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  • Eating IKEA

    Thanks, loyal readers for putting up with my IKEA rant/riff a few weeks ago. The IKEA fun continues this week as I ate some IKEA food (yes, Virginia there is such a thing) and “helped” the wife assemble (dis-assemble?) the Brusalia wardrobe we bought on our first visit there.

    First, to the food. We will leave the adventures in furniture building for another time.

  • A bologna sandwich?

    I tricked my wife. She’s a very bright, perceptive woman, so it wasn’t easy to do, but I tricked her.

  • I believe you!

    I know people are skeptical about what they see in the media these days and to a point that is understandable, but can we all just agree that if the wind is blowing 150 miles-per-hour and there are torrential downpours, we’re having a hurricane? That seems like a fairly logical conclusion, right?

  • And the fun continues...

    For the past couple weeks I have been out of pocket, but I well remember closing my last articles with this:

    "Get out, enjoy the summer, do something different, and just love what you're doing!"

    And believe it or not, I have been doing just that. 

  • Partly cloudy with a chance of disappointment

    The complete solar eclipse was a dazzling sky show that lived up to the hype. It was an awesome wonder to behold, it brought millions of people together for a common cause and provided people with images and experiences they’ll treasure for a lifetime…or so I hear anyway.

  • The toughest job you’ll never love (Apologies to Miss Lillian)

    I have been thinking a lot about textile mills in the days and weeks following the Smithsonian “The Way We Worked” exhibit. A group of students and I have been interviewing Chester County people for a video project associated with the exhibit and some of those people have talked about the rise and fall of the mills. There was also a lot of talk about textile mills from author Earl Lee, who talked about growing up on the Gayle and author Ron Rash, who wrote poems and stories about the Eureka.

  • Important stuff, with a side of eggs

    If you walk into a newspaper office and see employees huddled around a desk in deep discussion, you might think there was a hot, breaking news story that required the entire staff’s attention. If you’d walked in our office Tuesday, you’d have seen that scene and your instincts would have been right. The important topic of the moment was scrambled eggs.

  • Having the time of my life...rejuvinating down at the coast

    "I must be a mermaid, for I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living." – Anaïs Nin

     

    I ended my last article by saying: "Get out, enjoy the summer, do something different, and just love what you're doing!"

    As many of you know, my cousin Denise and I are very close. It's very seldom, maybe twice a year, that I get to spend real love time with her. This past week was one of those times.

  • I've been going about this art thing all wrong
  • "Car Killer"

    When I was in school, a friend and I used to make up alternate versions of one another’s name, just the typical kind of junk teenage boys say to each other. Most of those names aren’t really printable here, but one my friends frequently threw at me was “Tragic Jinx.” At least where cars are concerned, he proved to be quite prescient.