Entertainment, Movies and TV, Plain Speaking

Dear Amy Schumer (whoever you are)…

I was saddened to read this morning that you are “still triggered and traumatized” over Will Smith’s behavior on Oscar night.  (Apparently –whoever you are–you’re important enough that the mere utterance of such absurd drama queenery  causes media folks to snap to attention and report it.) So sorry that you’ve been victimized this way, and that… Continue reading Dear Amy Schumer (whoever you are)…

Culture, Plain Speaking, Politics

A Meditation on Russian Birds Brides and the Men Who Love Want Them

I don't know how many of you follow Bari Weiss, but I find her to be pretty insightful.  She's an extraordinarily bright and accomplished woman with a fascinating and--as the children like to say--'impactful' life, who's best known today only for her most recent high-profile move in which she resigned from the New York Times… Continue reading A Meditation on Russian Birds Brides and the Men Who Love Want Them

Culture, Plain Speaking, Politics, War

The Simple Things

More than five years ago (November 2016, just before the election), I wrote this post on Ricochet.  I've not posted it here yet, but today I do. A headline in today's Telegraph: "A Shell Crushed the Family Next Door." Memories. For Ukraine.  And the glory of the simple things.   I spent several hours this… Continue reading The Simple Things

Plain Speaking

Trouble in Paradise

Many decades ago (college actually, so about five) I had a friend who'd blurt out this phrase anytime something which had been going--to all appearances--rather swimmingly suddenly went sideways.  Sometimes it was a relationship dust-up.  Sometimes it was a class in which he'd been doing rather well, and then--suddenly--he wasn't.  Or a job he'd liked,… Continue reading Trouble in Paradise

Farming, Plain Speaking, Rural Living

Surviving the Apocalypse–Or At Least, the Next Few Years of Joe Biden–Whichever Comes First

Lord.  I am grateful to be where I am. Out here in God's country.  With a house, a barn, a few dozen acres, and a generator. And a well.  And an (expensive but extraordinarily useful) hand pump that will let me raise sweet water from 100 feet below ground level, should propane, or oil, or… Continue reading Surviving the Apocalypse–Or At Least, the Next Few Years of Joe Biden–Whichever Comes First

Plain Speaking

What’s Your Candidate for the Most Overused Internet Meme of All Time?

They say stereotypes exist for a reason.  And I guess that's true.  "Birdbrains gonna  birdbrain," as it were (not talking about you, backyard chickens; please keep laying eggs). Just as those with no capability for original thought are doomed to borrow and parrot (apologies for the repeated "bird" references; again--backyard chickens--I'm not talking about you!)… Continue reading What’s Your Candidate for the Most Overused Internet Meme of All Time?

Plain Speaking, Politics

Who is Chrystia Freeland?

She's a former journalist married to a New York Times reporter (of course she is!) and she's the (unelected) Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, as well as its Minister of Finance.  She's incredibly well respected for her intellect (which distinguishes her from her putative boss), and is known, informally, as the "Minister of Everything," due… Continue reading Who is Chrystia Freeland?

Culture, Family, History, Life, Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day, War

Rosyjskie Diabły

I learned that little Polish phrase from the late Mr. She, not very long after I met him, on a day when we were swapping stories about our eccentric and (in wholly different ways) exceptional families. It’s one of the few (SFW) bits of Polish I know, and I say it with great determination and… Continue reading Rosyjskie Diabły

Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day, Social Media Idiocy

Glenn Beck Nails the Ladies of The View. (Metaphorically, Anyway)

So there I was, this morning, driving to the teeming metropolis of Washington PA, having left one of my IT clients whose computers I had sorted out, and I turned on the car radio, only to hear Glenn Beck launch into what I'm calling the Quote of the Day for February 2, 2022.  (Hm.  2/2/22. … Continue reading Glenn Beck Nails the Ladies of The View. (Metaphorically, Anyway)

Plain Speaking, Politics

A Letter From America

Dear England, This from a Brit living in the States--one with a pretty good understanding of the cultures on both sides of the Atlantic, à la the late Alistair Cooke, I write regarding "Partygate" and the transgressions of the British Prime Minister and his little clique at Number 10. Let's start by being perfectly clear… Continue reading A Letter From America