Charlie Sheen, Angry Warlocks, and Me

I recently read that a few years back, bad-boy actor Charlie Sheen offended yet another group. This time, that wacky, screwed-up rogue got on the wrong side of a Salem, Massachusetts, witchcraft gathering, the Coven of the Raven Moon. The Salem witches and warlocks were angry over a statement in which Sheen described himself asContinue reading “Charlie Sheen, Angry Warlocks, and Me”

In Defense of Doc Martin

Have you seen the television series Doc Martin? I love this show. It’s a British series that stars Martin Clunes as a brilliant doctor. He was a top London surgeon until he developed a blood phobia, resulting in his relocation to a quirky seaside village in Cornwall to work instead as a general practitioner. LouisaContinue reading “In Defense of Doc Martin”

Photo Friday: Read Across America

This week we celebrated Read Across America Day. Despite the Dr. Seuss-related controversy, I love the idea of a day for making time to read and to encourage reading. So today’s photo is just one of my many, many, many bookshelves. I chose to photograph this one for purely aesthetic reasons. How can any readerContinue reading “Photo Friday: Read Across America”

Throwback Thursday: Dr. Seuss

Today’s image from the past isn’t quite as old as the ones I usually post for Throwback Thursday. This photo is from ten years ago today, when I dressed as the Cat in the Hat (as I did many times) for Read Across America Day at my son’s elementary school. Read Across America Day wasContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Dr. Seuss”

The Subtle Science and Exact Art of Potion-Making

“I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death,” said Professor Snape at the first session of Harry Potter’s potion-making class, and then added, “If you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.” I hope I was not a dunderhead last night, as I attendedContinue reading “The Subtle Science and Exact Art of Potion-Making”

Still Going Postal

A few days ago I posted about the Month of Letters, also known as LetterMo. This is a challenge I undertake every year; it encourages participants to write and mail at least one letter or postcard per day (every day that the mail runs) during the month of February. It’s time for an update. SinceContinue reading “Still Going Postal”

Happy Birthday, Elmo!

He may be perpetually three-and-a-half, but loveable fuzzy red guy Elmo does have a birthday, and it’s today! The Sesame Street icon and his “assistant” Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who created the character and voiced him for years, spoke at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., in 2006. My son and I got toContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Elmo!”

Yodel For Your Neighbors

Today, January 30, is Yodel For Your Neighbors Day. We are not making this up. We are not sure why it is Yodel For Your Neighbors Day. We also don’t know why it is, at the same time, both National Croissant Day and National Inane Answering Machine Message Day. The traditional way of celebrating YodelContinue reading “Yodel For Your Neighbors”

Bernie’s Mittens

We all saw him at the Presidential Inauguration last week. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont – eschewing the stylish cloth dress coat look of most of the politicians attending the event – sported a relentlessly unstylish puffy brown coat and enormous patterned sweater mittens. Since then, unless you’ve been living in a cave, you haveContinue reading “Bernie’s Mittens”