Who Cares What the Calendar Says, It’s Time to Think (and Drink) Spring

March 4, 2014 Beery Scribblings

A few weeks ago, a well-known and storied prognosticator delivered yet another of his dire predictions about the condition of the world as we know it.  We will be locked in a state of stagnation, he said, a period characterized by frozen assets, low averages, and very little growth. Moreover, he gauged, this predicament would [...]

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On Valentine’s Day, Say Cheese (and Beer)!

February 16, 2014 Beery Scribblings

Not too long ago, I had to face a harsh reality: lactose no longer tolerates me. And not the other way round, either. I’ve got nothing against the disaccharide sugar component of a glass of milk. We were BFFLs, in fact. Milk helped sweeten a lot of unpleasant and otherwise bland foodstuffs, like oatmeal. And [...]

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Sacre Bleu! The Best French Beers for Thanksgiving May Be Made in America

November 27, 2013 Beery Scribblings

I’ve said it before (for instance, here) but it bears repeating: Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday. I love everything about it, from the mythology to the mashed potatoes; from my family’s adherence to our culinary traditions (like this regional requisite) to the outlandish reinterpretations I’ve encountered elsewhere (like this ghastly gallinacean); from the nearly non-secular [...]

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When It Comes to Easter Beers, Don’t You Want Some Bunny to Love?

March 27, 2013 Beery Scribblings

Pondering which beers to serve with the upcoming Easter meal got me thinking about the celebration itself. And you know, I gotta say, as holidays go, Easter is a bit silly. At least on the surface, in the way we Americans do it. (Of course, to a devout agnostic, all Americanized, religiously affiliated holidays seem [...]

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No Tricking: Here's an Altogether Ooky Grab-bag of Treats for Your Halloween

October 31, 2012 Beery Scribblings

I know it sounds kinda scary to say, but Halloween is my favorite American holiday. Or at least it tops the list of Holidays-With-No-Purpose — that is, celebrations that we all celebrate for no reason other than celebrating something. I mean, does anybody really care what Halloween’s all about? I realize there are lots of [...]

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Are You Heart of Hearing?

February 14, 2012 Musical Musings

It’s the middle of February, and you know what that means: Valentine’s Day, one of the year’s most controversial holidays, is upon us. Similarly celebrated and hated, fussed over or made fun of, this all-sorts saint’s day is nonetheless an inexorability of our buy-or-die culture. Everywhere, from the corner grocery store to the gas station [...]

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Commonplace and Essential: More Poems for People Who Don’t Like Poetry

February 8, 2012 Bookish Babble

This is the next installment in our “Janus Series,” in which we are glancing back at a few of our favorite things from 2011 in order to get you excited about what may lie ahead. As always, there’s no rhyme or reason to the order of things; it’s just a jumble of ideas and items, [...]

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Glancing Backward to Look Forward

January 30, 2012 Musical Musings

Because the month of January (named for the two-headed ancient god, Janus) teeters on the fence between the old year and the new, it offers a distinct vantage point for glancing backward at what has been, as a way to predict what may be lurking up ahead. In other words, it’s a time for deciding whether [...]

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A Triple Trifecta of Trivial Treats

October 9, 2011 Beery Scribblings

Scribbleskiff is sitting in dry-dock for a spell. We’re taking some time away from the business of busyness to rest and clear out the scuppers, so to speak, to restock our supplies, chart new courses, and ready ourselves for the next adventure. For instance, we’re keeping our weather eye trained on the approaching, unusually large waves [...]

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For Goodness’ Sake, Drink Fresh!

March 30, 2011 Beery Scribblings

Eat fresh. Yes, I’m quoting the simplistic and simply cloying Subway ad campaign. I’m not sure it even makes sense, grammatically speaking (and I’m not the only one). But it’s nonetheless a not-unwise directive for healthy living. After all, when was the last time you ordered an Italian BMT, glanced at the contents, and returned it [...]

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