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Picking on somewhere your own size…


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TotH to +Basil Doeringsfeld.


As we ruminate on redistribution, we might note that today is “St. Distaff’s Day.” The distaff, used in spinning, was the medieval symbol of women’s work (to wit, the use of “distaff” as an adjective denoting the female side of a family).  In many European cultures, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas, which ended yesterday.  The tradition of St Distaff’s Day is more amusing than a simple resumption of chores however, as it involved men and women playing pranks on each other– as memorialized by Robert Herrick in his poem “Saint Distaffs Day, or the Morrow After Twelfth Day” (in Hesperides).


Written by LW

January 7, 2013 at 1:01 am

Heading for the hills…


Never does Nature say one thing, and Wisdom another
– Juvenal


It’s time for your correspondent to head for the snow-covered hills at the shag end of the Appalachians– where even the people are stuffed with cornbread– for his family’s annual festival of barbeque and brew.  Regular service should resume as the New Year begins in earnest…

Written by LW

December 23, 2010 at 1:01 am



There’s something of a gulf, here on the heels of St. Patrick’s Day, until the next mainstream holiday…  and even then, it revolves around candy and eggs.  Thankfully, the folks at Chase’s Calendar of Events— since 1957, the go-to source for special days of any specific gravity– have a list to which one can resort…  For instance, Chase’s observes, today is:

Flag Day (in Aruba)

National Biodiesel Day

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Awkward Moments Day

Companies That Care Day

There’s bound to be something in there that calls for a celebratory drink.

Or one can take the longer view, and honor what’s special about the Month.  (For instance, March is, among many other distinctions, National Frozen Food Month– now that’s the stuff that parties are made of!)

As we ask our cleaners for rush service on our lederhosen, we might temper our partying impulses with the reminder that Peter Graves– “Jim Phelps” in both TV runs of Mission Impossible and “Jim Newton” in Fury, among over 70 other TV and movie roles– died four days ago; he was born on this date 84 years ago.

The Graves family name was originally “Aursnes,” but was changed to “Arness” on immigration.  Peter took the stage name “Graves”; but his older brother stuck with the family handle– which television viewers saw for 20 years in credits of Gunsmoke: “Marshall Matt Dillon – James Arness.”

Peter Graves in 2009

Happy Holidays– or else!…

“Help us!”

Via Retrospace; more at the Flickr Kitch People Postcards Pool.

As we strike our poses, we might hum at the memory that it was on this date in 1861 that abolitionist, activist, and poet Julia Ward Howe set to paper the words to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  (It was first published the following February in The Atlantic Monthly, and set to music that William Steffe had already written.)

Sheet Music

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