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Happy Thanksgiving from Uncle Sam, Plus Great Dinner Rolls

November 25, 2010 · 2 Comments 

With the holiday season almost upon us, we thought we’d revive one of our most popular posts. Serve your family and friends real homemade dinner rolls instead of store-bought rolls. They’ll thank you for it! Happy Thanksgiving from Uncle Sam, and those of us who work at Pajamadeen to bring you great WordPress websites! I’m truly proud of, and thankful for, the talented people who make Pajamadeen what it is. This 1909 holiday postcard offers an unusual depiction of Uncle Sam. Usually seen in the context of... [Read the full story]

Remembrance Day, as Seen Through the Eyes of a Child

November 11, 2019 · Comments Off on Remembrance Day, as Seen Through the Eyes of a Child 

Dresden used to be known as one of Europe’s architecturally loveliest cities, a place of cultural significance. Here, instead, we see a 1945 aerial photograph after the city was bombed in 1945. For the most part, only shells remained, and approximately 25,000 people died, with 90 percent of the city’s centre destroyed. I have a friend, Paula Landgraf, whose family actually made it through the conflagration. Since it’s Remembrance Day, it’s hard not to think about the real cost of war – the loss of life... [Read the full story]

Animals

A Tale of Two Dogs: Monroe the Beagle and My Forever Friend, Oscar

January 3, 2011 · Comments Off on A Tale of Two Dogs: Monroe the Beagle and My Forever Friend, Oscar 

Last year at this time, I was surfing the Internet looking for just the right birthday present for Wrinkled Randy. Honestly, we have everything we need, and we’re not fans of clutter. Have you ever noticed how, the older you get, the more “stuff” owns you, instead of you owning the stuff? Less is more, said English poet Robert Browning, in his 1855 poem about High Renaissance painter Andrea del Sarto, although the phrase is more commonly associated with architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who adopted it as a precept... [Read the full story]

Giant Panda Baby Born in China

August 8, 2010 · Comments Off on Giant Panda Baby Born in China 

A giant panda “baby boom” is underway in China for the endangered species, with two sets of twins arriving: one set in late July and the other set this past week. First-time mother Shuixiu — or Ju Xiao — gave birth to twins in late July at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in the Sichuan province of southwest China. Here, she gently carries one of the panda twins. This cub’s weight and gender were unknown when the images were taken, as giant pandas are fiercely protect of newborns,... [Read the full story]

Entertainment

Amy Winehouse Dead from Suspected Drug Overdose

July 23, 2011 · Comments Off on Amy Winehouse Dead from Suspected Drug Overdose 

Troubled blues singer Amy Winehouse, 27, was found dead this afternoon at 3:54 p.m. local time in her North London home, of a suspected drug overdose. Winehouse battled addiction to alcohol and drugs and was in rehab several times in recent years. A planned European tour was canceled in June, after a disastrous performance in Serbia on 16 June, when she was incoherent. The angry audience booed her, and the concert was widely regarded as the worst ever in Belgrade. She subsequently canceled appearances in Istanbul and... [Read the full story]

Singer Jackie Evancho Stuns America’s Got Talent

August 11, 2010 · Comments Off on Singer Jackie Evancho Stuns America’s Got Talent 

Jackie Evancho was the most-searched person on Google this morning. Who? This 10-year-old Pittsburgh, PA native stunned the audience and floored judges on NBC’s America’s Got Talent TV show last night. She got two standing ovations. She’s being called “the next Susan Boyle.” The Wall Street Journal called her “a tiny angel with a mature voice.” An unsigned artist, her self-produced debut album, Prelude to a Dream, was released in November 2009. It’s climbing Amazon’s... [Read the full story]

Environment

I Thought I Wanted to Move to Austin, Texas

August 13, 2011 · 1 Comment 

Austin, land of cool, hip people, with plenty of organic and natural food stores, a bleeding edge music scene (Timbuk3 and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among others) and no state income tax. It sounded (sort of) like Shangri-La. What other town do you know of which loved ax-man Stevie Ray Vaughan enough to erect a statue of him? This one’s along Lady Bird Lake in Austin (Texas Governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3 — Stevie’s birthday — as “Stevie Ray Vaughan Day,” in 1991. An annual motorcycle ride followed by... [Read the full story]

The Gulf Oil Spill, and One Lone Dragonfly

April 20, 2011 · Comments Off on The Gulf Oil Spill, and One Lone Dragonfly 

On a lovely April evening a year ago today and at 9:45 p.m., as I listened to the mating call of frogs in a nearby creek and drank in the scent of grape hyacinth in bloom, the Gulf oil spill began. Soon, we’d be watching “spillcam” with a sort of sick fascination, as thick, dark goo gushed forth from deep below the water’s surface. This iconographic photograph of a dragonfly stuck to marsh grass and smeared in oil such that it couldn’t fly, has stuck in my mind for the year. It seems to best describe the fragility... [Read the full story]

Health

Find Out Your True Age with Online Quiz

April 23, 2013 · Comments Off on Find Out Your True Age with Online Quiz 

I’ve outsmarted Harvard! The Intelligent Interactive Systems Group at Harvard — which works to increase computer accessibility, ease of use (and fun!) — developed an online age test based on the fact that our motor skills and motor control change (translate: decline) as we age. While the test claims it can accurately predict your age as you click on a series of dots on a computer screen, the test determined that my age is 39. Yes! Make my day! Never mind my chronological age. It’s a state secret. Right. Not.... [Read the full story]

