52 Things Tom Whitwell Learned in 2022

[This is from the Magnetic Notes feature in Medium.com. Medium is (from their website): The best ideas can change who we are. Medium is where those ideas take shape, take off, and spark powerful conversations. We’re an open platform where over 100 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered... Continue Reading →

‘Backs & Belles Salute MLK

From AJC.com (Atlanta Journal Courier) Lesser know, but equally memorable Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes: In his April 1967 speech, “Beyond Vietnam” he said of the choices that must be made for the betterment of the nation, “Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must... Continue Reading →

Season to Taste

[Silverbelle C. Jane (Hinesburg SBs) is the author of Spirit Traffic (see link below). She also sends out weekly Love Letters that are teeming with wit, sass, and wisdom. This one explains ayurveda in less than 1000 words, perfect for the attention-challenged inhabitants of The Jungle. Sign-up for your own weekly love letter at cjanetaylor.com.... Continue Reading →

The Duke … a Silverback?

[Another excerpt from the Delancey Street newsletter. John Wayne was very much the polarizing figure back when most of us came of age. Has our assessment of him mellowed or improved over time? Or, is he an enduring hero of a time that we have moved past? Stated differently, is he Silverback Worthy? SB SM]... Continue Reading →

Reindeer Lichen: Food of Santa’s Reindeer

By Susan Shea Santa’s reindeer need fuel to pull that sleigh full of toys, and one of their primary winter foods is reindeer lichen, also known as reindeer moss. These are puffy, many-branched, pale green or grayish-white lichens up to 4½ inches tall, spongy to the touch when damp. Multiple species of reindeer lichen cover... Continue Reading →

Shut Up!

[Besides Andy Warhol, Bill Belichick is a master of saying nothing. While the Patriots were winning championships, his mumbling silence was interpreted as wisdom. Now that the Patriots have been shown to have feet of clay, people have a whole new take on his incoherent mumblings. SB SM] Today's encore selection -- from The 48 Laws... Continue Reading →

Who Knew? …

[It's not my fault! Silverback Bill (Hinesburg SBs) passed this along as essential information for all denizens of The Jungle. He says it's his way of supporting feminism. SB SM] Snakes have a clitoris: scientists overcome ‘a massive taboo around female genitalia’ Researchers say previous studies mistook the organs on female snakes as scent glands... Continue Reading →

Elective Anonymity

Elective AnonymityBY ROBERT COTTRELL – 14 DEC 2022  [Robert Cottrell is the editor of The Browser, blog/newsletter that I crib a lot of interesting material from. The Browser's tagline is "Writing Worth Reading," and that summarizes their mission succinctly. Occasionally he addresses his subscribers directly, such as in this post which is about creators who... Continue Reading →

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