Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Paul Giuseppe Micarelli - 1st Birthday Party

The invitation I created for the birthday party, featuring my wild little son!

I haven't posted a lot here recently, since I work full time and spend a lot of my free time with my son, who just had his 1st birthday! Being a father is an awesome experience, and I am blessed that Paulie is healthy, smart, and already funny (even though he can't talk)!

A year ago, his birth was simultaneously the most traumatic & beautiful experience of my life. My wife and I planned on a natural home birth, but we found ourselves in a medical emergency when the baby's umbilical cord became prolapsed (pushed over his head) after Loretta's water forcefully broke. I wrote about our story shortly after:

Paul Giuseppe Micarelli - Born 6-13-20!

Having a child born during the COVID pandemic and social upheaval has really been a strange & difficult circumstance. The challenges surrounding Paul Giuseppe's birth have given us a deep, profound appreciation for his presence in our lives.

As I see him developing, I'm enjoying him more & more! He already has a little personality and cracks everyone up with his smile and funny sounds, like his dramatic laugh & grunts when doing something strenuous. Paulie is stubborn, persistent, and rough, but also very sweet and happy. He loves to play and is so curious- he is fascinated by mechanical things like clasps, buttons, and hinges. Currently, he is obsessed with wireless speakers, so I got him a little one for his birthday that is rugged enough to endure his rough handling & drool.

Here are some of the nicknames we've given him:
Lil' Rascal  • Meatball Head • Plumpkin • The Milk Goblin • Peanut • Squeaky Skadattles • Scoots • Uncle Fusster • Crank Sinatra • Lil' C-Blocker • Pig Boy • Little Mr. Fidgewidge

I've made up a character for him that I use to entertain my sister's kids... pretending he is an emperor as I carry him around & they must obey his bidding:

"Caesar Paulgustus"

I am writing this mostly for him, as a record that hopefully he gets to see someday, the same way my grandfather Joseph Micarelli recorded his experiences that I'm now able to appreciate.

Photo Album:

Paul Giuseppe Micarelli - 1st Birthday June 2021

I've also taken some video of his big day & edited together:

Every day during my morning meditation, I pray that my son lives a long, happy, & healthy life, and that Loretta & I get to see him grow up to be a fulfilled adult. I am grateful for his presence in my life and hope his light shines into the world.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

"Snuffy" Music Tracks

I've posted about Black and the Blues, the band that my Dad (Paul J. Micarelli) was in when he was a teenager.

He was also in a few other bands, inluding "Snuffy", (which was named after a dog).

My Dad's former bandmate & long-time friend John Carnuccio supplied me with two tracks from a 45 record featuring song my Dad wrote. I have a copy of the record & my Dad has a bunch of them, but John supplied digital recordings he made, so that I could make & upload the videos below.

Snuffy Band Members:
Mike Burke
John Carnuccio
Joe Daley
Don Merlino
Paul J. Micarelli

"I Wanna Change My Life"
by Snuffy 1970's
Written by Paul J. Micarelli

by Snuffy 1970's
Written by Paul J. Micarelli

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

"GENDER" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

 *Originally posted to the Conscious Living for You blog   

 "GENDER" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

Paul Micarelli & son Paul Giuseppe take a walk and talk about interesting topics. πŸ€”πŸ’‘πŸ‘ΆπŸ» 
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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Invoking the Ancient Amphibious Ancestors

There is a belief in many spiritual traditions that one can seek guidance & wisdom from the ancestors who came before us.

The question becomes, "How far back can we go in our attempts to commune with our ancient predecessors?" Can we connect with the transitional creatures who were emerging from the water to flop around on land, as this graphic suggests? Perhaps we can go back even further, & the single-celled organisms from billions of years ago will guide us on our current life journey.

Joking aside, it is all available, and we carry the information from the entire lineage of life on this planet within us.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Aztec Manuscript Scans

The Vatican Library is a repository for all kinds of unique & rare works. I happened to come across this Aztec manuscript that is scanned in high resolution:


The artwork is so far from Western sensibilities, that it may as well be an alien language. It is very image-based and extremely psychedelic. Considering the Mesoamerican absence of our modern taboos on using entheogens, the bizarre nature of the imagery is understandable.

Is that a monkey head hanging off the ear of this figure???

