How to See Grand #Conjunction of Jupiter, Mercury & Venus tonight: http://t.co/5mqiIPoXfY #space #astronomy 09:12:33 (snort) RT @Markgatiss: American tourists on the train. 'What happened there?' "Harry Potter, I think". They're discussing Durham Cathedral. 12:02:59 Every Series, Every Episode of #StarTrek available online… http://t.co/hk8pdJeTsS 12:19:13 Can this man get any cooler than he is?? "Christopher [...]
Schwarzwälder kirschtorte is named for the Schwarzwald or Black Forest region in southeastern Germany, so it’s often known outside the German-speaking countries as “Black Forest Cherry Cake” or “Black Forest Gateau”. This cake is possibly one of the most famous of German desserts… which is interesting when one considers that it (or the inspiration for [...]
On this day twenty-six years ago, I got married (for the first time*) to the coolest man on Earth. There he is in a pic I took of him some months previously, by the boathouse on Central Park Lake. That afternoon seems like about ten minutes ago, some ways. And even after two and a [...]
Writing projects sometimes get started in unusual ways. Some time back in early 2007 I was chatting electronically with an old friend and former neighbor, the gifted Somtow Sucharitkul — a splendid writer and (at least) equally splendid musician and composer, now the artistic director of the Bangkok Opera. And somewhere along the line, Somtow [...]
Does anybody have an 800 number for the ancient Mayans? Because I need to lodge a complaint. Seriously, 2012 has been something of a wash all around. Tragedies. Mass shootings. Anguish of all kinds. Local cataclysms of the flood-and-earthquake variety. Wars and rumors of war (well, yeah, we always have those, but this year has [...]
Before Peter’s Mum died some years back — before she went into the hospital — she and I were sitting around together in her little back-of-the-house sitting room, and she was complaining to me about the state of her attic. “It’s full of linen,” she said. It took some explanation of Morwood family history to [...]
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