Culture, Friendship, Humor, Literature, Plain Speaking

Please Consider This Book–Perhaps As a Christmas Present

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

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

Words Fail Me. Well, Hardly.

So there I was this morning, laughing uproariously at a YouTube video of a sheep having joyful fun on a trampoline: And while I was noodling around looking for other amusing animal videos because I didn't want to go out and put on any more house siding today, …. I ran across the Australian news… Continue reading Words Fail Me. Well, Hardly.

Beauty, Humor

An Open Letter To My Spectacles

Dear Spectacles, I’m giving you fair warning here: I’ve had enough. Enough of your silly games. Enough of listening to you snicker as I stumble blindly around the house trying to find you after you’ve hidden yourselves away for the infinity-umpteenth time (borrowed that locution from my granddaughter who, when she was four, learned about… Continue reading An Open Letter To My Spectacles

Family, Family Matters, Food and Drink, Humor

Food and Drink Post: Restaurant Memories

Ah, but not in the way you’re thinking, although I’d love to hear about the most expensive/best/worst meal you’ve ever eaten when you were dining out. Remember that? I do, and I miss it, even though my family’s endeavors in that area rarely approached the exorbitant, the world-class, or even the gourmet. (One startling exception… Continue reading Food and Drink Post: Restaurant Memories

Family, Humor, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: “Mollocking in the Sukebind”

I had a peripatetic childhood, and by the time I finished high school I’d attended well over a dozen schools on three different continents, with time off for good behavior during a glorious year (in about third grade) where there wasn’t a school anywhere in sight. My mother, who was largely disinterested in her parenting… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “Mollocking in the Sukebind”

Culture, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Humor

Occasional Quote of the Day: Everybody’s Saying SPAM!

Happy 83rd Birthday, Spam! This much maligned loved product, from the Hormel Company, was first introduced to the world on July 5, 1937. Its name was based on two words (neither of whose products is actually in thing itself): SPiced and hAM. Thus, SP-AM. (The ingredients in Spam, as announced in early days were “pork, salt,… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Everybody’s Saying SPAM!

Animals, Humor

Could This Be the Difference Between a ‘Paper Wasp’ and Your Favorite Leftist?

This isn’t a “Let’s Hate Leftists” thread. I have many friends who are considerably to my Left on the political spectrum, and some of them are very dear to me, although I think they’re wrong about almost everything. But the question above was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this headline:… Continue reading Could This Be the Difference Between a ‘Paper Wasp’ and Your Favorite Leftist?