It is a tragedy that so much of the ancient culture of this continent was almost completely wiped out by the colonizers, missionaries, and conquistadors. It is a miracle that these few remnants have survived at all. Thankfully, they have, and we can continue to admire the amazing imagery and ponder the meanings they hold.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Trump Meditation™

I recently saw an article about this statue, that is perhaps the most perfect paradox ever created- Donald Trump as a meditating Buddhist monk:

Be at Peace, Meditate,
Trump Buddha Statue Designer Tells Former President

The idea of Trump having any sort of serious, deep introspection is obviously absurd. 

However, depicting him as a disciplined & wise Buddhist monk practicing zazen, or sitting meditation, is as crazy of a concept as the sun being made out of billions of ice cubes!

I'll tell you what's great for everyone's state of mind...  not having to hear about his idiotic tweets and asshole behavior as President of the United States every damn day. 

It would be great if somehow Donald came to some profound understanding of Reality, and was able to cultivate inner peace. Unfortunately, he has lived his entire life as a hungry ghost entity, and his dumb ass will almost certainly not change.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

South Park Pandemic & Vaccination Specials

South Park is one of my all-time favorite shows, but I haven't watched it in awhile. The creators & writers are mad geniuses who always put the craziest spin on social issues and current events. This week, my wife & I watched the Pandemic & Vaccination Specials. They were the typical hilarious South Park takes on the situation surrounding the COVID pandemic.

We watched the Pandemic Special first, which was from the Fall of 2020. The focus was on society's reliance on authoritarianism when faced with social crises, as the teachers of South Park were replaced with police officers & the school was put on "lock down". 

Another main part of the story was Randy Marsh's marijuana business Tegrity Farms, and his "Pandemic Special," lampooning the corporate exploitation that inevitably arises to take advantage of any opportunity to make a profit.

A couple nights later, we watched the Vaccine Special, which was even funnier. It started off with the comparison of waiting lists for vaccines to the lines in front of nightclubs, which is a hysterically perfect analogy.

They also brilliantly tied in the QAnon conspiracy movement & the belief in a cabal of pedophile elites who are controlling everything behind the scenes. In true South Park "WTF, they're crazy!" fashion, Matt & Trey ended up turning that trope back on themselves.

There were so many subtle & not-so-subtle points of parody in these specials, that it kept us constantly looking at each other in disbelief & laughter. These are simply must-see episodes. They are experts at taking taboo subjects and breaching them, and exposing the absurdities in our culture that people take for granted.

It's amazing that the show has been so consistently funny for so long, but it's still absolutely hilarious. The details and satirical genius of South Park make it a true treasure, and watching these specials has made me realize I really have to catch up on the last few seasons.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

"MONEY" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

 *Originally posted to the Conscious Living for You blog 

 "MONEY" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

Paul Micarelli & son Paul Giuseppe take a walk and talk about interesting topics. πŸ€”πŸ’‘πŸ‘ΆπŸ» 
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Sunday, April 04, 2021

Springtime in Bloom


I was outside with my son yesterday & noticed all the plants & trees blooming. So, I got my macro lens & took some closeups of the flora in my backyard.

Nature Photography
by Paul Micarelli

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Surreal Art of Michael McAfee


I saw the animation above (Neural Jelly) on r/gifs and looked up the artist. 

Michael McAfee

This surreal vision is from a series called Mecha Weekly. He takes 3D mechanical-based designs and renders them so they have a dream-like quality. The link shows some of the process behind creating these amazing visuals.

There's much more of this weird, mesmerizing art on his Instagram page

Monday, March 15, 2021

Movie Review: "Joker"


Last night my wife and I watched "Joker" starring Joaquin Phoenix. She wanted to watch it, which is unusual because she's not really a fan of comic book movies. However, she likes psychological dramas, and "Joker" is very heavy on the psychology of this particular insane villain.

Although it is an origin story & there are tie-ins to Batman (mostly through the appearances of young Bruce Wayne & his father Thomas), it did not really feel like a movie about the comic book character Joker. The DC movies have not really followed a coherent universe like Marvel, and this just seems like a standalone movie that has nothing to do with Justice League or Batman movies. That being said, it was still a really good film and we both enjoyed it.

