Happy birthday, Mel Brooks, well-trained maniac

June 28, 2016 Today’s a fine day to have an egg cream. It’s Mel Brooks’ 90th birthday! Brooks — born Kaminsky — is a man with the disturbing power to reduce me to a gargling, inarticulate heap. When I was too young to get most of the jokes in his movies, I used to just watch my mother watching Read More…

How to write good, like a good writer should

June 27, 2016 Every few months, someone asks me how to write better. Here’s my advice, which I sometimes even follow myself: Write almost every day. The more you write, the easier it is to write. You will have feasts and famines — times when you can barely type fast enough to keep ahead of the flood of Read More…

What’s for supper? Vol. 40: Look who hasn’t gotten the hint

June 24, 2016 Well, well! What’s for Supper? turns 40. Happy birthday, you old bat. Never let anyone tell you you can’t wear giant hoop earrings, orange maharishi combat pants, or feather-trimmed anything. Anything! Yes, you’re still pretty. Very pretty. *** SATURDAY Aldi pizza On Saturday, we went to visit my parents, bringing five Aldi pizzas with us. It Read More…

10 Read-Aloud Books the Whole Family Will Love

June 23, 2016 Hands down, my happiest childhood memories are memories of being read to, especially if lots of people were in the room, listening and laughing. Nothing binds a family together like enjoying a story together. The gold standard is a book that’s interesting enough for all ages, even if it’s aimed primarily at one age group; and Read More…

Draft women? Let’s abolish the draft.

June 22, 2016 If we want to argue that men and women are interchangeable, then there is no reason not to subject women to the draft. It’s just logical. Even more logical? Abolish the draft. Read the rest at the Register. *** Image via All Hands Magazine

My relentlessly Marian yard

June 22, 2016 You want to know real tragedy? Real tragedy is that, not too long ago, we had a used bathtub in our possession, and we brought it to the dump. We did not save it and make one of those spectacularly awful Mary on the Half-Shell shrines for our front yard. Happily, my parents happened to have Read More…

Consent in isolation grooms us for degradation

June 21, 2016 Dads of the internet are seeing how many Cheerios they can stack on their sleeping babies’ faces. Fun! Cute! Silly! I like it. [Warning: this post describes graphic and disturbing sexual behavior.] Enraged that something might happen in the news that is not worth becoming enraged over, one Facebook commenter raged: This is not the first Read More…

Of false cognates and unfriendly porpoises

June 20, 2016 What’s worse than being dreadfully confused? Being dreadfully confused, and not even knowing it. I ran across this audio clip (followed by a second video with part 2) of an LP my sister and I used to listen to over and over again when we were little. It’s Danny Kaye performing a collection of familiar and Read More…

What’s for supper? Vol. 39: Octopus has electrolytes, right?

June 17, 2016 Okay, so remember my pathetic lamentations about how horrible I felt the other week? This past week, you could ratchet that aspect down about 20%, but then ratchet up the big events about 50%. I discovered that, digestionwise, I got the same systemic response if I ate two saltines and a sip of electrolyte water, Read More…

The Dalai Lama is a tough room

June 16, 2016 You know that guy who is so amazing and so accomplished and so intimidating that you absolutely, without fail, are going to say something completely moronic in front of him? The Dalai Lama is that guy. Here’s the latest edition, from Bret Baier of Fox: h/t Gawker  Okay, that was dumb. BUT IT GETS DUMBER. Read More…
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