A Quote

From Bill Watterson, the man behind Calvin and Hobbes, which may be the greatest comic strip ever: Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered […]

Musical Monday: Lake Street Dive

Howdy, all. Well, after an encouraging weekend with temperatures well above freezing, it looks like we’re in for another nasty shot of winter, with the mercury plummeting to near zero again by Thursday or Friday night. This is the tough time of year in climates like this one, where you can see the end of […]

No Regrets

NOTE: This post is actually not about EBP’s upcoming anthology, Winter Regrets, which is due out on 2/28, details forthcoming. I don’t follow everyone who follows me, nor do I automatically track commenters back to their own blogs to comment on their posts. “Follow me, I’ll follow you” is a song title (bastardized, I’ll admit), […]

The Automated Poet

One week ago today, I heard a story on the news as I was driving into work that almost made me drive off the road into the lake (I exaggerate, just a wee bit). A student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a computer program that analyzed the works of Shakespeare, then helped the […]

Snowy Friday

Well, here I sit on a Friday morning, waiting for word from the school about whether they’ll be open today or not. The Catbird was sent home early yesterday; the school was already set for a half day today (teacher training day), but I’m sure they’re loath to give up a day to snow if […]

Monday Musing

Assorted, random bits from my brain: -Well, it happened. The Magpie turned 20 this weekend, so now I can no longer say, “I have two teenage girls.” Welcome to Wistful, enjoy your stay. – All day Friday, the National Weather Service repeated the following: “Overnight lows of five above zero.” I woke up Saturday morning […]

A Thought for Friday

The Catbird and her school watched Hotel Rwanda in school today. Hotel Rwanda is the story of Paul Rusesabagina, a Rwandan hotel manager who saved some 1,200 people from the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. She was understandably upset about what she saw during the film, and about the fact that things like that are still […]

Upset in the Potterverse

What was the biggest story of the weekend? Was it the decision by the grandmasters in Punxsutawney, PA, that Phil would see his shadow? Nah. Six more weeks of winter was an easy call this year. Maybe it was the laugher of a Super Bowl? Uh, no. How about the revelation from J.K. Rowling about […]