What’s the Point?

What’s the Point? True confession time. There’s a dirty little secret (I like to call it a “guilty pleasure.”) that I have hitherto not revealed on the pages of Silverback Digest. I am ... dramatic pause ... a reviewer. There, I’ve said it. Mostly I review restaurants, but I’ve also reviewed hotels, tourist attractions, what... Continue Reading →

Music to Tame the Savage Beast

[Let's be honest, as Silverbelles and 'backs we are dumb beasts living in a primitive jungle. I thought I could post some lovely classical music that you could enjoy with your morning coffee. As I tried to read this post and follow the links, however, I found myself wading through layer upon layer of pretention.... Continue Reading →

Image Week … One Year Ago

Best of the 'Gest A year ago we did an entire week of images created by Silverbelles and Silverbacks. Want to do that again? New Zealand, Stars at night. Silverback Sal (Post Island SBs) Relaxing on the River, Lisbon, Portugal, Silverbelle Sandy (Gilead Brook SBs) Watercolor, Silverbelle Nantzy (Mendocino Bonobos) Gracie's Beauty Salon, Silverbelle Charron,... Continue Reading →

Getting Silly in The Jungle

[Watched the Evening News Lately? Maybe you'll agree that it's better to escape to The Jungle and have a few chuckles with your fellow apes. SB SM] SB John (Mendocino Bonobos) forwarded this one: One of my Yale classmates recommended the movie Idiocracy as a vision of the future. I have to admit that he... Continue Reading →


[I was a very grudging convert to becoming a fan of Garrison Keillor. I was jealous, because his book Lake Wobegone Days and my Beyonder Yonder came out in the same publishing season and were distributed by the same publisher. Beyond Yonder did just fine, but LWD became a best-seller. It's petty of me, but... Continue Reading →

Road Trip

[Mardi Gras is officially March 10, 2022, but the parades begin in New Orleans on January 6. SB SM] It was the ultimate road trip. It was senior year in college. My friend, Fenimore Cady Sartorius, was living off campus in an apartment behind Payne-Whitney Gym in New Haven, CT. It was a Friday night.... Continue Reading →

Final Thoughts on the Holidays

by SB Bill (Hinesburg SBs). Published originally on Schubart.com The observance of December religious holidays can be a source of spiritual, family, and community enrichment or, as it is for many, a descent into anxiety and consumerist hell. But we have other choices. All life on earth is based on consumption, but the human species... Continue Reading →

Two Christmas Tear-Jerkers

[ Before you lose that holiday spirit ... Thank you to SB Mike and Cyndy (Post Island SBs) for the first item. Thank you to SB Whitney (Rhinebeck SBs) for the second. Watch them both for full effect. SB SM] Christmas Day, 1943 78 years ago today, my father found himself being shot at atop... Continue Reading →

Mull of Kintyre

[Everyone's a bit Beatle-crazed these days. Part of it is because of the release of Peter Jackson's 7 hour documentary, but part of it is because we all know that the dream of this era is going to end. George is gone; John's gone; Ringo just turned 80 ... Paul's still going strong. I always... Continue Reading →

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