So here we are on February 22, 2021, all set to observe George Washington's 289th birthday. Right? Not so fast. It's true that, for years, February 22 was a national holiday in the United States. Banks were closed. Schools were closed. No mail was delivered. Department stores nationwide celebrated the end of the "white sales"… Continue reading Happy (Belated) Birthday, George Washington!
Crimenutely. I am gobsmacked at the number of people who, on the very few social networking sites I follow, seem to have given into despair. https://youtu.be/3t0Gk0nffXA I don’t believe our darkest days are ahead of us. I never have. People have been asking, “You’ve always said you’d tell us when it was time to panic. … Continue reading “Now, you and I know you can fire three rounds a minute. But can you stand?”
I've been aware of, and listening to, Rush in one form or another for exactly half-a-century, ever since his appearance on the Pittsburgh airwaves at the very young age of twenty, when he was calling himself Jeff Christie, and he was the rather 'mod' and transgressive disc jockey on WIXZ and KQV--the one the young'uns… Continue reading Rush Limbaugh, RIP
Why do men fight, and why are they willing to continue to fight to the last man, preferring death to surrender? T. E. Lawrence said men go to war “because the women were watching.” According to Michael Walsh, in his new book, Lawrence’s answer holds more truth than irony. Men fight for their families. Last… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: Why Men Fight
New Yawk English. You know it when you hear it. It is unique and serves as a cultural marker. “You Talkin’ To Me? The Unruly History of New York English,” By E. J. White tells the story of New York English. It is as much about why New Yorkers talk the way they do as… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: A New Yawk State of Language
In the eyes of this crazy British lady (for that is what I am, all rumors to the contrary notwithstanding), I think the wearer of The Crown (The. Real. One.) outdid herself today with her annual Christmas message. Delivered perfectly–she’s 94 years old, for Pete’s sake, and puts almost any decades-younger American politician that springs readily… Continue reading Take That, Netflix!!
Mark Lardas is an engineer, freelance writer, historian and model-maker living in Texas. Mark posts on Ricochet as "Seawriter," and is well-known for his regular and much appreciated reviews of books on all subjects. Of his reviews, he says "I have an unusual approach to reviewing books. I review books I feel merit a review.… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: Technology Knit into the Fabric of Society
“I wanted to kill myself. If I hadn’t been pregnant, I definitely would have killed myself.” Thus does Seema Misra begin the story of her three-year odyssey as a sub-postmistress working for Britain’s Royal Mail. She was approved to open a postal station in her small Surrey shop in 2005, and was set up with… Continue reading When Computers Rule
I was lucky enough to view the pre-publication chapters of this book--Virga Joy (Or the Adventures of El Colonel de Corona), and to be able to weigh in, in a very small way, on its final content. It's a very pleasing work of escapist fiction, written, in its entirety, by a friend. Enjoy! And please… Continue reading Please Consider This Book–Perhaps As a Christmas Present
Well, here we go. A post in which I fully expect to be excoriated as a “Pollyanna.” As a person who refuses to acknowledge the Truth. A disbeliever in the “science” of what we (Conservatives) face at this particular crossroads. A deluded fool. And some sort of wrong-headed political animal who has no right to… Continue reading Giving Thanks: I Will Not Be Moved