Culture, Entertainment, Humor, Plain Speaking

Fire that Canon!

LOL. Following on his his refusal to apologize, and his subsequent "resignation" under duress from Hello, Breakfast, or whatever that show is called, for the thought crime of disbelieving Meghan Markle's Oscar-worthy performance in her conversation with The Oprah last month, Piers Morgan has struck back, suggesting that the senior Primate of the Church of… Continue reading Fire that Canon!

Plain Speaking, Womanly Feminism

Making It Up As I Go Along

I will give out divers schedules of my beauty: it shall be inventoried, and every particle and utensil labelled to my will, as: item, two lips, indifferent red; item, two grey eyes, with lids to them; item, one neck, one chin, and so forth.--Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene 5 I'm not sure if that's the… Continue reading Making It Up As I Go Along

Farming, Pets and Livestock, Rural Living

Building a Small Grain Bin From Septic Tank Riser Sections

OK, before anybody make a scatalogical joke, I'm already reminded of this billboard: But, seriously.  Grain bins. What I need (and all I need) is a bin in which I can securely (that is racoon and mouse-proof-ly) store a few hundred pounds of sheep feed at a time.  Many years ago, I built a nice… Continue reading Building a Small Grain Bin From Septic Tank Riser Sections

Alternate History, Book Review, Guest Post

Book Review by Seawriter: Cruising the Ancient Mediterranean in a Modern Cruise Ship

Eric Flint’s "Assiti Shards" stories are an alternate history series where people from the present are cast into the past by shards of time-shifting artwork striking the Earth. The series started with 1632, in which a West Virginia small town transposed in space with Thirty-Years-War Germany. In 2017, a new branch of the series, Ring… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: Cruising the Ancient Mediterranean in a Modern Cruise Ship

Animals, Farming, Nature, Pets and Livestock, Rural Living

Guilty Pleasures

They’re so funny.  And, in many ways, so very human. This is Oleg.  He’s tiny for his age (about six weeks), and his “sister” (Tatiana) who’s only a couple of days older, is almost twice his size.  I only named them this morning, upon the increasing certainty that the little fermentation vats that comprise their… Continue reading Guilty Pleasures

Plain Speaking

If You’re Looking for Sparkling Conversation on the Internet…

...and you're over the mental age of about three, so you can immediately spot the fallacies and the deadly, mind-numbing sense of boredom and inevitability that are about to play out in chats which start like this: Person A--I don't really care for arugula. Person B--Why are you attacking people who like arugula? [Generally followed,… Continue reading If You’re Looking for Sparkling Conversation on the Internet…

Family Matters, Plain Speaking

March 22, 2021

I was searching out what I call "good post material" this morning, and, haftasay, there's quite a bit.  Some of the links from Wikipedia: 238 – Gordian I and his son Gordian II are proclaimed Roman emperors. Two emperors at once?  A bit of a tangle.  Or maybe even, a knot. 1508 – Ferdinand II of Aragon commissions Amerigo Vespucci chief navigator of the Spanish Empire. That… Continue reading March 22, 2021

Book Review, Guest Post, War

Book Review By Seawriter: In Which He Calls His Own Number

He shoots!  And scores!  (Completely unexpected, and hopefully accurate, sports analogy by the athletically-compromised (and proud of it) RWKJ.) My friend, Mark Lardas--who posts on Ricochet as Seawriter and who graciously allows me to reblog his posts here--has a new book available: Battle of the Atlantic 1942–45: The Climax of World War II's Greatest Naval… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: In Which He Calls His Own Number

Nature

Happy First Day of Spring!

Gotta say, there were a few times, this past winter, which was hard, cold, snowy, and icy to an extent I’d almost forgotten winter could be, when I was a bit worried.  But it’s here: https://youtu.be/goAo5dC8P1s Note: The United Nations General Assembly (barf) has designated March 20 as its “International Day of Happiness.”  So today’s… Continue reading Happy First Day of Spring!

Family Matters, History, War

‘Sweet and Fitting,’ or ‘Unworthy’ and ‘Distasteful?’ Wilfred Owen vs William Butler Yeats

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, beloved son, accomplished poet, and soldier of The Great War, was born 128 years ago, on March 18, 1893 in Oswestry, a Welsh border town, in the county of Shropshire.  Readers of Ellis Peters's Brother Cadfael chronicles, or of her Welsh historical quartet (written under her real name of Edith Pargeter)… Continue reading ‘Sweet and Fitting,’ or ‘Unworthy’ and ‘Distasteful?’ Wilfred Owen vs William Butler Yeats