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Category Archives: Just Trippin’

POMPEII—95 OR 1941 YEARS ON

THIS DUAL DATING, almost a century or nearly two millennia, has logic: Pompeii was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. and my primary source for this … Continue reading

September 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

AN INSPIRATIONAL OPERA INDEED

OPERAS CAN INSPIRE—but enough to create a country? Yes, the history of Belgium is woven into the obscure La Muette de Portici, The Mute of Portici, an 1828 opera by … Continue reading

September 2, 2020 · 2 Comments

SWEDEN, 1923 PART 2

THOUGH IT’S ALMOST a century old now, my Cook’s Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, 1923, is a fine means of catching up with this Scandinavian country. Yesterday in Part 1, we … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

SWEDEN, 1923 PART 1

WHAT WITH its less than orthodox, and perhaps less than successful, response to the world pandemic, Sweden is much in the news these days. I’m encouraged to learn more about … Continue reading

August 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

A POSTCARD STASH

IT IS A commentary on our times that I send few postcards these days. For one, I’m not traveling. Plus, texting and e-mail are so immediately satisfying. And I don’t … Continue reading

July 15, 2020 · 2 Comments

CALAIS, THE CHANNEL ISLANDS, HENRY VIII, AND THE NAZIS PART 2

YESTERDAY, HILARY MANTEL’S The Mirror & the Light inspired me to learn more about the Pale of Calais, an English outpost across the Channel during the time of Henry VIII. … Continue reading

July 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

CALAIS, THE CHANNEL ISLANDS, HENRY VIII, AND THE NAZIS PART 1

I’M REALLY ENJOYING The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel’s third novel in her Wolf Hall series about Thomas Cromwell. He was Henry VIII’s fixer, sort of like a Trump … Continue reading

July 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

THANKS, MARIE, FOR THE TINS

BACK WHEN I made my unorthodox attempt at the Aussie HSP (Halal Snack Pack), I cooked it in a recycled Marie Callender’s pie tin. Well, wouldn’t you know, Rukmini Iyer … Continue reading

July 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING MAYHEW’S BAKED POTATO MAN

FOR DINNER LAST evening, we had baked potatoes, the sort that are wrapped and zapped in a microwave for 12 minutes the pair (our microwave is a baby one). Wife … Continue reading

June 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

A VOYAGE TO LAPUTA, BALNIBARBI, LUGGNAGG, GLUBBDUBDRIB, AND JAPAN PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we learned why Jonathan Swift included Japan among fanciful destinations in Gulliver’s Travels and also why he chose anonymous authorship for this satire. Today in Part … Continue reading

June 11, 2020 · 1 Comment