Are you feeling particularly grumpy today? Go ahead and express your Inner Grouch. January 29, the birthday of celebrated grouch W.C. Fields, is National Curmudgeons Day! Read more about it here.
The Lunar New Year started yesterday. Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit! People born in the Year of the Rabbit are supposed to be tender, modest, charming, and lucky, if you believe that sort of thing. I don’t, but it’s a good excuse to post this:
It’s time to share another Postcrossing card. This one came to me from what is, in Postcrossing terms, practically next door. The sender, Cindy, lives in here in Virginia, in a rural area about 75 miles from me. Postcrossing is work-related for Cindy; she is a rural mail carrier. But she says she is closeContinue reading “Postcards From the World, Siriusly”
Oh, no! Thanksgiving is over, and I never got around to posting the classic WKRP in Cincinnati Thanksgiving episode. I will have to remedy that. So, now it’s time to go to our live remote man on the scene at the Pinedale Shopping Mall for the big WKRP Turkey Giveaway….
The Relentless Moon, the latest book in Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Lady Astronaut” series, is a page-turner, the kind of novel that makes you say, “just one more chapter” over and over again, until you look up and realize it’s 4:00 a.m. In this alternate history, set in the 1960s, Earth is dying. An asteroid strikeContinue reading “The Relentless Moon: A Book Review”
My favorite Harry Potter character, Hermione Granger, has a birthday today. Hermione was born on September 19, 1979, which would have made her one of the oldest students in her class at Hogwarts. (Harry, born June 31, was one of the youngest.) So Hermione is now 43 years old!!! I am still trying to getContinue reading “Still the Brightest Witch of Her Age”
Today I finished reading Catherynne Valente’s book, The Past Is Red. In the future, Earth’s landmasses have been inundated by flooding, and Tetley lives in Garbagetown, built on and from a mass of the floating detritus of our civilization. It’s a grim life, but Tetley takes it in stride and even believes she is luckyContinue reading “A Vividly Imagined Post-Apocalyptic World”
This photo is not mine, of course. But when I realized that today is the wedding anniversary of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder, I knew I had to post it here. Laura, 18, and Almanzo, 28, had planned to marry in the fall of 1885. She and her mother were thinking about the wedding dressContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Laura and Almanzo”
Six years ago this week, we met Zuzu! Bob and I visited Seneca Falls, New York, that week. After touring the women’s rights museum that had brought us to town, we came across an unexpected attraction: the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum. Seneca Falls seems to have been film director Frank Capra’s inspiration for theContinue reading “It’s a Wonderful Museum”
We’re traveling, and last week I saw something I haven’t seen in a long time: a gas station with a dinosaur statue! The Sinclair gas company, with its trademark dinosaur logo, has not existed in the Eastern U.S. since the 1970s. But it is still thriving in the Western part of the country. Here isContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Dinosaur”