SB Alec Sings!

Good morning, good people! Happy first birthday to Sing! I'm going to celebrate with a slight change of format (just for today) and share two links. I've been thinking about soul music since listening to Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" last week. What is soul, anyway? In this film clip from The Sapphires, Dave Lovelace, a hard-drinking but... Continue Reading →

Why is Silverback Digest Not on this List?

by Mark Frauenfelder, editor at Recomendo (You can reach Mark at to tell him that he missed the boat on Silverback Digest. The links in the article take you to Substack, where you can read a sample copy of these newsletter before committing to a subscription.) I publish The Magnet on Substack, which occasionally sends its... Continue Reading →


The Outside Story Gentians Provide Fall Color – and Bumblebee Food By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul The deep purple caught my eye, an unexpected color amid the autumn-hued palette of gold, red, and orange. I stooped to look more closely, thinking perhaps someone had dropped some manmade thing on this grassy, well-traveled path along a hardwood... Continue Reading →

In the Past Year …

Best of the 'Gest A poem about getting better. [A poem by SB SM, now a year older and, thus, a year better.] In the past year I got out of the car while it was still in gear. I went swimming with my wallet in my pocket, Took a shower with hearing aids in... Continue Reading →

C. Jane Dances With Herself

Welcome to The Jungle, Silverbelle C. Jane (Hinesburg SBs). C. Jane's next book is due for publication in April, 2022. Stay tuned for updates. In her own words (from When I got the invitation from AARP to join their organization, I ripped the letter up and bought a motorcycle. I was a high school... Continue Reading →

Lists of Lists of Lists

Let's say you are sitting around with nothing better to do than read Silverback Digest. Let's say you're in The Jungle and you're trying to remember the cast of characters in the British version of The Office. Click on the Lists of Lists of Lists and pretty soon you've got: David Brent[edit] Main article: David... Continue Reading →

It’s Always About the Beer

[from the B&N newsletter (Barnes and Nobles), October 6, 2021. Thanks to SB Jerry, Quaker SBs for bringing this to our attention.] In 1967, a former U.S. Marine named John “Chick” Donohue snuck into Vietnam to find his buddies serving in the war and bring them beer and bear hugs from back home.  It would... Continue Reading →

“Homebrew” Psilocybin Created By Scientists Using “Widely Available” Materials

published on, October 6, 2021 Large quantities of psilocybin – the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms – can be produced in a rudimentary “homebrew style environment” that doesn’t even need to be sterilized, according to a new study in the journal Bioengineered. While recreational users will still find it easier to obtain the psychedelic drug by growing or hunting... Continue Reading →

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