Archive for the ‘Cultures’ Category

A Brisket Story

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

  Little known outside the area, brisket is revered in Texas. Brisket is not quite as highly ranked as High School Football or Homecoming Mums, but it gives them both a run for their money among most Texans. Brisket, in short, is taken *very* seriously down here. When combined with the process and ...

One girl’s year in LA: 2011

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

  This is a wonderful year's diary of a girl's 2011 in LA, a few seconds at a time. I think it speaks strongly to the power of visual imagery to spark memory and emotion.   2011 from hey_rabbit on Vimeo.

The Weather in Austin

Monday, January 9th, 2012

We're currently living in Austin, Texas, USA.  We landed here upon returning to the U.S. because we owned a home here. We stayed because it met most of the criteria we were looking for in a place to live. It's a great town, and we are enjoying exploring what it ...

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt – book review

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson My rating: 4 of 5 stars In the future, when someone uses the phrase, "monumental effort," I will think of this book. Mr. Wilkinson has not only attempted, but delivered, a summary history of the Egyptian civilization, from conception to Cleopatra. Aside from the ...

What Do You Make?

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Here in the United States, this is a holiday weekend. The holiday is Labor Day, which was established to celebrate the work and efforts of all who toil to earn a living. Like most holidays, it has accrued additional meanings and symbolism over the years. For some, it is a fashion milestone, signaling ...

Political Destiny

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Demographics is destiny. — Arthur Kemp The political destiny of the U.S. for the next 25 years is sealed. Here's how: In the United States, the proportion of the population aged >65 years is projected to increase from 12.4% in 2000 to 19.6% in 2030 (3). The number of persons aged >65 years ...

Snow Coasties – There Really Is A Difference

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

  My coastal friends often needle me about my fly-over state sensitivities, and rightly so. The issue sometimes becomes more of a cause than an observation for me, and that's always a dangerous slipperly slope. However, in my defense, I offer this tweet by Lance Ulanoff, Editor in Chief of PC Magazine. Interesting Idea: ...

The Seekers

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Back in 2004 I wrote a holiday message about our Christmas tree titled The Seekers. It turned out to be one of the most popular essays of that era.  Since then, it's turned into a bit of a holiday tradition, with old friends asking early in the holiday season if I'm going to post it again. As I ...

Great post on lessons learned from world travel

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

As most of you know, we spent most of the time between 2003 and 2009 exploring the world.  We've got our own list of lessons learned from those travels here: Gary Arndt, who spent the last three years doing the same, was recently interviewed by Tim Ferriss and gave his 20 ...

Six Lessons

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

(This post available as a PDF document here:  )   I learned six lessons today. The lessons came from over the bridge.  (click on photos for larger image)