If you are a Savoyard- one of the people who sing Gilbert and Sullivan at the drop of a hat, can do all the patter songs swoon on cue, and can recite all the choice lines- "in the reign of James the second, it was generally reckoned, as a rather serious crime, to marry two … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Happy Leap Year- Honk If You Are A Savoyard
To me, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the words "progressive dinner" is: what exactly is progressive about it? I mean, for thousands of years hunters have been killing and grilling mastodon and co, and then going cave to cave with the ribs, banging the hanging rock door-knocker, and asking "is … Continue reading What Exactly Is A Progressive Dinner?
We're in Lent, over here in Gutenberg land, an area so Catholic that the carnivalists make statements on public television about how Catholic we are, ("others can say what they want, we're Catholic") and fly in extra priests from all over the world to handle the confessions of the over a million visitors to the … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Sneak-Through Kebob Houses
Anyone else out there feel like their life is a cattle round-up? Just when you get those doggies moving, (a doggie, or dogie, is a motherless calf) circled up, headed for home, they all decide they need a drink. My rule of life: there is never a moment where you will get any group- from … Continue reading Keep Them Doggies Movin’
I was raised with Thomasina the cat. Most children of my generation were. Like Greyfriars Bobby, Or National Velvet, it was a combination of animal legend, morals to live by, and a just plain good children's story. I had no idea at the time it was the work of Paul Gallico. Many years later, home … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Life Changes: Of Doctor Who, Paul Gallico, And J.K.Rowling
Yesterday was Valentine's Day. Yes, we even celebrate it here in Gutenberg Land. The main difference to other places being: Here you first have to listen to a lecture on how it is all humbug, and started by the Hallmark card company, and why would anyone want to take part? Or, if you have something … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Other Valentine’s Day
Someone sent me a note today, asking me to discuss pets Pulleeze Not that it's a bad topic. And not that I don't adore dogs. And there are some pretty interesting fish both house style, and exotic salt water. Hey, some of them are even luminous. Just as long as they don't arrive frozen and … Continue reading Of Tarantulas And Sneakers For Ponies
Some time ago, a fellow blogger mentioned her wedding, and the place a dowry holds in Northern Ireland. That got me thinking about my family. Generations of hardworking Irish-Americans. Puritan preachers, farmers, mill owners, And horse trainers. Lots of love, but not much need for a dowry. Until, one day, the good fairy of the … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Life Changes Part Three: Marriage? Where’s The Dowry?
Yesterday, the LBC VUBP (very unusual blogging people) asked for my assessment of the topic "major life changes." And I tried my best to be serious. And adult. But the thing is, the more serious a topic, the more humour I find in it. It's a mechanism that goes back to nursery days. Of listening … Continue reading Major Life Changes: Part Two
I think I am finally starting to understand, from a year plus a bit of writing this blog, that there are moments in life that are irreversible. Someone comes into your life, Someone leaves, often in an unexpected or tragic way. Some event happens that changes everything forever. And you have to muster all … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Major Life Changes, Part One.