Admittedly, my favorite portrayal of The Joker is in the Arkham Asylum video games - in which Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) voices the Clown Prince of Crime. After the movie, when I told Loretta this, she was incredulous, "Luke Skywalker plays the Joker?!?!" When I showed her some clips from the games, she was like, "Yeah, that's pretty good." This to me is exactly what the Joker should be:

I just never like any of the renditions of The Joker in the movies. People rave about Jack Nicholson & Heath Ledger, but they were horrible. They basically played a smug, subdued creep with a weird mouth & a bum with makeup, respectively. I'm not even going to talk about Jared Leto's version in Suicide Squad. "Damaged"? More like just plain idiotic. Even Caesar Romero's 1960's campy portrayal was better than that.

I think Joaquin Phoenix got as close to the essence of the mind of the Joker as any actor. The one detail that seems to have been forgotten in other roles is the manic nature of the Joker, embodied in his crazed laugh. This movie put an interesting spin on that characteristic - with Arthur Fleck being affected by a "condition" of an uncontrollable laugh that is like a nervous tic.

The movie definitely wasn't funny in any regard, despite the main character being a clown. In fact, it was pretty disturbing, which is fitting considering this clown is a psychopath. It covered many social issues, such as the availability of mental health services, the exploitation of individuals by the media, and the class divide which drives so much suffering in our world. You can almost sympathize with Fleck as the cruelty of society and the horrors of life drive him further into madness.

I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone interested in comic book movies, or films dealing with psychology and social commentary. It effectively took a cartoonish villain and created a multi-dimensional character who can simultaneously elicit empathy, fear, and disgust.

• The Official Monkey Buddha Rating: 8/10

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Amaryllis Blooms

For the 3rd year, this amaryllis bulb by our patio door has blossomed into giant, velvety red flowers. 
There are 3 large blooms coming from the stalk, and they are larger than my hand!
It's weird because the stalk gets so long, that it needs to be supported. I guess it would just fall over without being propped up?


Saturday, February 27, 2021

The Mandalorian: Season 1 Review

I had watched the beginning of The Mandalorian series over a friend's house, but only got to see 2 episodes. My wife & I finally finished watching the first season last week, and it has been a great show.


As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I feel like the quality of The Mandalorian has partially redeemed the cinematic shit-show of the sequel movies Episodes 7-9. However, the awesomeness of the show only makes me more disappointed and pissed off about how badly the sequel trilogy was executed.

Here are some previous posts with my criticisms:

The Monkey Buddha Archives

 Review: "Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker"

 The Droid Emperor (+ Criticism of the New Trilogy)


The Mandalorian does so many things right... the overall writing, the "subversion of expectations" (that was so piss-poorly done in The Last Jedi), the inclusion of thematic elements & aliens that make it really "feel" like Star Wars, and even the music which my wife pointed out was excellent. She was never a Star Wars fan, but she's gained more of an appreciation of it from watching the movies with me. She loves this show, and it can definitely be enjoyed by non-fans. That's how good it is.

The world feels like it should after Return of the Jedi - with Imperial remnants & The New Republic in a believable state after the death of Emperor Palpatine. In contrast, the sequels put us in a political situation with no context nor buildup, which felt completely disjointed from the original trilogy. The First Order had appeared out of nowhere and was basically plopped in, as Empire 2.0.

The characters and visuals of The Mandalorian immerse you into the Star Wars universe as well as any media I've ever experienced. Almost all the episodes were extremely engaging and we couldn't wait to watch then next one. The idea was genius - taking a minor character like Boba Fett and expanding on the lore behind the Mandalorians that share his armor. 

There are an infinite number of stories & connections that can be expanded upon in the Star Wars universe, and that is one of the many things the sequels failed to capitalize on. I know this sound like a bitch-fest against the new movies, but The Mandalorian really does put an emphasis on how good Star Wars media can be when done correctly.

 The best part is that it ties together so many elements from the movies, The Clone Wars cartoon, and other media that make the universe feel connected and coherent. It does fan service while advancing the storyline in interesting ways.

I cannot recommend this show enough, especially for Star Wars fans, and excitedly look forward to watching season 2 next. Unfortunately, I have seen some major spoilers online, but that doesn't make me any less eager to see how Din Djarin & baby Yoda, aka Grogu's stories play out.

Hopefully Disney keeps the quality level of future installments of the Star Wars franchise as high as The Mandalorian.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Christmas Cactus Flower


This flower fell of a Christmas cactus in my house, so I took a macro photo of it, since it looked so perfect.

