Wherein the Chinese know the best news is independent news. Growing up I dreamed of being a journalist, even going so far as to create a family and neighborhood “newspaper” (hand written and illustrated by moi) and distributing it in a “vending machine” (a cardboard box, colored red with crayon and with a window cut … Read More
Happy Two-Faced New Year!
Wherein the Romans knew the best way to celebrate the new year was to get totally two-faced. I remember big New Year’s Eve celebrations: parties and laughter and even singing and dancing beneath the Space Needle. Now, 53 and living in a small town, I spent last New Year’s Eve watching the Panther City Lacrosse … Read More
Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut, Sometimes You Don’t
Wherein people throughout the ages know eating acorns doesn’t always mean you eat like a pig. Have you ever wondered if the squirrels might be onto something,” The Farmer’s Almanac asks. I’ve never wondered if they’re on to something, but by gosh I’ve wondered if they’re up to something. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed…I just know they’re … Read More
She’s as Medicinal as Tupelo Honey
In which medieval Europeans know honey is just the thing to treat an arrow stuck in your face. A great literary figure, almost Aristotelian in his classification of the natural world, once said, “The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey…And the only reason for making honey is so … Read More