Monthly Archives: May 2011

I Heard It Through the Bovine

I’ve occasionally come across trivia contests in which one of the questions is about the name of Dorothy’s cow. The answer is Imogene, although I’m not sure whether that’s pronounced with a short or long I. She didn’t appear in … Continue reading

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King, King, Double King!

Since I discussed chess last week, I figure it would be sensible to make the jump (pun intended) to Checkers, or Draughts as the British call it. While I’m sure I must have played checkers in my youth, and it’s … Continue reading

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Baha’i Times

It’s not uncommon for one religion to use another as a jumping-off point, as Christianity did with Judaism and Islam did with both of those. The Baha’i Faith, founded in the nineteenth century, continues with this tradition, having developed from … Continue reading

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This Is the Way the World Ends

So, the Rapture is today, right? Actually, Beth and I were listening to Family Radio tonight, and Harold Camping said something about how it wouldn’t come until 6 PM in whatever time zone you happen to be in, at which … Continue reading

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That’s What Woods Are For

I’ve told some of you the story (well, anecdote, really; I don’t know that it counts as a story) about how I was supposed to see Into the Woods with my ninth grade German class, but the trip was snowed … Continue reading

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Two More Days!

I feel I should say a bit about the end of the world, since it IS occurring on Saturday and all. I’ve written about Harold Camping before, and how he’s considered extreme even by other fundamentalist Christians, as well as … Continue reading

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Hiding in an Ass’s Hide

Picture by Cathy Delanssay This week’s fairy tale is one I just recently read, “Donkeyskin,” a story of attempted incestuous rape and a donkey that craps out gold coins. There are actually several varieties on this tale, with different cultures … Continue reading

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