I added it to my album of nature photos:

 Nature Photography
by Paul Micarelli 

Here is an even more extre closeup on the flower's reproductive parts, with pollen visible:

Sunday, February 14, 2021

"GRATITUDE" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

  *Originally posted to the Conscious Living for You blog 

 "GRATITUDE" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

Paul Micarelli & son Paul Giuseppe take a walk and talk about interesting topics. πŸ€”πŸ’‘πŸ‘ΆπŸ» 
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Sunday, February 07, 2021

Electric Dreams


My wife & I recently finished the series "Electric Dreams" based on the works of sci-fi author Philip K. Dick.

It was really enjoyable and interesting, and some of the episodes were really mind-bending. There were few where we jut looked at each other afterward & were like, "WTF???"

Some of the topics covered are virtual reality • the security state • space travel • life extension •  the nature of consciousness • aliens • corporate power • & artificial intelligence - just to name a few.


I would highly recommend this series to anyone who like science fiction, especially the work of Philip K. Dick. Some of the themes were exciting and inspiring, some were disturbing & downright frightening. The possibilities for both in our future are endless.

The stories were generally thought-provoking and engaging, and I hope they come out with another season at some point.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Promise of Plastic-Eating Enzymes

Pollution and environmental destruction are extremely crucial issues the human race needs to deal with. We have been destroying our terrestrial environment for decades, and have done untold damage to the ecosystems we inhabit.

 Discarded plastic is probably one of the biggest problems we will have to deal with, as we seek to heal the planet and reverse the extensive damage we've done to the natural world.

I am pretty optimistic that any problems create by humans can also be solved by humans with sufficient willpower & technological innovation. Dealing with plastic pollution falls under thatcategory, despite the vastness of the problem.

 Scientists have discovered bacteria that consume plastic, and have now developed synthetic biological mechanisms to more quickly break down plastics. 

The Guardian:
New Super-enzyme Eats Plastic Bottles Six Times Faster

This is a very promising approach to getting the cleanup of plastics under control.  This, in addition, to biodegradable packaging/products that would be otherwise made of plastic, will go a long way toward fixing the damage our species has inflicted on the Earth. We will one day look back on our mindless behavior in disgust, much like we now think about dumping raw sewage into rivers. The good news is that we will one day collectively reach that point.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Trump Meme Dump

With the "incarnation of every horrible quality a human being can have" known as Donald J. Trump finally leaving office, kicking and screaming like the stupid man-child that he is, I felt like I should do a very special retrospective.

Despite being an all-around shitty person and a lousy President, one good thing Trump did was inspire me to create political art once again.

Here is a collection of Trump memes I created, with the links to the original posts, all in one place. They can also be found in my album of political art:

 The Monkey Buddha: Political Art


 The one that started it all-
from waaaaay back in 2011 when I somehow predicted the shit-show to come:

President A$$hole






The damage this narcissistic imbecile has done to our country & its institutions is incalculable. It will be a refreshing time when he is no longer sucking up everyone's attention with his absurdly oversized ego.

Good riddance, jackass. You've done the impossible & replaced George W. Bush as The Worst President Ever.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

"MEDITATION" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

 *Originally posted to the Conscious Living for You blog 

 "MEDITATION" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

Paul Micarelli & son Paul Giuseppe take a walk and talk about interesting topics. πŸ€”πŸ’‘πŸ‘ΆπŸ» 
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Sunday, January 03, 2021

The Future of Fusion

A conception of a compact fusion power plant,
developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -
Alexander Creely

As we start a new year (& here in the United States a new Presidential administration), it is a good time to look forward and plan how we are going to advance as a civilization.

For Christmas I received the game No Man's Sky Beyond, which I think is awesome, & is based on interstellar space travel and futuristic technology.

This game, & also imagining the future of my son Paul Giuseppe have got me thinking a lot recently about what we as a human species should be striving to achieve.

As I've said here many times before, I think space travel is one of the most important priorities of humanity. Traveling & living off-planet is crucial to our long-term survival as a species, and we need to take it much more seriously.

To be able to reach this goal of thriving in outer space, we need to first make advances in technology that will allow us to do so. One of the main obstacles to long-distance space travel is adequate power sources. 

I have been seeing a lot of articles and information lately about the development of nuclear fusion power. Breakthroughs in this field are going to revolutionize our lives, in ways we cannot currently imagine.

Here is a video explaining some of the basics behind fusion-generated energy: 

I was reading this encouraging article about American scientists developing fusion technology, which led me to write this post.

