In a continuation of my musing on Christmas food (see also mince pies and marzipan), today I write about the Yule Log. If you’re not familiar, this is a…
I didn't really want to write about the ’rona. I've written about its possible effects on cities and in tangential ways but not the disease itself. I…
Self-help books fire out all the time, and are especially popular for people wanting to improve themselves in the new year - meaning there’s usually a…
Since we are in the midst of spice season, with holiday meals and fancier lattes, this seemed like a good theme for today. Nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon all…
week I wrote about the D. B. Cooper case for the Washington Post. (I’ve written about another airborne mystery before, that of Amelia Earhart). I’ve…
It seems like 2021 has lasted about 3 weeks, I’m still behind on so many things I wanted to do - and we’re still waiting for this pandemic to be over…
I've never been good at seeing rare animals, or even regular animals. Other friends go out and they say they saw some unusual bird or shy little…
Like many of you, I’m preparing to celebrate a fairly scaled-back Christmas. I’m lucky to be safe, to have avoided the covid (thus far!), and to have…
Plenty of people are talking about how the pandemic has changed the world of work. If Covid had appeared 20-30 years ago (before Amazon, before Zoom…
The last few days saw someone’s career destroyed on the basis of a shaky handheld video, posted by one party to a dispute who clearly had an agenda. We…
I'm reporting to you from the Adriatic - in fact, sitting in a cafe in Split as I write this. Of this part of the world, Winston Churchill once said it…
I’m on a cruise as you read this - I’m writing the day before I leave and will set this to send a few days later (so you, my kind readers, don’t feel…