When a culture has a very sophisticated and complicated cuisine, that tells you something about the historical role of women in that society…
The covid pandemic has led to people being asked to do some things (wear masks, get vaccinated, socially distance, etc), which some people are less…
Hello readers, and welcome aboard to those just joining. It’s always a thrill to get the email from substack that someone new has signed up. Happy New…
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…
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…
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…
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'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…
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…
I’m noticing more and more films and TV shows set in the 90s, or very late 80s. Part of this might be nostalgia on the part of Gen X writers, but I…
In the news today, a great-grandson of Sitting Bull was able to confirm their relationship through a DNA test. This prompted some discussion on social…
Hello readers! This week I’ve been reading a new thriller, the fabulous No One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfield, and catching up on some other projects…