Science Magazine:
U.S. physicists Rally Around Ambitious Plan
to Build Fusion Power Plant

This is a video (slowed down) of just a couple seconds of a reaction inside a fusion reactor. The plasma torus is a thing of sublime beauty, and is the first glimpse at a future of unlimited energy.

Fusion power is one of those technologies that always seems to be "...just a few decades away". However, with enough money and dedication to the process, we can achieve anything we can put our collective minds to work to solve.

Monday, December 21, 2020

2020 Winter Solstice & The Great Conjuction

 What does this mean??????

As the Christmas holiday approaches, today we enter the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year, after which the daylight hours start to increase again.

This has been traditionally a very important seasonal marker in all of human society, for agricultural and cultural reasons.

This year, this holiday season and solstice have an added feature: the conjunction in the night sky of the 2 largest planets in the solar system, Jupiter and Mars. The planets are going to appear to be the closest they've been in centuries. I've been watching these celestial bodies inch closer together in the sky over the last few weeks & it is an unmistakable formation that stands out even when the stars aren't very visible.

Although it is certainly visually very interesting, is there any significance to these planets being in close proximity? 

My answer, as usual, is two-fold... 

On a cosmic level, no, there is no significance. End of story. It just happens to be two visible objects that are nowhere near each other, looking like they're close together in our visual field. 

On a personal level, you can apply any significance that you want...
Is it a good or bad sign from God?...
Is it a celestial prophecy, of the death (Saturn) of a leader (Jupiter)?...
Is it a reminder of the Star of Bethlehem that heralded Jesus's birth?....

Sure, all the above! It can mean whatever the hell you want it to mean... "Meaning" is not something inherent in The Universe. It is an abstract creation of the human mind, a narrative applied to external objects & circumstances by our thought patterns.

This does not take away for the value of the experience, as well as any subjective meaning you place upon it.

As we continue through the holiday season, I hope that the people of this world begin to find more value in these kinds of awesome experiences. If we can see the depth and beauty of the Universe, and appreciate the infinite wonders it contains, the human race would go a long way toward progress and enlightenment.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Slogan of the Internet

I saw this graphic on r/inspirobot:"An artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence."

 It perfectly encapsulates so many people online, especially on social media platforms.

"Be dead sure
about things
you know
noting about"

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Leaf-mimicking Moth

I saw this insect (that I think is a moth) on my front porch. It looked exactly like a leaf & I wouldn't have even noticed it if it wasn't on a white surface. I thought it was pretty cool-looking, so I got my macro lens and took some closeups.

Nature Photography
by Paul Micarelli

It's amazing how these creatures evolve to mimic leaves, foliage, and other plant-like textures. From the front, it looked like a stealth fighter jet with a little alien head & legs:

Saturday, December 05, 2020

"LOVE" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

 *Originally posted to the Conscious Living for You blog  


 "LOVE" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

Taking a walk with my son Paul Giuseppe and talking about interesting topics. πŸ€”πŸ’‘πŸ‘ΆπŸ» 
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Sunday, November 29, 2020

A.I. Literature

 Being a creative professional, I feel (& hope) that my graphic design skills aren't replaceable by computer algorithm in the near future. 

The Monkey Buddha Archives:
A.I. Logo Design

However, I see the various ways that artificial intelligence is increasingly being used to for creative applications and know that it is only a matter of time before there is serious competition from computer-driven solutions to literary and artistic endeavors.

Writing & literature is one area where A.I. is making noticeable progression. I came across this article that was composed using OpenAI language generator, in which a prompt is given & the computer creates text. In this case, the prompt was "Focus on why humans have nothing to fear from AI".

The Guardian:
A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human?


After seeing this article, I then saw this website called Shortly, in which you start a story or essay and the A.I. generates more content.

I started a story about my son Paul Giuseppe, & the website produced a coherent and interesting continuation of the text. 

It was pretty amazing, actually, and offers a glimpse at the creative power that machine learning will contribute to culture. (I was about to write "..contribute to human culture", but I don't think culture is solely a product of the human mind anymore...)

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Molecular Landscapes of a Cell

ArtStation Link

Cellular Landscape Cross-section Through a Eukaryotic Cell,
by Evan Ingersoll & Gael McGill  

I saw the above image & was mesmerized by the complexity and intricate beauty of this representation of a tiny cross section of a single cell.

