Saturday, November 18, 2017

White House and bird house renovations

The roof leaks, the plumbing declines to less than “plumb,” and hinges so squeaky that the house sometimes seems haunted. Thus is the dire house...

‘Simplicity’ and ‘cell phone plans’ not so synonymous

I’m not sure how I would stay organized today without my smartphone.  I use it as my calendar, and it reminds me throughout the day...

A wooden chest for the living room. It’s a treasure.

What we’ve done is definitely counterintuitive. At a time when we are trying to declutter our lives, we’ve added a cumbersome piece of furniture. Still,...

How senseless can it get?

Since we were going to be away during the first week of the highly publicized “The Vietnam War” series on PBS, I set up...

News Flash: Researchers say kids should play outside

In what many would consider the most pedantic piece of medical advice ever, medical researchers have recently finished a study which suggests that kids...

After eclipsing the eclipse

The solar eclipse visible in total form across the United States — 85 percent locally — has passed. After six weeks the spectacle lodges...

A memorable Saturday in Wrigleyville

Saturday’s ideal weather meant that it was a perfect day for a road trip to Chicago to see the defending World Series champions at...

Gee whiz. Forgot all about it.

Apparently I missed something. I was puzzled for a bit. For a number of years, I’ve wanted to take a September vacation. We’ve rented a...

Surprise: Ancient pyramids were not built by aliens

Archeologists recently unearthed (literally) evidence that the Great Pyramids in Egypt were built by ancient Egyptians. Not aliens. Professor Indiana Jones said, “It appears the...

A horsetail of a different color

Learning about an interesting plant, especially one that generally gets identified as a weed — and an aggressively invasive one — provides a constant...