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All the Good Names Were Taken · 12h ago

So what's new at the museum you ask?

Nothing dramatic. We volunteers (the few, the proud, the underappreciated) continue to plug away at the renovation project. It''s one of those things where if we hired a contractor it could...
All the Good Names Were Taken · 3d ago

Why civilized dialogue doesn't work

I've been getting sucked in some odd debates on Facebook lately. I know I shouldn't because it's generally a total waste of time, but I'm still enough of an idealist (aka naive idiot) that I...
All the Good Names Were Taken · 6d ago

El Morro National Monument

And yet another extremely belated post in the ongoing series "How I Spent My Winter Vacation." El Morro is an interesting little park in northern New Mexico. It's located on what used to ...
All the Good Names Were Taken · 6d ago

Pulizer Project; The Stories of John Cheever

Back in the 1960s I read The Feminine Mystique, the book by Betty Friedan that became part of the feminist canon. Friedan talked about the problem that had no name, suburban housewives going...
All the Good Names Were Taken · 6d ago

Holy wah! It was part of a series

There's cultural appropriation and then there's this: I no longer believe that mass produced kitschy dream catchers are the worst example of trivializing a culture's heritage. I have seen...
All the Good Names Were Taken · 1W ago

Happy birthday, Val

All the Good Names Were Taken · 3W ago

Mutant vegetables

Is it cauliflower? Is it broccoli? Web sites I consulted couldn't agree other than to note it is a plant in and of itself and not some strange product of genetic modification. I spotted a he...
All the Good Names Were Taken · 3W ago

Something closer to home than the State of the Union

I did not watch the State of the Union address, and I'm really hoping talking about it falls out of the news cycle fairly quickly. Regardless of who the President is the State of the Union s...
All the Good Names Were Taken · 1M ago

Another of life's little mysteries

Why do people buy this stuff? Just what is the attraction of mass-produced weirdness? There was a sales flyer in the mailbox the other day that had multiple blow-in cards all pushing collect...
All the Good Names Were Taken · 1M ago

No state monopolies on racism

Caption above done by person who scanned the photo and didn't quite realize what she was looking at.  In commenting on my last post, Ol' Buzzard mentioned the Klan in Mississippi. I'm not g...