As I write this, we are leaving September, the silly season, when the cats, birds, and football fans, having partaken of a bit too much of the sweet new wine, or gigantic pretzels and huge rings of baloney, or the locals, seasick from too many “for your birthday, here is … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: October: When The Silly Season Meets The “Oh I Forgot.”
Dear whoever made the mistake of thinking spring starts on the twenty-first, or twenty-second of April, or somewhere near June in the Gregorian calendar, or whatever… because… today is the first day of spring. How do I know? Well…. This is the day that: Puxtahawny Phil and his crowd wash … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Real First Day Of Spring
The following is an A-Z Bestiary of the kind of Animals one sees in Germany, from zoos, to in the wilderness, to in the tourist areas, over Easter. Hope you enjoy. A shrewdness of apes, A sounder of boars, A pounce of cats, Our week here in Gutenberg land has … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: A Bestiary of Easter Animals.
Friday, coming home from conducting, the BEAST hit. Well, actually, it was more like a beastlet. Or a beasturtium, or a beastiary conundrum. Why? It hit with a flurry, dropped about a foot of snow, then brought its little brother for a visit, melting everything the beasti beastorum had dropped. … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Hula In The Snow For Your Health.
A couple of days ago, I had a discussion with a colleague, and we decided we would have to meet to discuss a plan of action. It is technical, (having to do with teaching,) so I won’t bore you. The interesting part though, was the fact that he, a German, … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: So How Do You Write A Blog Without Beans?
And Gutenberg Lived Here: When It’s Friday Night, And The Spirits Are Rising, Who Ya Gonna Call? A Comparatist.
Friday night in Gutenberg Land. Hump day is over. Train’s rounding the bend to Chinese and a movie. You’ve been holding your breath all week, afraid to breath out. But here it is. You are free. You are going out. And then, the love of your life drops a bombshell … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: When It’s Friday Night, And The Spirits Are Rising, Who Ya Gonna Call? A Comparatist.
It’s cold here in Gutenberg Land. So cold that it’s almost disgusting that the sunshine is at the thousand-Watt, sunburn through the frost level, and most people aren’t out in it. Most people meaning: the beautiful Rhine pathway is freezing- we were smart enough to take double strong peppermint tea … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: 1000-Watt Sunshine, And Fish By The Net-full
Yesterday was wind-down Tuesday here in Mardi Gras capitol Gutenberg Land. So far we have had: “cut the mens’ ties off, storm the town hall, old ladies dancing in the streets” Thursday, Then “you can’t get a hair appointment, buy flowers, or candy, or really anything but milk-less hard rolls, … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Carnival In Review: Duck When They Throw The Candy, And Mercy For Sykes.
Yesterday we went downtown early. Make that VERY early. Because: Here you have to be crafty, and wily, and go down so early the rest of the more cars than members of the populace are still having breakfast, or are at work waking others members of the populace at seven … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Mardi Gras, Flying Donuts, And All Things Gutenberg
And Gutenberg Lived Here: When The Ides Of Janus With Their Shoures Soote The Droghte of Stephanus Hath Perced To The Roote…
Here it is, almost the ides of January, that time of year when the Brutus-like Christmas bills stab you in the back, the people you work with actually expect creativity- creativity- What? Did they have too much eggnog and soaked-for-six-months-in-a-bottle-of-Irish-Whiskey grandmaw Serelda’s famous fruit cake? Or divinity fudge? Can’t be … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: When The Ides Of Janus With Their Shoures Soote The Droghte of Stephanus Hath Perced To The Roote…
31- 12- 2017 here. Still And time for a quick look back at: Workin’ nine to five And every other bizarre moment of a to others odd, but to me fulfilling, way of life- except, of course, for the time I take off for to cook meals I have carefully … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: On Time, Its Essence, And Cha-Cha-Cha.
I just finished reading a wonderful blog, called Irish Christmas traditions at Wandering Gaels and it started me thinking about my own wandering Gael family, and our more than California-ized Christmas traditions. I would like to share a few of them with you. Picture if you will: Christmas eve morning. … Continue Reading And A Maine Coon Cat Lived Here: Wondering Gaels.
Yesterday being T-day, I did a little thinking, And Thanking: both still around, both still happily married, both with big plans for the future. And then got on to the logistic problems: Where to get a turkey, How to avoid being invited to a large thanksgiving party for people who … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: When Is A Turkey A Taurus?
I don’t know what it is about Fridays- Maybe it’s just the fact that since everyone else is on the road that day, in up to two-hour traffic jams, or has picked up their kids from school at one pm and are at McD’s, before trying to shove the tykes … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Just Call Me Friday
When Gutenberger go to the town of Freiburg, it is usually for only one reason: fall hiking in the gorgeous Black Forest. And, of course, being Gutenberger, there had better be good food and drink somewhere along the line. Not that the Gutenberger aren’t educated, and cultivated, and open to … Continue Reading And Erasmus Lived Here: On Ghostbusting, And “Best Local Food? At The Top Of The Funicular.”
Last weekend one of those special family holidays snuck up on us- the type that here in Gutenberg land is called a “round birthday” and always celebrated as an “event” of the kind where you need to rent the San Francisco Cow Palace, invite everyone you call friend, and, here … Continue Reading And Erasmus Lived Here: Of Alemannics, Catholics, And Long-Short Reds.