So tell me: Marriage Prep

All this talk about young married couples has sent me on a trip down memory lane, back to the old days when my husband was naught but a boyish husband-to-be, and I was a blushing maiden of 22.  And by "maiden," I mean I was 22.  Ah, yoot!We did go to marriage preparation classes.  They were held by another couple in their comfortable home.  It was a little too comfortable, as I recall:  they installed me next to the fire in a rocking chair, and I damn near fell asleep every night as they dron … [Read more...]

So Tell Me: Supermarket Tales

I was standing there, rummaging through the turkeys.  For some reason, I was convinced that it was really important to find a 21-pound turkey instead of the 2o-pound one I already had.  As I rummaged, a guy on the other side of the freezer started chatting.We talked about this and that -- how many guests we were having, what kind of stuffing we like, and so on. We discussed various methods for thawing a frozen turkey. I said, "Ha ha, I just bring mine to bed with me!" and then thought, Hm, t … [Read more...]

So tell me: What are you reading?

It's November, it's dark, I have to scrape the effing windshield to drive to the dump, and life is only just barely worth living until March.  So let's talk about books.I'm just coming off of a long, ugly stint with Taylor Caldwell's ridiculous novel Answer As a Man.  Oh, that woman is embarrassing.  What a waste of plot!  I think she took a writing class called "Show, don't tell," but someone told her it was Opposite Day.  I'd show you a passage of what she tries to pass off as character dev … [Read more...]

So tell me: Carpoo

My talented brother Joe is launching his new business:  Blue Times Blue Web Design, Web Development, and Logo Creation.  Check it out!  Nice work, fair prices, and such a nice young man.In the meantime, he started driving a taxi to bring in some cash.  He sent us this list of memorable quotes from his first day driving:(1) At the intersection of 27th Avenue and Indian School:"Ooh. Ooh. Come on, light. Come on, light, turn. I do not want this baby to be born at 27th and Indian Sc … [Read more...]

So tell me: West and Wewaxation

My parents are semi-retired.  They visit their grown children when they can, and try to combine these trips with very specialized iteneraries.  For instance, they made a tour of exhibitions of the work of their favorite artist, Charles Burchfieldimage source(The title of this particular piece is "Sun Emerging," but, like most of Burchfield's work, it ought to be called "Damn!" or "Wowza!" or "Help!")And a few years ago, they visited Lost Cove, Tennessee, of Walker Percy fame.  We al … [Read more...]

So Tell Me

(photo source)Yesterday was the summer solstice:  the longest day of the year.  If you attended St. Peter Homeschool, you'd know that this is because the earth and the sun are aligned in such a way that the shadow of the moon falls directly on both poles simultaneously, which cools the oceans to the degree that the earth becomes slightly heavier, slowing its rotation and  prolonging the nighttime, which, in turn, prolongs the day, too, because of 24  hours in a day.  Plus solar flares. Have I m … [Read more...]


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