Humor, Knitting, Miscellaneous

If I’m Ever Arrested, I Hope It’s For Something Like this

I’m 65 years old. I’ve never been much of a drinker, but I’ll cop to having been a bit sloshed a few times in my life, most of them in the distant past. As I get older though, the stuff has more of an effect on me, which is why it’s probably a good thing… Continue reading If I’m Ever Arrested, I Hope It’s For Something Like this

Animals, Funny Links, Humor

And Now For Something Completely Different

In case you were wondering exactly what it is that rabbits do for entertainment during the lockdown, when nights draw in, and when they're sheltering in place, wonder no more!  No.  It's not that.  Glory be.  Get your minds out of the gutter. It's this. (What follows is filler: Apparently this post is too short… Continue reading And Now For Something Completely Different

Knitting, Politics

Confervo Ergo Sum: I Knit, Therefore, I Am

OK, the title of this post is a bit of a cheat, since the Romans didn't engage in the craft of knitting as we know it.  However, the Latin verb confervo means "heal, grow together, knit," so I'm stealing it for the purpose. I first wrote the post below on Ricochet more than five years… Continue reading Confervo Ergo Sum: I Knit, Therefore, I Am

History, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: Thomas Bulfinch

“Our work is not for the learned, nor for the theologian, nor for the philosopher, but for the reader of English literature, of either sex, who wishes to comprehend the allusions so frequently made by public speakers, lecturers, essayists, and poets, and those which occur in polite conversation.”–Thomas Bulfinch Ah. Polite conversation. Remember when people… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Thomas Bulfinch

Farming, Pets and Livestock, Rural Living

The “Rights” of Spring

Bee Swarm Soirees: Check.  Done for the year I think.  Net gain of two hives, neither of which came quietly.  The first congregated around a fence post (actually on a "dropper" between two fence posts).  After my neighbor Randy helped scoop them into a five-frame "nuc" hive, I left them for 48 hours to settle,… Continue reading The “Rights” of Spring

Cooking, Culture, Travel

Suwanee’s Cooking School In Chiang Rai, Thailand

This post fulfills a promise I made in July of 2018 to a lovely lady, Ms. Suwanee Kwan Cheablam, that I would write a public review of her cooking school in Chiang Rai, Thailand.  I'm sorry it's taken me such a long time.  However, as Allen Saunders said (in a quote which is frequently mis-attributed… Continue reading Suwanee’s Cooking School In Chiang Rai, Thailand

Food and Drink, History, Military

For the Gift I Have Received, I Am Truly Thankful–Memorial Day 2020

This post was originally published on Ricochet in May of 2019.  This year, in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, the commemoration of Memorial Day will be different, but no less heartfelt. Today is the nation’s officially designated Memorial Day. My mother-in-law never called it anything but Decoration Day, and never commemorated it on any day… Continue reading For the Gift I Have Received, I Am Truly Thankful–Memorial Day 2020

Family, Healthcare

Being ‘In the Moment’ With Our Loved Ones As They Age

As some of you know, Mr. Right isn’t very well, and he suffers from numerous comorbidities (one of the terms of 2020, along with “social distancing” and “an abundance of caution” that I’ll be glad to see the back of, hopefully soon) that make him especially vulnerable to infection and which have made it difficult… Continue reading Being ‘In the Moment’ With Our Loved Ones As They Age

Entertainment, History

Occasional Quote of the Day: “I’m going to be with Gloria now.”

Those were the last words of James Maitland Stewart, who was born in Indiana PA on May 20, 1908. A shy young man, he was fascinated by early airplanes and considered signing up for the military, but was discouraged by his father, who urged him to attend college instead. At Princeton (BA–Architecture–1929), the young James… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “I’m going to be with Gloria now.”

Food and Drink, History, Miscellaneous

Covid-19 Update from Whiskey Rebellion Country

Well, the local distilleries are doing a booming business. Stopped out at one of my favorites the other day, and picked up a bottle of their “peated bourbon” (as good as any Islay single-malt scotch, IMHO), and had a chat with my friend Ellen, the proprietor. They’re doing great. Selling out, in fact. I didn’t stop… Continue reading Covid-19 Update from Whiskey Rebellion Country