If you are reading along, Chapter 11 is up. For those curious types, I’m at 56, 611 words and have just finished Chapter 13. Currently the book is projected to be 26 chapters, but that will probably alter. Or rather, the places that the chapter breaks are will alter. I use chapter breaks to control pacing and…
Back in early 2012, I broke one of my molars. Rob and I were broke. We were not sure how we were going to cover the cost of having the tooth dealt with. During the midst of that stress, I tweeted about the tooth. Shortly after that, I got an email from Jim Fiscus…
The Clayton Fund is holding a fundraiser. Allow me to be a representative sample of who the fund helps.
At his secret volcanic cat lair, Marlowe attempts to conduct important business, only to be thwarted
What are your top beauty tips?
Start out perfect and don’t change a thing. Always accentuate your best features by pointing at them. And conceal your flaws by sucker punching anyone who has the audacity to mention them.
Never too old to learn from the Muppets.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.” - Miss Piggy
We had our annual holiday party last night. My grandmother Robby (from whom I get my middle name) started throwing a Christmas Eve dinner party for the entire family 57 years ago. My parents have carried on the tradition. While I was growing up, they’d do a similar menu in Raleigh and I eventually realized that those were the out-of-town tryouts to prep for taking the party over.
I’ve been throwing my own holiday party for the same reasons for the past… I think fifteen years, but am not entirely certain when I started doing it. In any event, it involves placecards, a handmade Christmas tree ornament as a party favour and certain menu items that are now traditional.
Here’s what the table looked like last night. For a party favor, I’ve decorated eggs with hand-drawn winter scenes.
- local cheeses
- Cornbread, seeded loaf, ciabatta
- Green salad with sesame vinagrette
- Garbanzo Pomegranate Salad
- Roasted winter vegetables with olive oil, maple syrup, sea salt
- Spinach, artichoke heart casserole
- Butternut squash, eggplant, mushroom and chestnut lasagna
- Shrimp Curry and rice
- Sauteed ssparagus with sesame oil
- Franklin nut cake
As Robby used to say, “It was a grand excess.”
If you’re reading along as I write, there’s a new chapter up for you.
Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history
December 5, 2013
It was an unprecedented headline in Iceland this week — a man shot to death by police.
"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.
It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don’t even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
In fact, Iceland isn’t anti-gun. In terms of per-capita gun ownership, Iceland ranks 15th in the world. Still, this incident was so rare that neighbors of the man shot were comparing the shooting to a scene from an American film.
The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, “because no one wants to take another person’s life. “
There are still a number of questions to be answered, including why police didn’t first try to negotiate with man before entering his building.
"A part of the great thing of living in this country is that you can enter parliament and the only thing they ask you to do is to turn off your cellphone, so you don’t disturb the parliamentarians while they’re talking. We do not have armed guards following our prime minister or president. That’s a part of the great thing of living in a peaceful society. We do not want to change that. "
can you even imagine if the u.s. mourned people killed by police
like a real national outpouring
that moment of silence should last for years
The kind of gun culture I approve of.