neigh neigh neigh

This just in… Germany is in the throes of another meat scandal.  First information surfaced that there was horse meat in some frozen lasagna, burgers, and the like.  Then information surfaced that horse meat had even made it into the sacred (cough) orbs of Ikea meatballs.  People are very, very upset. Some are claiming that […]

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’til death do us part

On your deathbed, do you imagine that you will lament not having spent enough time at the office?  Absurdity!  Of course you won’t.  If anything, you’ll lament how much damn time you spent there.  How many minutes it took away from your relationship with your children or your lovers or your friends or your passions.  […]

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ticks and lice and everything nice

Life with a Gorilla. Already got the grooming down. And when she’s finished picking bugs out of his hair she usually gives him a big kiss, which looks a lot like biting his nose off. And now, another day in the life of Click Clack… Around six a.m. Pickles begins to stir. She nurses and […]

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a quick note about sleep deprivation and book raffles

Remember how excited I was to go back to work? Well, I still am. Even though right now, as I type this, I am hanging by a thread, by a drop of coffee, by an eyelash. Due to an experiment (Get Pickles Into Fucking Bed Early), she was up at 10pm and then at 3:30am, […]

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white to brown to green

It won’t be long now until we’re running around giddy with short sleeves.  The snow has melted.  Mud season is upon us.  Goodbye, snow.  Goodbye, winter!  Good riddance. As soon as the mud is gone we can haul our new Wagen here.  Then the Franken-building can begin.  Oo la la.  I still get all drooly […]

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ged versus harry, ding ding!

Excuse me while I get very, very book geeky on you all… In the house where I grew up we had a library.  It held floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves installed sometime after the wood stove had been removed.  Beneath the far window—four panes that looked out at our neighbor’s front yard, though I do not remember […]

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wagen feng shui

Looking at these pictures—taken of our Wagen just after Baby Pickles was born (i.e. almost exactly one year ago)—has led my brain into a feng shui ramble.  I’ve always hated that word.  Poor word.  It isn’t feng shui’s fault that I associate the term with the flakiest of the flaky hippies. But at the same […]

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mr. kunstler says…

By extension, the true condition of the USA is too depressing to think about, and that’s largely the reason for our political paralysis. The “fiscal cliff” is only one step on a stairway to a different disposition of things, a world made by hand, in which we will no longer be prisoners of the freeway […]

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murder ballads and misogyny in country music

Old time country music. When someone asks, as someone inevitably does any time they interview us, what I find so attractive about the genre (besides the sound), it usually comes down to community. Old time country is music you played on your porch with your friends. Traditionals became traditionals because back in the day you […]

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