please.” But the price was high, as Dad seemed able to consume a full third of the confection in that single inaugural bite. 

The home kits were really easy to use, especially if one had a candy thermometer. Too bad they kind of went out of favor after those bogus adulteration scares. Parents feared seeing their precious little children with razor blades and needles poking through their sweet, innocent faces. [Ironically, of course that very look became a fashion trend not long after.]

I’ve just decided that I am going to get myself a kit, and make some jelly apples, and other homemade Halloween 

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Posted by on October 21, 2017 in Uncategorized



There once was an African Rhino,

Now there’s not, as did she say, “Goodbye?” No!

But has our universe 

Been made better or worse 

By her loss? Well, my friend, He’ll if I know. 


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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Uncategorized


On the Passing Of Janice Singh

On the Passing Of Janice Singh

Janice Singh passed away the other day.

Don’t bother to Google her name; she wasn’t rich, or famous, or controversial. She was my friend, a good woman, a good mother who raised her daughters to be fine, intelligent, independent women. She left a large, loving family, and many friends, my self among them, who will miss her very much.

My heart has been heavy with sadness these past few days, and the sky has been appropriately somber, gray and cloudy.

Still life goes on, same as always, and I have a strong urge to go up on the roof and shout her name at the top of my voice, to remind a largely indifferent world that is has been diminished. It is less beautiful by one; less special by one; less wonderful and than it was, because one of the very best people it once had in it is gone.

Let this be my rooftop shout, and if you hear it please say a quick prayer for a brightly shining soul that has finished its work on Earth and moved on, and for the comfort of the family and friends who’s paths that soul helped light. Her name is Janice Singh, and she was my friend.

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Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Uncategorized


Digital Storytelling Course

Digital Storytelling Course

Well, I’ve signed up to take a course in digital storytelling to prove my blogging skills. The assignments will appear here, and your comments, criticisms, concerns, questions and feedback are all welcome.

Feel free to be brutally honest, as I have never unfriended anyone for sharing their honest opinions. In my opinion, the greatest sin is silence.




My name is Philip VIII, or Philimagne if you prefer. Houston, Texas, is where I currently reside, but I come from Brooklyn, New York. I know a thing or two, have been around the block a few times, done a great many things, and feel that I have something of value to contribute.

My time though is very short, exactly 243 days remain for me, and this blog is like a 21st Century, interactive, multimedia, message in a bottle, to carry a tiny portion of my wit, wisdom, sense of humor, creativity, and unique perspective to distant shores beyond my reach.


The device I use most often is the iPhone 5c, and I must say that as a lifetime Trekker I am impressed and hugely pleased with the progress we are making toward our Star Trek
future. The smartphone is closer to a tricorder than I ever dreamed of seeing, much less owning. I love the fact that most people these days carry around more creative communication equipment than any 20th century Hollywood movie studio. Few people use even a tiny fraction of this power, and I hope that I can learn how to put this power to good use telling my own story, and perhaps even help at least a few people to do the same.

This is the place where my online, public voice will form up and take shape. This is a place to try new things, so you can expect to run across things you will not like. Not everything here will suit everybody, so just take what you like (taking a moment or two to comment on, or “Like”, what you take) and leave the rest. Far from being thin skinned, I really do welcome your criticisms and comments.


Posted by on January 6, 2015 in Blogging 101


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Hold On To Your Dreams

Hold On To Your Dreams


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Posted by on January 2, 2015 in DS106 Assignments


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