Gardening, Life, Quote of the Day

Roses in December

God gave us memories that we might have roses in December–J.M. Barrie It’s a lovely sentiment, isn’t it? Unfortunately, not all our memories come up roses (pace Ethel Merman): and our memory gardens inevitably include thorns, thistles, poison ivy, and an abundance of other nasty weeds we encountered at some point in the horticultural… Continue reading Roses in December

Book Review, Guest Post, War

Book Review by Seawriter: Adventure in the Persian Gulf

Jack “Rattler” Owen had a dream when he was growing up--to become a US Navy fighter pilot. He is now a Navy pilot in today’s US Navy, but he is flying the E-2C Hawkeye, not fighters. Treason Flight, a thriller by T. R. Matson opens with Owen discovering flying the Hawkeye can be every bit… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: Adventure in the Persian Gulf

Culture, Music

What Exactly is “Bro Country” Music?

And when a person says that a dude "ain't it," no matter how quickly or how soon he changes the crowd-facing URL to indicate that perhaps that person might have "bro-country" chops, what exactly does that mean? It's a heartrending song (at least as far as the lyrics go).  I don't know--myself--if Chris Stapleton… Continue reading What Exactly is “Bro Country” Music?

Cooking, Culture, Recipes

Som Tun! ส้มตำไทย

Green Papaya Salad.  OMG, it's delicious. I've written before about my affinity for this lovely dish, something I first discovered in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in a tiny, hole-in-the-wall establishment run by aged crones: I've been searching it out ever since, on this side of the pond, with varying degrees of success.  So far, Maenam Thai… Continue reading Som Tun! ส้มตำไทย