She Would Have Preferred Pink

March 29, 2011 · 3 Comments 

My mother died recently. after an at least 7-year battle with dementia. Actually, she bought master gardener Tom DiBaggio’s book, Losing My Mind : An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer’s, shortly after its 2003 publication, in which he chronicled his thoughts at the start of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. So I suspect that my mother knew before we did, that something was terribly, irretrievably amiss.     I was the last family member to see her alive. I’m good with it. She’s free of pain and in... [Read the full story]

Holidays

Father’s Day Remembrances

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Happy Birthday, America

July 4, 2013 · Comments Off on Happy Birthday, America 

It’s overcast here in Tiny Town for the Fourth of July, with occasional periods of soft, gentle rain. I can hear a dove, perched on a telephone wire outside, cooing and adding to the peaceful atmosphere. As I sit here in the quiet, it reminds me that Thanksgiving isn’t the only holiday on which we should pause and give thanks. I give thanks that I’m not in Sedona, Arizona, where a friend owns a charming folk art gallery. She suffers from a chronic lung condition and the record-breaking heat and attendant dust are... [Read the full story]

Internet

False Economy, or How to Fall Out of a Chair

March 31, 2011 · Comments Off on False Economy, or How to Fall Out of a Chair 

Anyone who knows me well knows I’m a night owl. Imagine my surprise when, after finally gathering all of my tax return information for an accountant, I felt suddenly sleepy at 10 pm. Yes, I felt relaxed. But I was tired, really tired. Off to sleep I went. Awakening at 3 am, further sleep eluded me. I decided that I might as well get up. Then, I got ambitious. “I can put in a full day’s work by noon!” I thought. I felt so. . .efficient.   Two hours later, I found myself on the floor. This was a first... [Read the full story]

Beware Michael Jackson Internet Scams

July 6, 2009 · Comments Off on Beware Michael Jackson Internet Scams 

Since the day Michael Jackson died, the public’s thirst for Michael Jackson news has been increasingly exploited by Internet hackers intent primarily on identity theft. Sophos, a highly regarded computer security company, detected the first scam — which was an email promising readers a “breaking news video” — on the same day that the “King of Pop” died. Readers were sent to a bogus Web site. Sophos warns in particular against one Internet virus that arrives in an email with a “Remembering Michael Jackson”... [Read the full story]

Americana

Boston Changes Everything

It was a beautiful, flawless day in Boston. It was Patriots’ Day, a wildly popular civic holiday celebrating the first battles of the American Revolution. School was out, spring was in the air, it was a holiday weekend, and the Boston Red Sox played at home in Fenway Park, as they’ve done every year for over 50 years. To add to the festivities, it was “Marathon Monday,” as locals call the day of the Boston Marathon. What more could one ask for on this heady spring day? Thousands of runners from around the world ran the 26.2 mile race. Begun in 1897, the Boston... [Read more]


Sports

Food

Sarah Palin: Dismantle Canadian Health Care

At a Columbus, OH book signing last week where she appeared to promote her best-selling Going Rogue: An American Life book, Sarah Palin told Canadian comic Mary Walsh that “Canada needs to dismantle its public health-care system and allow private enterprise to get involved and turn a profit.” In her role as Marg Delahunty for her This Hour Has 22 Minutes TV show, Walsh initially had remarked: “We’re from Canada, and we’re just looking for a few words of encouragement for the Canadian conservatives who have worked so tirelessly to destroy the socialized medicare... [Read more]


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Environment

Health News

Find Out Your True Age with Online Quiz

I’ve outsmarted Harvard! The Intelligent Interactive Systems Group at Harvard — which works to increase computer accessibility, ease of use (and fun!) — developed an online age test based on the fact that our motor skills and motor control change (translate: decline) as we age. While the test claims it can accurately predict your age as you click on a series of dots on a computer screen, the test determined that my age is 39. Yes! Make my day! Never mind my chronological age. It’s a state secret. Right. Not. While the test is over, I think our keyboarding... [Read more]


Road Trips

World News

Replace User and Reboot

Ironically, that was the title of one of my friend Paul’s last posts before he died. Somewhere, Paul is laughing over the irony. Like many people, I only knew Paul Jones (dba “Yabba”) online. No matter. He was a brilliant, witty writer — reading his emails was a joy. I looked forward to them. We were sympatico. And how could you not love this smile? Look at the size of that dahlia! Among other things, Paul won at least three national awards for his dahlias. To tell the truth, I’d never paid that much attention to dahlias, until I saw pictures of his. ... [Read more]


Animals

Entertainment

Amy Winehouse Dead from Suspected Drug Overdose

Troubled blues singer Amy Winehouse, 27, was found dead this afternoon at 3:54 p.m. local time in her North London home, of a suspected drug overdose. Winehouse battled addiction to alcohol and drugs and was in rehab several times in recent years. A planned European tour was canceled in June, after a disastrous performance in Serbia on 16 June, when she was incoherent. The angry audience booed her, and the concert was widely regarded as the worst ever in Belgrade. She subsequently canceled appearances in Istanbul and Athens. In a 2008 interview, Amy Winehouse’s mother,... [Read more]


Internet

Business News

I Found Jon Corzine’s Missing $1.2 Billion

Really! After shopping half-heartedly at Pamida (a privately held chain of miniature K-Marts located in small towns, primarily in the Midwest) for a new office chair for Wrinkled Randy, getting a prescription filled and wandering around looking at Christmas decorations, we emerged with the chair, the prescription, and a couple of sweaters for me. Once home, as we removed our purchases from the back of the SUV, we saw a suitcase. An attached sticky note read: “Private! Do not touch. Jon Corzine.” Visions of sugarplums danced through our heads. Naturally, we popped... [Read more]


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