Lo-Cal Valentine's Day Gifts

Ah, it's approaching fast! I have two suggestions for you, and neither of 'em will make you fat!First, the good Carmelite Monks behind Mystic Monk Coffee offer their "Chocolate Cherry Coffee" in regular or decaf, and it is delish. I am not usually a fan of chocolate flavors in my coffee, but we picked up a bag of this and it really is chocolate-cherry tasty. I usually drink it with just milk, but occasionally I'll use a little sugar and whipped cream for a treat. Either way, we'll be … [Read more...]

Accepting this tasty stollen…

...on your behalf!The good Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ - whose soaps, lotions, balms and notions you folks apparently purchased in mass quantities to give as Christmas gifts - have sent a delicious Christmas stollen to me by way of saying "thank you" for the blog exposure, and your subsequent orders.I gratefully, humbly accept the stollen on your behalf. It arrived this morning just as we were pouring our Mystic Monk Coffee, and the two monastic products went together very well, indeed. … [Read more...]

Incarnation: "The Mystery IS the Gift…"

Have you ever read something and then said, "damn, I wish I'd written that?I do it frequently, but especially today with this piece, especially, by the renowned skeptic, Vanderleun:Theirs was the Age of Myth; a world where night was not dimmed by the web of lights that now obscures the stars. Their nights were lit by flaring torches, dim oil lamps, guttering candles; by the phases of the moon and the broad shimmering river of the Milky Way. As the sun declined and night ascended, life … [Read more...]

Thank you for shopping Amazon

Just wanted to put up a quick thank you to all of you who are shopping Amazon via this site. In order for me to be able to keep running this blog, I really count on that support, and I wanted to tell you I appreciate that so many of you have done some Christmas shopping while entering Amazon from here. I was particularly shocked to see a few big purchases, like the Amazon Kindle, the Playstation 3, the complete Planet Earth Series and this funny little pocket camcorder were made that way, and … [Read more...]

Turning off Comment Moderation – UPDATED

Now that I've installed that spam-bot thingy at the bottom of the comments section, I'm going to lift "moderation" on the site. I liked it only because it allowed me the chance to read comments, which I hadn't always had a chance to do, before. Unfortunately, I did not like other aspects of it; the loss of spontaneity, the fretting that if I was away from the computer for too long people were left hanging there.It was necessary for the heavy spamming that was going on, but we'll see if … [Read more...]

Black Friday and Love – UPDATED

I wondered why things seemed so "quiet" on the internet and then remembered, oh yeah - Black Friday. I give all due credit to those hardy souls who are willing rise from their after-Thanksgiving exhaustion to brave the stores - particularly those awful "earlybird" sales - and get a large bit of Christmas shopping done. I tried it one year and decided, no. My abhorrence of crowds and my sense of personal dignity just couldn't allow me to be herded about or shoved into running crowds to get … [Read more...]

Descending into Thanksgiving

Well, it's pedal to the metal time around here. Buster is home from college and already blowing the saxophone while his brother wrestles with a computer problem. The dog is throwing up. I still have to go shopping for a few items now that I have chosen my veggie entrees from some of the suggestions made below and at Ace's - yay, my menu is finally complete! I've added an asparagus and a green-bean dish to the list, and have decided to make Pianogirl's Incredibly Delicious Pumpkin Bread … [Read more...]

Thanks for the Gift Ideas!

Just wanted to say thanks for all the great gift ideas offered in response to this bleg. Taking a second look at my Christmas list, I ended up realizing I was short of few kids and teens, so I was very happy to end up purchasing a harmonica and instruction book for one, a leather-working kit for another, a logic/detective game and a few other trinkets. The advice was great, thanks, guys!Along with buying yet a few more jars of Monastery Mustard (I ordered it too early and my family kept … [Read more...]

Friendship & Jerusalem Stones?

Since we've been talking Christmas gift ideas for the last few weeks, I stumbled on these while looking for something "different and meaningful" for a friend, and I think they're gorgeous!Friendship Stone Tiger's Eye NecklaceThis company offers both jewelry and Inexpensive Birthday, Christmas Gifts | Under $25 , as well.I am intrigued with the Jerusalem Stones they offer, which seem to come in a small pouch; I like the idea of "having a piece of Jerusalem with me" as one of the commenters … [Read more...]

Guns, Bailouts, Gitmo and Soap

Retreat was excellent, but I need to process it a little before I write about it.Meanwhile, a quick look around tells me I didn't miss much, newswise.Guns: Instapundit links to two pieces on increased gun sales - or the perception of it. I don't know if I buy the cause and effect. I've been contemplating buying a gun for at least two years, and it has nothing to do with politics or social issues, or the election. It's because after reading female-authored articles on training with … [Read more...]