I am by no means an expert, but isn't Guinness supposed to be so dark as to be unable to see through it? Photo by Flickr user leyla.a

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Of course, St. Patrick’s means more to a medievalist than green beer, green clothing, green rivers, and corned beef & cabbage. It has nothing at all to do with snakes, either…but it does involve raiders. Really, though, St. Patrick’s day serves to remind me of a few things every year, and the most powerful thing […]

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A post-processed photo of a bottle and a drinking horn on a wooden table

Happy New Year 2018

This is going to end up being another short post, but I at least wanted to say Happy New Year. 2016 has more than once been described as a “dumpster fire” of a year. 2017 was pretty bad, too, although most of that originates from a single source. My hope is that 2018 will be […]

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The entire double-wide aisle is overflowing with pink and red boxes of chocolates for St. Valentine's Day

The Real Reason Amazon Will Win

Just take a look at the photo above. I took that photo earlier today, December 29th, at the local Kroger clone. That’s right. These folks have gone all in on St. Valentine’s Day a whole four days after Christmas. Most folks haven’t even finished the returns and exchanges process yet and we’re already getting more […]

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A pond with fountain in the background and ducks in the foreground, near the shore

“…and what have you done?”

So…Happy Christmas. There are really two ways to handle holidays–any holidays–of larger social significance. I’m not talking about National Pancake Day, although that holiday is awesome and should totally get more play. I’m talking the kinds of holidays that get folks the day off: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, etc. St. Patrick’s day is a […]

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