Tag Archive | history

IT CAN HAPPEN HERE


I am intrigued that throughout history characters like the fictional Benzelius “Buzz” Windrip and the very real Adolph Hitler arise to disrupt and distract. My post today is an excerpt from Richard Rorty”s book Achieving Our Country; Leftist Thought in Twentieth Century America In 1998 Richard Rorty, American philosopher and academic wrote of the emerging […]

THIS IS NOT A PERIOD


THERE’S A WORD FOR THAT


“Bird Of Paradise” original watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen Did you ever stop to think how arbitrary the naming of things can be? For instance: has anyone ever really seen a bird of paradise? In the rich history of the English language a word has been invented for just about everything including things we […]

PHILAGELOS, THE WORLD’S OLDEST JOKE BOOK


Sculpture by KSR Laughter is good for the soul, and it sometimes keeps you out of a lot of trouble. People have been laughing at one thing or another for centuries. Robert Frost wrote “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” Philagelos, a composite collection of 260 or so gags in Greek probably […]

TIMELESS WORDS


JONAH AND THE WHALE” STONEWARE SCULPTURE BY KAYTI SWEEETLAND RASMUSSEN A word is intangible. We can’t buy it in a store, hold it in our arms, or lock it in a safe. Yet, it’s infinitely shareable–we can send it to thousands and still use it ourselves. A word is a link to history, a bridge […]

NOTABLE AND QUOTABLE


From Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech to the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 20: Israel is the only country in the Middle East which has long anchored itself in the ideals of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. And these are not mere notions. They are the things that over time and against […]

CARTOONS AREN’T ALWAYS FUNNY


“TRIANGULATE” original sculpture by kayti sweetland Rasmussen I have a method to reading the morning paper. Instead of ruining the day by railing at the political and world news until the cream sours in my morning coffee, I try to grab the funny papers from Dr. Advice and get a clearer perspective on the important […]