Tag Archives: history and culture

in praise of the red velvet kitkat

Cue up “Love Cats” by the Cure, and join me in celebrating the return of the elusive and much anticipated Red Velvet flavored KitKats.  For some reason, these are a Valentine’s Day seasonal offering, available only in the miniature size.  … Continue reading

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the buddha in january

The Buddha waits on red bricks/ his companion: a brave dandelion.

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truth in advertising: pretty much the all time winner in the “found art” category

Who can resist a come-on like this?  Not just any Buick, mind you– but a red Buick.  But what possible product could be for sale behind this highly visible sticker? If you still aren’t sure what this is, it’s a … Continue reading

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handprint turkey 2017

Ten Things To Do After You Put the Turkey In the Oven on Thanksgiving Day: 1) Sharpen all the knives.  Not just the carving knives, but the little knives and the choppers as well.  You have the sharpening gear out … Continue reading

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an adorable cretaceous pet

Back before I got my first corgi, my inner life was full of imaginary pets.  Not just dogs, but tame foxes, wolves, crows, hedgehogs, armadillos and giant fruit bats.  And of course, since  imagination is cheap, I also kept dragons, … Continue reading

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on a canopic jar

Canopic jars are my favorite Egyptian art thing.  There’s no point here in going into (the many gross and fascinating) details about the process of mummification or about my childhood fascination with Wallis Budge’s The Mummy: A Handbook of Egyptian … Continue reading

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how i met a giant mole

Our local power utility, which provides us with both electricity and natural gas, has a “Call Before You Dig” program.  This is entirely admirable: you call 811 before you plant trees or build a deck or whatever, and a crew … Continue reading

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mushawasing, page 4

And there it is: the story of how Moose got her name.  It’s not just that she’s big and strong for a girl, and rather blunt and straightforward.  Or rather, that’s not all it is.  From Moose’s point of view, … Continue reading

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football talk

In the interest of promoting what I think is one of the best (and, in this country at least, most underrated) places to find good use of the English language, it’s time for Football Talk. First of all, we’re talking … Continue reading

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all kinds of mammoths

Regular readers of this blog know that Twilight Beasts (“exploring the magnificent world  of lost Pleistocene beasts”) is one of our favorite Other Blogs.  All Pleistoscene beasts, from dire wolves to Nebraska camels, are aces in my book, and many … Continue reading

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