And Gutenberg Lived Here: Sneak-Through Kebob Houses

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 […]

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Life Changes: Of Doctor Who, Paul Gallico, And J.K.Rowling

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 […]

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Life Changes Part Three: Marriage? Where’s The Dowry?

Some time ago Marie, a momentarily non-writing member of the Friday Loose Bloggers, 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, […]