The Quest to Pick Up the Lost Lifting Stones of Ireland

[Another great suggestion from SB Babs. If this subject interests you I recommend the immersive interview with David Keohan on the Blindboy podcast which provides a more in depth cultural backdrop. SB SM] A strongman is on a mission to uncover and lift these forgotten tests of strength. By Alyssa Ages from August 28,... Continue Reading →

All the Kitchen’s a Stage

[Does this article belong in Silverback Digest? Probably not. After all, gorillas are vegetarians who mostly eat leaves and fruits. I've included it as a reminder of how far we have drifted from our jungle origins. This point is vividly depicted in the video clip from The Bear that shows the protagonist, Carmy, being quietly... Continue Reading →

How to Feed a Dictator

[The Browser is one of my favorite online newsletters. The free version recommends things to read. The paid version recommends a lot more things to read, and also includes a weekly letter from the founding editor, Robert Cottrell. Here's a sample. Note: this one was written before the plane allegedly carrying Yevgeny Prigozhin went down.... Continue Reading →

Dunbar, Scotland

Silverbacks ... do you enjoy short travel pieces like this? If so, please "LIKE" this page by going to the full post at and clicking the appropriate button with the outline of the star at the conclusion of the post. This will help guide me on future content. Thank you. SB SM [This was... Continue Reading →

That’s how it goes … in The Bartering Game

It's Sunday morning on The Gilead. The Sunday morning rituals are complete. Wordle in 3 (SB Sandy), "Great" in SpellCheck, Puzzlemaster with Will Shortz on NPR, breakfast of fried egg on Sicilian toast with garden-fresh tomato. As Sandy completes the weekly ironing while watching Sunday Morning with SB Jane Pauley and Meet the Press, she... Continue Reading →

100 Things I Know

[One thing she doesn't seem to know is how to count, judging from the mis-numbering of this list. I couldn't figure out how to correct it, so have reprinted it as previously published. Personally, the list is too girly for me, but I am a fan of lists, so leave it to you to filter... Continue Reading →

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