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BUFFALO WINGS IN CRISIS!


original watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen I was surprised to learn that buffalo do not really have wings! This is not a term that I grew up with. However, the annual frenzy of the Super Bowl is upon us, and it is a known fact that chicken (aka buffalo) wings are one of America’s […]

DEATH PANEL FOR AN OLD STOVE


To Whom It May Concern: They’re trying to get rid of me! I can’t believe it. After only 45 yers of loyal service, they think I’m all through. All because I ruined her stupid pie because I couldn’t get my ovens hot. Well, she’s not so hot either. I see her limping around here. No […]

HIDDEN MESSAGES IN NURSERY RHYMES


“A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go—-” For centuries children all over the world have been delighted by these charming nonsense ditties. But these little songs frequently held hidden messages covering a more serious saga of a political person embroiled in the throes of a scandal, or perhaps even a royal personage falling out of favor. […]

NOTABLE & QUOTABLE


“I have never been in a discussion where people said ‘I only wish we had nore time to talk about the weather/sports/gossip’ But, given the need to find common topics for discussion, these are some of the easiest common denominators to find.” Quote by Dan Ariely, Wall Street Journal

SHAMANS AND KUSHTAKAS


Happy Tlingit Shaman, sculpture by kayti sweetland rasmussen Chilcat Blanket Tlingit Shaman and Kushtaka! Both struck terror in the hearts of the Tlingit and Haida people, for both possessed frightening supernatural powers. The shaman, healer and seer, battled the kushtaka (Tlingit for Land Otter Man; in Haida, gageets) for the spirit of a man in […]

PEOPLE OF THE SUN


“People of the Sun” oil painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen What is this painting asking us: Are we blind to Life’s possibilities? Are our lips sealed to prevent the dissemination of heretic thought? The rising sun is obviously our touchstone, without which we would forever wander in the terrors of darkness. Now put this in […]

THE ART OF AGING GRACEFULLY—-OR NOT!


If we are fortunate, we will age. It will happen, whether you like it or not, and if you are healthy, it needn’t be a time of despair. My friend refers to us as “functional seniors”, which is also an apt description of an old car in good repair. These are mostly the seniors I […]