Month: November 2012

Friday

Drunken Waiting Advent starts in two days or, depending on your Semitic predilections, tomorrow evening. Advent is a season of peaceful waiting, meditation, penance . . . and drinking. …

Thursday

Bullets I saw Skyfall. I liked it, but it wasn’t great. I don’t know why the reviewers (and, apparently, general public) are fawning over it. Wait for the DVD. …

Tuesday

Miscellany My seed-starting operation. I planted eight herbs on Sunday. We’ll see if they come up. * * * * * * * It’s that time of year again: …

Monday

Anticipation I’m 46, and I’ve always tended to read a lot, yet I don’t think I’ve ever eagerly awaited a new book. Sure, I mostly read dead guys–Chesterton, Belloc, …

Friday

Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC …

Thanksgiving Day

“Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people.” Samuel Johnson “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and …

Wednesday

Black Wednesday: Special BYCU Edition The day of the year when all bars get into the black. Well, kinda. Two days from now is called “Black Friday” (increasingly, “Black …

Tuesday

Random Welcome, Rutgers and Maryland, to Big Ten country. I long thought West Virginia and Iowa State would make good fits, but I guess this works fine, too. * …

Monday

Helladay Parade There’s a small city called “Battle Creek” about 50 minutes from my house. It’s the home of Kellogg and Post, making it the “Cereal Capital of the …