Banned Books Project: Update IV

When I started my banned books project in September, I didn’t realize that other people have done similar things. Searching the web for information on why John Irving’s novel A Prayer for Owen Meany (review below) has been challenged so many times, I stumbled upon a very nice site called Banned Books.

Bonnie, the proprietor […]


Motorcycle Log: 11/29/30

0630: Alarm goes off. Much to do if I’m to leave by 0800 — shave, brush teeth, shower, make coffee, get the bike ready, pack what I’ll need for the day, etc.

0700: What was that? Thunder? Hard to tell with the shower blasting. Maybe Donna’s moving the dressers around. I sure hope so.

0710: […]


Giving and Receiving

Our daughter Polly flew in from Las Vegas yesterday, and later this afternoon we’re going over to our friend Dee’s home for Thanksgiving dinner. We don’t have to cook, and for that I’m sort of thankful. Sort of, because we’d originally planned to cook Thanksgiving dinner at home, and now I’m at loose ends with […]


Checking In on the Norks

When I want fake news, I skip right past the Weekly World News, The Daily Show, and The Onion, and go straight to the source: the Korean Central News Agency, official press agency of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea.

KPA cadres resolutely march against US aggressors and their puppet regime

Anyone who follows […]


Banned Books Project: Update III

When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, he reportedly said “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.” It’s impossible to overstate the impact Uncle Tom’s Cabin had on mid-19th Century America, indeed the world. Lincoln was dead on.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a barn-burner, even today. What a […]


El Tour

We’re not riding in the annual El Tour de Tucson today. We rode it last year; afterward, the consensus of our riding group was that it’s too dangerous, what with inexperienced riders weaving in front of you and inexplicably stopping, jersey-clad poseurs whizzing by right left and in between, hit & run road ragers mowing […]


Here Goeth the Rouge . . .

“If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat?” Sarah Palin, Going Rogue.

Sarah Palin, Librarian by Zia Saunders

Good question, Sarah! Now you’ve got me thinking . . .

If God had not intended for us to burn books, how come He made them […]


Goin’ All Activist (Updated)

Update (11/19/09): more than two months with no response. Time to ramp it up a notch:

The Honorable Gabrielle Giffords November 19, 2009 U.S. House of Representatives 1728 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congresswoman Giffords,

I mailed the attached letter to the US Air Force Chief of Staff on September 16, 2009 […]