cloth diaper diary: and they all fall down

Baby Pickles walks like a drunk.  I suppose all toddlers do. One step forward, one step back, sway, sway, and then she’s on the ground.  But unlike a drunk, she has a thick padded bottom to land on.  She’s never landed on her face.  I guess babies are like cats like that.  Yet another reason […]

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communal living: the shared bathroom

Despite all of humanity’s adaptability, it often comes down to one issue when you talk about the nuts and bolts of communal living.  The bathroom.  A lot of people just don’t want to share a bathroom.  Not even with their life partner. Personally, I don’t mind sharing bathrooms.  It can be groddy, and there might […]

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blindness by jose saramago

Blindness is catching.  Imagine it.  You are walking down the street, driving your car, drinking a coffee, and suddenly, you see nothing but white light.  You are blind.  You cannot see.  You cannot find your way home, and you are contagious. Before reading Jose Saramago’s 1999 novel Blindness, I had never imagined what it might […]

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music and language, language in music

This post is reincarnated from this post.  (Because breaking down how various German punk songs helped me learn the language doesn’t fly as well with the work audience.) NOTE: Sorry to anyone who read this earlier in the day.  For some reason the YouTube embeds just disappeared. Year Zero.  Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  It was […]

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mein liebster freund(e)

‘Becca over at The Earthlings Handbook flattered Click Clack Gorilla with a Liebster Award a few weeks ago.  Thanks ‘Becca.  Awwrr. A Liebster is an award that brings along with it a set of meme-y, chain email quiz-y instructions which I am going to ignore.  Instead of answering 11 questions, telling you 11 little-known facts […]

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the empire and the field

Life for us is whatever we imagine it to be.  To the peasant with his one field, that field is everything, it is an empire.  To Caesar with his vast empire which still feels cramped, that empire if a field.  The poor man has an empire; the great man only a field.  The truth is […]

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the triumph of spring

Spring has officially arrived on the first day that I wear short sleeves outside.  That day was yesterday, and I don’t care if it is going to be -5 this weekend.  The laundry is hanging up outside, and spring is here. In celebration, the Beard shaved.  Now I am perplexed.  Do I start calling him […]

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the stone gods by jeanette winterson

You couldn’t quite call Jeanette Winterson’s 2007 novel The Stone Gods post-apocalyptic, but you couldn’t quite call it anything else.  It is a book that manages to be both post- and pre-apocalyptic, for Borges-ian reasons that I would rather leave unspoiled, and it managed to annihilate every expectation I had before starting.  Global warming is […]

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cloth diaper diary: one year down, more than i’d like to think about to go

I failed to mention it in a timely matter, but holy shit, this happened over a year ago now.  Happy birthday, baby Pickles, happy birthday to you. Kids’ flea market season is starting up again, and as a result, Pickles now has her first pair of shoes.  Tomorrow she can walk around outside for the […]

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wherein an e-book reading experiment is conducted

At the very bottom of my website you will find a small, hand-drawn picture of a pile of books.  “I pledge to read the printed word,” it says.  And I do, oh how I do.  But e-books are out there.  They are in the news (“Is this the end of publishing/bookstores/reading?!”), and they are in […]

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