Pluto: A Real Actual Honest-To-Goodness Planet

Being a parent, such as I am, I’m always intrigued when my children latch onto a new interest.  Of course, I prefer it when they latch onto one of my interests that I tenderly and lovingly shoved down their throats for their cultural consumption. It isn’t easy to keep the fires burning, warding off the …

My First The Last Jedi Review: Revenge Of The Return Strikes Back

*Since Star Wars is effectively a non-entity and a bit of a joke at this point, I thought I would drag my original post on this film out from the ether, update it a bit but not much, and send it back out into a cruel world.  Plus, I had just rewatched the Red Letter …

Did Mary Know About LEDs, Multiple Scrooges, and Neil Diamond?

Now that we are past being up to our sleigh bells as yet another Christmas holiday season fades into the distance, I thought it would be a wonderful time for quiet reflection.  Earlier today for instance, I simply stopped what I was doing.  I took a deep breath of the crisp winter air.   The whistling wind …

Thrills, Spills, and Holy Hills: A Catholic Adventure!

Since my effervescent spouse mentioned returning to Holy Hill recently, I thought the time was right to drag out this old saw of a fable of a story of a legend!  So here it is, the raw and unvarnished truth!  As opposed to the truth that is cooked and layered with several coats of varnish, …

What is Flugënball?

The sport that has taken Iceland, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, and Ecuador by storm is now reaching the shores of the United States despite the justifiably stringent embargo laws.  This complicated game is called flugënball and it is rapidly becoming the nation’s pastime.  (And when I said the nation’s pastime, of course I meant selected parts of Idaho.) …

Over Supplied, Over Schooled

During this frabjous time of year, school supplies are incessantly beckoning to be picked up for the children’s usage.  Armed with a list so long not even Santa would bother reading it, I strode into the store with supreme confidence that I would find wonderful schoolish things for my children.  I also felt assured that this jaunt …

Concerted Efforts Part 2: Fighting Foo and Fleeing Peppers

Is there anything in the world better than getting to see live music?  Well, for all intents and purposes, yes.  Yes, there is.  However, for the sake of being able to use the small slice of bandwidth that I’m allotted, I’m going to say in a printed robot voice that “there is nothing in the world better than …

Wherefore Art Thou Art?

***Author’s Note: This was originally composed in the dark days of April 2016.  Yes, back when we could go anywhere we wanted and only surgeons and loonies wore surgical masks with any regularity.  Now that things are opening ever so slightly, perhaps getting out of your germ-prevention bunker and seeing some art would do you …

How We All Can Lick Hatred, COVID, and Everything

As we head into another year of these unprecedented, unusual, trying, uncertain, challenging, extraordinary, difficult, hard, and tough times in this virus-laden world, many have tried to assign blame on others for how we ended up in these circumstances.  “It’s Trump’s/China’s/the Democrats’/the Republicans’/the governors’/Fauci’s/George Soros’/the CDC’s/Bill Gates’/Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s/O.J. Simpson’s/(insert other name here)’s fault!”  The …

Witnessing the 5th in Line While Being 5th in Line: My Experiences at the May 2018 Royal Wedding™ of Harry and Meghan

With all the recent hoohah and flapdoodle surrounding everyone’s favorite non-royals, I thought I would go reflect to happier times, before lucrative Netflix deals and huge interviews with Oprah.  Back before these plucky innocents were undoubtedly tormented by the trappings of incredible wealth and status and privilege through their being members of the British monarchy.  …