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.
Nearly two weeks ago we went to visit an old friend, born in 1854, and thus well over 163 years old, by last count. He was taking a small busman’s holiday, you see, mon Dieu, on the Orient Express. Fantastic wide vistas, a compartment of travelling companions, mostly all over … Continue Reading And Poirot Lived Here: Penn And Teller And The Murder On The Orient Express.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the first words ever made- The words sent out. And let flow into the earth, Where they mixed with tungsten, And lead, And all the other earthly elements, Until a particular mix was formed That held them solidly in place, And allowed everyone … Continue Reading And We All Lived Here: Have You Ever Wondered?
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?
Yes, I know it’s my own fault, but some days, after getting up at five, looking out the window at freezing frost-covered ground, dumping large amounts of jump-start coffee into yourself, in the hope it is all a bad dream, and you will wake up and find it is actually … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: I’ve Got To Stop Reading Science News.
Murder mysteries here in Gutenberg Land are, to quote a shop owner at the unfortunately now defunct and much missed Murder One in London, “usually the “noir” type:” taking place at night, in a cemetery, with a shovel, preferable to a country house on a weekend. And then, of course, … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Dark, Darker, Comic.
Did you ever just have one of those days… Like this morning, where, at five a.m. I was wandering purposefully, if groggily, around our apartment, frozen turkey under my arm, looking for a pair af glasses, so I could read the expiration date, so I could decide whether to pitch … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Day Of The Coffee Machine- Day One
Several years ago our clique, picture “Friends” on a much larger scale, was discussing God and the world, like we always do, when the math and history types suddenly closed ranks, and decided the only thing to do was sing mathematical songs, followed by the courtly songs of the worshipful … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: What Age Is My Architecture?
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When your field of study was comparative lit, your view of the world tends to be just a little different from most folks (Not that everyone else’s isn’t- Or have you ever tried to discuss a new film with a dentist? Sorry all dentists out there. Make that mathematicians. Oops. … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Have We Moved From ‘Bonanza’ To ‘Three’s Company’ To ‘Sex And The City’ Only To Get To Vampire Filk?
Thursday, Corpus Christi Day, was a big holiday here in Gutenberg Land- and any of the other fifteen German states that are historically and predominantly Roman Catholic. We faked the required barbecue, and just nuked two ears of corn and some haloumi cheese, and ate on the balcony. Followed by … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Art Imitates Life- Imitates Art- Imitates Life.
What is it about breath that makes people so flip out they haven’t got any to spare? If you look at the Chinese medicine 5 element system: wood, fire, water, metal, earth, add in the air from Earth, Wind, and Fire, and you get: our body’s warmed-air-breathing plus blood circulation. … Continue Reading Dragons’ Breath, Writers’ Breath, Save Your Breath.
Yesterday we took a couple of hours off to meet a distant cousin in a gorgeous botanical Garden in Frankfurt. Called the Palm Garden, you can not only walk the huge area, and enjoy the lake, and the flowers, and the sunshine, you can also absorb the sounds. And the … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Hey, We May Survive After All.
Today we had a couple of hours off, and hadn’t gotten a whole lot of fresh air lately- oops- so we took out our handy-dandy public transport card- university to Rhine and all points east, and headed downtown. On the Rhine- Picture seven hills-each with it’s own area of specialization- … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Is Hacking The New Graffiti?
One of the literary theories I like most, and find most applicable to life, is that you can create an atmosphere by changing the pace of what you are doing. Umberto Eco was an expert at this- see the Name of the Rose. Real Life in those days, medievally-speaking, was … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Pace And Pacing
Yesterday, over a quick Greek dinner after a VERY long day at the U, the discussion turned to, as it often does when foreign guests are on board, Moguntia U versus the rest of the world. Main topic last night: Presence. Also called branding. As in: Our president, a very … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Moguntia U And The Viral Philo-Door
There are moments in any marriage when, no matter how much you love your partner, and I definitely do adore Harold, with every inch of my heart, and soul, but still, there are those moments, when you just want to order a doghouse from Amazon, and put his stereo and … Continue Reading A Day In The Life: How Should I Know Why The Dryer Is Spinning Backwards?