Being a visual artist, these kind of informational tools are much more effective to me than descriptions or formulas. The creation of this visualization is almost as impressive as the biological system itself.

I've posted about 3D renderings of cellular biology before, and it never ceases to amaze me that all this is going on in every one of the trillions of cells in each multicellular life form. The really amazing thing is that, per the creator's description, this is not even as dense as the real cell & its components!

To sit and really ponder the infinite array of interconnected systems making up our body at all scales is to eventually have the mind drop away, & be faced with the stark reality that "Reality" is imponderable in its totality.

On the ArtStation page, there is a link to a website (see below) with interactive images in which you can isolate the various components & proteins in the imagery. This is really interesting, and allows exploration of these fascinating mind-bending visuals.

Digizyme - Knowledge Through Visual Science
Molecular Landscapes

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Black & White Furry Moth

 This moth with a cool black & white pattern landed on our kitchen table, so I grabbed my macro lens to get some closeup shots. 

 Nature Photography
by Paul Micarelli 

Some of the detail was awesome, like the structure of the antennae & the fuzzy texture that looked like it was wearing a fancy fur coat!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

"SPACE" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

 *Originally posted to the Conscious Living for You blog 

 "SPACE" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's 

Paul Micarelli & son Paul Giuseppe take a walk and talk about interesting topics. πŸ€”πŸ’‘πŸ‘ΆπŸ» 
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Monday, November 09, 2020

The Tremendously Classy Trump Presidency

Well, Joe Biden has been elected to take the place of Donald Trump, the living embodiment of humanity's worst qualities. Although it was always clear that Trump would never leave the office quietly or easily, at some point his sorry ass has got to go...

I haven't posted a lot about politics during Trump's term, mostly because every damn day there has been some new outrage or absurdity coming from the malignant-narcissist-in-chief. I barely have time to post now that I have an infant, & it's totally impossible to keep up with the stream of corruption & incompetence coming from this administration.

Anyway, looking back at the insanity of the last 4 years, it's hard to pick the most ridiculous moments. I decided to narrow down 2 of my Most Tremendously Classy Trump White House Moments™:

1: Serving McDonalds fast food to college athletes, framed by golden candelabras & with Abe Lincoln looking on utterly perplexed:


2: After Ivanka got called out on social media for promoting a can of Goya products, President Trump posed at The Resolute Desk, looking like the complete turd that he is, with a bunch of fucking beans:

Many people cannot wait until the day we never have to hear about this fascist, idiotic, cartoon
character of a person  again. Until then, I'm sure he'll continue bringing attention to himself in the worst ways possible.

Sunday, November 01, 2020

A Monkey Buddha Family Halloween

 This was the first Halloween for my son Paul Giuseppe Micarelli. My mother-in-law brought Paulie a monkey costume, so I thought it would be fun for me & my wife Loretta to dress like a monkey family.

I originally wanted to wear robes & be "Monkey Buddhas", but it's hard enough trying to get things together with an infant! So, we were a plain-clothes Monkey Buddha family. 

Since he's still a baby & we weren't interested in pandemic trick-or-treating, we individually visited his grandparents and one of our friend couples. It was a lot of fun & we look forward to a more conventional Halloween when he's older.

Monkey Buddha Family Halloween Paul Loretta Micarelli

Saturday, October 31, 2020

"RELIGION" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's

 *Originally posted to the Conscious Living for You blog 


 "RELIGION" - 'Thinking Aloud' with 2 Paul Micarelli's 

Paul Micarelli & son Paul Giuseppe take a walk and talk about interesting topics. πŸ€”πŸ’‘πŸ‘ΆπŸ» 
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

In the Lair of the Widow

"In the Lair of the Widow"

Just in time for Halloween, I took some closeup photos & video of a Northern Black Widow that was hiding in an empty trash can. The picture above is one of my favorites I've ever taken, it's like something out of a horror movie.

Nature Photography
by Paul Micarelli

I was surprised at first, but of course I had to reach into its web to get some footage. 


She was desperately trying to save her egg sac, & now that I'm a parent I guess I empathized! So, I gently placed her in the woods away from our house with her eggs close by. When I told people I saved it & the potential brood, they thought I was crazy, but the spider is harmless as long as you don't threaten it. I'm not one to kill bugs anyway. They are life forms trying to survive as we are.