The Middle Finger

[We're not trying to get your week off to a bad start, but as you fight the traffic on your morning commute and people are "flipping you the bird," as we say in The Jungle, roll down your wind and explain to them about the battle of Crécy. SB SM] The middle finger. Few know... Continue Reading →

One of the Last Piano Manufacturers

Only Two Remain BY ZACHARY CROCKETT Inside an old brick building in the leafy town of Haverhill, Massachusetts, you’ll find one of the last vestiges of a once-formidable industry. Entering the six-story structure is like going back in time: Stacks of kiln-dried maple wood line the walls. Artisans carefully tinker with tuning pins and soundboards. A... Continue Reading →

We Are All Apes

Does “Monkeypox” Give Monkeys a Bad Name? The debate over naming the virus known as monkeypox says a lot about the close—but fraught—relationships between humans and our fellow primates. By GIDEON LASCO published in Sapiens SEPT 21, 2022 Gideon Lasco is an anthropologist and a physician based in Manila, the Philippines. He obtained his Ph.D. from the... Continue Reading →

Home Demonstration Clubs of Vermont

by Silverbelle Margaret (Ridge Road SBs) A cookbook in the pantry caught my eye recently. It has been a long time since I've visited the contents of this old book. Bound together by two metal rings, it’s dressed with a simple cover made from vintage, mottled-gray shelving plastic. Sandwiched between the front and back cover... Continue Reading →

Daniel Pink, Ya Think?

Daniel Pink sends me occasional "Pinkcasts" such as this one. I find them to be entertaining, useful, straightforward, commonsensical, and practical, well worth the two minutes or so I spend watching. See what you think of Pink. Finally, I particularly like his list of things to do when traveling to a new place:... Continue Reading →

Sanskrit Has a Word for That

from the Princeton University Press [I invented a word once. Actually, it came to me in a dream. The word is "sturdivant," and it is an adjective meaning "at a different time," as in, when describing a garden covered in snow, you'd say "That is our sturdivant garden, because it's not an actual garden when... Continue Reading →

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