My wife doesn’t like to talk politics. We seldom do. And usually I’m on a soapbox doing my Patrick Henry impersonation. She listens and nods her head. Until I’ve run out of words. This morning I brought up what many are talking about: the role torture has played since 9-11. The Senate’s report has... Read more »
Science Headline: French researchers claim men with an appetite for spicy food are ‘alpha males’ with higher levels of testosterone. (The Telegraph) Men who savor spicy foods Are better for erotic moods. Purportedly a study has shown These males have more testosterone. On them a jalapeno acts Like sundry aphrodisiacs. So looking for a stallion,... Read more »
Yesterday I was driving north on Pulaski Road on my way to play pinochle at my aunt’s. When I caught a glimpse of a store sign I’ve noticed many times before in passing. ” Paco’s Tacos”. It got me thinking. Now there’s a good rhyme or reason for a post. How many others could... Read more »
My mother in her old age had a way with squirrels. She loved to feed them, scattering generous pieces of bread around the tree outside her kitchen window. If memory serves me right—and it is some years ago—I think a few of them even came up to her as she offered them those irresistible... Read more »
From the Business section of today’s Tribune: “Warning of ‘cultural and linguistic chaos’ that comes from messing around with idiom, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, or SAPPRFT, is clamping down on wordplay in media and advertising, arguing pun control is necessary for everyone’s good.” (Phil Rosenthal) The Chinese may... Read more »
The election is over and Governor Quinn Now sadly a lame duck since he didn’t win. And what’s more a downer He lost to Bruce Rauner, A garden variety Republican.
I’ve been meaning to write about Bill Cosby. But I’ve been struggling on what to say. I’ve always tried to give the benefit of the doubt. By temperament, I’m reluctant to jump to conclusions. Allegations are allegations. But… There are so many of them. And will more women emerge with more of the same... Read more »
(Perceptive commenter ‘jnorto’ wondered after reading my last post—”A Juggernaut Approaches from the North, or It Can’t Be Winter Yet”— whether there was another rhyme for ‘polar vortex’) Weather words once esoteric, E.g. the polar vortex, Are said as casually by us As by the wonks, geeks, or techs.
My brain’s electric grid convulses With thousands of febrile impulses. What’s switched on my cerebral cortex? That frigid fiend, the Polar Vortex!
If its Tuesday, it’s pinochle at my aunt’s. We were sitting round her kitchen table, a few Tuesdays ago playing the venerable card game when Aunt Ger brought her muscle cramps up. It’s a topic she brings up on occasion, that is to say, regularly. Sharing a few nagging episodes of my own, I... Read more »