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

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,… Continue reading Commonplace and Essential: More Poems for People Who Don’t Like Poetry

A Triple Trifecta of Trivial Treats

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… Continue reading A Triple Trifecta of Trivial Treats

In January, We Say Hello & Goodbye

January is named for Janus, the Roman god of gates and doors, beginnings and endings. Often depicted with two heads — or, more unnervingly, with one head and two faces — Janus had the ability to look forward and backward at the same time. Which seems a fitting namesake for a month that straddles the… Continue reading In January, We Say Hello & Goodbye

Some New Treats and a Few Old Tricks

This week’s posting on Scribbleskiff is part treat, part trick. It’s our way of honoring Halloween and, at the same time, shirking our responsibilities. Typical? Exactly! Well, for several reasons, we just can’t be aimless and informative right now, but we didn’t want to let one of our favorite holidays slip by without some sort… Continue reading Some New Treats and a Few Old Tricks

Bottle #4: When a Beer’s Like a Great Book

This week, Scribblskiff is like CNN, except sudsier. In other words, we’re all beer, all the time. Why? Well, as mentioned previously here, we are celebrating “Baltimore Beer Week” and decided that a single post’s worth of palaver wouldn’t do justice to the scale of this second-annual event. As a result, we’ve been offering one brief… Continue reading Bottle #4: When a Beer’s Like a Great Book

Remembering My New Orleans, Again

As I’m sure you have heard by now, this week marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. And, as I’m sure you remember, August 29, 2005, was an awfully stormy Monday, a supernatural event that has given rise to more than a few superlatives over the years. From the sounds of things, there will be… Continue reading Remembering My New Orleans, Again

It’s No Myth: Fathers and Sons Who Read (and Write) Together Can Grow Together

Sometimes, the best way to learn something about yourself is to make a connection with someone else. I suspect my wife and oldest daughter understand this. Over the past several years, they have developed a close relationship in an unlikely way — by reading books. Most moms and their girls pal up over other, more… Continue reading It’s No Myth: Fathers and Sons Who Read (and Write) Together Can Grow Together

‘It Happens Despite Me’: Learning the Lessons of Nearly Meeting Lucille Clifton

All too often, as I’ve come to discover, it takes the death of a writer before I finally take a serious interest in his or her books. Such was the case a few times in the past year or so. After hearing about the death of someone whose work I either knew in passing, such… Continue reading ‘It Happens Despite Me’: Learning the Lessons of Nearly Meeting Lucille Clifton

Finding the 'Wit' in Twitter

Hardly leading-edge technologists, we at Scribbleskiff are no Luddites, either. We try to keep pace with newfangledness as best we can, though our vantage point is often the middle, rather than the front or the back, of the pack. We’ve been faithful bloggers for almost two years now, for instance, though this still makes us… Continue reading Finding the 'Wit' in Twitter

A Sackful of Ideas for Last-Minute Gift-Giving the Scribbleskiff Way

Dear Reader: How are things with you? We here at Scribbleskiff have been very busy lately, preparing for and trying to enjoy the holidays. We’ve been trimming trees, decking halls, lighting lights, as well as reading, listening, sipping, supping, and writing ourselves silly. We ought to change our name to “Scrabbleskiff” it’s been so frenetic… Continue reading A Sackful of Ideas for Last-Minute Gift-Giving the Scribbleskiff Way