Things I Wouldn’t Hate To Do

I had this idea to make a map of places to visit in the United States that are the “capitol” of something or have a unique attraction, but I couldn’t think of what to call it. I talked this list up for over a week and still couldn’t come up with a name. When I was explaining this list to my younger son while washing dishes last night I said, it’s essentially…

Faro: the Wild West’s king of card games

Faro was the most popular gambling games of the Wild West. According to Faro was more popular than all the other games combined in 1882; and Gather Together Games mentions an 1882 police gazette report stating that Faro was the most bet upon game in the United States with the most money bet and lost than all the other games combined. Pretty impressive. Why was it so popular? It was an…

Just Call Me Frank

As many of you know, I dropped my oldest off at college a couple of weeks ago. I have to give a shoutout to UW Madison for their absolutely awesome system for getting the students moved in and the parents shipped on out. Smooth. Very, very smooth and painless. Who needs heartburn on top of heartache when you’re sending your younglings off to spread their wings? No one, that’s who and UW…

Crawling Through the Doggie Door

My dog Finnegan. The look on his face! When I was pregnant with our oldest, back in 2003, I was a pinch-hitter for N’s dog sitter. The dog sitter just started a day job, and N wanted me to come in the middle of the day to check in on her pack. And we’re talking pack–there were five dogs ranging from a geriatric Great Dane mix to a pair of Beagles. She…


pareidolia: the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern. I loved this word so much that I decide to make a separate place for it to live. I encountered it on Instagram of all places. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the post to link to–I don’t think it’s one of the word of the day posts, either. I’ll update this when I come across it.…

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