Phoenix from the Ashes

phoenixLike a Phoenix rising to a rebirth from the Ashes so to is Mephistos…  With the rebirth, the site is still going to be very open to what I want to write about at any given time, but it is going to focus a little bit more on travel and exploration along with a good dose of the political and economical, and of course my weird views on the world in general.  I think that eclectic mix is still enough to qualify for the ‘Mephistos’ moniker.  Continue reading “Phoenix from the Ashes”

Nature’s Finest

NatureKentucky has a law on the books for a specialized license plate that funds “nature” and helps the preserve the great outdoors.  The law, allows for a number of plates that when purchased at $10 over the normal cost allows for that $10 to go to the funding of Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund.  As I was looking into this as a possibility for my wife’s Edge coming up in a month or so, I found out that shameful acts by the state government (namely both legislative branches and especially the governor, who proposed the budget, raided the funds). Continue reading “Nature’s Finest”


mulberryOver the last few weeks, I have been watching a show called Rivermen on the History Channel network.  Not sure why, but it caught my interest one night and I decided to catch the next few episodes.  Earlier this week, it concluded its run, I believe.  But as I was watching the final episode I am left with having to call bullshit. Continue reading “Rivermen”


cloudNot sure if anyone else saw the segment yesterday morning on CBS’s Sunday Morning show about subscriptions, but it was so spot on with my feelings toward subscriptions.  I can remember back in the day when, as was referenced, you purchased a TV, brought it home and you had TV for life for free.  Albeit that was in the day of being lucky if you had 3, maybe 4 channels with PBS.  And then came this thing called cable and you had to pay a monthly fee to get a few more channels and the Jeanie was out of the bottle at that point. Continue reading “Subscriptions…”

Snowmageddon II

Snow Again - 2015Been a couple of weeks now, but we were hit with a second major snow.  This second major snow amounted to about 13 inches in our front yard.  It did impact travel and as usual the grocery store shelves.  Thankfully, the impact was a short-lived rough 24 hour time frame (unlike the previous one that was over a week).  Anyway, very pretty snow fall pictures once again…

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SnowSnow!  It is what we have had nearly too much of the last week and apparently going to get even more depending on whose forecast you want to pay attention too this weekend.  And it has been associated with plenty of cold.  Anyway, a few pictures from around the homestead… Continue reading “SNOW!”

Latin Motto

United States SealThe story goes something like this.  A high school student in Vermont, who is studying the great Latin language (a personal lament of mine that we did not have such available at my high school).  Anyway, she felt like Vermont, who has an English language state motto, needed to, like most other states and indeed the great United States itself, needed a Latin motto as well… Continue reading “Latin Motto”