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Holding Space

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Lately I’ve been noticing a spate of articles about women in men’s space. There’s been much discussion of the subway tactic of “inseaming” or “manspreading,” both deploring it and proposing strategies for countering it. What I particularly notice is that … Continue reading

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BVC Cooks US vs UK: Meat Pie

Raiding my Nana’s recipe notebook again. MEAT PIE Sometimes on a cold wintery day you just need something hearty and chewy and full of fat and protein for your comfort food. At the Highland Games, people make individual size of … Continue reading

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What We’re Allowed to Buy

A Facebook group I follow brought up a small question that led to a bigger one. The small question was why the show YOUNG JUSTICE was canceled.  It was an excellent show and it got high ratings.  What was up … Continue reading

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Some Books I Read in 2015

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I’ve written sarcastically about the search for “The Great American Novel.” As far as I’m concerned, the search is over. This one (Some Luck by Jane Smiley) will do just fine. Continue reading

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What’s in a moniker?

King Dave Flaherty has everything a guy could wish for: all the overtime gigs, all the waitresses, and, if not the universal friendship of his peers, at least none of them dares try anything on the son of the president of the Chicago stagehands local. King Dave wants more than that, though, and it’ll save him in two ways. One, it’ll save him from having to be an old-fashioned stagehand in a modern world, where a collitch degree and skills with fancy equipment are called for. And two, it’ll save him from the fate worse than death threatened by Nadine Fisher, a nineteen-year-old small town preacher’s daughter who’s run away from Texas to wait tables in the diner next door to the Auditorium Theatre. Nadine wants to make a better man of King Dave. But that’s not the fate worse than death. Continue reading

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Living in the Moment

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There’s a thing that horse people like to say: that horses live in the perpetual present. It’s not actually true. Horses have phenomenal memories, and also have the ability to anticipate events that haven’t happened yet (as many a dressage … Continue reading

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Food: US vs UK Sausage Rolls

by Phyllis Irene Radford The Daughters of the British Empire was founded as a social club for War Brides who emigrated to the US with their GI husbands. It quickly evolved into a national organization that raises money for charity. … Continue reading

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Food: US vs UK — American Scones

by Brenda W. Clough  I don’t know when scones became popular in the US, but it has been within my lifetime — I do not believe I saw them when I was a girl. For the scone as it is … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Eggnog

by Brenda W. Clough  This is the classic and quintessential eggnog recipe, pure as the wind at the South Pole and as high-octane as jet fuel. Taste this, and never again will that nasty thin chemical-tasting stuff in cardboard supermarket … Continue reading

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Food: US vs. UK Round 2: Scones

by Phyllis Irene Radford In 1971, my husband and I took a belated honeymoon in Scotland — his ancestral home. At one of our many stops in a tourist shop we picked up a book Recipes from Scotland by F. … Continue reading

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