Category Archives: Holidays

Indefensible Day

It’s Independence Day here in the States, although you could ask what we’re celebrating when the Republicans are using the Supreme Court to eliminate as many freedoms as possible. This comparison seems pretty apt. But then, it’s not like anyone … Continue reading

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Conquest by Computer

The 1986 Oziana is the first issue I ever read, even though it was around 1993 when I did so. I just started out by ordering the earliest one the Oz Club was offering at the time. The cover here … Continue reading

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Tell Me About the Dragons, George

I had a few other things I wanted to write about, but since I found out Saturday was St. George’s Day, I thought he might be worth looking into. As someone who didn’t attend a church where saints were really … Continue reading

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Of Bunnies and Bonnets

Picture by Helena Nelson-Reed Happy Easter! Some years ago, I wrote a little about the origins of the Easter Bunny and the name of the holiday. I don’t have a whole lot to add, but there’s some, so I might … Continue reading

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Foes and More

It’s weird how the Irish religious festival of St. Patrick’s Day became mostly a day for drinking a lot here in the States, but that’s how these things often work. I don’t drink that much, but I did wear green, … Continue reading

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As the Hours and the Days and the Weeks and the Months and the Years Go By

With this year soon coming to an end, I was thinking about whether there’s any connection between the number of days in a year and degrees in a circle, and apparently there is. Of course, a modern year doesn’t have … Continue reading

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Have Your Elf a Merry Little Christmas

We watched a few Christmas-related things this month, and I wasn’t necessarily planning to post about them all at once, but that’s kind of how it worked out. There were some things for which I don’t necessarily have a full … Continue reading

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I’ll Have That Tinsel Tangle Tied Around My Brain

The Puppini Sisters, Dear Santa, I Can Explain –  The close harmony group’s newest project is a four-song Christmas EP, with everything either written or co-written by Marcella Puppini. It’s actually her birthday today, and I thought mine in mid-November … Continue reading

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Talking Time

I can’t say I’m really that keen on the song “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, but I’m not entirely sure why. I think it might just be how the versions they play on the radio tend to take it really seriously, … Continue reading

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Dying for a Good Harvest

Beth and I recently watched two movies that we’d sort of associated with Thanksgiving, even though neither of them actually mentioned it or took place then. There are SPOILERS for both. Little Giants – I’d seen this when I was … Continue reading

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