Motes From The Land Of Palm Trees…and lots of rain.

Sad Good-Bye: Country artist Stonewall Jackson, known for his time on the Grand Ole Opry stage for more than five decades, died on Saturday after a lengthy battle with vascular dementia at Age 89. He first performed on the Opry beginning on Nov. 3, 1956 and was still appearing on the show in 2010.  His real name was Stonewall, after Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. “Waterloo” was a hit on the country and pop charts in 1959. His other hits, mostly in the 1960s, included “Don’t Be Angry,” “B.J. the D.J,” “Why I’m Walkin’,” “A Wound Time Can’t Erase” and “I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water.” His talent and voice will be missed.

Merry freakin’ Christmas: Better.com, a digital mortgage lender with offices in Oakland, laid off 900 employees weeks before Christmas on a mass Zoom call. Only those being laid off were invited. It is a stark tidal shift for the company, which announced it was going public earlier this year. CEO Vishal Garg said “The last time I did this, I cried. This time, I hope to be stronger.”  He also offered his hopes that those who got laid off would be “more successful, more fortunate, and luckier in your next endeavor.”

As good a reason as any: According to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Aging, sildenafil—the generic name for Viagra—was associated with a 69 percent reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s in a large-scale analysis of more than 7 million patients. So if she catches you with little blue pills, tell her you’re taking them to prevent Alzheimer’s.

Let’s play guess the religion: “Mom Helped Son Behead His Pregnant Sister Before He Posed for a Selfie, Police Say.” The 19-year-old victim was reportedly attacked for marrying without her family’s consent. Her mother and brother are said to have proudly put her head on display afterwards. The horrific murder—deemed an honor killing after the woman eloped with her fiance without her family’s consent—took place in the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Sunday.

How about a good story: The Manguinhos neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, a slum where addicts once smoked crack and residents dumped trash, has been transformed into a community vegetable garden that now feeds some 800 families struggling with rampant food inflation. The urban garden covers the area of four soccer fields, according to Rio de Janeiro’s “Hortas Cariocas” program coordinators, making it one of the largest of its kind in Latin America. “If you arrived here on a Wednesday at 10 in the morning, you could find two or three thousand people smoking crack in this area.” The project has now expanded to 49 vegetable gardens across Rio, according to Barros. Well done citizens, well done.

Gas prices 12/6/21. Hey, it’s DOWN a whole $.05 . Biden’s plan is working.

What are you paying.

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