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Monthly Archive: July 2016

A Sort of Synthesis of Schall and Warren

elections-2Edith Stein once wrote about a fellow student that while she (the fellow student) was a good enough person, she was not at all a deep thinker. She was more of a synthesizer, taking other people’s ideas and weaving them together. This in Edith’s eyes was an intellectual sin, as she demanded from others what came so easily to herself: brilliance and original thoughts. I admire Edith for many things, but she wouldn’t have approved of me in the classroom, as I, too, am a synthesizer. (more…)

Hacks: Fresh, Sparkling and Otherwise


Illustrated hack for getting up early

It seems that all advice these days is packaged as a “hack.” There are kitchen hacks, garden hacks, travel hacks, gaming hacks, tech hacks, organization hacks, storage hacks, fashion hacks, DIY hacks, beauty hacks, writing hacks, cleaning hacks, life hacks, and “real” life hacks, – and those are only the first ones I came across. I have no doubt there are many others. In short, there is most likely a book or site that will fill you in on “hacks” for wherever your interests lie. (I do have to admit to being puzzled about the difference between life hacks and “real” life hacks, though. I have a sneaking suspicion that perhaps “real” life is what happens to adults, and so perhaps one could assume that those “real” life hacks are for serious situations, only? Like how to get up for work or school?) (more…)

Beer – If It Doesn’t Make You Happy …

Spencer Trappist ale…It will break your heart.

Beer (under which category I also include ale and stout) is a subject I have been musing on since lunchtime. Today, The Hunter and I wandered about the New England countryside and, conveniently, when we were hungry, found ourselves on the doorstep of the Farm Table in Bernardston, MA. The Farm Table sources everything within a 50 mile radius of the restaurant; they have creative dishes and it is always a treat to eat there.

They also have an earnest, young wait staff, eager to please. Sometimes they manage, and sometimes they don’t. An example of the first is when the waiter took our order and asked me: “What will you have miss?” (more…)

Isn’t this the Obivous Meaning of TP?

In a family of artists, writers, marketers, designers and in general wise-guy, pain-in-the-ass types, we can’t help ourselves.  If there is an occasion to dissect, chop up, second guess, re-purpose, or find double, triple or quadruple meanings in anything, we will do it.

Let me make it clear before going on that we are all appalled at the choices in this coming election.  However, if there is ever a time when we can’t see humor in a situation, well, it must be that we are all dead.  This afternoon we are having a fine old time with the Trump Pence logo.  Some of it is better left within the family.  I think, though, that my brother and his wife have hit on a marketable product….


Cleaning up 8 Years of Obama’s Shit

The 4th of July and a Quintessential American Card Game

fireworks playing cardsThe Hunter and I went to a Fourth of July gathering yesterday. When we arrived, a Pitch game was in progress and we were invited to join right in. This was a problem for me as I have never, ever played Pitch before, and for some reason thought it had to do with throwing pennies at a wall. Therefore, not wanting to bring anyone who should be so unlucky as to play on my team to grief, I declined. (more…)